• Working With Symmetry
May 31, 2015

Ann was recently thanks by a teacher, Caroline for a “…very helpful and informative day today. On the way home you were about to tell me about a symmetry activity with kids' names, but we got distracted by missing a turn off. Would you mind telling me about it? Seems like I need to spend more time on symmetry than I thought!”, The Activity , Ann said to take a piece of paper is folded in half. Students paint their names quickly along the fold and then refold the paper and...

• Understanding Spaces In Fun Ways
May 30, 2015

A at workshop last week, teachers were given one skipping rope and asked how many people could fit inside its boundary.,  , As you can see in the photos the teachers fully engaged and just when they thought no more would fit in along came one more- what fun!,  ,  ,  , We also discussed the whether the shape made by the skipping rope would impact on the number of people who could stand inside it.,  , “Would more fit into a square, triangle or circle shape?&rdquo...

• Developing Early Concepts of Area
May 20, 2015

When students first begin to explore area, it’s a good idea to provide a range of materials to see which materials they pick., , Do they pick a range of objects or one type of object?, Does the unit chosen leave gaps or does it fill the space?, , While working at Port Lincoln, the teachers explored what their students might do and discover from a simple fill the space problem. ,  ,  ,  , What is the area of this shape?,  , Thinking as their students might...

• Creating a Strong Foundation for Linear Measurement
May 14, 2015

Last week at Port Lincoln Junior Primary School I spent two days in and out of classrooms looking at how to lay down a strong foundation for linear measurement. Over the next few days, I am going to share some of the activities and highlights that I experienced there., A firm foundation begins in reception (prep). The first of the two photos shows a typical early attempt at "filling the space between two points"., , Note the use of mixed objects and gaps left between them. Also note...