This week we spent doing a ton of math review as our state test is coming up this week. I have to say this year I feel much less stressed than I have in past years. I feel we did a good job of covering the curriculum, and I definitely felt like my review was more purposeful and relaxed than in years before. Some of the great ideas that we used in class this week came from the amazing Teacher Appreciation Giveaway that was going on last weekend. My students absolutely loved "hunting for treasure" when we used Katie Smith's Story Problem Treasure Hunt. Check out her awesome blog I Want to be a Super Teacher if you get a chance, she always shares such great ideas! This week in fact I plan on trying out one of her recently shared ideas where students created math mosaics of themselves using small squares of colored paper, and then found the fractional parts of their mosaics, as well as finding the area and perimeter. What a creative way to practice these important skills.
Friday afternoon we finished up our day reviewing symmetrical patterns while creating Mother's Day cards: