Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Getting Creative & Multilingual with Table Group Names

Instead of having the same, boring table group names for the entire year, I like to mix things up and make them educational at the same time.  Below, you will find a plethora of table group names that fit the different units we do throughout the year, like this one from our first math unit- place value!

Here are our table group names for our geometry unit.  You could do them in two languages, have the picture on one side and the name on the other, or do the name of the figure on one side and its definition on the other like I've done here.

One of the highlights for third and fourth grade for social studies is state history.  Here are some pioneer-ish table group names; one side is English and the other is in a different language.
For our temperate rainforest unit, I have the name of a common temperate rainforest animal on one side of the table group name and its name in a different language on the back.

In our fraction unit, we use these table group names with a common fraction written in words on the front with the picture shown in bars, and the fraction written numerically on the back with the fraction shown in a circle.  I just hole punch a little hole at the top of each piece of construction paper after I laminate it, thread a string through it, tie a little thumb tack to the end, and pierce the ceiling tile so it dangles over the center of the table group.

We also cover Oregon geography and the continents, so I have created these table group names to put up during those units:

What are some of the table group names that you have used in the past?  How do you connect them with the units you teach?  Leave a comment below, and check back for more teaching goodness!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Why I Haven't Posted in a While- Grace Arwen

This is just a quick post to let you know why I haven't posted in a few months- my daughter joined us in early July at 8 pounds 6 ounces and 20 inches long.  I'm adjusting to my new role as mommy, but hope to be posting a bunch in a few weeks as I'll have time off of work until December.  Thanks for your prayers and happy thoughts for our new little family!