Sunday, October 30, 2011

Counting Sets Around the Room

I will be using this during math centers this week.  Students look for each picture, count the set they find under each picture and record it on the recording sheet.

I hope you find this useful.
Counting Sets Hunt

Friday, October 28, 2011

Tally Marks Hunt

Next week we are going to learn to make tally marks and count tally marks. I created a 2 in 1 activity. Print, laminate and hang up the tally mark cards (page 1) around your classroom. I'm going to use this with 2 different centers. In the first (page 2) the students hunt for the matching picture and copy the tally marks next to the picture. In the second (page 3) the students find the matching picture and count the number of tally marks and record in on the paper.

I hope this makes sense. Take a look below....the directions are on the page.

Tally Marks Hunt

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall Harvest and Halloween

I mentioned in a previous post that we can't have Halloween parties but we can have a Fall Harvest celebration.  I created a Fall Harvest Bingo game to play with the kids in my class.  I modeled it off of a Halloween Bingo I created a few years ago.  Feel free to use either or both!  I use my ELMO to show the cards I am pulling.
Halloween BINGO 1

Halloween Pics

Fall Harvest Bingo

Fall Harvest Bingo Pics

Friday, October 21, 2011

Nothing Better.....

There is nothing better than a 3 day weekend! We have off of school today. I swore I wasn't going to go in and work however I forgot my coat at school so I am about to run in and grab it. I hope I can turn around and go out the door without feeling like I should stop and do a few things. Wish me luck!

Here is a roll, count and color I made for one of my math centers next week.

Fall Dice Roll

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Is this a pattern?

All of my students can make simple and complex patterns as well as tell me what kind of pattern they made.  That being said many of my second langauage learners are having difficulty identifying patterns.  What do I mean?  I show them a pattern and ask, "Is this a pattern?"  What do they do?  Guess!  I am having to show them how to stop, think, say the pattern in their head or out loud to see if it has more then one part and repeats.  My new favorite question, and they are so sick of hearing it, is "How do you know this is a pattern?" 

Here is a little chart I made for them to help them think through the process.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Thank goodness!

Thank goodness for a 4 day work week! We, teachers and students, are off of school this Friday.  The Maryland State Teacher's Conference is in Ocean City, MD this weekend.  I'm not going so I get a wonderful 3 day weekend to relax and forget about the stresses of work.  I've actually been dreaming about data, monitoring tools, and writing plans lately.  Am I the only one who does this?  

I wish I had something exciting to share but I don't.  Here is a little activity to made for one of my math centers.  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Roll and Color

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Anchor Charts

I created this anchor chart to help my students remember the 3 things I want them to help their friend revise in their writing.  I pair my students up and they check for a capital letter at the beginning of each sentence, spaces between words and a punctuation mark at the end
Revising With a Friend

I was searching other blogs for anchor charts to use in reading workshop and writing workshop.  I came across one of each on Mrs. Jump's Class.  You can find the post here.  I don't know about anyone else but I am a perfectionist so I know there was no way I was going to make these charts by hand.  I made a set for my class using a Word document. You will need to print these on a legal size paper.

Super Readers

Amazing Writers

Finally, I came across a capitalization chart that I loved.  Again, between the pictures and writing I knew I would drive myself nuts trying to recreated the chart so I went ahead and typed it up.  Here is the problem....I can't recall where I saw it.  I downloaded the picture so I could remember to make it but forgot to write down where I found it.  If you know where I found this idea please let me know so I can give proper credit to the creator.  I found the wonderful creator of this chart---well she found me!  Yeah!  It came from Ms. Simoneaux's blog First Grade Fresh.  Be sure to pop over and see some of her other anchor charts!
Capitalization Anchor Chart

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Measuring the Wind

Yesterday afternoon we made anemometers.  I wasn't even sure what one was until last year when we made them in science.  The kid really enjoyed  making them.
I am fairly sure you can tell from the picture what supplies you will need and how to put it together but if you can't let me know and I will provide step by step directions.  I think the trickiest part was making sure the cups all faced the same direction.

Since we have been working patterns I had the student make a pattern on their card stock strips prior to gluing the cups on.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Did you .....

Today is International Walk to School Day!  You can find out more information here.  Although it is too late for you to join this year you can book mark the page and join in the fun next year.

Our school is hosting a big event today to promote walking to school safely.  We were chosen to represent our county.  What does that mean?  Although other schools might be doing this they won't be doing it on such a scale.  Everyone is meeting at a local park and walking to school.  Our Superintendent, County Executive as well as BOE members, representatives from the fire and police department will be there....not to mention the media!  When we arrive at school we will have an assembly outside where all of the "important people" will make remarks.  I don't mind this however I am dreading the fact that all of the kids will still have their backpacks and lunch boxes with them.  Once we are done we go inside to start our day(enough time to unpack, eat breakfast and have calendar time).  About 30 minutes later there is an assembly for K-2 students about safety.  Then I will have 30 minutes to fit in my reading, writing, guided reading and literacy centers.  Obviously that won't be happening today...well at least not all of it.  I think we will have writing.  Then my students go to specials (40 minutes), lunch and recess (60 minutes).  That leaves me 65 minutes for math and 30 minutes for social studies or science.

Here is to hoping my friends make good choices during both assemblies :)  and that I actually have the opportunity to teach today!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Statue of Liberty Torch

We have been learning about American symbols the last few weeks.  Last week we each made a torch like the Statue of Liberty holds.

It isn't fancy but the kids really enjoyed making them.  All you need is a styrofoam cut, piece of aluminum foil, a piece of paper and some yellow and orange tissue paper.  Punch out the bottom of the cup.  Take a square of aluminum foil and place the cup in the center.  I pre-cut the foil to be the correct size.  Wrap the cup with the foil and punch out the foil bottom.  Roll a piece of paper and insert it in the hole to be the handle.  Finally add tissue paper for the flames.