Whew … It has been one crazy busy new year! I can’t believe that January is almost over! It has come with many challenges and blessings. This year I am trying to push myself out of my own way, try some new things, and keep creativity in mind through all my lessons. I’m using this Neil Gaiman quote as my motto! I need to remember it’s okay to make mistakes, and we need to learn from them! Try iteration!
I’m looking forward to February too! I’ll be presenting at the TCEA convention in Austin during the Math Academy – #tceaMathAcad on Twitter. I’m super excited to be sharing about App Smashing in math with my students. I’ll share the resources here too.
I did this project in small groups with my little mathematicians. We have used both of the apps before, multiple times, but they were all at different comfort levels, so it was easier to help them in small group. We used Number Pieces Basic to create number pictures with 10’s and 1’s of the numbers they had chosen to compare. They took screen shots of each number they created. Then began to work in Popplet Lite.
Popplet was perfect because they can type text and draw. They could type the number sentence for expanded form, and then draw the greater than / less than symbol. We’ve been drawing dots on the symbols to help us remember what they mean – 2 is greater than 1, so the 2 dots should point to the bigger number. There is an EXCELLENT post over at Math Coach’s Corner about helping students understand these symbols, and why we shouldn’t call them alligators. Check it out!
Anyway, here are some of the great creations they came up with. I love seeing how each student arranges and links the popples in their work differently.
I’m going to put this project in stations for them to do independently, but I would like for them to take it a step further and use Tellagami or Educreations to explain their thinking. What else would you add, or how would you make this project work for your students?