Thursday, 26 October 2017

Lego Fractions

We are continuing our exploration of fractions. I thought it might be interesting to see how we could represent unit fractions (1/2, 1/3, 1/4 etc) using one of our favourite learning tools - Lego!

So we started off gently. Let's have a look at 1/2...

Then 1/3...

Yep - that was pretty much what I was expecting.

So I asked, "Can you do it another way?"

Never fails...

Here is what 1/2 could look like:

Or this...

Or this...

And 1/3:


And from that, a student worked out 1/1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5...

Yes, I know, we went beyond the Australian Curriculum requirements for Year 2 - but how do you stop the kids when they are on a roll and obviously know what they are doing?

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Free Choice Friday

One of our favourite days is Friday - that is the day we get to choose out own patterns that we want to make.

So I thought I would share a few pictures of the patterns the kids made last Friday.

Hope you enjoy them...

A very nice 3D creation.

A staircase using some interesting combinations.

 We make nice star patterns in 2BF.

I love it when they go 3D!

A beautiful pyramid.

A staircase - without any yellow or orange Cuisenaire rods.
The other kids had got to them first.

This was something we did earlier in the year - we loved the diagonal lines.

Yep - it's Pikachu!  He's symmetrical - the border isn't but we fixed it later.

And a symmetrical house!

Friday, 20 October 2017

A Collaborative Pattern

We took it up a level last week. 

We like making patterns. I wanted to make a really long one. We had a whole wall along one side of the classroom.

And I also wanted to worked on collaboration with the students.

So I got a long roll of paper and cut it to size. Then I divided the strip of paper into equal sized squares. There were 18 of them. I pencilled in the vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines of symmetry for each square as a guide for the next step.

I lined the students up and told them they were going to make a symmetrical pattern. 
18 times. 
By adding one piece at a time. 
And by building onto what the previous people had already done. 
And we would be using tangram shapes.

Lots of instructions (poor teaching technique) but we did some modelling and broke it down and scaffolded the first few through the process.

Pretty soon we were cooking with gas.

Getting started was a bit tricky but we recognised the need to be systematic.

Slowly the pattern began to emerge.

The pencilled-in lines of symmetry were very useful.

Our final pattern. Each was slightly different, even though we tried really hard to be consistent.

And the final result was very pleasing.

So - interesting to see all the little pieces come together to make a bigger pattern. 

Just like all the little students come together to make something bigger too...