Let me start by saying that this was NOT my idea! I give full credit to Teacher Support Force (which I found on Pinterest – YAY, Pinterest!). It was too great of an idea not to try with my fifth graders. They LOVED it. Now, I don’t mean they enjoyed the lesson. I mean they asked to take it home and finish it. That’s right. They ASKED for HOMEWORK!!!
I created a PowerPoint with pictures of Angry Birds (which I am not at all affiliated with…but I do really like to play their games!). I explained to the kids that one angry bird is capable of destroying multiple pigs at once. They agreed. Then I showed them a scenario using images that I borrowed from Google. I took them step-by-step through a possible scenario where one angry bird took out two different pigs (I made sure the pigs looked different) through the distributive part of the problem. After a few of those, I showed them a problem with numbers and pointed out which numbers would be the bird and which ones would be the pigs.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a group of kids understand the Distributive Property of Multiplication so fast…EVER! (I would’ve loved to share my PowerPoint with you, but can’t since I swiped images of Angry Birds from Google and they are copyrighted.)
My classroom is in an awkward place, right in the corner. It’s actually a section of the library that has been divided by bookshelves. Anyway, here is our Angry Birds display:
The students did an amazing job with their posters. Here are a few examples:
I am so impressed with my fifth graders! They did awesome!