Today was our last day of school before Thanksgiving break. And so traditionally, that means that we do things that are a little bit nontraditional in our schedule. For math, that meant that I put the kiddos to work.
Here’s what I mean…
For many years, my husband and I have taught together. Well not really together, like in the same school or anything, but we’ve always taught the same grade or the one just behind. So since that’s the case, we’ve been known to do some of the same things in our classrooms. One such thing is the Thanksgiving Dinner project in math that comes during these last two days of school.
The idea is pretty simple–plan and shop for the Thanksgiving meal for your family. The directions for my class this year looked like this:
What’s cool is what happens after you give all the directions and answer all the questions and set them all loose to figure it out for themselves. Check it out. Like I said, learning can get a little messy. But it’s a really good kind of messy. 🙂
The other cool thing, besides a messy classroom and lots of kids saying things like “this is really fun!” or my friend D asking me to copy his plan so he could share it with his mom (love that!), was the togetherness that this project brought as they worked with each other. Truly a family feel in Rm. 201 today!
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!