100th Day Fun

I know what you're thinking--You are JUST having your 100th day of school? It's true. 57 snow days will do that to ya. At least it felt like 57!

We had a full, exhausting, whirlwind of a day! Here are some of the highlights:
What will you look like when you are 100 years old?

Yep, we used the app--This is from the Aging Booth app. I am a mixture of amused and horrified by how these turned out.

100th Day Snack:

 Working off the 100th Day snack with 100 exercises:
 Making pictures with the numeral 100:

I was slacking just a little on the picture taking, but it was a fun day! Thanks for letting me share it!

Meet Claire- My family's Little Angel

This little Ray of sunshine is my niece, Claire. Claire has a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. Angelman is characterized by lack of speech, seizures, and walking/balance disorders. Claire has faced many challenges in her 3 and a half years of life, but she has smiled right on through each and every one.

February 15 is International Angelman Day! If you have a moment today, I would be so grateful if you would click on the link and sign the petition to dramatically increase AS funding.

If you would like more information about Angelman Syndrome, click here.

Claire is truly a joy--she just radiates love! Thank you for allowing me to share a little bit about her with you today!

Look for me at Luckeyfrog's Lilypad!

I'm a guest blogger! When Jenny over at Luckeyfrog's Lilypad offered to have me for a guest post, I was floored! She has the best blog and shares tons of great ideas. Plus Jenny is the sweetest, most supportive person ever, so if you aren't already following her blog, go do it now! :)

In my post, I share some organization tips and how I transformed my craft cupboard:
Hopefully it will give you some good ideas and inspire you to organize something! Head on over to Luckeyfrog's Lilypad and check it out!

Fraction Action

I'll admit it-- I love a good rhyme. But there has been a lot of fraction action going on in my classroom! My school has been focusing on fractions as an area to improve (it's our lowest-achieving area on states tests). I am a firm believer that what these kiddos learn in kindergarten will have just as much influence on their success in this area as what they learn in fourth and fifth grade. How much pressure is it being the one who SETS THE FOUNDATION!?

As a school, we have realized that our students are so conditioned to think of fractions in terms of pizzas and pies, that they struggle to see fractions for what they really are--numbers. But kindergarten students need these concrete models of a fraction. They are helpful and they do have their place! So this year, I am making sure to do a lot more with identifying fractions of a set compared to the amount spent on area fractions. I know that I still have room to grow in this area. I would love for you to comment with your favorite fraction activities at the end of this post!

My introductory activities were taken straight from Miss Ricca's kindergarten.
We started by getting into partners. I told the students that I had some cookies, but I didn't have enough to share with everyone. So I gave a "cookie" to each student, and it was their job to figure out how to share the cookie equally. Some students just chopped the cookie down the center. Some students folded the cookie to make sure that they had two equal parts. I love listening to the students share their strategies and learn from one another.
Guess what! I found some more cookies. But now there are definitely not enough for each person (not even enough for everyone to get half). So we got into groups of four, and again they had to work together to share the cookies equally. 
I love this cute activity from Miss Ricca's Kindergarten! 
My kids are also loving this spin and share game- First, you make ten cookies with play dough. Then, spin the spinner, and see how many children will share the cookie. Cut the cookie appropriately and then record it on the recording sheet. 
Some fraction sorting:

One of my favorite books for doing fair shares is The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins. After reading the book, we reenacted the story using Cookie Crisp cereal. Here is a student sharing the cookies between two people. Next we shared them with four people, and then we ate them. I get this junk once a year and I may have eaten half a box on my own!
We did a similar problem with gumballs. I knew that this problem would be harder because of the different colors. I wanted to add an element that might be a misconception for the kids, so that we could talk through it. Some students started to sort by color and then realized that it would not equal a fair share, so they had to reevaluate. 
Speaking of misconceptions, we have been practicing fractions every time we have snack. At one point, I told the students that they would have to "break up" their crackers into halves. Look what this little one did! 
She did a great job of breaking up her crackers, don't you think? I love how literal kids are! That just goes to show the importance of word choice!

How do you teach fractions to your students?

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