I am so happy to be spending my first Sunday night of the summer NOT worrying about all the things I have to do at school tomorrow. Instead I am able to blog about a HUGE giveaway, and the Mentor Text linky hosted by Collaboration Cuties.
First, Miss V at Miss V's Busy Bees is having ginormous giveaway this week in honor of her blogiversary. I have an item included in the giveaway, and I am so happy to be a part of it! Welcome to the new followers who have stopped over here as a part of the giveaway.
Next, I am joining the Collaboration Cuties for their weekly mentor text linky. This week the mentor texts are related to fractions (ugh). We worked on fractions during the last three weeks of school. It was really challenging, and I plan to tweak the timing of these lessons next year.
One of the books I used to introduce fractions is Apple Fractions by Jerry Pallotta.
Through this book students learn about identifying parts of a whole as fractions, adding fractions with same denominators, and they also learn about the many different kinds of apples. It's also a great book to use in the Fall to get students thinking about fractions (which I will probably do next year).
One of the things I did to get my students to connect to fraction concepts was to catch one of them making a "profound" statement as we reviewed. Then I made an enlarged picture of their head with a speech bubble including their "profound" statement, and placed them on our math focus board. They loved it!
Hope you'll check out both Miss V's giveaway, and the Collaboration Cuties Mentor Text Linky.