For about two weeks now, we have had some gorgeous days here in Ohio. It’s been in the 60s and 70s and sunny! We have been taking full advantage of this in my classroom! By the time the students come back from lunch, my classroom (which is on the second floor without air conditioning) has the sun beaming in through the wall of windows. Even with the windows open and my three fans blowing, we still can’t get rid of the muggy feel. I decided make good use of the nice weather we have and make it an incentive for the students to work on their math outside. If the students have been mostly on task for the time leading up to the end of the whole-group portion of my math lesson around 2:45, I will allow the students 20 minutes to work outside on completing some pages and their Math Boxes in their Journals with a partner. I’ve also noticed that they are more on task outside because they are more spread out and there are less distractions. To tell you the truth, I’m always hoping they can earn it because I just can’t stand being in this hot building all day!
Here are some pictures I took of them working today. It wasn’t as sunny as it normally is, but the students actually preferred the clouds because it was easier to see the pages of their books. They also enjoyed not having the sun beating down on them and were able to work without hiding underneath the playground equipment.
The only downfall of today was that there was quite a breeze. They were very inventive on how to keep their pages from blowing. This student actually took his shoes off and used them as paper weights! Gotta love the problem solving skills there!