Measuring Area

One of the activities at the Math centre this week in my classroom was all about area. How do you introduce area to 6-8 year olds? The grade 1 and 2 curriculum encourages teachers to introduce their students to this concept using non-standard units; that is, blocks and other manipulatives. I have found that the children enjoy this activity (which they do in pairs) and eagerly measure the surface of books, their journal, the seat of a chair, and a book shelf.

A few surfaces are covered by many blocks and the children need to work out some strategies to count up to large numbers. This necessity leads to one of those moments when the grade 2 partner helps the grade 1 student  The students’ collaboration often leads to both grades understanding the basics of area and measuring it.

Which photo do you prefer? The colour? Or the black and white?

mergeyes_widget© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This week Paula, over at Lost in Translation, suggests we post our photo today in both colour and in black & white for her Black & White Sunday challenge)

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Imperfect Structures

The culminating (final) task in the inquiry on structures I explored with my class was for them to design and create a structure with recyclable materials.

Recyclable Materials © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017
The children enjoyed the building of their designs.

Building Structures © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017
And lovingly painted their creations.

Painting Creations © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017
The structures may be imperfect but in my students’ imaginations these creations are beautiful.

Do you enjoy creating with recyclable materials?

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(This post is linked to Paula’s Black & White Sunday. The theme this week is imperfect)

Black & White Sunday: Mayan Temple

During the Summer, my family and I had the opportunity to go to Mexico and see the Mayan Temple. We were in awe of this ancient structure and I imagined it surrounded by the forest with approaching pilgrims who had come to visit for religious purposes.

Mayan Temple © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
Mayan Temple © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The structures are now beginning to crumble and the modern visitors come to see what are one of the new wonders of the world.

Have you been to visit one of the Mayan Temples?

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(This post is linked to Paula’s Black & White Sunday)

Black & White Sunday: Rural Photography

Last year in the beginning of July, my family and I had the opportunity to visit Arizona in the United States. On our trip we decided to do a few sightseeing jaunts and, while on our way to Sedona, we saw miles of dry land.

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A View of Arizona. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The threatening rain clouds did eventually send water to the ground but, thankfully, we had already returned to the hotel.

Have you seen Arizona’s rural landscape?

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(This post is linked to Paula’s Black & White Sunday)

Black & White Sunday: Negative Space

Last night I decided to open a bottle of South African wine that my nephew had brought us for Chinese New Year. As I pulled the cork out, I thought of the many times I had done so in the past before pouring wine to eat with dinner. Not many wine bottles these days are corked and I wondered if corking does make a difference to the taste of the beverage.

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A Taste of Home. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The wine is crisp and went well with the dinner my husband had cooked. We do not drink much and we look forward to having another taste of home tonight.

Do you drink wine with your dinner?

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(This post was written as a response to Paula’s Black & White Sunday prompt: negative space)

Black & White Sunday: Light

During the winter months, we need to use lamps in our place in order to see. I try to read by the lamplight but I often give up and switch on the TV as I find the light is not bright enough. Our place does not have overhead lighting and I often find it to be a disadvantage.

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By the light of the lamp. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

We have made the decision to go shopping for more lamps. Now to find the desire to enter a crowded store on a busy weekend afternoon!

Do you read by lamplight?

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(This post was written as a response to Paula’s Black & White Sunday prompt:light)

A Little Relaxation

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Relaxation. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

The weekend is a time for relaxation and putting your feet up. During this long weekend, my daughter decided to do a little relaxing of her own on the sofa. She often has a book in her hand but yesterday evening she decided to watch a few episodes of the anime series she is currently watching. I did not feel envious as I have been doing a little relaxing of my own on the sofa. Instead of watching a show, I have immersed myself into the world created by the novelist I am currently reading. The relaxation this weekend has done me good and I feel more willing to face the challenges of the week.

What did you do for relaxation this week?

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(This post was written as a response to Paula’s Black & White Sunday prompt: surreptitious photography)

Building a Cityscape

As you know, the construction in my neighbourhood is ongoing. Cranes are often seen behind buildings and trees.

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A peeking crane. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Walking past another site, I see the trucks and drills that make continous noise throughout the day.

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Construction site. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Looking at yet another construction site, I notice that the outside of this condo is almost done.

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On its way to completion. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I know the changes and noise will not end with this condo’s completion as notices displayed on various buildings in the area suggest that condo construction will be continuing for many years to come.

Paula's B&W SundayIs construction changing the scape of your neighbourhood?

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(This post was written as a response to Paula’s Black & White Sunday prompt: cityscape)

Through the Window

During the Summer, my view remains unchanging – except for the movement of the cranes working on the construction site in the far background.

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Looking through the window. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

My plants don’t seem to mind the view and instead seem to be thriving in the sunlight.

Paula's B&W SundayWhat do you see through your windows?

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(This post was written as a response to Paula’s Black & White Sunday prompt: windows)

Winter Lines

The lines in winter seem to stand out in stark contrast to the white snow that surrounds them.

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Winter Lines. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The empty park benches create horizontal lines that remain unbroken as are the vertical lines of branches that reach for the skies.

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Winter park benches. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The lines of the playground remain untouched by small hands.

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Lines at a park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The spaces amongst the trees are left empty.

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Lines of trees. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

As the sun sinks lower, the winter lines become darker and can be seen more clearly against the freshly fallen snow.

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A snowscape. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The harsh winter lines that I see everyday will be softened in a few months with the advent of spring. Beauty can be found in winter lines but I do admit to preferring those of a warm spring.

Paula's B&W SundayDo you enjoy winter lines?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is linked to Paula’s Black & White Sunday. The prompt this week is lines)