I often want to do a little of this mixed with a little of that. I revel in the fun of integrating subjects, so the idea of finding a focus can be trickier than one might think.
After much thought, I finally decided on math for a variety of reasons. 1. I love math. So many dread it, but really it is my favorite thing to teach!!! 2. As noticeable in a recent post, I have become very intrigued by the idea of flipped instruction. Most of what I have been reading says the best place to start this practice is with math, so I guess math it is!
I am currently in a long-term position teaching 2nd grade. I LOVE this age, and would love to expand my teaching skills here, so I turn to 2nd grade math…
All of the big ideas in 2nd grade math lend themselves to hands-on activities. I would like to select the big idea that was the biggest struggle for my students this year. Hopefully I can build my skills to help the next class I have be more successful. I am also choosing to keep the “focus” broad as I can, this way I have the ability to narrow based on assignments.
This semester I will focus on the following VA SOLs:
Focus: Money, Linear Measurement, Weight/Mass, and Volume
2.10 The student will
a) count and compare a collection of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters whose total value is $2.00 or less; and
b) correctly use the cent symbol (¢), dollar symbol ($), and decimal point (.).
2.11 The student will estimate and measure
a) length to the nearest centimeter and inch;
b) weight/mass of objects in pounds/ounces and kilograms/grams, using a scale; and
c) liquid volume in cups, pints, quarts, gallons, and liters.
2.12 The student will tell and write time to the nearest five minutes, using analog and digital clocks.
2.13 The student will
a) determine past and future days of the week; and
b) identify specific days and dates on a given calendar.
2.14 The student will read the temperature on a Celsius and/or Fahrenheit thermometer to the nearest 10 degrees.