We have been on a roll with warm-ups lately, and maybe since we’re still talking about many different things, they’ve given us a way to keep all the balls in the air. Love that. Enjoy! 🙂
One of the topics we’re working on right now is the foundation of fractions, and understanding about equal parts. This warm-up led to a GREAT conversation about how 1/5 is always a 1/5, but the actual portion that is being considered changes based on the whole. Oh, and we were all hungry when we were finished. 🙂
It seems like addition and subtraction is a never-ending concept with 2nd graders, and we’re still working on it. Oh well, as long as it takes. School year’s not over yet and they can get it! Here was another opportunity to practice.
Ok, so I need to explain that that picture is a pizza, not a target. It’s based on a picture we had looked at the day before in a math conversation. It was based on an 8-slice pizza and how we could share it fairly if twice as many people showed up for our party. This was the way one group suggested we do it, and we had to discuss whether we agreed if it was fair. Which piece would you want? 🙂
We had a FABULOUS walking field trip on Thursday at the time we normally do math warm-ups, so didn’t have one that day. We had a great day in the park and a movie instead! 🙂 (Don’t worry–it was connected to our curriculum!)
Another topic (which I found a way to weave into this conversation, too!) is the foundation of multiplication. We told many stories of groups of things with this one. Great thinking, Rm. 202 kiddos!
I think I mentioned last week (and probably the week before when we started them), but I am SO happy with how these warm-ups are really giving us a bang for our buck, and helping me get the thinking started BEFORE we sit down for our Writer’s Workshop mini-lesson. It seems like they have more time for writing and I talk less!–or maybe it’s just at a different time, but still…:)
Here are last week’s warm-ups, a little late:
We are working on publishing now. Can you tell?
I know, this is totally lame, and didn’t really require them to do much thinking, it was just a quick check-in since they were supposed to be finished publishing their stories and I wanted to see how it was going. Guess I figured that if they had a title, they probably had a story….yeah, not so much. It was also just a great enticement for them to finish because we heard many intriguing titles and want to read them!!
We are just between two writing units and this was a preview of the next one. It was not the first time I’d asked this question, but it was great to see the additional things they could tell me, and even the domain-specific words they could use to talk about it!
Ok, so this is not technically a writing warm-up, but it was timely for us and was something we needed to discuss. You know, sometimes you change the plan. 🙂 And I should mention, they had some great answers and thoughts on what to do next time!
We have a FABULOUS thing at our school on half-days called Robinson University, which means that my kiddos are not in my room for much of the morning, and so didn’t have time to talk about a writing warm-up. We just did a math warm-up instead. 🙂