Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Math Stations!

Our fall math stations are in full swing! I feel like I say this every time, but I LOVE this time of independent math practice during our day!! Check out what we've been working on...

A fall friendly shake and spill to make five.

 Scarecrow ten frame and number match.

 Greater than, less than, and equal to card game with a fun twist! 
 Draw, write, and make the number on a ten frame. This one also has a recording sheet for stamping instead of the ten frame, but we wanted to do all laminated sheets this year to avoid making so many copies!
 Flat and solid shape sort. It was so fun to hear them sorting today as they said aloud flat or solid for each picture. 
 Sorting silly fall leaves by shape and size.
 Working on greater than, less than, and equal to with this hiding fall mouse game. One player hides as the other one puts the fall mouse behind a number. 
 Then the player that was hiding, comes back around and asks questions like, is it greater than five? Is it less than three? 
 They narrow it down until they figure out which number the mouse is hiding behind.
 Autumn roll and cover. This can be played individually or with a partner. I played this today with one of my students and we had so much fun! I love the little leaf manipulatives. I scored those at Target last year in the dollar spot. Not sure if they have them again this year or not. 
 We always love our write the room station! Two different recording sheets go with this one. Either just writing the amount or writing the amount along with the number that comes before and after. 
These are all included in my Fall Math Stations pack along with a few more!! There are 12 stations total and they are all aligned to the Common Core! If you already have these, you will want to download the updated version for some additional recording sheets. I've found that laminating the recording sheets works so much better for us instead of making so many copies, so if you would rather have those, they are now included!
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Shape Monsters & Word Family Spiders

Halloween is quickly approaching and we just finished a full week of conferences. Today I got to enjoy a day off from school which was much needed! I got to sleep in a bit, go to the doctor to check on our baby, grocery shop, clean house, and now I'm finally taking time to relax before the Royals play tonight! As I sit here relaxing, I thought I would share our hallway display during conferences because it turned out too cute!  J     

The first activity we did was a Shape Monster Glyph. I love how colorful and different they all look. The bright colors outside our classroom door just make me so happy! J  It fit in perfectly with our unit about shapes in math. Then I thought it would be a fun display if we made the bulletin board interactive for the parents as they come to conferences. The glyph guidelines were posted so that they could guess which monster belonged to their child. Then they could check their guess by lifting the question mark that covers the students' pictures. All of this can be found in my store so that you can make your own monster glyphs and an interactive board if you'd like! 

 The next activity was a word family spider. We did the -at word family. You can download this freebie here. On each of the legs, the students glued an -at family picture and wrote the word for the picture using construction paper crayons. They turned out pretty cute and the kids loved seeing them hanging in the hallway since there is never anything hanging outside our door.

Can you believe Halloween is this Friday?! At least it's on a Friday this year!! Crazy to think that November is right around the corner. I couldn't be more excited though because that means our baby boy is almost here!! Only 9.5 more weeks to go before the due date! 

Enjoy your weekend and have a fabulous last week of October! J
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Literacy Centers - Letter Sounds

It’s been a few weeks since we were doing these letter sound literacy centers, but I finally got them posted in my store and ready to share with all of you! The kids were so excited about these centers! The first day I introduced them, we didn’t have time to actually go do them and the kiddos were so bummed!! You’ve gotta love their enthusiasm! J

Without further ado, here they are!

At our green table, the students enjoyed Spot it, Dot it with the letter sounds we were learning. They love using the BINGO daubers and it was a great way to practice letter identification and letter sounds. They had to say the sound the letter makes as they dot it with their BINGO dauber.

This Spin & Write the Sound center was at our yellow table. We used two different spinners during our two week period so that we focused on different sounds the second time around. There is a corresponding recording sheet for each spinner. My kids really enjoy the spinner games that I’ve introduced this year. There must be something about flicking that paper clip! J After they spin, they identify the beginning sound of the picture it lands on. Then they have to find the corresponding letter that makes the sound to write it.

The students at the purple table worked on I Spy worksheets for the letter sounds we have introduced and learned. There is a focus sound for each sheet and the students have to find all the pictures that begin with the sound as well as any letters that match the sound. Once they spy them, they color them.

Those first three centers can be found in my Beginning Sounds Literacy Center BUNDLE pack or individually in my TpT store.

We kept the next center at the blue table the same only with different letters that we were learning. The students trace, write, stamp, color, and find the letter. They are encouraged to say the sound as they do each. This is from my A-Z Letter Practice in D’Nealian, but it is also in traditional print here.

The last center was at the red table where the students made letters on geoboards. After they made the letter, we encouraged them to say the sound the letter made three times. The letter cards were found from here.
My teaching partner and I both have three Block B students from Kansas State University in our classrooms right now. They are studying to become teachers and only have two semesters left after this one before they graduate, so this is just one step to becoming a teacher. They teach a few lessons and make literacy games, so they created our next set of literacy centers. We are almost finished with those and will be putting together another new set of centers for our students. With our first quarter under wraps, we have more data to really get started with our MTSS groups. I've been pulling here and there, but my goal for this next quarter is to really hit it hard and pull my low students more consistently during our literacy centers time. Hopefully I'll be sharing that sixth center on all my future literacy center posts. J 

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