Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cheerio Arrays and Getting Rid of My Desk.....

Today we worked on making arrays, which is the start of our multiplication and division unit. I decided to spice things up a bit and we used cheerios to make arrays! The kids loove this! They were able to manipulate the cheerios easily.

I first explained what an array is and how it relates to multiplication. I made a few arrays on the board and then I passed out cheerios. I would write the problem (2 by 4)on the board and the kids worked in groups to make they array. I then had the students use the cheerios and transfer the array they made to a worksheet.

Grab it here!!

On to some more pressing news...I think I mean I will I mean I AM getting rid of my desk. Ok I said it! Phew! I am glad I got that out. I have been thinking about it ever since Erika over at The Honey Bunch got rid of hers. I have my desk up against a large table and it takes up so much room. I decided to keep the table (but move it) and get rid of my desk. Today I moved my computer onto the table and actually moved the table. My super awesome janitor said she would move my desk out tomorrow afters school. While I was moving my computer I decided to unplug all the s*** I don't use that is attached to my computer. My lovely tech-guy has a nice big pile to come by and pick up in the morning! Opps sorry!

I didn't leave it all over the floor...I put it in a nice big pile instead! :) Here is a picture of what my "teacher" area looks like after I moved the table and the computer. I will take some more pictures when I get everything organized and my desk out of here! Well off to do busy work I mean homework, sorry typo! Almost TGIF!


Holly said...

First, you will LOVE having no desk. Got rid of mine EONS ago and would never welcome it back. Secondly, that Magical Math "stuff"...

More importantly....LOVE your purse!!!!!!! ;)

Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

The Bubblegum Tree said...

I totally agree with Holly - so much better without a desk! I was like you and had some separation anxiety at first but it was SO worth it. I'm a new follower!

Miss Foote said...

Ditto! I haven't had a desk in YEARS. And the only thing I have to work on is keeping all the stuff that used to pile there, off the small group table:-)

Chickadee Jubilee

Unknown said...

Love the Cheerio arrays! Only problem is that I would count three...count three, etc! lol
First Grade Blue SKies

Kristen said...

I agree with the others! I haven't had one in years and I have never missed it! Congrats on your huge step, I remember how hard it was to do. I can't wait to see the after pictures when the desk is moved.

Love the cheerios...brilliant idea!

Jessica said...

Like your array idea. Everything seems to go better with food! Agree with getting rid of the desk. I am so wanting to get rid of mine.

Apples and Papers

Lisa Lizak and Beth Wright said...

Loving the cheerio arrays!!! How cute are those?!?! :) I taught arrays last year with tiny marshmallows and my kids loved it :) Have a great rest of your week :)

Lisa :)
Made In The Shade In Second Grade

Owls and Lessons, Etc. said...

Why is it that all the cool 2nd grade teachers are teaching multiplication and division? I feel so left out :( In Virginia it's a 3rd grade standard, so 2nd grade misses out on it. IF (that's a huge if) we have time at the end of the year I try to do a little with it, but that usually never happens. Cute idea with the Cheerios :) Maybe I can find a few minutes to do that with my higher math students :)

Following Optimism

The Colorful Apple said...

I just got rid of my desk (after debating about it for months) and I'm so glad I did! I have more space to work with my kids and less room to dump stuff. I made sure I had a place for everything to go first (important paperwork, supplies, etc) and now I don't know why I didn't do it sooner! Good luck!

Sara :)
Smiling In Second Grade

Amanda at Learn, Laugh, Grow said...

What a great idea :) My kids love doing arrays, but sometimes struggle with making even rows & columns - this would be perfect!!

Happy Friday

Lisa at Fourth and Ten said...

Love the idea of cheerio arrays!
I'd get rid of my desk but my computer is on it and it's the computer that is attached to my Smartboard. Plus it's shoved in a corner and doesn't take up that much space. :)
Stories From Second

Kim said...

Hi Kelley:
I'm a no-desk gal too! No room for it with all those hulking 6th graders. Space (in the room--well, outer space too, I guess!) is a wonderful thing. I love the way the light comes in through your windows. Looks like a happy place to learn.

Enjoy the weekend!

Finding JOY in 6th Grade

Erika said...

Congrats on getting rid of the desk. I can't wait to see the after pictures. I haven't regretted my move at all. Although yesterday my sub kind of freaked out! :)

2B Honey Bunch
The Best Endings

Lisa said...

Love teaching that incorporates food- it really adds that interest and motivation for the students. My students had difficulty remembering what rows vs. columns were. I made a poster that showed what a row was and what a column was. That seemed to help a bit. Does anyone have any other ideas?

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