Sep 25, 2014

First Interactive Math Unit Booklet Done and Apple Cube Cards Freebie

Today I was out for a math meeting in the afternoon, so there was a sub in my classroom.  For math today, they were to do a page in their math journal and wrap up their Flat Shape Interactive Book pages.  I had to stop back and school to see how they did today with their booklets.  I thought they did an outstanding job! 
Up tomorrow...editable flat shape crackers...this will review the names of the flat shapes along with sorting and counting.  Of course the best part will be eating the flat shape crackers!

 Next week I will be working on my apple unit and working with numbers 0-10 on math.  My kids are having so much fun with cubes this year, so we made some free apple cube cards on TPT.  Here is the direct link: Apple Number Cards. 

Sep 24, 2014

Interactive Math Journals Have Begun

We love our Daily Math Journals that we complete each day to review our common core standards.  This year I wanted to create an interactive Math Tools booklet that the students can use as a resource.  Today we started our FLAT SHAPES pages because in 1 day this fun unit will be completed.  Here is what our classroom looked like today when the students were putting the pages together.  They did all of the cutting and gluing so it made my job a lot easier!!  I will share our completed pages tomorrow.  They loved the 1/2 composition notebook that we are using. 


Sep 15, 2014

2D Flat Shape Booklets

Our focus today was KG6 which is compose simple shapes to form larger shapes.  We created a booklet together with lots of problem solving.  It was a math and reading integrated lesson.  The students read each page, cut out the provided shapes, completed their own problem solving, and glued down their answers.  They loved creating this booklet together and it was so much fun watching them problem solve.  What a fun way to cover this Geometry Standard.  They loved it!
Here is a quick link to our TPT store for the activities to help with the KG6 standard:  Shapes Into Shapes:  Compose Simple Shapes To Make Larger Shapes.
We have put this unit on sale for $2.40 until Thursday, September 18 at midnight Ohio time.  Check out the fun ways to help with this standard.

Triangles to make a square.

Semi circles to make a circle.

Trapezoids to make hexagons.

Sep 10, 2014

Meatball Writing Spacers

Last year my "Spaceman" writing spacers bit the dust after several years of using them.  Over the summer, I tried to think of a "cheap" way that I could make writing spacers and would have a "cute" presentation to them.  We have been talking about leaving space between our words or leaving a "meatball" space.  We have been talking about leaving spaghetti between our letters so that they don't touch, but there is a tiny bit of space between our letters. 

Well, the cheap and creative juice hit me...I bought tongue depressors, tape, and brown pompoms and created meatball spacers for the kids.  I can't wait to show them tomorrow their meatball spacers!!  For some reason I think they will love leaving space between their words tomorrow and hopefully from now on!!!

Here is what they look like:

Sep 4, 2014

Open House and Shape Fun

Tonight was our Open House and the students loved showing their parents around our room and our school.  Each year I give something different to my parents/kids so this year we did a smore theme and doughnut theme.  The kids loved them that might have been the best part.  However they also loved showing their parents the bubble gum rubric in our room and of course then wanted a piece of bubble gum.  Since my motto is they always have to be learning, I made them tell me how many they are allowed to take from the machine.  The word one is a popcorn word, so I made them spell the popcorn word o-n-e before they could take one.  I am floored how many knew how to spell one just from our practicing them each day.  

  2D shapes has been our focus this week.  They love spinning the spinners with a partner and coloring in the shape.  Next week we will continue our 2D shape unit so that we make sure we focus on the Geometry standards.  If you are looking for a fun way to teach shapes, check out our unit in our TPT store:  Flat Shape 2D Unit.  More pictures to come next week on this unit.