A few weeks ago we were learning about fractions in my 2nd grade classroom. We don’t do worksheets or workbook pages very often, but this unit offered a worksheet that allowed my students to create a flag. They were offered various boxes divided into halves, thirds, and fourths. I knew my little artists would enjoy creating flags so I gave them the worksheets and let them design colorful flags. I was right. My 2nd graders thoroughly enjoyed this activity! They enjoyed it so much that they requested (over and over again) to make the flags they designed.
Fridays at my school are devoted to enrichment. We have Genius Hour. We don’t do RTI on Friday. We try to allow our students to chase their passions and discover new talents. On a recent Friday, I handed back their flag designs and provided various types of colorful paper for my 2nd graders to create their Fraction Flags.
After they were finished creating their Fraction Flags, we headed for the iPads. We used Educreations to take photos of our flags. They used the pen tool to write the fractions portrayed on each flag. My students were then able to record themselves explaining the fractions they created in their flags. Explaining their reasoning addresses 2nd Grade Texas Math TEK 1.D. We do this often in a variety of ways. Second graders love to use the iPad and record themselves explaining their math thinking and reasoning. They solidify their own learning and help others learn at the same time.
Check out our Fraction Flags. They are as diverse as the learners in my classroom. That’s what makes being a teacher fresh and exciting every day.
Are your students Makers? Share your ideas in the comments section.