Feb 18, 2014

Valentine's Day, 100th Day, and Snow Days

WOW!  This year we have had so many delays and cancellations that it is getting kind of hard to get into a routine.  We are off again today which is our 8th snow day this year and we have had TONS of delays.
I am taking advantage of this snow day by getting caught up on my memory books.  The only problem is we are on a level 2 and I can't go pick up the pictures I just printed and run my monthly cover pages.  It should be a level 1 real soon and I promise I will post pictures of what I got accomplished today on my memory books.
February brought some great fun for us so far though in our class.  We celebrated Valentine's day, 100th day, and President's day.  Here are a few pictures of our special day!!

I think the smile on his face tells it all on his excitement of getting to open up his valentines and taping them into his first Valentine Scrapbook.

Had to do a side view of our George Washington hats to celebrate President's day.  On the other side of the hat it said our first president.  The back white piece represents his hair.  They loved making these hats.  Our country unit should be completed by the end of this week and we are hoping to get it up on our TPT store as a unit.

So much fun on 100th day.  It was a 2 hour delay, but we were not going to let that stop all of our fun.  I finally had to pack some things away for next year's class because we need to head on to other topics.
 The kids loved these pictures that I took with my aging app.  They thought it was hilarious.  I am definitely putting these into their kindergarten scrapbooks beside the picture that I took of them being 5/6 to create this aging photo.

This week at school we are working on composing/decomposing, and adding within 5.  We will be posting pictures along with some freebies on our TPT store. 

Feb 11, 2014

2 Of A Kind A Collection Of Games And Activities For Teaching Common Core Math

This week my main focus is teaching decomposing and composing of numbers 11-19.  In just 2 days, my kids have totally surprised me by understanding composing and decomposing numbers.  We pull out our base ten and ones blocks, our white boards/markers/erasers, and we work hard on making application of numbers.  After our large group work the last 2 days, I am going to set them loose tomorrow on some new centers that SueBeth and I created.  I can't wait to show them because anytime I mention I have a new game for them they get excited. 
This new center packet (click here for a direct link), 2 Of A Kind: A Collection of Games and Activities For Teaching Common Core Math will definitely get you through some of those "harder" standards that are probably left to teach.  This packet supports the practice of making ten, composing and decomposing numbers, adding and subtracting, comparing numbers and more. These activities can be used in large group lessons as well as with small groups, partners, individuals, and in centers.  Great ideas on how to differentiate the activities, too for all types of learners in your classroom.  You can choose to use the activities with provided differentiated worksheets for students.
If you want to check out this new product, head on over to our TPT store where we have just posted this unit.  More pictures will come of this fun game unit.  Here is what my kids will be focusing on for tomorrow of working on composing and decomposing:

 Our 100th day was a blast.  Unfortunately we were delayed for 2 hours that day, but my kiddos loved our activities.  Well, we are still doing activities each day to help us with different concepts of 100.  One of their highlights was at the end of the day when they got to enjoy their 100th day snack.

We were dressed up like we were 100 years old.  Definitely was a day that they will remember...