Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Telling Time, Writing Letters, and Coming Up? Media Literacy

Hello Everyone!!
I hope all the moms out there had a wonderful Mother's Day.  I had a fantastic day!!  Absolutely spoiled by my own and was able to spoil my sweet mom!!!  
So Blessed!!
I want to share a couple of things we've been working on in class, and something that we will hit this week. In math we have finally arrived at our Telling Time unit.  We talk about clocks and time all throughout the year, but formally introduce it late in the year.  I wasn't sure why we waited so long to work on this important life skill, but now I realize that kids "get it" so much quicker after working on all the number sense, the fractions, the skip counting, etc. earlier in the year.  The kids were so excited to really learn about telling time that they went home and asked moms and dads to get them watches!!  I love their enthusiasm.  Yesterday and today we worked with our "bigger than life" hula hoop clock.  We were able to manipulate all the numbers, the hands, the minutes, etc.  The kids were also able to show the times on the analog clock and then write them digitally.  



Kids will be practicing telling time in math tubs this week.  
It includes the numbers and hands you see above plus some math tub activities.

This week we've also been working on writing friendly letters.  I know I'm late bringing this into our year, but it actually turns out to be a great time of year.  We have so many people we need to thank that have made our school year so awesome.  We talked about the parts of a friendly letter with an anchor chart and a song. We talked about who we could write letters to.  We decided to write letters to our school's PTA. They are an amazingly supportive group of parents.  We couldn't do what we do without them!! 






My final share for tonight is about a unit we will start this week, Media Literacy. Our objectives are to have students become aware of the different places we get messages and the purposes of those messages. That includes media we listen to, read, and view.  We also want our students to be safe especially in this age of digital media. Our awesome media specialist will cover cyber safety with our kids.  In the classroom we will work on organizing our thoughts about media literacy.  I put together a mini pack to help keep me organized in presenting this material to the kids. Below are a few pages from my new unit. I may be adding more as the week goes on, but this is what I will start with. 







I am excited to help my kids be aware of all the different kinds of messages around them!! 
Well, that's all for now!!  As always, please let me know of anything I need to change or fix on any of my units.  I need all the help I can get lately!!! :)
I hope you are having a good week!! I know I am!! 
 Is it count down time for you yet?? We are getting there!! Hang on, and make every minute count!! We won't have these kids for very much longer!!
Till next time, thanks for stopping by for a peek!!
Joyfully!
Nancy :)