Georgia First Grade Students Connect Math and Sunflowers

First grade students at GEMS used their math reasoning skills to answer questions during a sunflower activity on a beautiful, sunny afternoon.  Students collaborated to discuss and share their measuring, estimation, comparisons, and counting.

This year, teachers will embed the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics into their daily math practice. These kinds of activities reflect the critical thinking and math practices that students will be asked to know and do. Teachers will be adapting and aligning existing curriculum with the newly adopted standards throughout the year as GEMS rolls out the implementation of CCSS Math Standards. The CCSS expects that students will apply their learning in real-world contexts.

Children in our schools are using outdoor “labs” to explore the natural environment while learning and applying basic skills.

Students compare using various forms of measurement – links, meter sticks, and tape measures.

Students work together to chart their results.

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