Saturday, November 29, 2014

Snowman Math Races- an indoor recess solution

Have you been hit by those terrible snow storms over the past week? Are you DREADING indoor recess? You don't have to! I have a FREE solution for you and it helps your kiddos practice their math facts.

December means it's time for snowman math races! Snowman math races are a big hit in my classroom. We use addition wheels to practice our facts and turn it into a race. If you aren't familiar with them
Here's how they work:
Draw a donut shape and place numbers around the inside. Then place another number in the center. Students line up and take turn adding the number inside the donut hole with the center number. They place their answer outside the circle.
 When we race I usually have just three or four students in a line. Students are NOT allowed to whisper or call out an answer OR let another student know their answer was wrong. After a student writes down an answer they pass their expo marker to the person behind them and go to the end of the line. If a student writes down an incorrect answer someone else in the line has to fix it. They simply cross off the wrong answer and write the correct answer next to it.  As soon as all of the answers are written down, and all the answers are correct, that group wins. I don't write the same numbers in each wheel when we race because I don't want anyone sneaking a peek at the other team's answers. It's a great way to get students to practice addition facts.

Snowman math races are easy and quick and great for indoor recess, end of the day, brain break, or as a competition with other classes. (I'm just a wee bit competitive!) My students BEG to have these races! I've also used them for finding the missing addend. If you're an upper grade you could do multiplication wheels. 

Here are our snowman races in action.

*notice the wrong answer!

*If you don't have a whiteboard you can laminate some butcher paper or poster paper and cut out your wheel and use dry erase markers to write. Post-Its will work in a pinch too.

To help my kiddos understand how to do addition math wheels I use wheels from this product. Students quickly understand and your students who are still struggling with their facts get some extra practice. I usually incorporate some of these into our math stations too. My struggling students will take wheels home for homework all month. This packet also includes missing addend practice.

This pack will be on sale during the Cyber Monday sale!

To give your students a tutorial/taste of snowman math races I've created this freebie. Just click to download!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October Currently

I love all the Fall decorations, pumpkins, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin soaps, and the fact that my baby is due this month! I love watching scary movies- except Candyman and anything with a doll. That new movie Annabelle is a definite no for me. My ringtone beginning October 1st is the Halloween theme song. And we've actually had like 2 whole days with Fall-ish weather here in Texas. By Fall-ish I mean- there was a breeze and it wasn't 97 degrees out. 

We're also almost through nine weeks of school. 9 is the magic number. That's when my students are officially "trained" and our room is really chugging along. Stations are working like magic and I start to see amazing progress!

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Listening: I swear Blue Bloods is the only decent show on tv on Friday nights. We've watched since season 1. (Plus Donnie Wahlberg- yes please)

Loving: my team threw me a baby shower yesterday at school and I got so many thoughtful goodies for Baby Tice.

Thinking: 4 weeks left! Baby Tice is due on Halloween so not long now! Hard to believe it's just a few weeks away. The nursery is almost complete and all her little outfits washed and folded up in the drawers. I'm so excited!

Wanting: My sub plans to be complete! I'm getting there. I've got about half of the copies I want done and I'm working on finishing up everything else. I'll be relieved when that's all done. (I'm probably making it harder on myself because I'm just a wee bit OCD. Hard for me to give up control of my class!)

Needing: Sleep! My to-do list starts running through my head and then I can't settle down. Anyone else like this? Plus, I'm really big now. There is no comfy position....even if you have eleventy pillows surrounding you.

Lastly, I choose TREAT! Most of my kids have kept their desks pretty clean so far. It's time to give them a little treat. They'll be so excited on Monday. Just click the picture below to grab your copy.

Sorry to make so much of this post about Baby Tice, but that's pretty much all that's on my mind these days! Hope y'all enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

K1 Fall Fun Bundle!

Hooray for Fall!
We got a little taste of Fall weather last weekend and with football being on I'm all about Fall! Pumpkin spice latte anyone?

We're through the fourth week of school and although I'm just exhausted I'm loving all the progress my first graders are already making. Beginning of the year testing is finally finished so I'm ready to get into the groove with my first graders! I have just six weeks left before Baby Tice is born and I'm desperately trying to make sure kiddos have all the tools they need to succeed while I'm on maternity leave. 

 I have also teamed up with Educents with some instant downloads for you!

I have two products included!
My 8 Legged Math Stations is my favorite set of math stations. These stations are always a huge hit with first graders and they are the perfect fit for this time of year with graphing, greatest to least, number order, number recognition and more!

The other product is my September/October Poem of the week pack! This is my newest poetry pack and a great way to incorporate poetry, fluency, sight work practice and comprehension. I add poetry as one of my literacy stations and my students love it! (Anything to get them excited about reading, right?!)

But that's not all... the bundle covers to following topics that you will need to teach this year:

·      long and short vowel sounds
·      counting, identifying, representing, and comparing numbers
·      identify and analyze 2d & 3d shapes
·      become scientists  
·      write words and sentences
·      implement writers workshop
·      addition and subtraction story problems to 20
·      story elements
·      retelling and responding to text
·      poetry
·      ten frames
·      least to greatest and greatest to least
·      graphing

For a limited time it is $15.99 from Educents which is about 76% off!  12 instant downloads for your Kindergarten and First Grade learners.  And 850 pages of materials ready for you to use - there is sure to be tons you will love!

Check out the other amazing products included below:

What I Did Right This Week

I'm joining Angela from The Daily Alphabet for a little bit about what I did right this week!

It's the fourth week of school and my kids are really rocking' it! 

I finished ALL of my beginning of the year testing today so that was huge win for me. I'm huge pregnant and I'm starting to panic about getting my plans done for my long term sub. 

Last Friday I introduced Whole Brain Teaching oral writing using this Writing Rock Stars guide
So what the heck is oral writing with WBT? You start out using gestures for capital letters and punctuation as you speak. We practiced sentences with gestures and the kids had a great time! They LOVE using gestures and their journals have really fantastic sentences. Most of my students wrote five sentences-every sentence had a capital letter and every sentence had correct punctuation. Whoa- that's a lot for the fourth week of school in first grade. 
(I don't have a picture-WAAA!)

Can't wait to see what everyone else has done this week!


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