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Magnetic Math Fun!


We have been having a lot of fun with subtraction this week.  First we learned about subtraction by pretending to have a donut store.  The donuts were fruit loops.  To understand subtraction really well it helps to really subtract something!


We would decide how many donuts could be on our plates and then subtract (eat) some and see how many were left!  I think they got it!


The next day we worked with magnets and paper clips to make subtraction stories!  The children each had ten paper clips.  They decided how many they wanted to put in the plate. Then they waved their magnet over the plate like a magic wand to see how many they could pick up!  Then they recorded their story!  Lots of fun!


Please excuse the blurriness of this picture!  Definitely an action shot!


Of course we had to experiment with the magnets!  This is a picture of them moving the paper clips like magic by using the magnet inside their desks to move the magnets on top of their desks!  Another action shot as the paper clips are blurry because they were moving when I took the picture! Cool trick!


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Making Books! iPad Style!


One of the final projects we worked on with the iPads was a math book.  The children used a combination of apps to create their math books.  They really loved this project and worked on it for a long time very happily!  I found the beginning of the idea on a neat website called Journey with an iPad by Kate Lechleiter.  She had a post about using Doodle Buddy and ten frames to represent numbers.  She took a picture of the ten frame and used it as a background on Doodle Buddy.  Then the children used the stamps to represent numbers.

lars nick math

I thought that I would like to see the children take this idea and create addition stories with it.  I took a picture of a ten frame on each iPad so that it was in the camera roll.  The children then used that picture as their background and used the stamp feature in Doodle Buddy to create their own addition stories.  Then they recorded the addition stories underneath them.

Then we took our stories and imported them into Strip Designer to create our math books.  They turned out great!  The children had such a good time creating them that they wanted to make even bigger stories.  So I took pictures of two ten frames together so that the students who wanted a bigger challenge could create even bigger stories.  

The children made up to four or five pages of addition stories in Strip Designer.  I discovered that I could save the work as a PDF file and save it in iBooks.  Then I was able to email it to myself and then forward on a copy of the book to their homes!  I also printed off a hard copy of the book.  It is in black and white.  I like the digital version better!

c alphabet

The last day with the iPads we decided to create an alphabet book with the iPads.  We used a combination of photographs of things in the classroom. pictures of the children, and drawings done in Doodle Buddy.  We took these images from the camera roll and imported them into Strip Designer to create our pages.

w alphabet

We have the whole alphabet done!  They turned out great!  I am hoping to collate them into a Photostory which I will upload to a cloud so everyone can download a copy!

Yesterday, the iPads were picked up.  We decided to use them until they came to pick them up! I let the children choose to work with any app that they wanted to for the last time.   We had some student teachers visiting and it was fun to see the children sharing their favourite apps with these teachers.  I know the teachers were impressed with how comfortable they were navigating around the various apps creating their last projects.

beth fish comic

payton last

We really loved our iPad project!

mr mugs ipad 2

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