Friday, April 3, 2015

Heading to Summer Math Centers

Do you have math centers in your classroom?

I have been doing them this year and my students LOVE them!

I wanted to create a packet that would be great for my students in math towards the end of the year, heading to summer.

So...

I created the Heading to Summer Math Centers packet.

I know, I know.  It is about time I worked on a new product. I finally was able to sit myself down and work on something.

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This packet is 6 Common Core/Florida Standards Math Centers.  Use the math centers as a review of the concepts.  Make sure your students master these standards in a fun way.

Here is a preview of what all is included: 

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Match the base ten blocks to the number.

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Match the money bucket with the amount on the shovel.

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Match the analog clock with the digital clock.

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Match the fraction with the correct girl.

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Greater than, less than, and equal to.

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Measure summer items with the included ruler.

I can't wait to use this packet with my kiddos.  I know they will enjoy using them during their math centers.

I would love for you to check them out.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Symbol Scavenger Hunt

This past week we learned about USA Symbols. 
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I wanted to teach the symbols in a new and fun way.  

I thought a scavenger hunt would be fun and engaging for the students.  

I bought a Symbol packet on TPT.

I used the pictures and the fact pages for my scavenger hunt.  I placed them randomly around the room. 
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First, I partnered up the students.  Then, I had the students number their paper 1-14.

The students had to read about the symbol and then write the name of the symbol on their paper.   After a few minutes (when I noticed each group was finished), we switched.  

We did this until they read about each symbol. 

The students were smiling and enjoying their hunt. 
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This scavenger hunt took us a few days to complete.  Once it was complete, I had the Flip Book (from the packet) glued onto construction paper.  Each student had to write two facts about each of the 5 symbols on their Flip Book.  

This was so interesting to see what the students remember about their scavenger hunt.  

I will definitely do this again next year.  The only thing I would change is I wouldn't do all 14 symbols.  I would cut the number down to 8 or so.


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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Update on Math Centers

Howdy!!  It has been a few weeks since I started the amazing math centers in my classroom.  I wanted to give you an update on my experience thus far.
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So far, I am LOVING them!!  I can see where this is going to help my kiddos master the skills instead of just learning them for the test and forgetting.  

I have to use our basal book.  This has taken me some thinking about how I could still incorporate centers everyday plus teach the material in the chapter.  I think I have finally figured it out.
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Here is a run down of my morning.

Students come into class around 8:15 to 8:30.  They start their calendar folder and/or start cutting out their work for their notebook. 

Right at 8:30 I begin calendar.  We do calendar until 8:45 with a short break in-between for announcements. 

Then at 8:45-9:15 we watch the video for our basal lesson and complete the worksheet that goes with the lesson.  (I was trying to complete the back at my guided math center, but 10 minutes wasn't enough time for all the groups.)  I try my best to get finished with the lesson and worksheet by 9:15.  Some days it works and some days doesn't.

Then at 9:15 or whenever we get finished with whole group math we go to our centers.

I have five centers that are now working.
1- My center
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2- Tubs- games and various activities on different math concepts.
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3- Computer- Xtramath
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4- Notebook
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5- IPads
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This took my kiddos a little time to completely understand the math centers.  I thought it would be an easy transition since we do the Daily 5 "centers."  It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be but I do think it was because our schedule was off after we got back from break. (We had one full week, then a week with 3 half days.)

I kept on my kids about their centers and this past week when I looked out from my centers, I was amazed by what I saw.  All the students were engaged in their learning.  They were super excited about the centers.
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As far as my center, I change it up to what we need to work on each day.  Sometimes it is reviewing for a test, learning the previous concepts better, incorporating more money, learn a new tub or whatever skill I see the kiddos would benefit from we work on. 

I know this is one time throughout the day the kids are really enjoying.

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Did you know that you can use dry erase markers on a table and they will come off?  I was super scared at first but at the end of the day I just use a baby wipe and it turned all clean.  

My students thought this was the best thing ever to write on the desks.

This week, our weekly assessment started having the students respond to one of the questions on their test.  The sentence has to be a complete sentence.  We practiced writing complete sentences.  This one cracks me up so I had to get a picture of it.

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