# Collaboration and Community Building

Same as Lesson

Overview:

Part of the math core for first grade is to understand that the the equal sign means the same.  After working on same as for a few weeks Mrs. Wright and myself had our classes work in groups to make and take pictures of a math problem.  We took the pictures and put them into a slide show with a empty slide  for the other class to fill in.  We then traded slides and each group was assigned a problem that the other class created.  They had to make a math problem that was equal to or the same as but could not use the same math problem the other class created.  Above you will find the final project.  Below is the lesson plan and the rubric used by the students.

Reflection:

The students enjoyed trying to make problems that could trick the other class.  The students from both classes were finding each other and trying to figure out who's problem they answered.  They were able to go outside their comfort zone of friends to meet and talk to students in the other class. They also enjoyed not only writing the problem but showing it using objects from around the class.  When it came to matching the other classes math problem some of the groups relied on the objects more than the numbers.  They counted how many objects were in the picture and then counted out that many of their objects.  They then made a new problem rearranging the objects and counting.  In the future I would like to redo the lesson but use only numbers to see if their understanding has increased past just counting objects.

Student and Parent Community

Overview:

I also have a class web site that I try to update a few times a month.  The web site also has upcoming events and messages listed.  The class website as links to student friendly sites in multiple academic areas.  I have added digital copies of the homework parents can print and other documents they may need.

Above you will find a power point with screen shots and explanations of how I use both bloomz and the class website.

Reflection:

I have had a class website for many years.  Some years my parents use it a lot other years it barely get's looked at.  This is the first year that I have used Bloomz.  I have found that with Bloomz I have a lot more parent interaction.  I have really liked it because it is meant to be quick.  I don't have to write a formal letter and more parents are getting the updates and messages.  Parents have communicated with me a lot more this year as well.  First graders don't get most their papers home.  Bloomz has been a way to reach most my parents without the message getting lost on the way home.  Next year I will stress that bloomz will be the main way I communicate so hopefully I can get all my parents to sign up.

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