This week has felt like spring and we have enjoyed every moment of it!!! During this short week we have fully embraced Round 2 of the Lexia Learning 2017 Winter Usage Contest! I continue to be amazed at the students determination, as well as enthusiasm as they embark each day within their levels!!!
During math workshop, the students have been focusing on if equations are true or false. They have been participating in many hands-on lessons that help to build fluency with comparing values on both sides of the equals sign. They have learned that math tools such as: balances, ten strips, and connecting cubes can be used because they allow a visual representation (picture) of the values they are being asked to compare.
This work develops students' understanding that an equation is true if both sides of the equals sign have the same value, and false if the two sides have differing values. The students have been engaged in the Common Core Mathematical Practice #2, which is to reason abstractly and quantitatively as they compare the two sides of an equation to determine if the equation is true or false. Before students typically only saw true equations, with one operation. These lesson tasks will continue to guide students toward flexibly thinking about numbers and operations within equations.
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.