First Math Films in Production

Exciting day today! Two teams filmed stop motion sequences for films showing how addition and multiplication properties work. This is after working with the properties in our math books, writing about them collaboratively on paper and then using Chromebooks, and providing feedback on multiple drafts. Several teams are on third or fourth drafts, and their writing SOUNDS better for it!

We are making sure to keep our feedback kind, specific, and helpful. And I’m SUPER proud of students for being reflective and excited to make their next draft better!

Kudos to Zaya’s team on finalizing their script/essay. Want to read it for yourself? Take a look!

Commutative Property of Addition

by Lila Epstein, Trevor Wagner, Zaya Jelani

Hi i’m Trevor. Hi i’m Lila, and I’m Zaya.

We are going to show you how the commutative property of addition works. It  isn’t as complicated as it might seem.

The commutative property states that that you can move addends in an expression and the sum is equivalent.

For example:  4 + 5 + 1 = 4 + 1 + 5. If you add them, the value is the same.

The commutative property can make numbers easier to add. For example, take

9 + 7 + 1. If you use the commutative property of addition, you can switch 7 and 1 to make it     9 + 1 + 7.   Following the order of operations, we add 9 + 1 to make a 10. And adding 10s are easy, because they have zeroes! We think adding 10 and 7 is easier than adding 9 and 7 and then one more.

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Building our Class Culture

We’ve been working a lot on team building and collaborating. We’ve got a wide variety of learners and skills in our class, and we’re definitely going to need to rely on each other to be successful.

To promote that, we’ve been using the Buck Institute for Education’s Collaboration Rubric along with a series of team challenges involving ropes, strings, and even toothpicks. Students are learning how to work with each other effectively.

Today we worked on brainstorming ideas for working agreements on speaking, listening, thinking, and behavior in class. These will be transformed into classroom rules.

We’ve had three brief class meetings so far to hand out compliments, address concerns, and brainstorm ways to work effectively with our classmates. These will be ongoing on an “ad hoc” basis. (Remember what that means, students?) If not, you can look it up by clicking HERE.

Finally, we’re using the ideas of educator Ron Berger to develop an ethic of excellence. We’re learning that just because we’re “done” doesn’t mean we’re finished.

I’d like to share with you a video that we watched in class today about Austin’s butterfly. It’s a true story. It’s an amazing story. And what’s most impressive is how the 2nd graders in the film display what an ethic of excellence means: revision, hard work, perseverance, patience, accepting feedback, reflecting, accepting that we can always do better.

Please take 6 minutes and 30 seconds to be inspired by Ron Berger and the 2nd graders in this film.