Before adding our last page, I had created a word scramble page from SuperTeachers (currently a free feature). Each of the words were math terms that could be found in their table of contents. This was just a fun way to sum up our year together. Next, we all sat on the floor (Kindergarten style, as I call it) and slowly flipped through each page of our Notebook. This was by far the best part of that entire week. They couldn't believe all we had learned and how far we had come! Some mentioned that when we entered certain pages, they still had not understood it completely, but now at the end of the year, they "got it." This was a great lesson to learn. It doesn't always "click" for all our students at the same time. But with a little bit of hard work and a lot of perseverance, most students understood everything by the end of the year. Our Notebooks were a great reminder of that.
After we reflected on the year as a class, I let them make their very last foldable. This was a reflection on what they thought they were good at in math, things that were difficult or easy for them, and times that they had the most fun. I must admit, most said they had fun when their teacher got distracted or off track. What? I have no idea what they are talking about......
Here are some of my favorites from that last day:
|This one makes me smile :)|
|Fun is a theme in our room. When we have fun, we are learning and it sticks!|