I have been searching for crafts and small groups to do with the Fall unit – as usual, there are are so many options! I saved button trees, fall painting with corks, leaf pressing, matching numbers on pumpkins, and a few songs 🙂 I look forward to trying some of these out, and hopefully getting through more of them than the pets unit (I only did a few due to the busy week of moving around other rooms and helping).
There are many ways to incorporate math into the classroom and keep it exciting! Using candy is always a hit with children, and this teaches them useful skills like counting and graphing. October is a good month for these types of activities because it can connect to Halloween and Fall.
Since I want to be a second grade teacher, it is important to have fun ways to teach coins and counting with money. The books and pairing game on this website look great for explaining what the coins are and adding on. I was thinking I would have the students split into groups (each with a book) and see what they can discover about counting money. Having children learn from each other and figure out the knowledge is much more beneficial than simply teaching them what a quarter, nickel, and dime stand for. We would do a compare and contrast chart with the coins during the discussion (if no one brings it up, I would give a leading question). I look forward to trying this out when I become a teacher!