Measurement Olympics 2015
Happy Wednesday, friends! I'm just going to throw it out there that I have not been an amazing teacher this week. My little family and I are getting ready to visit our boys in Africa in *eleven sleeps* SOOOO I've been doing all that I can to get prepared at home and at school. I'll be missing five days of work, so it's important that my sub plans are on point... PLUSSSSSS we are taking care packages from adoptive families for about 50 kids with us. ANNNDDD we are meeting our sons for the first time ever!!! My mind has been racing, my credit card has been on fire, and my body can't possibly get enough done with only 24 hours in a day. I have made my first little boys' clothes purchases and I'm trying to cross all my T's so that I can enjoy my time away. With that being said, my mind is racing constantly and I feel like I can't just catch a breath and enjoy my time in my classroom. I'm hoping that I'll get everything done by this weekend so that I can be fully present next week in the classroom before leaving! Not to mention we have our grade level field trip next Wednesday... just add that in the mix of allllll the craziness!
Well, yesterday I knew I needed to step up my game. It was time for our annual Measurement Olympics! You can read about my first go-round HERE! It was entirely too windy.... seriously, papers blowing everywhere, pencils flying across the cement, chalk rolling around, and even our yardsticks were traveling with the wind!!! But, I just couldn't wait another day. After all, it is spring in Texas. Wind all day every day! We spent the majority of our time chasing our belongings, but the learning was still happening! Here are some pictures from our day...
-Use chalk to mark where the cotton ball landed so that it won't blow away! -If possible, do this on a day with ZERO wind!! Your life will be so much easier! -Demonstrate each event -It is easiest if you do all your estimates in class before heading outside. I demonstrated each event quickly and had my students make their estimates so that once we got outside that wouldn't get pushed to the side!!
We always use our math spirals, but I thought it might be easier to just put a recording sheet on a clipboard and head outside next year. You can get this freebie HERE! This takes ZERO prep to do, and your kids will absolutely love it. They thought it was seriously the best thing ever!!! I'm trying to think of other activities that we can do similar to this one because they were so excited about learning!!! It's worth it, I promise!