Thursday, 23 October 2014

External Parts of the Body

I am getting closer to finishing this series of materials (external parts of humans) and in the grand scheme of things it may feel insignificant, and possibly nowhere near as exciting as some of the other work to be found in the 6-9 classroom. Yet it is important as it lays the foundation for the internal parts of humans, which comes after and in greater detail in the 9-12 classroom.

The external parts of the body would be the starting point of this work, while the other sets (e.g. parts of the arm, parts of the face, parts of the mouth, etc.) follow this work and the child goes into more focus.

I have noticed that the six years olds entering the class are keen to get to the internal organs, especially when they see the 3D model and how the older children take out the organs and put it back together like a puzzle. Ultimately a lot of this work should be revision, consolidating concepts the child already knows.

I have created three part cards outlining twelve main parts of the body. I have them in black and white and in red highlight.

I have also created a labelled chart and a mute chart to accompany the cards that I am sharing here.

Updated 10/6/2015 - I have taken the time to tidy up the image used for this material, I first drew it during my training, so you can now find the labelled and mute chart HERE. I will also update the three part cards when I find time.

I find a manikin from the art area can also add an extra element to the initial lesson and follow up work.


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Friday, 17 October 2014

Multiples of Numbers

When learning various aspects of numbers (e.g. factors, multiples, prime numbers, lowest common multiples, etc.) and moving from the concrete towards the abstract, the Multiples of Numbers chart is introduced.

By this stage the child has mastered skip counting and for the most part knows their times tables.

The first presentation includes bead chains and arrows.  

Ask the child to lay out the chain of five and lay out the arrows. Have the child read the labels. Explain to the child each number has a special name, it is called a multiple. These are the multiples of five. 

Ask the child to show you a number, e.g. 35 - ask how many fives are needed to make 35 and count them. Do this again with some other numbers.

On another occasion explain to the student that you are going to make a record of all the multiples of 2.

Starting at 1, count 1,2 and circle 2 with a coloured pencil (I like to stay with the bead colours) and continue 1,2 and circle 4 and so forth until you reach 100.

Once the child has done a single page for each number over time and has had a lot of practice, she can then go on to do multiples of numbers for two different numbers on the one sheet.

Eventually the child will build up to finding the multiples for all of the numbers 2 - 10 on one sheet. It is important to leave this exercise until last as you want the child to build up to the discoveries they will make in the relationships between numbers.

You can download the multiples of numbers sheet HERE.