Monday, October 27, 2014

Two-Digit Addition & Giveaway

I just realized that I had yet to do an in-depth post on my newest Two-Digit Addition Assessments, Games & Activities packet.  It's been on TpT for a couple weeks now, but time, has of course, gotten away from me!


Our district hasn't gotten new math curriculum since adopting the Common Core, which is a double edge sword.  I have a lot of freedom to teach what I think the students need, but that means that I either need to find it or create it.

In my search, for two-digit addition materials, I found a lot of great materials that were cute problems or had students do something to generate two-digit numbers (spin, roll, flip cards, etc.).  Or there were teacher directed lessons on how to use an open number line, decompose numbers, or use base-10 blocks.  There was nothing that helped students actually work through problems with a bit of coaching, but without the teacher in a directed lesson.

So, I created some activities for my students to do during math stations.  I created all of these actives in black and white so that they can be printed on colored paper (I use regular paper, not card stock) and laminated.  Students then use their whiteboard markers to work out the problem and find the matching answer and/or equation.  Recording sheets are included; however, I find that I'm not using them as much as the students are doing the work on the cards and then erasing it for the next pair of students.

The activities are leveled by complexity of addition problems from adding tens (30 + 40) to adding tens and 1 one (30 + 44) to problems without regroup, and finally to problems with regrouping.  Activities are similar throughout the packet so that students use similar models and strategies with increasingly more difficult problems.




Are you interested in a copy of the product?  It's available in my TpT Store, in the store on my blog and also on my Facebook Product Page.  I'm branching out a bit on where I offer products.  At this point, I'm just experimenting with a few options.

Want to win a copy?  My goal is to share this product as much as possible through either Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Tsu.  How can you win a copy?  Simply share the product cover or the photo of the sample work on one or all of the sites above.   Enter the rafflecopter when you've shared the product and how you have shared it (i.e.: The URL of the share).  You can enter once a day in all four social media sites.

Good luck!



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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Peek at My Week ~ Oct. 27 - 31

It's Halloween week, people!  Are you ready for the crazy?  Hopefully you have activities planned for your students to keep them (and you) sane!

Reflection on Last Week

Last week was assessment week, and I was able to finish almost all of my assessments.  My students did such a great job and made so much growth on their reading and writing assessments!

We only did Science once last week.  I'm not sure why.  I think we're tired by the end of the day and reading / direct instruction is just not fun. One day, I opted to finish our Stellaluna project rather than do Science.

Last week we also got a few more iPads so that we could go 1:1 in our classroom.  We did spend some time exploring and setting up the iPads with some of our Math Station tools (XtraMath and MathSlide).

This week

This will be an interesting week.  I'm out Monday morning, Tuesday afternoon and Thursday.  Friday is Halloween.  Although I have things planned, it's also going to be a lot of "play it by ear" this week.

The big new things are focusing on Place Value in Math and switching to Expository Writing.  I suppose Science is new, too, but really, it's a left over from last week.

As always, click on this link or picture download the clickable file.


Reading Comprehension

This week, we're going to read a ton of pumpkin books.  Just because.  We're not doing any pumpkin work this year, beyond reading the books.  These are the ones i Have in my classroom.  I'll probably pull in a few views, too.  I may take it to writing and have students describe the pumpkin life cycle, since most of the books center around that theme.  We'll see.

Math

We're focusing on place value this week.  I'm going to use my Daily Math 100's page to help students with numbers of 100.  We'll do the Math Tab-Its page as well as a few other games / activities throughout the week.  I'm hoping that I'll only need to spend this week on Place Value, but we'll see how students are at the end of the week.



Our math stations are almost the same as last week.  I did sub out one thing from my Decompose Two-Digit Numbers.  This puzzle bridges two-digit addition and two-digit subtraction by showing students how to decompose numbers to subtract.  To keep my math stations manageable, I tend to replace activities two or three at a time, rather than all at once.  I replace them as the worksheets get low or as students show fluency with the activities.  I'll be switching out #9 for some more difficult number line activities this week, too.  And, #5 is gonna go soon.

Writing

For Writing, we're switching to expository writing this week.  I'm going to follow the process I used last spring, but with different animals for the fall / winter.  Our district moved the expository writing assessment to the winter trimester and opinion to the spring.  We wrote about bats two years ago, so that is what is linked in the file, but I'll have students categorize their facts into attributes, actions, and environment.

Want to see more plans?  Head on over to Mrs. Willis Kindergarten to see other's Peek at My Week plans.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Math Help - Decomposing Numbers to 10

One of my littles is pretty low.  I have quite a few who are struggling, but this little guy is struggling a lot.  Like to say the number 5 (word), he had to start counting at one.

He's working on the first grade program in our electronic math program, which is a year below grade level.  He's struggling with decomposing 8 into 4 and another number.  He couldn't figure out the other number.  So, here's what we did:


We pulled out the connecting cubes.  I drew a number bond that matched the direction of the numbers on the screen.  (Our math program doesn't use number bonds, which is a shame.  IMO).  The student counted the blocks that are in the dragon.  Then he pulled the number of blocks over to the left (his right).  The remaining blocks in the number bond was the number at the bottom.

This worked well, until he got distracted and forgot the process.  We started again.  Put x blocks here.  How many do you need to pull over here?  How many go in down below?

How do you help students see the relationships of numbers?  What do you do for your low kiddos who aren't "getting it"?  Especially for number sense type of issues?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Five for Friday

It's FRIDAY!  I'm so glad.  This was assessment week and we have had a wacky schedule!  Actually, it wasn't that bad, and my kiddos are so flexible, so it was fine for them.

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday this week!


One

I found this cool new web site that is kinda like Facebook, but a bit different.  I posted about it yesterday.  Go check it out for some more social network fun!

Two

We've been progressing in our two digit addition!  I love that one of my lowest kiddos is "getting it".  Here is a fun Decomposing Numbers Puzzle that I've been having some students do in math stations.  It's a precursor to subtraction, but with addition and place value.  I'm loving these types of puzzles.  


Three

One of my students has severe vision problems but no IEP yet.  It only took me two months to figure out that her reading problems were vision problems.  She made tremendous growth on her assessments this week!  Now, to figure out how she can read the text!  I actually took photos of the assessment with my iPad, enlarged it, and had her read the words.  I'm thinking that I'll have to go that route with the text, too.  We'll see!

Four

We went 1:1 with iPads in our classroom!  We've had a ton of iPads for awhile, but now each student has one and I can have the entire class on the same app at the same time!  Whoo-hoo!  What are your favorite apps for a 1:1 classroom?

Five

I brought some magnetic letters home from my classroom.  My two kiddos found the largest magnetic surface in our house and promptly starting attaching letters.  So fun!


So, how was your week?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tsu - A New Approach to Social Networking

There's an interesting new web site that I was introduced to this morning.  It's called Tsu.  It's basically a social networking site, like Facebook, but gives a bit of money back to the users.  You can find out more info about it on their web site.


It works the same way as Facebook, logistically, but one major difference is the way you can earn money from it.  It's a basic pyramid structure.  People click on the ads, the ads generate revenue.

Instead of all the revenue going to the company, they kick some back to the users to varying degrees.


It's an interesting model and experiment.  That's all I'm doing with it, at this point, experimenting.

Want to join?  Here's my link & short code: http://www.tsu.co/WhatIHaveLearned

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Peek at My Week ~ Oct. 20 - 24

How was your week?  Mine was busy, as always.

Reflections on last week

We were able to get through most of what I had planned, except the Stellaluna project.  So, we'll continue that into this week.

This week

This week has a teacher professional development day on Monday.  It is also the start of our assessment window.  Luckily, our district doesn't make us do too many assessments.  They actually have a good balance.  We have to give a writing assessment, a math automaticity assessment and STAR reading and STAR math, which are both computer based.

I choose to give additional assessments to my lower students to target their reading during guided reading groups.  They're basic sight words, phonics, and one-on-one reading assessments.  Although not required, I find them very helpful in targeting instruction.  I basically assess all my kiddos on some of the assessments at the beginning of the year and then only assess those who need it as the year progresses.

Anyway . . . here is this week.  As always, click on the picture to download the PDF with clickable links.


Reading Comprehension

We're in the middle of our Stellaluna close reading project.  This is the second time I've done close reading with my students, where they've had to read a text over and over.  Actually, I'm reading it to them.  I plan on doing more work with nonfiction texts on bats next week, as a follow-up.  That also transitions us to working with nonfiction text, which we will start doing more and more throughout the winter.

Math

Last week, I was met with a lack of planning time, so I'm pulling some math worksheets from our program.  I generally don't like our math program as it doesn't promote conceptual learning.  However, now that students have a good grasp of two-digit addition, I feel comfortable using the worksheets for practice.


I've changed out most of my math stations for more complicated addition problems.  I finally finished my Two-Digit Addition Games and Activities product.


This is full of math station activities that teaches students how to think about two-digit addition.  Except for one activity, it's not about students generating numbers and adding them together.  The activities give students directions on how to use a number line, how to break apart numbers and how to add tens to tens and ones to ones for each problem.  The activities are also repeated throughout each of the four levels so that students understand the process and can apply it to more complex problems.  Also included are a pre-assessment and quick assessments so you can target instruction based on what a student needs to work on.

Here are two of our math stations, one using a number line and the other breaking apart (ungrouping or expanding) the addends.  Answer cards are given so students can check their work.

My students have enjoyed using these activities this past week and they are so easy to print, laminate, and cut apart.  I was able to prep a new station during our lunch recess time this week!

Writing

Our writing time this week is full of our district writing assessment.

Science

We are also switching over to science this week.  Our grade level chose to focus on Physical science this trimester.  We'll use our textbook, a few resources I got from TpT and some wonderful STEM Science stations from Lakeshore.

So, how is your week shaping up?  Want to see more lessons?  Head on over to Mrs. Willis' Kindergarten for more plans!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Name Writing - PK & K

I don't teach kinder anymore, but when I did, I always had younger students who came to school not knowing how to write their name.  We did all sorts of practice, but one of the best things we did was write their name in highlighter and have them trace over it.

My son is four-years-old.  He will enter kindergarten next year.  He knows how to spell his name, how to recognize it and is beginning to learn how to write it.


I've printed his name with a dotted line font, but the dots confuse him and he doesn't know where to start.  So, I reverted back to my highlighter days and printed his name in yellow for him to trace.  He can see the letters, but the lines don't get in the way of his lines.  The thing I forgot to include was starting points.  I drew them in for him, but will go back and add those into my printed copy.  Probably in gray, so they don't distract too much.

He got through his name two times before he was done.  That's okay.  I don't want to force the issue of him writing his name at this point.  But, if I can get him to write his name two-three times a day for the next several months, he will become an expert at writing his name.

Doing a little bit of practice each day is better than doing a lot of practice only one or two days.  The same is true for math facts or any other skill that you want a child to learn.  Less repetitions at more frequent intervals will help their brains retain the information and their body build the memories.

This is also a great tool to send home with parents.  Once a week, give the parent a print out of their child's name.  Have the parent work with the child and write his name three times every night to help reinforce the skill.  Within a few weeks or months, the child will know how to write his name.

Do you have any name writing tips that have worked for you over the years?  I'd love to hear more that I can use to help my son learn to write his name before kindergarten!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Two-Digit Addition & Giveaway

I just realized that I had yet to do an in-depth post on my newest Two-Digit Addition Assessments, Games & Activities packet.  It's been on TpT for a couple weeks now, but time, has of course, gotten away from me!


Our district hasn't gotten new math curriculum since adopting the Common Core, which is a double edge sword.  I have a lot of freedom to teach what I think the students need, but that means that I either need to find it or create it.

In my search, for two-digit addition materials, I found a lot of great materials that were cute problems or had students do something to generate two-digit numbers (spin, roll, flip cards, etc.).  Or there were teacher directed lessons on how to use an open number line, decompose numbers, or use base-10 blocks.  There was nothing that helped students actually work through problems with a bit of coaching, but without the teacher in a directed lesson.

So, I created some activities for my students to do during math stations.  I created all of these actives in black and white so that they can be printed on colored paper (I use regular paper, not card stock) and laminated.  Students then use their whiteboard markers to work out the problem and find the matching answer and/or equation.  Recording sheets are included; however, I find that I'm not using them as much as the students are doing the work on the cards and then erasing it for the next pair of students.

The activities are leveled by complexity of addition problems from adding tens (30 + 40) to adding tens and 1 one (30 + 44) to problems without regroup, and finally to problems with regrouping.  Activities are similar throughout the packet so that students use similar models and strategies with increasingly more difficult problems.




Are you interested in a copy of the product?  It's available in my TpT Store, in the store on my blog and also on my Facebook Product Page.  I'm branching out a bit on where I offer products.  At this point, I'm just experimenting with a few options.

Want to win a copy?  My goal is to share this product as much as possible through either Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Tsu.  How can you win a copy?  Simply share the product cover or the photo of the sample work on one or all of the sites above.   Enter the rafflecopter when you've shared the product and how you have shared it (i.e.: The URL of the share).  You can enter once a day in all four social media sites.

Good luck!



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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Peek at My Week ~ Oct. 27 - 31

It's Halloween week, people!  Are you ready for the crazy?  Hopefully you have activities planned for your students to keep them (and you) sane!

Reflection on Last Week

Last week was assessment week, and I was able to finish almost all of my assessments.  My students did such a great job and made so much growth on their reading and writing assessments!

We only did Science once last week.  I'm not sure why.  I think we're tired by the end of the day and reading / direct instruction is just not fun. One day, I opted to finish our Stellaluna project rather than do Science.

Last week we also got a few more iPads so that we could go 1:1 in our classroom.  We did spend some time exploring and setting up the iPads with some of our Math Station tools (XtraMath and MathSlide).

This week

This will be an interesting week.  I'm out Monday morning, Tuesday afternoon and Thursday.  Friday is Halloween.  Although I have things planned, it's also going to be a lot of "play it by ear" this week.

The big new things are focusing on Place Value in Math and switching to Expository Writing.  I suppose Science is new, too, but really, it's a left over from last week.

As always, click on this link or picture download the clickable file.


Reading Comprehension

This week, we're going to read a ton of pumpkin books.  Just because.  We're not doing any pumpkin work this year, beyond reading the books.  These are the ones i Have in my classroom.  I'll probably pull in a few views, too.  I may take it to writing and have students describe the pumpkin life cycle, since most of the books center around that theme.  We'll see.

Math

We're focusing on place value this week.  I'm going to use my Daily Math 100's page to help students with numbers of 100.  We'll do the Math Tab-Its page as well as a few other games / activities throughout the week.  I'm hoping that I'll only need to spend this week on Place Value, but we'll see how students are at the end of the week.



Our math stations are almost the same as last week.  I did sub out one thing from my Decompose Two-Digit Numbers.  This puzzle bridges two-digit addition and two-digit subtraction by showing students how to decompose numbers to subtract.  To keep my math stations manageable, I tend to replace activities two or three at a time, rather than all at once.  I replace them as the worksheets get low or as students show fluency with the activities.  I'll be switching out #9 for some more difficult number line activities this week, too.  And, #5 is gonna go soon.

Writing

For Writing, we're switching to expository writing this week.  I'm going to follow the process I used last spring, but with different animals for the fall / winter.  Our district moved the expository writing assessment to the winter trimester and opinion to the spring.  We wrote about bats two years ago, so that is what is linked in the file, but I'll have students categorize their facts into attributes, actions, and environment.

Want to see more plans?  Head on over to Mrs. Willis Kindergarten to see other's Peek at My Week plans.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Math Help - Decomposing Numbers to 10

One of my littles is pretty low.  I have quite a few who are struggling, but this little guy is struggling a lot.  Like to say the number 5 (word), he had to start counting at one.

He's working on the first grade program in our electronic math program, which is a year below grade level.  He's struggling with decomposing 8 into 4 and another number.  He couldn't figure out the other number.  So, here's what we did:


We pulled out the connecting cubes.  I drew a number bond that matched the direction of the numbers on the screen.  (Our math program doesn't use number bonds, which is a shame.  IMO).  The student counted the blocks that are in the dragon.  Then he pulled the number of blocks over to the left (his right).  The remaining blocks in the number bond was the number at the bottom.

This worked well, until he got distracted and forgot the process.  We started again.  Put x blocks here.  How many do you need to pull over here?  How many go in down below?

How do you help students see the relationships of numbers?  What do you do for your low kiddos who aren't "getting it"?  Especially for number sense type of issues?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Five for Friday

It's FRIDAY!  I'm so glad.  This was assessment week and we have had a wacky schedule!  Actually, it wasn't that bad, and my kiddos are so flexible, so it was fine for them.

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday this week!


One

I found this cool new web site that is kinda like Facebook, but a bit different.  I posted about it yesterday.  Go check it out for some more social network fun!

Two

We've been progressing in our two digit addition!  I love that one of my lowest kiddos is "getting it".  Here is a fun Decomposing Numbers Puzzle that I've been having some students do in math stations.  It's a precursor to subtraction, but with addition and place value.  I'm loving these types of puzzles.  


Three

One of my students has severe vision problems but no IEP yet.  It only took me two months to figure out that her reading problems were vision problems.  She made tremendous growth on her assessments this week!  Now, to figure out how she can read the text!  I actually took photos of the assessment with my iPad, enlarged it, and had her read the words.  I'm thinking that I'll have to go that route with the text, too.  We'll see!

Four

We went 1:1 with iPads in our classroom!  We've had a ton of iPads for awhile, but now each student has one and I can have the entire class on the same app at the same time!  Whoo-hoo!  What are your favorite apps for a 1:1 classroom?

Five

I brought some magnetic letters home from my classroom.  My two kiddos found the largest magnetic surface in our house and promptly starting attaching letters.  So fun!


So, how was your week?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tsu - A New Approach to Social Networking

There's an interesting new web site that I was introduced to this morning.  It's called Tsu.  It's basically a social networking site, like Facebook, but gives a bit of money back to the users.  You can find out more info about it on their web site.


It works the same way as Facebook, logistically, but one major difference is the way you can earn money from it.  It's a basic pyramid structure.  People click on the ads, the ads generate revenue.

Instead of all the revenue going to the company, they kick some back to the users to varying degrees.


It's an interesting model and experiment.  That's all I'm doing with it, at this point, experimenting.

Want to join?  Here's my link & short code: http://www.tsu.co/WhatIHaveLearned

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Peek at My Week ~ Oct. 20 - 24

How was your week?  Mine was busy, as always.

Reflections on last week

We were able to get through most of what I had planned, except the Stellaluna project.  So, we'll continue that into this week.

This week

This week has a teacher professional development day on Monday.  It is also the start of our assessment window.  Luckily, our district doesn't make us do too many assessments.  They actually have a good balance.  We have to give a writing assessment, a math automaticity assessment and STAR reading and STAR math, which are both computer based.

I choose to give additional assessments to my lower students to target their reading during guided reading groups.  They're basic sight words, phonics, and one-on-one reading assessments.  Although not required, I find them very helpful in targeting instruction.  I basically assess all my kiddos on some of the assessments at the beginning of the year and then only assess those who need it as the year progresses.

Anyway . . . here is this week.  As always, click on the picture to download the PDF with clickable links.


Reading Comprehension

We're in the middle of our Stellaluna close reading project.  This is the second time I've done close reading with my students, where they've had to read a text over and over.  Actually, I'm reading it to them.  I plan on doing more work with nonfiction texts on bats next week, as a follow-up.  That also transitions us to working with nonfiction text, which we will start doing more and more throughout the winter.

Math

Last week, I was met with a lack of planning time, so I'm pulling some math worksheets from our program.  I generally don't like our math program as it doesn't promote conceptual learning.  However, now that students have a good grasp of two-digit addition, I feel comfortable using the worksheets for practice.


I've changed out most of my math stations for more complicated addition problems.  I finally finished my Two-Digit Addition Games and Activities product.


This is full of math station activities that teaches students how to think about two-digit addition.  Except for one activity, it's not about students generating numbers and adding them together.  The activities give students directions on how to use a number line, how to break apart numbers and how to add tens to tens and ones to ones for each problem.  The activities are also repeated throughout each of the four levels so that students understand the process and can apply it to more complex problems.  Also included are a pre-assessment and quick assessments so you can target instruction based on what a student needs to work on.

Here are two of our math stations, one using a number line and the other breaking apart (ungrouping or expanding) the addends.  Answer cards are given so students can check their work.

My students have enjoyed using these activities this past week and they are so easy to print, laminate, and cut apart.  I was able to prep a new station during our lunch recess time this week!

Writing

Our writing time this week is full of our district writing assessment.

Science

We are also switching over to science this week.  Our grade level chose to focus on Physical science this trimester.  We'll use our textbook, a few resources I got from TpT and some wonderful STEM Science stations from Lakeshore.

So, how is your week shaping up?  Want to see more lessons?  Head on over to Mrs. Willis' Kindergarten for more plans!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Name Writing - PK & K

I don't teach kinder anymore, but when I did, I always had younger students who came to school not knowing how to write their name.  We did all sorts of practice, but one of the best things we did was write their name in highlighter and have them trace over it.

My son is four-years-old.  He will enter kindergarten next year.  He knows how to spell his name, how to recognize it and is beginning to learn how to write it.


I've printed his name with a dotted line font, but the dots confuse him and he doesn't know where to start.  So, I reverted back to my highlighter days and printed his name in yellow for him to trace.  He can see the letters, but the lines don't get in the way of his lines.  The thing I forgot to include was starting points.  I drew them in for him, but will go back and add those into my printed copy.  Probably in gray, so they don't distract too much.

He got through his name two times before he was done.  That's okay.  I don't want to force the issue of him writing his name at this point.  But, if I can get him to write his name two-three times a day for the next several months, he will become an expert at writing his name.

Doing a little bit of practice each day is better than doing a lot of practice only one or two days.  The same is true for math facts or any other skill that you want a child to learn.  Less repetitions at more frequent intervals will help their brains retain the information and their body build the memories.

This is also a great tool to send home with parents.  Once a week, give the parent a print out of their child's name.  Have the parent work with the child and write his name three times every night to help reinforce the skill.  Within a few weeks or months, the child will know how to write his name.

Do you have any name writing tips that have worked for you over the years?  I'd love to hear more that I can use to help my son learn to write his name before kindergarten!