Saturday, July 11, 2020

Teaching Summer School During Covid #1

One week of summer school down. I will admit it felt nice to be back with students and they were very happy to see each other. It does feel like just a matter of time though before someone becomes ill since it is so hard to actually follow all the rules.

Today, I want to talk about face coverings. Many teachers and some students are wearing face shields. My sister-in-law is an ICU nurse and she says that face shields are never worn alone, always with a mask. It concerns me that people think they are being safe but are not truly. 

My county just released the guidance for schools returning in the fall and face shields will only be allowed if they have a drape that tucks into the shirt.

The students in my class all wear masks and are trying but I still say a zillion times a day, "Your mask needs to be over your nose."

I would never show this at school but I laughed out loud when I saw it. Gotta try to have some humor in these crazy times.

The best advice I can give it to try wearing different masks to see what fits and feels most comfortable. You need to wear it for an extended period of time because I thought I was fine but after an hour I started to feel pain. If the students had masks that fit better it would really help cut down on the nose issue at least. I have heard other teachers have issues with students taking them off during the day and I did see a class walk down the hall the other day and the last 4 kids had no mask in site. 😟

I know one teacher who is petite and has tiny ears and she struggles to keep her mask on securely, just like the kids. They make some that adjust behind the ear that seem to help some.

 I have an ear pain issue with my left ear (that is a whole other undiagnosed issue) so many masks really bother me and I ended up with headaches/migraines 3 times this week. The most comfortable for me is the mask that buttons to the headband so it isn't on my ears at all. I'm not usually a headband person but it looks like I may be rocking this look more often.

This one has the pocket for a filter which feels safer to me but it does make it harder to hear me than say a disposable mask. I talked a lot for a lesson yesterday and it was pretty hard to enunciate, the mask going into my mouth and feeling it get wetter and wetter. Gross. Side note, I am also breaking out some which is not normal for me. I guess my skin doesn't like the mask either.

During lunch they are allowed to take their masks off to eat. It is very hard to keep them apart during free time like this.  Also, they don't remember to put their mask back on when they are done so you have to go around on mask patrol. 

That reminds me, yesterday a boy asked if he could eat his breakfast before class started. I said yes since we have a half hour period of free time during the drop-off and temperature check time. He took off his mask and I was just about to say that he should go sit outside and of course...he sneezed. A movie played in my mind of that graphic we've all seen of the droplets spraying across the room. 

So like I said, I know we are all trying our best, but with kids and such an extended amount of time together, it just seems inevitable that Covid will spread throughout schools.


Friday, July 3, 2020

4th of July Sale!

I've put my entire store on sale this weekend! 

I have decided to have more impromptu sales so you don't miss out!


Thursday, June 11, 2020

4th Grade Place Value Riddles

So I got the news it looks likely I am being switched to 4th grade for summer school. Not a huge deal since I taught it last summer but I thought I was teaching the younger ones. Oh well.

To switch gears, I made this new Boom Card deck with 400 cards to practice place-value to the millions. 
There are 4 riddles and every time they answer a question, a new letter in the answer is revealed. 

The skills included are:
1. Comparing using <,=>
2. Identifying the place value digit
3. Expanded form
4. Rounding 

For each correct answer, the student earns a letter to the riddle solution. 
Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
Use place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place.

These are available in my TpT store or Boom Learning store.

Is anyone else teaching summer school? I miss having the whole summer off but now that I have 2 in college I can't afford to say no. I still get about 6 weeks off so it isn't too terrible.


Monday, June 8, 2020

PD read and a FREE math game

Do you do a professional development read every summer? We were just emailed to choose between one of these three, so if anyone has a recommendation, I'm all ears.
  1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  3. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo.
I am feeling pretty exhausted from distance learning so I am not sure I can tackle these quite yet. But it got me thinking about previous summer reads I had enjoyed.

I remember Debbie Diller's Math Work Stations really helped me get my students to do a lot more math talk. I thought I'd repost this free Go Fish game in case you didn't follow me back them.

The cards looks like dominoes and the match is the double in number form.
Instead of simply asking for a 12, the students are told to use the math vocabulary of double. I included these reminder cards that the students can refer to if they forget.

Click HERE to grab this game for FREE. Good job making it through remote learning!


Sunday, June 7, 2020

Subtraction Within 20 Bundle

Today's Boom bundle includes 4 decks of 20 cards each:
*Subtraction Within 10
*Subtraction Within 10 Missing Subtrahend
*Subtraction Within 20
*Subtraction Within 20 Missing Subtrahend

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.C.5 Relate counting to addition and subtraction 
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.C.6 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. 
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.B.4 Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.D.8 Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers. 
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.OA.B.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

Click HERE to try a LIVE preview!

Bundles are offered at a discount! My TpT store or Boom Store.