|Something amazing has happened - I am posting two days in a row!|
Thanks to this nasty polar vortex we have had school called off for two consecutive days.
It has given me a chance to revisit the blog and my blogging friends.
I am happy to hook up with Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for her Tried It Tuesday Linky!
Every year when we work on measurement in math I ask my students to bring in cans for weighing.
The students are eager to be a part of this, and we usually get 2-3 cans per day for about 3 weeks.
Sometimes I just ask if I have any volunteers to bring them in for the next day, and those students will write a note in their assignment notebooks.
|The sign from my math focus wall.|
Each day we make predictions about the cans, and whether they will weigh more than a pound, less than a pound, or equal to a pound.
The kids get better at making accurate measurements each day.
Then we weigh the cans on this scale that I got years ago from Lakeshore Learning.
It's a great scale because it includes both customary and metric measurement units.
|Very easy to use!|
After weighing the cans to see the actual measurement, we store them on one of these labeled shoe box tops.
These could be way fancier, but they do the trick.
|Most of the time we get stacks of cans in each box.|
The students are very secretive when they bring the cans in - once they are familiar with the fact that 16 oz. is equal to a pound.
They read the labels and know how much their can weighs.
|Once a boy brought in a can of peaches that was "restaurant size"!|
The most important part about this project is that we donate the cans to our local food pantry.
I deliver the cans to the food pantry, and we usually get a thank you letter back addressed to the class.
Before donating the cans, I've also used them for a class store when learning about coins and money.
We've also used them in lessons on reading food labels and looking for fat content. Very enlightening for the students!
I also wanted to give you the heads up about something creative coming soon!
Come back to my blog next week for something to do with this:
|It's going to be inspiring!|
OMG - I just heard that more schools in our area are calling off for tomorrow - unbelievable!