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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Math Number Sense Fun


Have your students catch Number Sense!!

Number sense, numeration, and numbers need to be caught and not taught, explored, and investigated. It can be done with easy, fun activities.

Search the Room, Oh Yeah!

One of my favorite is Search the Room. I hide small cards around the room. The students walk around with a recording sheet to find matches. The students must count the dots and color their match then search for a new match. It is amazing to see the students that need to count the same number of dots over and over ( I can also quickly assess one to one counting)...then the ones that begin to add independently.
Then I make it fun by changing the solid blue squares into apples, pumpkins, turkeys, and presents depending on the month. It is so much fun to see who first to notices the new images hidden around the room.
The most important part is that the students get the chance to practice and catch number sense.


Recording sheet that focused on subtizing.

Walk Down the Number Path

Click on picture for free copy.
Another fun activity is Number Path, think of a concrete representation of a number line. A number path should be use for K-2 learners instead of a number line because it shows an image instead of a hop which can be difficult for concrete learners.


Here a student is practicing counting while pointing to the number

I print the picture on card stock and cut in into groups of 5 to hang on my white board. I also make a copy for the students to cut into groups of 5 and take home to practice counting. By keeping the 5's connected, subitizing and work with 5's and 10's becomes concrete.

Students cutting apart number chart for home practice.

Adding to 5.
  I make the 1-5 path bigger with a document camera and the students used the number path to "show" how to solve addition and subtraction problems. 
Number in order matching.

 I, also, cut apart a second sample for ordering practice. Match the individual number to the ordered set. The groups of 5 make this activity much easier than separate numbers.

Get Things Rolling!


 Rolling Dice games makes subitizing,  number id, and counting fun. We roll a dice, throw a bean bag to identify the number rolled, and hop to the number. Then turn and count backwards to hop back to 0. So many skills covered. To keep all the students involved, we record the number rolled and create a graph worksheet. Once everyone has a turn, we discuss the number that was rolled more and the number that was rolled less.  Counting again.


Sometimes we just roll a dice and fill in the graph! A great way to change it up is to use different colored dice. Keep the sheet the same! Students think it is new and fun, but they actually can do it themselves. This is one that is requested again and again by the students,

Fun Resources

So many fun things to do with numbers! Here are the resource I use. Click on the pictures to find the resources.
 







Tuesday, June 20, 2017

4 Fun Reading Strategies

How do you use reading strategies to help young readers learn?
I love The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo. It really is "your everything guide to developing skilled readers." Cracking the code to reading is not the most important part of reading. You need to develop vocabulary, discuss thoughts and connections to become engaged readers that love books! I love the following strategies I found in this book.


 Supporting Print Work-Increasing Accuracy and Integrating Sources of Information

This part of reading always worries me the most! It seems so difficult for some students.
 Check the Picture for Help helps the child to not only read what is happening but see what is happening as well. They can double check to make sure that word makes sense in the sentence before moving on and getting more confused. I think many students need to be taught this skill. The discussion in the group can't skip this step that seems so easy to some.
 Try, Try,  Try Again is probably the most important strategy every reader should remember. It is especially difficult with some students.  I like to fact that you actually teach it to the students, not just expect it. Teach the students to use all the things they have in their toolbox.


  • You know how to read words from left to right.
  • You know how to check the picture to see if it makes sense.
  • You know how to think about what is going on in a story, and how that can help you choose the right word.
  • You know how to look for parts of words you know inside of a larger word.

Teaching Fluency-Reading with Phrasing, Intonation,and Automacity

 Think, "Have I Seen It on the Word Wall?" What a great idea as a warm up, to read the words on the word wall! I have done this in writing but what a great connection to do it with reading as well to hep develop automaticity with sight words. Just have the students read the word wall words as warm up! Then remind them to use those words in reading.


 Warm-Up and TransferI love to do this with students when they just begin reading. I always did it for confidence but I love the idea to use with strategies. I love the use of "As you read, I want you to be aware of how you let your eyes go ahead of the word you are reading now, how you scoop up many words at a time in a phrase, how you read it based on how the character is thinking in an easy book, then try it in a just right book."

Be sure to check back to find more as I keep reading!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

1917 Teacher Rules!

Be sure to check out my blog post from Conversations from the Classroom to read the rules for teacher conduct from 1917. You may also want to find out why I will stop complaining about too many students my kindergarten classroom!
Click picture to go to CFTC.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

End of Year but NOT end of Learning!

 The end of the year is fast approaching, but we are still learning! Best way to keep behaviors from spiraling out of control! Keep them busy!!!

What are we doing to stay engaged?

We have started a study of insects. We are learning that they have 3 body parts and 6 legs! Great as we watch caterpillars turn into butterflies!
We pulled pattern blocks from a bag and graphed to see which was pulled the most and least!
 
Make it even more fun by adding a blindfold! We had to use our senses to describe the sides and angles. 

We use dice to practice writing numbers 1-6 or use a math template to make sure the they go in the right direction! We still mess this up in K!
We continue to work on "spilling beans" to find parts of a total! This type of numeration work helps develop fact fluency!
 Re-read stories that we know! It helps us practice fluency! Plus we are so proud that we can stretch words, reread and figure out words from the sentence/picture! Using all these strategies can be so difficult for beginning readers!
 Focusing on the sneaky, silent e makes reading more difficult books fun! We sort fun ice cream cones. This type of word work really focuses learners on looking through entire words!
Stretching and blending beautiful flowers keeps the learning fun! When we write the words we work on letter formation! Telling a sentence makes it more difficult, especially with nonsense words! You should hear those sentences!

I really think the students love this time of year because they are so successful and they do all of the work now instead of listening to me talk!

What do you do to keep learners engaged at the end of the year?




Monday, May 22, 2017

End of Year Gifts Cards for Teachers Giveaway!

TEACHERS!!! It’s been a long school year and it’s time for a Gift Cards for Teachers MEGA Giveaway! 

I teamed up with a bunch of cool teachers to reward 5 LUCKY teachers by giving away 5 $100 gift cards! 

You could win a $100 Gift Card to Target, Amazon, Erin Condren, or Teachers Pay Teachers! 

Good Luck! Enter Below:


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Addition Math Fun

Practicing math skills can be so fun if taught using games! It is so much more fun than doing worksheets!
We had so much fun doing the Double Double rhyme when we rolled 2 dice! I think they heard us across the building! Check it out!
1st-Roll 2 dice! 
I made paper dice that had no 6. Our standard focuses on adding and subtracting to 10 so this made it easier. I do use a 6 if I have advanced students.
2nd-Student must tell each part then the total.
This is a great time to observe the students that need to count the dots! I am so excited when a few start to count from another number instead of all the dots.
Student-" 2 and 5....5, 6, 7. The total is 7."
Yes, I still have students that have to count each dot when rolled so more number and counting practice is needed!
DOUBLE-If a double is rolled, we do the rhyme from above and you should hear the cheers!
3rd-Record roll on recording sheet
This is such a fun game to work with addition facts, numeration, numbers, and number sense all in one stop! So fun! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Math Centers

We have been working so hard at math centers the past few weeks! The students have told me that this was their favorite thing to do! I think it is because they do all the work! I just help!
I am amazed at how they have grown in one to one counting, number formation, and the flipping/moving of shapes! We LOVE MATH!