Hello! It is Wednesday (the Wednesday before spring break…. not that I’m keeping track or anything) and as I was looking through my phone today, I realized I needed to post about our new math unit- Geometry!
Our district math team divided up a few different Common Core standards for this unit, including plane and solid shapes, composite shapes, fractions, and telling time. Whew! It’s going to be a long unit, but a good one and we’ve already dived right in.
For starters, we reviewed 2-D plane shapes last week. We started by making the shapes out of play-doh.
I would call out a plane shape and the students created it. They had a lot of fun rolling, shaping, and making the shapes! It was really hands-on and fun!
After we’d made the shape, we talked about how many sides and vertices (corners) it has. This was a great way to introduce the math vocabulary words!
The next day, it was time for a shape hunt! In the past, we’ve done shape hunts where the students go around and write down different shapes they find around the room. It’s always been fun and something the kids enjoyed doing. But this year, we’re trying to incorporate technology more in the classroom. In a team meeting, one of the first grade teachers said she saw on Pinterest (where else?) that you could have the students go on a picture room hunt, where they work together to take pictures of shapes they see with an iPad.
I loved the idea and knew I’d be using in with my kiddos!
So, I put the kids into groups of 3-4 students. With 6 iPads, it’s great to be able to put them in these small, manageable groups.
Each group was assigned one plane shape to look for, meaning we had one circle group, one star group, one rectangle group, one triangle group, one oval group, and one square group.
The groups were told to walk around the room together and take turns taking photographs of the shape they were assigned to find.
The kids were totally engaged. They were able to walk around as a team and find examples of the shape they were looking for. It was really amazing to see them look at things with a critical math “eye” and responsibly takes the pictures.
We didn’t stop there!
Part of incorporating technology is MORE than just using it. The kids need to be able to create and present with it.
Enter the app- Storehouse!
It’s a FREE visual presentation app that allows students to import pictures, text, or videos. They also create a picture cover, title, and subtitle. The app is very user-friendly and after (literally) 5 minutes of introducing the app to the kids, they were able to work together to create their presentations.
They worked in their teams to import the photos they had taken into a presentation. Then, they had to size and edit the pictures to look any way they wanted. They could pull them long, make them tiny, or make some look different than others.
They also had to pick a picture to be the presentation’s cover and create a title for their projects.
The kids all did a wonderful job working together, taking turns, and creating as a team!
The last step was presenting! The teams took turns showing their presentation to the class. One student held the iPad and scrolled through the photos while the other group members described the objects they’d found.
(I know the pictures aren’t great- the lights were off!)
The presentations also have a link that you can look at through the computer. Check out some of the awesome presentations that were ENTIRELY created by my first graders!
I’m loving this app and can’t wait to find more uses for it! I hope you enjoyed this look into my class!