Using Real Pictures for Math and Literacy

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If you were like me, in mid-March, you had to switch to distance learning, without any warning or guidance.  And if you were like me, without all your resources, which were housed in a building we weren't allowed to go in.

So I had to come up with ways to talk about math and literacy with very few resources, with children with varying degrees of physical capabilities and in some cases vision, attention, well, you get the picture.

So I decided to use my environment and have the children use the environment they were in to investigate both math and literacy.  Since my students respond very well to real pictures, I decided to take pictures of my community and challenge them to do same.

 I started with a very simple task.  Find some letters and numbers in your environment.  This could be on a sign outside or a cereal box in the house.  Do you know the letters or numbers?  How many letters are there?  How many numbers?  Can you put them ABC order or numerical order?  Can you fill in the missing ones?  Can you add them up?  Can you spell something different with the letters you find?



We moved on to counting.  How many hale bales are in the field?  How many horses?  Challenge your students to find a certain number of items.  Can they write a sentence to go with their picture?  "There are 3 horses.  One is white and two are brown".


Animals use camouflage and I challenged the children to find the animal in this picture.  The lighting wasn't the best so he is really hard to see.  If you look closely, can you see the bunny?  What is hiding in their environment?  They could even hide something on purpose and give clues to what we are suppose to find. 



Lastly, I challenged the children to find letters or numbers in their environment.  They needed their powers of observations for this one.  Using our distance learning environment, Seesaw, the children were able to draw directly on the pictures.  




Take a look at their observations.




What can you do using real pictures?  Use your imagination and have fun.


by A Special Kind of Class

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