Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bump Games

I am busy working on making "Bump Games" for my 1st and 2nd grade class this year!  You can download a copy of my "2D Shapes Bump Game" for free at the link included here.  I have also made a set for 3D shapes, an addition packet for fact fluency, and one on reading genres.  "Bump" is a great game (for anyone unfamiliar with it), which can be developed for any grade level, and for most topics.  I think that it fits with math and language arts the easiest though.  I hope that it helps someone!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Teachers Pay Teachers

I recently learned about the site "Teachers Pay Teachers" (  If you are interested in finding things for your classroom that other teachers have made, this site is great!  They have lesson plans, classroom organization ideas, theme materials, math centers, you name it!  While some of the items do cost a minimal amount of money, many others are completely free!  I just started selling stuff on it.  Although I am not planning on making a lot of money with it, a few extra dollars never hurts...especially in this profession!  :)  You can view my items at: . You can also sell your own items for free (they take a small commission).

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Math Workstations Blog Party Chapter 8

You can follow this week's blog party of math workstations here this week!

How do you support math vocabulary (math talk) at Measurement stations?
I believe that making anchor charts (see p. 185) of Debbie Diller's Math Workstations is very important in aiding in student discussion at measurement stations.

What is your student’s favorite measurement work station/activity?
There are a lot of favorites in my room I think.
  • Weight:
    • Comparing and contrasting weights of objects (see above)
  • Length:
    • Going on a length scavenger hunt (find objects that are ___ inches, feet, yards long, and ___ centimeters, decimeters, and meters long)
    • Putting objects in order (see p. 189)
    • Measuring the hallway at school with yard sticks
    • Making body measurement posters using large paper.  Students have to measure arms, legs, etc. to make a life-size poster of their bodies.
  • Capacity:
    • Look to see which object holds more (see p. 192)
  • Time: 
    • Telling time bingo 
    • Time matching

    • Telling time "I Have...Who Has?"  You can see an idea here for free thanks to Rachel!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Math Workstations Blog Party Chapter 7

You can follow this week's blog party of math workstations here this week!

How do you support math vocabulary (math talk) at Geometry stations?
I encourage the students to use math vocabulary as they talk with their math group.  I teach them to compare and contrast the shapes as they work.  Also how to look for combining and dividing shapes to make other shapes as they work.

What student activities help support your student’s understanding of how to draw, build, make, put together, and take apart 2-D and 3-D shapes?
See below

What is your student’s favorite geometry work station/activity?
  • Dividing the students into pairs, one child places an attribute block into the hands of another child who has their hands behind their back.  The students try to figure out which shape their partner placed into their hands behind their back.
  • 2D and 3D Shape bump games are favorites in my room (see here for 2D shapes and here for 3D shapes)!
  • "I have...Who has?" with shapes (sample game here)
  • Shape Puzzles from Lakeshore but you could make your own

  • Using shapes to make pictures like this activity from Lakeshore .  This site offers a lot of them for free:)
  • Using straw and twist ties to make various 2D and 3D shapes.  This is part of the 2nd grade Everyday Math program but I think that it is equally beneficial for 1st graders and Ks as well.
  • Making shapes on geoboards
  • Go on a shape scavenger hunt around the school.  You can do this if you have cameras for the kids to use, or they can just draw/label the shapes and where they found them.