The invention of banking preceded that of coinage. Banking originated in ancient Mesopotamia, where the royal palaces and temples provided secure places for the safekeeping of grain and other commodities. Receipts came to be used for transfers, not only to the original depositors, but also to third parties. Why do we save our coins in the piggy bank? During the Middle Ages, in about the 15th century, metal was expensive and seldom used for household wares. Instead, dishes and pots were made of it economical clay called pygg. Whenever housewives could save an extra coin, they dropped it into one of their clay jars. They called this their pygg bank or their piggy bank. Over the next 200 to 300 years, people forgot that ”pygg” referred to the earthenware material. In the 19th century when English potters received a request for piggy banks, they produce banks shaped like a pig. Of course, the pigs appealed to the customers and delighted the children.
Monday –Students worked on a new way of thinking about subtraction. Our Combination Number Stories challenged students to compare two numbers and to describe which was the larger number and by how much. The class decided to tie this in with our work with money and to add the finished products to the bulletin board in the hall. If John has seven dollars and Mike has five dollars then John has two dollars more than Mike. We discussed the old-time belief that if March comes in like a lamb it will go out like a lion or if March comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb. Everyone completed a graph about March weather and interpreted the results. Students worked on a variety of literacy and math stations this afternoon as I worked with reading groups.
Tuesday – Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! Theodor Seuss Geisel was born March 2, 1904. Students had the opportunity to share their favorite Dr. Seuss book. Students worked on a dot to dot of the Cat in the Hat that reinforced numbers from one to 100. Students used a number line or cubes to assist them as they calculated addition problems. We used the Cat in the Hat’s hat to reinforce the “at” work family. Everyone was challenged to create five different words ending in at by adding a different consonant to each word. The stripes on the hat were colored to create a pattern. The class worked on a variety of patterns today, including AB, AABB and ABC. Students practiced breaking words into syllables and recognizing and creating rhyming words. We read both The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.
Wednesday –The class used real pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to help them visually match the front of each coin with the reverse. Students helped me with a little money magic as we cut up a dollar bill and it kept going back together. Everyone did a good job playing Race to a Dollar, where students had to exchange pennies for dimes. Counting everyone's feet was a great way to practice counting by 2’s. We tried estimating the number of dimes in our estimation jar. S.M.I.L.E. packets went home with four new students. Remember, they are due back on Monday or Tuesday, so I can get them ready to go home with four new students the next Wednesday. Max was chosen as Artist of the Week for his detailed work on that Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two.
Thursday – Our Key Bank field trip was a great success! We examined everything from the ATM and security cameras to entering the vault through the thick steel door and passing through the bulletproof shield. Everyone was very creative when writing about his or her Key Bank experience. Each child received his or her own Key Bank piggy bank. We explored the mathematical concept of one half. The class practiced dividing different groups of objects in half. This was a great time to review odd and even numbers. Students quickly recognized the AB pattern of odd and even numbers. Mrs. Van Haasteren came to our room to help the children continue working with the Handwriting Without Tears program. The class did a remarkable job with our first lock down drill, which happened while the class was in the gym.
Friday – We learned about writing checks and practiced writing one of our own. I told them that this was the only time they can write a check for any amount they wanted and not have to worry if they had the money in the bank to pay for it! Students cut out four dollars to take home when they finished with his or her check. I had made large coins as visual cues for students when we sing the Coin Chorus song. The class couldn't wait for the opportunity to role-play in our bank. Students were very creative and created security cameras to keep our bank safe. We read our books with our Book Buddies today. Homework for the weekend is to read their new book with at least two people.