The first week of school flew by quickly.  Students loved doing an adaptation of the Blanket Flip challenge – using beach towels.  After drawing images that came to their minds when they thought of math and doing a gallery walk, the class brainstormed what they want math to look like in fifth grade.  (See the photo of the chart).

chart

I set up the room in 5 table groups of 4 to 5 so students can work together in groups, partners and have their best view of the interactive screen in our room.  Students loved using the “magic pens” to demonstrate arrays.  We also have an ovalesque shaped open space in the room that we can use for math counting circles, number talks and other minilessons.

math

It was exciting using some of the great ideas I discovered in the first Math Rocks sessions and from the Problem Solving training I took this summer.