Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Patterning Practice During Calendar

Over the years,  I have added various things to my calendar routine.  One need that I saw was that my students needed more practice with patterning.  So, we now work on patterns every day.  The calendar helper gets to add a sticker each day, depending on the pattern that we are following.  You can download this to use in your classroom here for FREE!  Here is what it looks like in my room this year:)


You could also have your kids make their own mini-books with this idea using stamps to make it more cost friendly:)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Mrs. Stanford's Product Swap! :)

I had so much fun participating in Mrs. Stanford's Product Swap 4! 
This was my 2nd swap and I was fortunate to be partnered up with Melissa from First Grade Smiles!

First Grade Smiles
In reviewing Melissa's blog, we have many things in common, including having taught multiple grade levels over the years.  :)

I was lucky to review her Common Core math product below:
First, I had to prep the centers which was very easy to do, simply print (and I chose to laminate), and cut.  Here is my cat Britain "helping me."  Whenever I bring laminating home, Britain has to check it out:)
Here is a sample of one of the matching games.  We are fairly restricted as to using the color printer at school, so I printed out the games on black and white paper. I then glued them on to colored paper so that kids could not see through to the back of the cards.  I color coded the games, so that in theory...all pieces should be in the correct bag:)

 Here is another place value game ready to be bagged up:)
 You can see that the kids can not see through the back of the cards so that it is fair.

 The fact sorts were perfect and are very easy to differentiate.  These are samples of facts with sums from 9-12.  Students had to sort the cards based on their answers.  As there are different levels, there is something appropriate for all 1st and 2nd graders!  Below is a sample.

Once I had them cut out, I placed each activity into a bag.
Melissa also was kind enough to provide assessment sheets for the various games and activities! As we are very restricted in the use of copy paper at our school, I put them in dry erase sleeves so that students can reuse them with dry erase markers and socks to erase.
 Here are some pictures of my students learning and having fun with Melissa's wonderful product!

My 1st graders loved these games!  I give Melissa's product 
and my students give her the same review as well!  They are very excited to play her games and work on the activities during math time!  Thank you Melissa!

Melissa and I are having a Rafflecopter for this product swap!  Enter now for the possibility of winning all 3 products in our product swap!  You can see it here:
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Revising and adding details to sentences

I have some students who struggle with making detailed sentences.  So I wanted to share something that has helped my students with this.  I use sentence strips, or you could also use strips of paper.  I have the students write a "kindergarten sentence," but without the punctuation at the end.  This is defined as a 3-4 word sentence on the sentence strip.  I do tell them that as 1st and 2nd graders most of their sentences should be longer than that.  

Ex. I see a cat

Next, I ask them to add a word by writing it on the strip and inserting it into the sentence by moving words as needed.

Ex. I see a black cat

Then, I invite them to add another detail to make their sentence more vivid, and to insert the words as needed.

Ex. I see a  black cat sleeping under the table.

When they have added details, I have them add a punctuation mark to the end of the sentence.  You could also use picture prompt with struggling students.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Currently & Spring Break SALE!

April is finally here and so is my spring break!!!  I love my job, but I need a break:)  I am linking up with Farley for April's "Currently."

In honor of me being on break, I am throwing a 20% off sale at my TPT store through April 5th!  Even if you don't want to spend any money, I have tons of free stuff available there as well!

I plan on learning a few blogging tips from:
Jessica has many tips on improving blogs and I have already learned a lot from her!  I plan on using some of my break to improve my blog thanks to Jessica!!!