Friday, October 10, 2014

Math Block Re-Worked.....again :)

It's the end of Fall Break .... and most of Fall Break was spent trying to figure out how to 
re-work the math time to increase the time with small groups and skill delivery while making the most out of station rotation times.... 
ever have one of those years where things just need to be "adjusted" every once in awhile to see if things go better!

So....instead of going with 4 groups...I'm going to try to work with 3 groups and some mini lessons for whole group time...
The Station Maps are ready to go...
Want to make your own map....
Click HERE for the free file...

Here's a file for making plans and keeping notes as well...
Click HERE for the free file...



We're working with Money and Counting Coins.
...so...
I've got some stations ready to roll for Math by Myself..

Using popscicle sticks I whipped up some coin puzzles for the kiddos to 
put together and record in their math journals.
I printed out some online money worksheet and cut apart to glue
coin combinations on jumbo sticks...kiddos pull out, record in math journals, 
and practice counting combinations 
I found bright colored paper for more coin combos to count and record as well.
Egg cartons and printed out coin pages helped me put together a quick 
coin toss to use with pom poms and math journals...

I also LOVE....LOVE....Love Autumn's Watch Think and Colors...
So I printed them out using her directions and added them 
to small photo booklets
Kids get a small 120 Hundred Chart...
Glue it to the journal and then color the correct
patterns for each skill.
Whew!  Lots of fun games ready to go along with my good old 
stables for stations are ready to roll!

How's your Math Block working for you?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Beavers and Pow + TIDE

Here's another try with our Pow + Tide writing using the linear tree map version of a graphic organizer.

We are reading the story "Turtle's Race with Beaver" and our looking at creating animal habitats.  So....we read about beavers and then wrote a paragraph using our "caveman" talk from the tree map organizer.  It's working pretty well for most...
You can download the pages HERE or by clicking on the pictures below. :)