Monday, September 24, 2012

Illuminations, Pattern Blocks, & Munchkins! ♥

We are working on geometric shapes this week & learning how many shapes we can make using different shapes.  They were excited!  Happy little munchkins.... I love 'em!  So, first we did a little brainstorming & shape naming.  Then we went to this website:  Illuminations
And then, we used manipulatives to build the shape we made on the smartboard.   After that, we drew that shape, built new shapes, and illustrated them!  It was tons of fun.

Tomorrow we're taking a similar activity to a whole 'nuther level.  I am LOVING first grade!



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OMG... my room is messy. :)

Ok, so today while the munchkins worked with pattern blocks I walked around taking pictures of them and of our classroom.  I swear it looks neater in person...or at least I think it does! Haha... don't judge me by my clutter.  I just wanted to share.  :)


Differentiated writing pages for the kiddos to use for work on writing and other writing activities.  I used to have thier names on sticky notes designating each pocket for specific kids, but this year I haven't done that yet.  They seem to like the challenge of the harder pages. 

Data Folders, Writing Folders, Messy Small Group Math Stuff, "Gator Gold" Tickets, & great writing about a castle. :)

New word work stations & a "must do" list... the rest of the list says, "touch and spell your sight words on the calendar wall; do the work in your word work pocket." 

My plain old ugly white daily organizers... one day I'm going to cover those puppies with cute paper.  And... a few of our jobs.  Every munchkin has one!

Student book baskets that they LOVE & my messy yet organized shelf of small group guided reading baskets.

Our behavior management chart, my bestie gave me the "believe," and some fun artwork from the kiddos today.

Our rules/voice levels/munchkin mission statement wall, first day of our "reader response" cards, word wall in the long hall, and our beginning of the year calendar wall.  I think it will probably change a lot as we go through the year.  Our PDSA (plan, do, study, act) board is also located here.  It's way smaller than I'm used to but I like that it takes up less space.

Our Math Wall in action, a bad picture of our math basket rotations, and a list of our daily activities.  I need to figure out a way to incorporate "framing the lesson" into this schedule thingie.  We refer to it all day but I can't seem to wrap my mind around how to get it done.  There must be a way! :)


Something new I incorporated today was our SMARTboard rotation plan.  I built folders on the desktop for the kiddos, made a list of their groups, and posted it up on the wall!  I'll let you know how it goes after it gets in full swing.  They were awfully excited about it today!!  
 ♥


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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Math Center: Base Ten Addition

Is it obvious I've been working on school stuff all weekend?  It's nice to be able to sit on the couch, laptop on my lap, box of tissues nearby, and do nothing but tap and click on the computer.  I've been feeling crummy this past week so it was a welcome bit of rest & work.  

Here's a center I made for kids to use during math based on our recent work with base ten rods & units.  Print on cardstock and laminate!  I will add my base ten blocks, white board markers, and maybe some linking cubes for the kids to use.  

A fun extension might be to add skewers and mini marshmallows so that kids can create their own rods and units.  However, in my district, the munchkins would never be allowed to eat the marshmallows so it kind of takes the fun out of it so... LOL :)


♥ Thanks! ♥
 

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The Learning Box :)



Look at this wonderful site I just came across!  There are wonderful activities that can be easily projected onto the interactive white board to enhance instruction.   








This is the activity I found first was when I was searching for some base ten activities for my firsties. As pictured below, it will automatically give the kids a number to build.  In this example, "make 33 blocks."  They have to click and drag the correct number of rods (tens) and units (ones) to the pad to make the given amount.  It keeps track of how many they've added, follows the amount on the ruler, and models it in the hundreds, tens, ones cups on the bottom left.  AWESOME!

They love using the hands on manipulatives but  this site will give them practice in math centers, too.  They're going to love it!! :)


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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fluency Checks... ONLINE! :)

Learn More Now! 



Look what I just found!  
Easy CBM:  Curriculum-Based Measurement Solutions for Every Tier

I don't know much about it just yet, but I created a teacher account and BOOM!  There are fluency checks available to print for kids & teachers.  And guess what else?!  They can do them ONLINE too!  And one more wow... there's math, too!!  OMG... is it weird that I'm  giddy over that?  LOL

You can enter student information online and track their progress... ONLINE! 

♥  Check it out and let me know what you think!  ♥


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This is why....♥

 This is why I teach.  The kiddos are so wonderful, sweet, exciting, funny, heartwarming, and they have such a desire to learn!  
This is why.  
"...I no you love me."  
I am so touched and so blessed! 




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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Math Center: Tally it Up (free download)

 My sweet little firsties are very bored in their math centers. I stayed at school until nearly 5:00 on Friday (should be against the law) trying to put out some new more challenging manipulatives and games for them to work with.  I think that's going to be the only challenge with looping:  keeping it new! 

While I continue to scour Pinterest for some easy math stations, here's a quick download I made for one center.  I plan to put it inside a plastic sleeve, or laminate it so they can write on it with Vis a Vis markers or white board markers.  I'm trying to save paper! :)






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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Bad Blogger & Room Photos :)

 I looped up with my favorite munchkins this year so I wanted to change the room up a LOT so they didn't feel like they were coming back to kindergarten (I'm in the same room as last year).  It turned out way better than it looks here.  It's not cutesy froo froo... it's not crazy decorated... it doesn't look like Pinterest exploded in my room... but it is comfortable, there is room to grow, and it's very kid-friendly.  

These first pictures are not great, so accept my apologies... I've been a bad bad blogger.  I'll get some better pics up when I'm not so overwhelmed with learning grades & all the official stuff that first graders have to do.  So much more than smiley faces!

So... here are some very dark views of my classroom before munchkins... :)  I have failed miserably at proper beginning of school blogging.  Imagine that.  I'll work on getting some shots up of what it actually looks like.  Then we can track all the changes throughout the year because I will, without fail, stop instruction to move a table because it just isn't working many times during the year. 

First day... view from the entry. LOVE when the tables are upended.  I'm always proud when I don't set them down on my own toes. 

Cubbies on the right.... ALL plugs against the outside wall.   Why?!

View of cubbies from far side of room.  Windows on left, McDonalds ready for breakfast.  :)

Very dark (because I love lamps & forget that they are not photo-friendly) first version of the room.  It has already changed. 

View from entry (curtain partner's room is to the left).

View from entry.  There is now a SMARTboard in the corner under the TV that's not attached to anything.

Small Group area... has already been rearranged & it looks way cuter now.  :D


I know it looks all plain jane and boring... it'll be cuter in the next post.  :)









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