Friday, November 22, 2013

Long Time, No Post

I have dozens of pictures and tons of ideas for posts, but this year has gotten the best of me! I haven’t even managed to find time to read blogs. I miss it!

I’d like to say that I have spent all my time cleaning my house and that I am all caught up at work, but I can’t. I am happy to say that I finally have all the computers set up in my classroom.

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I’m thrilled with the computers and the tables I picked out. They are set up and functional, but there are still a few things that need to be installed/updated on the computers. I’m thrilled to actually HAVE computers though, so I won’t complain!

I also just registered for FETC. Anyone else going? I've signed up for two workshops that sound fantastic. This will be my first time and I can’t wait

At home, we’ve spent the last two weeks celebrating our birthday princess. She has never actually watched The Little Mermaid, but she loves all things Ariel.

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We brought a cake to her class at day care and celebrated at home. Instead of a party, we went to Disney last weekend. She beamed every time someone wished her a happy birthday at the parks!

My how the time flies!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Using the Wii in the Math Classroom

At the FCTM Conference last month I went to a session on gaming in the classroom. I am not a gamer. The only game I could almost play successfully was Tetris back in the day. I really stink at video games.


I bought my husband a Wii several years ago, but we haven’t used it in a long time. We decided to donate it to my classroom. My students were THRILLED!

At the conference we used Wii Golf to practice subtraction. I did this with my 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes.

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We did this as a center. I had 6-8 kids at the Wii at a time. They split into two teams. The first group recorded the math, while the second group golfed. After each student had a turn to swing they switched places. I used the SMART board to record answers.

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My first and second graders were bowling. They wrote an equation to show what happened each time a player bowled. I talked them through it. “There were 10 pins. I knocked down 8 pins. How many pins are left?” (One of those pictures was taken on Halloween. They do not usually dress like that!)


I’ve been researching ideas online. I’ve used this site quite a bit. My students are now looking for a “math excuse” for some of the other games. We will definitely be doing this again!

I’m linking up:

Be sure to join the math fun!