We began our fraction study by me posing a problem for the students to help me out. I told them I had my son and one of his friends after school and I needed to give them a snack. I told them I only have 1 poptart, 1 cookie, and 1 cheese stick. I asked how I could share them so they get an equal amount. Students helped me divide the snacks in half so that both kids got the same amount. Then we read Give Me Half!. We sorted pictures by whole and half. We came up with a definition for the words fraction and whole. Then students illustrated an example of whole.
We read Pizza Counting and reviewed what we learned about whole and half. Then students created their own pizzas. They left one pizza whole and labeled it whole; then they cut one pizza in half and labeled it half. We came up with a definition for half and students illustrated an example of half.
We read What's Happening on the Farm?. Then we sorted farm pictures by whole and halves. We added the farm sort to a math station. Then students cut a cupcake in half.
Mrs. Riggins used a dried sunflower middle to show us where the seeds are held. Then we examined the plants on our tables and discuss the parts of our plants and their purposes. Then students illustrated and labeled the plant parts in their science journals. Mrs. Riggins took the students who finished their journal entry early outside to look at the parts of the plants in our garden.
Mrs. Riggins helped us plant and water grass seeds.
I divided students into 5 color groups. I labeled the eggs 1-20. Students had to work with their group to find the eggs in order. The students had to bring them to me one egg at a time with everyone in their group. They had so much fun!
After our egg hunt, we packed up and went out to our garden area to enjoy popsicles for the last few minutes of school.
We went outside in the front of the school where some bushes had been dug up. We used a shovel to scoop our soil in a cup. Then we used hand lenses to look with our partners and identify the living and nonliving components of the soil.
When we returned to the classroom, we illustrated and labeled the living and nonliving components on a T chart in our science journals.
I taught kindergarten for 7 years in Grand Prairie ISD. This will be my 3rd year teaching 1st grade science and 1st year teaching 2nd grade science in the very first public university education model charter school! I am married to Joshua and we have two sons Logan and Lucas. My stepson Justin lives with my inlaws in Weatherford. I am a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan...Roll Tide!