Bridges Blog Archive for Geometry

Balancing the Digital Classroom & Traditional Classroom

Balancing the Digital Classroom & Traditional ClassroomAs soon as implementing technology into the classroom became the “big thing,” I jumped right on board. I used technology a lot; maybe too much.

Polydron Power!

Portland Public School kindergarten teacher Nicki Eybel recently sent us a great question:

My kindergarten students LOVE Polydron sets. They seem like a fairly "limited" material. The students make boxes and fill them with...well, lots. Then they build pyramid roofs and that's all. Do you have any suggestions to scaffold Polydron learning at this time of year? Or, are we on the "right track" in Room 12?

April Showers Bring Math Flowers

A colleague recently confided that dealing with bulletin boards was one of her least favorite parts of teaching. As I stared at my own vast blank blue wall, I could relate. I’ve often considered teaching my creative outlet, but I’m finding that with the increased rigor of Common Core and other teaching demands, I sometimes exhaust my creative energies figuring out how to fit everything into the available class time.

I Wonder...

One of the aspects I love most about Bridges is the deep thinking and conversation that can occur during a lesson. Recently, my students encountered a situation that prompted a spontaneous inquiry. During the lesson, “Exploring Symmetry in Quilt Blocks,” my second grade students were discussing their observations about the lines of symmetry found in the quilt blocks they created.

Gotta Get the Geoboards

“Please get out the geoboards!” begged two of my first graders shortly after I introduced the April Calendar Grid markers (from Supplement C8).

The Four Cs, Digital Learning & Bridges

The "Four Cs"—critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication—are widely recognized as the hallmark of 21st century learning.

Creative Resources Explore the Coordinate Plane

Fifth grade Common Core State Standards asks students to "Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems." [CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.2] With a large number of resources available to creatively explore the coordinate plane, you'll have no problem finding some ideas to add to student und

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