Yesterday we had fun playing with measurement while we connected with Ms Lirenman’s class in Surrey, who are learning the same things we are. The emphasis in both of our curriculums is on comparing items using words such as longer, shorter, heavier etc.
First, someone in our class and someone in Ms Lirenman’s class each picked an item which we showed to the other class via Skype. Then, we randomly picked a card to see whether the winning item would be longer or shorter. The students decided which class had the longest or shortest item. (Sometimes each class had to measure with a ruler to know for sure.) We kept score and fortunately, our classes were tied at the end of this game!
Then, each class moved a balance scale in front of the camera, and the children took turns showing two items. Everyone in both classes predicted which item would be heavier by putting both hands on their head for one item or in their lap for the other. Those who were unsure could put one hand in each place. Some of the items were surprising!
What a fun math activity! Our grade 2 class near Edmonton, Alberta would love to share some learning with you. I encourage you to visit our class blog and our individual student blogs. We are working on self portraits and wishes for the world, drawn on our Google drive with the draw application. Our blog address is: http://www.psdblogs.ca/tleavell
I am very impressed by this blog and the things that go on in your classroom and school. I love the amount of technology being used across the whole curriculum. Your students appear to be very responsible with the devices and with their own learning. I will continue to follow this blog to gain ideas and the share ideas. I too have a blog that provides teachers with technology resources. http://www.zuliekafurahaali.com/. Thank You!
Mrs. Cassidy’s class we had a good time playing the games with you. Our favourite game was the longest and shortest game. What was your favourite game?
We enjoyed playing the games with you, too. Our favourite game was the heaviest or lightest game. When would you like to do it again?
I am impressed by the amount of technology that you utilize in your classroom. I have never considered using Skype in the classroom setting. What are some other ways that you have used Skype with your students?
We have used Skype to connect with experts and other classrooms in every subject I teach, Amy. Sometimes we ask questions of a nurse, or a geologist or other kids who are experts on where they live. Other times we do reader’s theatre or practice long vowel words or play a guess my number game. The uses of Skype are really only limited by my imagination and by the curricular connections we make. Try searching my professional blog (kathycassidy.com) for Skype and see some of the things I have blogged about.