Sunday, 27 July 2014

Continuing with Fractions

Following on from my previous post on introducing fractions, the next key experience covers the concept of the whole - moving from the concrete experience of the golden bead representing a whole to the red circle as seen in the fraction insets.

The child should spend time labelling the fractions circles.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Adjective and the Detective Triangle Game

Following the key adjective lesson there are a variety of activities that the child can undertake, including the Logical Adjective Game, to cement their understanding.

The Detective Adjective Game (some refer to it as the Detective Triangle Games) is another activity that also consolidates the concept of the adjective and it can be used in a variety of ways. The initial presentation of this material is given by the teacher. It highlights the importance of adjectives and speaking precisely.

This first presentation is as a group activity and is suitable for children who have had experiences with the adjective and have discovered the seven triangles of reality through their geometry work.

It begins with the teacher/directress asking, in a lively way, a child for a triangle. The child may hand the teacher a medium triangle, and the teacher responds by saying "no, I did not want a medium triangle" and then all the medium triangles are taken away. The teacher then asks another child for a triangle, who may hand over an acute isosceles triangle to which the teacher responds "no, I did not want an acute isosceles triangle" and so forth until there is only one triangle left on the table.

Hope4Me has a printable version  of the Detective Adjective Game (two in fact, one which is in colour ready to print and another template which can be printed onto coloured card - they can be found here) along with a control chart.

I have made some word labels in both print and cursive. They can be used as a matching activity or as a language activity, I have also seen some people use them like command cards. You could have children taking turns in reading the labels and finding the correct triangle.

There are many possibilities and it is always interesting to see how the children utilise them. The children can also use them to practice their grammar symbols by writing out the cards and drawing the symbols above.

It is an excellent cross-curricula activity, it is fun and gives the brain a good work out! It can even be a bit of a tongue-tie for me :)

You can find my PRINT labels HERE.
You can find my CURSIVE labels HERE

Friday, 18 July 2014

Introducing Fractions

After the key lesson for introducing the concept of fractions we then go on to start providing the language aspect.

For this presentation I use a narrow strip of black paper, labels for 'denominator' and 'numerator' and corresponding number and word cards. I also like to write on strips of paper at the conclusion of the lesson.

Firstly we explain to the child that there are two parts of the fraction to understand. The number under the black line is called the denominator. The denominator is the family name - it tells us how many members belong to that family.

The numerator is above the line and tells us how many of the family are present.

We then produce the corresponding numeral over the denominators:

We then continue with the rest of the three period lesson by asking the children to show the denominator, asking what numerators do, etc. To finish we show the child how we write these:

Revision of this lesson is required before moving on to the next presentation.

You can find a PDF file of the labels that can be used for this lesson, and any extensions, here. After this lesson the children can practice matching them and even writing them if they like.

I hope to make some booklets soon that I can share with you all :)

Friday, 11 July 2014

Introducing the Article

Introducing the definite and indefinite articles with the use of objects.

It is important with this initial lesson, as mentioned in previous posts, that we handwrite the words in front of the child - a black pen and a red pen are required for this presentation. Have a variety of objects on hand for the lesson: