Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fall Addition Art Project!

Hey bloggers!

We have been hitting addition pretty hard the last few weeks! The kids are doing great! Last week, they used pumpkin & candy corn marshmallows to solve addition problems.
And yes, when they were done they got to eat them (they were thrilled). Some kids chose to use the marshmallows as counters and separate them in groups and some chose to use them on a ten frame.

Since they are doing so well, I decided to start throwing some addition with 3 addends their way. Again, no problem!
They started by cutting out their tree from brown & green construction paper and gluing it onto the blue paper. Next, they had small scraps of red, orange, and yellow construction paper. They were able to cut as many small squares from these colors as they wanted to put on the top of the tree and falling from the tree to represent leaves.

After this, they had to write an addition equation to represent the number of leaves falling from the tree!

(The tree craft idea itself came from Rainbows Within Reach. I added the idea of making them write an addition equation to match.)

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! I have a 4 day week I'm looking forward to (we have Tuesday off for Veteran's Day!).

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Well, hello! Happy...late...Halloween!

Oh blogger friends,

This whole working full time, being a mommy, and being a blogger is tough work! I'm falling behind on my blogging!

My students have been having a blast with our math stations. I love holiday themed stations...that actually help them learn! We have been learning addition. So I was excited to incorporate Halloween themed addition stations for them! They were excited too!

(1) 10 Frame Addition

I love the dollar store & Target dollar spot. I can always count on them for holiday themed ice trays and holiday themed erasers! My favorite part of these ice trays...they are set up like TEN FRAMES!!!! We have been hitting the 10 frames hard this week with addition so they are perfect! The kids love all of the different Halloween erasers too. (Also, to prevent the stealing of erasers, I tell them up front that they will get to choose on to keep on Halloween. It works.)

(2) How many spiders?
The kids love this station. They roll the dice and put the corresponding number of spider rings on each web. They then write the number sentence to match and write their answer. I found this activity over at First Grade Garden. She has the recording sheet & spider web mat free on her page (along with some other awesome station freebies that my kids have been using)!

(3) Halloween Smartboard Addition
We have also spent a lot of time on picture addition. This smartboard station is a great review of that!

If someone finishes their station activity early, I always have extra things for them...pattern work, graphing, number matching, etc.

We also did a Spider study!
The adorable spiders are from Doodle Bugs Teaching!

Now, we are on to some fall & Thanksgiving themed activities! Maybe I'll get that posted before Thanksgiving actually gets here?? ;)

My litte guy just had his FIRST birthday at the end of October. I cannot believe it. Where did the time go?! He is an awesome kid.

I took the cake pictures myself.
It was going well...
Until I put the hat on him.

We also had some professional pictures taken by Casey M Photography!

Thanks for stopping by! & I'll try to be around more often ;)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Apple Study & Fire Safety!

Hey bloggers!

Fall is finally here!...unfortunately, the weather in my area is already feeling like winter :( Fall weather is my FAVORITE, so these nights in the 30s and mornings with sleet & flurries need to back off!

Anyway...we just finished up our 2 week apple study! The kids had a BLAST! We started out with learning everything we could about apples, and then got to the extra fun part-the tastings! The chart below was our second chart of things we learned!

Our first tasting was some red, green, & yellow apple slices. The students tasted their slices, described each apple, and then graphed their favorite on the smartboard. In our class, the students picked green as their favorite. I personally liked the yellow best :)

We also did some apple jacks tasting-just for fun! It was unanimous, everyone like them!

We finished up with apple juice vs. apple cider. I think this tasting was their favorite!

We also did a few apple crafts! We made apple people and apple bag puppets! :)
Okay, I CANNOT find the link where I got the idea for these apple they look familiar to you so that I can credit the creator??

Up next, we have Fire Safety! We have a fire drill with the fire department this week and then they come back next week with the "Fire Safety House." They bring an RV that is set up like a miniature house inside (living room, kitchen, upstairs bedroom). They start in the living room and the fireman talks about fire safety, what to do, what not to do, having an escape plan & meeting area, etc. Then they go to the kitchen and talk about fire hazards. Then they go up the stairs to the bedroom and talk about how to escape. Then, they go onto the balcony and climb down the ladder and go to the "meeting area." This is always a big hit with the kids. They love getting to talk with the firemen and practice escaping.

I have some fire safety printables & activities that I use every year with my class. Just some fun, quick things for fire safety time if you're looking for something!
TpT    or    TN

If you go to my store and download the preview file, you can get the "describe a fireman" activity free! :)

We are finally getting into some editing in Writer's Workshop! My students write with pen during writing time. This allows me to see what changes they go back and make (since they can't erase to fix things). I can see the exact steps they take when they write. Last week, we talked about making sure we write with lowercase letters, using spaces, and using punctuation. I got out the pretty color pens for them to use to change capitals into lowercase letters and fix up any punctuation. They used their highlighters to fix spaces. If a space was missing, they just used their highlighter to draw a line in between words. If they had appropriate spaces, they just used the highlighter to make a smiley face at the top of the page (so that they could still use the highlighter-because it's just SO exciting!).

Also, we have started addition to 10 in math! Woohoo! I was super impressed with how it went on our first day, so I think we may be able to move a little quicker than I anticipated! Love it.
We started by writing addition sentences with our "one more" practice. But they were rocking it so we moved on to plus 2 and plus 3! Yay, firsties :)

We are starting our spider study this week and will be creating this, dare I say, adorable (I hate spiders) little guy from Doodle Bugs.
I'll update you on those later!
Have a great week! :)

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