Hooray for the cooler weather! It really enhances our ability to engage in more "Outdoor Learning" opportunities. This last week was filled with them. From Science to ELA (English Lanugage Arts) to Math, every class engaged in learning outside.
Changing the way information is conveyed can change one's attitude about that information. If 10 questions are put on a piece of paper, that's a test. If the same 10 questions are put on flashcards, it becomes a game. Everyone knows that games are more fun than tests!
The elementary class is reinforcing their lessons on place value and did so with two fun, outdoor games. In
"Place Value Toss"
, students tossed the appropriate number of bean bags in the bins that equated to the place value of the number they were trying to replicate. In
"Stomp It Place Value"
, the students stomped the correct digit and called out the the number marked in a horizontal hopscotch layout.
Middle school students were outside for "
and ELA. (So many acronyms!)
PEMDAS is an acronym for the words parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction. Given two or more operations in a single expression, the order of the letters in PEMDAS tells you what to calculate first, second, third and so on, until the calculation is complete. Students had to solve equations by going through each step of the hopscotch board.
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