Well, Monday was M day (secretly that means there are only 13 more days to go). M is for math activity day. I teach reading and writing, so how was I going to manage this one? Of course, we could read a book about fractions -- Hershey's chocolate anyone? We could write our own story problems using our names, or even write about why we love math so much because most kids who struggle with reading love math . . . There are numerous ways to integrate math, reading and writing. But I have something better!
I recently shared a great new book that I discovered by Amy Krouse Rosenthal: This Plus That: Life's Little Equations. This was the perfect opportunity to share this selection with my students!
("M" day + fun math activity) x one perfect book = FUN(reading + writing + math)
After enjoying the book and sharing some of my equations, the students were challenged to create and write their own little equations. Here's a sampling:
|baby + toys = mess (Sehade, age 8)|
Santa + gifts = Christmas (Khush, age 7)
book + read = happy (Rachel, age 6)
ice cream + toppings = yummy (Kacper, age 7)
bee + sting = ouch (Angel, 8)
best friend + angry = not best friend (Tristin, 8)
ice pack + patient = nurse's office (Carmen, 9)
friends + pillow fight = sleepover (Daniela, 10)
daylight + dimming = sunset (Cassi, 10)
reading + reading = improvement (Yvette, 9)
papa + mama + baby = family (Hannah, age 8)
Awesome mentor text + Great thinkers = Life's new equations