Today the teacher I observe under, came up with this awesome idea to help the fifth graders at her school, understand area and perimeter a little bit better. What the children did was create robots on graph paper. Although Mrs.S did not hinder the children's creativity she did give them a few criteria. All the shapes had to be square of rectangle, the children had to include all of the following body parts: A head, neck, legs, arms, eyes, ears, body, and hands. The Children had the best time creating their robots. Some of them created dogs, Karen Plankton's wife off of sponge bob. The children also had a really good grasp on how to use perimeter and area in a hands on sense. So they have experience using perimeter and area, and understand the concepts of it. This picture below was the first step the children had to do.
The next step the children had to do was of coarse decorate their robots however they wanted to. Than the students were in given larger graph paper and were instructed to create a replica of their robots just a bigger version. After they drew a exact replica they were to calculate area and perimeter once again. Here are a few picture of the ones that the students finished.
The Children Had a wonderful time creating their Robots, and naming them as well. I have noticed that the children who actually get to do hands on craft things such as these, do understand materiel a little bit better. This type of learning helps the children not only understand the process of calculating area, and perimeter, but it helps them with a sense of real world mathematics.
What is this Blog About?
This blog is about my observation in class room settings for my Education 114 and 115 classes at E&H. . This blog is about what I have learned, the different teaching methods, and stories about the children I observed. All the children that are talked about in this blog are not noted by name for security reasons.