Our poetry folder is a perfect example how we do the above two activities. We highlight word wall words, words we can read, or words that tell about the poem. Then we highlight word chunks within the poem.
Click the next link to learn more info about word chunks.
We are getting a lot of hands-on learning with our new math curriculum, Investigations. Many of us teachers have some familiarity with the program as it was previously named TERC units--which is reputed to be lots of hands-on minds-on learning of math.
The curriculum has a series of smartboard interactive activities. Here we are playing "Build it to 20." We open a card and use the pennies to make 20 using 2 sets of ten frames. It was interesting to note the strategies of how students built their 20. We made a chart and shared our strategies. Love the math talk...
skip count by 5s
make a 10 (then count on like 10 and 2 to make 12)
know how much is left (18 is 2 less than 20, so fill it up and leave 2 extra spots).
pattern blocks (and not picture were linking cubes, and geoblocks.). Lots of nice cooperative play, by the way!