At first I was a bit overwhelmed with how I would incorporate the TV into our routine, but it was actually quite easy! These days it stays on for pretty much the entire time we are in our classroom. In morning meeting alone, it allows me to incorporate math and science!
The helper of the day gets to complete the weather station on the wall. They look out the window and choose the correct weather card and write the word, then they record the temperature.
We then slide the bar over to our recess time temperature and discuss how the temperature and weather have changed. Next, we discuss what they will need to wear at recess that day.As the year has progressed they noticed a lot of different things; they noticed the high and low temperature, the long range forecast, the wind and humidity.
I never pointed those things out, they just became more aware of them each day as we looked at this page repeatedly. It led to some wonderful conversations about weather patterns and how the sun moves throughout the day and changes the temperature. They were always amazed when a rainy day would just disappear from the long range forecast!
We then graph the weather using an Excel chart on my Google Drive. This graph was a great way to show the different ways in which you can count on a graph.
This also helped to reinforce comparing numbers. They would discuss how windy and snowy were equal. Then I would ask them to name a weather that was less than sunny, or greater than rainy.
The color coding of the weather patterns allowed them to "read" the graph earlier in the year when they were not ready to read yet.
Every day the helper also gets to place a sticker on our How Many Days Have We Been in School Chart.
To incorporate counting by 5's, we use Educreations for our tally mark chart.
After they have filled it in, we skip count by 5's. This is a great way to reinforce it daily, as well as help them learn how to make tally marks correctly.
Place Value Fish is my absolute favorite app. It allows me to see how well they understand place value, based solely on how they build the number.
One more click takes you to the base ten blocks. This is another great way to visually see the difference between 1 and 100.
I truly feel this app has helped my students to understand place value. This is a goal of mine, as when I taught 5th grade, I had A LOT of students who had a hard time with this concept.
After that, we work on the Sight Word of the Day. I actually keep each word up for a day or two, depending on the difficulty of the word. After we have practiced the word of the day, it is time for the sight word slideshow!
After our morning meeting is over, it is time for GoNoodle!
We also use Stick Pick on the TV. This saves me having to run around to find a name jar, since my iPad is always near me.
Stop back by my blog in the next few weeks to read about how we use the TV throughout the rest of the day.
Do you have a TV in your room? How do you incorporate it into your daily routine?