Today was the second day of covering ordered pairs in math. Yesterday was focused on the first quadrant, in which students are quite familiar with since it is only using positive numbers. Yesterday's observations proved that this is nothing new.
So, as I had promised them, today was focused on all four quadrants, which means that negative numbers were involved. I know that this can be a frightening concept for students but based on prior experience, it becomes simple and easy to master once it is explained. Again......it involves PATTERNS. The basic rule of coordinates applies here as well, just on a greater level. Math is all about patterns.
On a personal note, the more I talk about patterns, the more fun this is getting for me!
Students came in to a warm-up that was a review of yesterday's content that I mentioned above.
I went over examples with the 4 quadrants. It went much faster than anticipated with kids really grasping it. The only snags I observed, due to students asking me for clarification, is when the point is on the axis. For example, if the point is on the x axis, it is 0. That is the only thing that tripped up a few and when I asked them to guide me through their thinking, they ended up answering their own questions. All-in-all, I am very pleased with how this went and I would like to continue this tomorrow with a game.
Social studies was a continuation of yesterday's work. Students continued to work on the poster on their chosen UN Sustainability goal.
Literacy was a continuation of yesterday as well. I did have the students fill in an entry in their online reading log that they have on their Google Drives. They also went to Archive.org to set up a free account to access children's books online.
Writing involved their stories.