I am soooooo looking forward to Monday. We have district wide in-service. I can't wait!
And I'm not even being sarcastic.
We get to spend the entire day with our PLCs. My math-teaching buddies and I have decided to use the whole day to create activities for our classrooms.
No yawn-inducing sessions that don't apply to us. We are going to create stuff that we can use!
I've been compiling supplies, links, and ideas for inspiration.
Beach balls, because summer is soooo close.
I made the pink ice breaker one a while back. It is covered in silly questions. You toss the ball to someone, they answer the question underneath their right thumb and toss it to someone else. Something like that with math facts might be perfect for our intervention teacher?
Plastic eggs I got on clearance after Easter.
I am thinking an egg hunt? Maybe a problem inside the egg leads to an answer written on the outside of another egg which opens up to reveal another problem? There could be a different color for each group.
Or, that same thing in an egg carton. I like these white plastic eggs because they aren't seasonal. It might only be a worksheet in disguise, but its way more fun.
Foam pieces. I've found that writing on pieces of craft foam with a sharpie makes for durable sorting cards & such. No laminating necessary. The strips could work for putting the pieces of a proof in order? I am sure we can find some other uses as well.
I have a bunch of wooden blocks in my cabinet. Perfect for custom-made dice.
Links to my favorite activity structures: Add 'em up, speed dating, solve-crumple-toss, war (all via Kate's blog). Also bucket of lies, math dominoes . . . what else?
Here are some samples of those for everyone to look at.
And some cooperative learning books with tons of great ideas.
Oh, and I am hoping to convince someone to try Barbie bungee.
Hoping for a productive day!