My students' creativity and originality were on display as I walked around to see what they created. We had Gallon Woman:
My personal favorite: Gallon Panda:
Then I asked them to use some time to write an observation using their pieces or to come up with a question to pose to the class. One student started us off by writing this and the magic began:
We ooohed and aaaahed over the brilliance of that child's smart thinking. That sparked everyone to rush back to their gallon creations to come up with some more problems. It was a frenzy of math thinking!
Love, Love, Love how this child is showing her math thinking on this board!
Someone drew it out in chart form!!! All without my prompting!
I let them go and I just basked in their brilliance. They wanted to start posting it for other to see so I let them use the board. It was FILLED with marvelous math thinking by the end of the lesson and although I was coaching and asking questions as they created, it was really all student generated!
I told kids I was going to use their questions to make the next day's worksheet for the practice session. They were feeling really proud. So we bagged our Gallon Creation pieces in a Gallon Sized Ziplock for the next day.
|The next day we reviewed what we learned using a smartboard lesson I found on The Smartboard Exchange. It included this other way of remembering the same material.|
Next I gave them the student created worksheet and their gallon creations and they headed to the floor to work through each other's problems.
They used their gallon creation pieces to check their thinking and prove their answers.
I think this repeated practice of filling and refilling the units will be what helps them recall this information in the end.
We bagged all the pieces again and I will have them build and work with them again next week and by then we will be ready to glue and hang them as a reference tool. In my mind, it's the process and not the product that is most important when I teach with Gallon Man. Do you have a lesson idea for measurement. Please share by comment or email!