Thursday, November 28, 2019

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Christmas Math Ideas

With Thanksgiving Break just around the corner, it is time to start planning for CHRISTMAS!!!! I really do love Christmas. I know, I know, some people don't believe in talking about Christmas before Thanksgiving BUT...I know you all want to have plans in place before you go on break. Hopefully, you can spend most of your Thanksgiving Break thinking about your family instead of work. I have some fun and free ideas that you can use.

Subitizing is the ability to look at a group and know how many there are. When  you look at a dice showing four dots, kids should know that without counting. Dice patterns are usually the first kids learn, especially if they play board games

 (I know, I know, some kids don't even know what Candyland is)

Eventually, they should be able to recognize various dot/shape patterns without counting. Maybe they will see the full pattern or maybe they will see two and three and know that is five.

I LOVE these FREE Ornament cards. Not only are they perfect for practicing subitizing, you can also introduce decomposing.

How many ornaments are there? How many are red? How many are green? So____ and ____ make ___.

I found both trees, the pompoms, and the bells at the Dollar Tree. I am all about the hands on learning. Plus, this is a really low prep center (so you don't have spend you entire break cutting). The cards should be laminated if you want to use them every year, but the can easily be cut on a cutting board. The Dollar Tree trees and "ornaments" don't involve any prep (WINNING).

Aren't the Christmas Math Crafts adorable? There is also a Christmas tree, not shown. You can hit on so many skills and standards with these. Obviously, math skills. You can work on decomposing 5 or ten. Plus, each craft has a matching math center for additional independent practice on decomposing 5 and ten.  Also, your working on fine motor skills, and listening to and following directions, which are so important. When I do these crafts, I have a completed one to show kids. Then, I build one with the kids (id you have a document camera, that's even better). By model, I cut out Santa's head, then have the kids cut out Santa's head. Then, I cut out the hat, and they cut out the hat. I won't wait for of my kids to be done to model the second step. I wait for about 2/3 to be done (we all have that one or two children that take longer).  I only give them one or two pieces at a time so they don't lose them. I do let them pick out the five or the ten pieces, so every student does not end up with the same number sentence. For kids who really struggle with fine motor, I may help with SOME of the cutting, but never all of it. If students don't practice cutting, they will never get better. Do they all look perfect? No, but that is half the fun. Follow me on Instagram @myfabulousclass and you can see some that my students have made. They may not be Pinterest perfect, but the kids love them. You can buy these crafts here. (I also have a seasonal bundle here, but it does not include Christmas).

I originally shared the addition version of this a few years ago, but I added one with numbers and a blank one. (trying to help my preschool, Kindergarten, and First grade friends out). You can usually find stamps at the Dollar Tree or Target Dollar Spot. They have them for every season. I like to buddy kids up. One student stamps, and one writes the number. You can get the template free here.

If you have been following me for awhile, you know I love Sensory Bins. The kids love sensory bins. Now, I do have sensory bins that all play, but I also use these smaller ones for my math and literacy centers. This one includes chickpeas colored red and green (food coloring), and various Dollar Tree items. The Reindeer numbers come from a FREE File Folder game that I have.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Turkey Teaching Ideas

Gobble, Gobble, it's almost time for turkey. I love Thanksgiving. I enjoy spending time with my family, focusing gratitude, and of course, yummy food!

I love turkey crafts. Okay, I LOVE all crafts. Crafts are great for fine motor skills, listening and speaking skills, and they provide a keepsake for parents. As a mother of 4, I cherish keepsakes, but I have noticed a lot of classes no longer make crafts. Breaks my heart.

Hand print crafts are the BEST! If you follow me on Instagram @myfabulousclass you saw that I made this adorable turkey with my son Jonas. I hot glued popsicle sticks into a triangle. Then, he colored them brown. I traced the triangle on brown paper for the face and I traced his hand three times for the feather tail. Then, he glued on the eyes, the beak, and the waddle onto the triangle. He glued the triangle to the popsicle sticks (just with a glue stick) and he glued on the feathers. Super simple, super cute.
Big sister came home and made hers all  by herself.

Do you ever write down what you a grateful for? I always say i am going to do it everyday. I usually do it for a few days and then stop for a few weeks. It always makes me feel better when i do it and I think it is important that we teach children to be grateful. Thanksgiving naturally lend itself to a nice time to write about what you are grateful for.I shared this FREE Turkey Writing Craft a few years ago on Kinder Tribe. It's a simple craft. Cut a standard size (8.5x11) paper in half. Then, fold that in half, like a card. On the outside, add eyes, a beak, and a waddle. Did you know you can get google eyes at Dollar Tree? On the back glue the feathers. Inside, have students write or draw about their favorite part of Thanksgiving or what they are thankful for. You can get the writing template and feathers free here.

My Making Ten Turkey was one of the FIRST crafts I ever made and sold. It got a face lift a few years ago. Not only does it make for a great bulletin board, it teaches Math Skills!!! Put that in your lesson plans! There is not only a craft, but there is a shake and spill game, too. You can practice sums of 5 or sums of 10. You can get this craft and the game here.

If you have been following me for awhile, you know I love sensory bins. I made this on with leaves and a mini hay bale from the Dollar Tree. I also added mini pine cones and acorns from Hobby Lobby. The turkeys are actually a File Folder Game that you can get for a dollar here. Students can match lower case letters to lower case letters, upper case to upper case, or upper case to lower case. Students can also find the letters to build their name or build sight words. 

Do you want some more Thanksgiving ideas? Check out these posts.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Halloween Centers

It is a that spooky time of year. There is a chill in the air, and your students are starting to feel the holiday season. I like to use themed activities this time of year because it keeps students engaged a little more.

I love Halloween Math and Literacy Centers. I always suggest you model each activity before students use them. Then, they should be independent. I use mixed groups for my centers so there are high students that can help the low student at every activity. At this time of the year, we are focusing on number sense, letters, and beginning sounds. For the beginning sounds 4 in a Row, I will go over the picture sounds and what beginning sound everyday before centers. This only takes a minute or two and it will avoid interruptions during my guided reading groups with students asking, "What is this?"

Do you have these Frankenstein erasers from Target yet? they have them every Halloween (usually in September, and they sell fast). I bought a set a few years ago and designed this subitizing game to go with it. Last year, I bought a new set. This is such a popular game, the erasers took a beating (and several went missing).

The Haunted house Ten Frame is fun because you can use a variety of Halloween erasers with it. I just love the skull erasers, but I also have ghost and candy that I use with it. I will put the letter witches in a pocket chart and the beginning sound cauldrons in a cute Halloween tin. This makes for a great whole group activity. usually do it as a whole group activity a few times before I have the students do it. You can find all of these activities here and ON SALE.

This FREE Spider Ten Frame game is always a hit. You can have students work on sums of 5 or sums of 10. The spider manipulativies are included because I can NEVER find spider erasers!!! I know they are out there. I have seen them on Pinterest, but never in the store.

If you follow me on Instagram @myfabulousclass you saw this yesterday. (Yes, I have been working on this post for 24 hours, thanks to a fussy 8 week old).These spider webs are editable so you can type in students names or sight words. Then, you can type in the letters on the spiders. You will need to download the free font KGWhatATeacherWants. Or, save time, and print it blank, and have students write it in. You get this FREE HERE.  Since Halloween is on a Thursday this year, I will carry this theme in through the 1st. Next week, I will do some more pumpkins before I start with Scarecrows. I love turkeys, but Thanksgiving is late this year.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Pumpkin Investigation

Are you a pumpkin lover? Do you go for everything pumpkin? I am huge coffee drinker, but I don't really like Pumpkin Spice coffee. I know, I know, don't shout me! I pretty much stick to the basics - pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin pie. I love teaching about pumpkins though. It is a great way to tie in science and math standards, while keeping students engaged during the start of this crazy, crazy time of year.

Do you teach pumpkins in October or November? I have always done October, but this year, I might continue into November since Thanksgiving is so late this year. Today's activities come from my Pumpkin Activities . I also have a FREE Investigation Resource for you at the end.

First, we did this fun craft with the inside of the pumpkin. We cut a small pumpkin in half and pull out the insides. We talk about how it looks, how it smells, and how it feels. Then, we fill out or recording sheet and draw the insides. Next, we label the parts of the pumpkin. Then, we create this adorable craft. There are two ways to make this craft. You can simply do front and back or you can staple them stems together. When the kids created the insides, we used real pumpkin seeds and gold pipe cleaner. I like the gold because it adds a bit of sparkle! You could also use string and paper seeds.

We also talk about the life cycle of a pumpkin. We talk about how the seeds sprout and grow into a plant. The plant grows flowers and the flowers turn into green pumpkins, and eventually, by fall, they turn into orange pumpkins.

Have your started learning about force and motion? This is a great introduction. We talk about how to move the pumpkin in different situations. We also discuss if it would be easier to move a big pumpkin or a small pumpkin.

Then, we spend some time investigating out pumpkins. I set up these FREE pumpkin investigation cards around the room and they use the recording sheet. There is a recording sheet for predications about their pumpkins and for what they actually found to be true (we are little scientist). I like to have parents help, if they can, but if not, I will create groups with a mix of high and low kids to help each other out. First Graders should be able to do this independently, but Kindergarteners will need some sort of guidance. I definitely recommend you model how to do each activity for your class. 

This last activity that I am sharing is perfect for Halloween Day. We talk about how to carve a pumpkin. We sequence how to carve it, then we get to design our own. You can use these shapes or have students trace shapes you have (less prep for you, score). Then, have students count how many shapes they used. You can add more content to this lesson by making sure they know the names of the shapes, asking how many sides the have, and how many corners they have.

I hope you all enjoy teaching pumpkins with you class. It will help foster a love for science! You can find these Pumpkin Activities here.

Friday, September 20, 2019

All About Apples

Are you ready for Johnny Appleseed Day next week??? I am excited to celebrated apples. I wanted to share some of my favorites from last year with you all. We read some great books, did some apple research and crafts, and played lots of fun apple themed math and literacy games, I even have a free resource for you all at the end.

These are some of my Favorite Apple Books, which can all be found on Amazon. Have you read Bad Apple yet? It's a cute story about Bullying. The Gail Gibbons book is a little much for Kindergarten, so we break it down into small chunks instead of reading it all at once.

Last year, I created this Apple Research Unit. It is differentiated for Kindergarten or First Grade. It has information about apples, two apple crafts, a thinking map for the apple life cycle, a tree map to describe an apple, and lots of writing sheets. My kids loved this last year.

This was a combination apple/fall sensory table. It has bird seed, leaves from the Dollar tree, plastic apples from Michaels, construction trucks from Amazon, and table decor from Hobby Lobby. The kids loved it. We used this for all of September.

I LOVE these Apple Math and Literacy Centers. This includes 12 different Apple themed Math and Literacy activities that are perfect for Kindergarten. The subitizing apples are my FAVORITE! The kids really like the Apple Words. there are a few different list that they can use, depending are their abilities. They can write the word or trace it. The apple word and letter sort is a great activity to put in the pocket chart.

We made this adorable apple math craft from my Fall Math Crafts. There are three differentiated fall math crafts and  three matching math centers. You can either have students work on number sense to ten (perfect for Kindergarten), making 5, or making 10 (perfect for 1st grade). These also come in a bundle with Fall, Winter, and Spring Math Crafts.

Finally, I have a FREE Math Printable for you. This is an updated version that I have offered before. You can download it HERE. I hope you all enjoy all of these apple ideas!