Monday, January 30, 2017

Who's In the Family?

Hey everybody.....just stopping by with a quick little post tonight. I'm busy getting ready for a big week ahead and I'm sure you are too.  We are celebrating Groundhog's Day and our 100th Day of School this week.  We have big plans for both days! But we still have time to fit in our daily Math lessons and that's what I'm here to talk to you about.  Lately we have been learning about the relationship between addition and subtraction......specifically Fact Families.  I sort of love ❤️ fact families because the firsties just seem to catch on really easily.  And that's such a relief coming off of teaching them "add to subtract".......WHAT??? (yea, that's common core coming right 'atcha!)

I like to try to do as much hands on as possible with Math.  Often times, it's just so abstract for the kiddos and having those manipulatives in their hands just really seems to help.  So this week I made a simple little Fact Family House for each of the firsties. I laminated them with my personal Scotch Laminator (do you have one of these yet?? If not, I seriously recommend it! It's so easy to use and no cutting.) The kids worked with a partner to create some of their own fact families.  I gave each pair of firsties 20 unifix cubes....2 colors......10 of each color.  The kids took turns breaking them apart and coming up with 3 numbers that go together to make a fact family. They practiced lots of combinations.

The fab firsties also played another game called "Roll A Family".  This could be played alone or with a partner.  It's a simple game.....just roll the dice.  Write those two numbers in the roof of your house. Then add the two numbers together and write that number on your house.  Use those three numbers to create your fact family.  The kiddos had lots of fun working together this week and these two simple little games really helped them understand the Fact Family concept.  Now these games are ready to go into our Math Station! 

I'd love to share these two games with you as a thanks for following my blog.  You can pick up these freebies here

I wanted to let you know about a couple of new items in my TPT store.....i'm SUPER EXCITED to show you my two newest bundles.  My Winter Writing Mini Units Bundle has four great mini units that combine Science and Social Studies with writing!  Now you can finally fit those subjects into every day and you will truly see your students grow as writers!! You can read more about how I use these units on this blog post here. If you would like to take a closer look at these units,  head on over and check out the preview here

Another great new product that I'm so happy to offer to you is my Winter Crafts Bundle. Included in this set are four super cute craftivities that your kiddos will LOVE.  You can check out what's included in this set here.

Well friends......I'm off to relax and rest up before another big day tomorrow.  The weather forecast is calling for snow ❄️❄️.  Is it possible there could be a snow day in my future??? Crossing my fingers!  Hope to see you back here soon because there's always something fun happening in........

Firstieland 🍭

Sunday, January 8, 2017

And....We're Back.....with Contractions!

Hi everyone.....sorry it's been so long since my last post!  I took a much needed break from all things teaching related over my holiday break.  My son ❤️ came home for a visit from Texas (YEA!!!) and I focused on family during the month of December.  And may I was wonderful!

But now we are back to school with all of the firsties and we are hard at work.  This week I introduced contractions to my kids.  I'm glad to say it was a pretty easy concept for them.  We follow the Journeys reading series, so if you are a fellow Journeys user, we are on Lesson 13.  I love all of the fun things I see on Pinterest and from time to time I delve in....but sometimes easy and simple is better.  This week we were learning the contractions for "not" and "is" so I made some simple word cards to match in a pocket chart:

After matching the cards, we worked on a chart together.  I had different firsties help out and they highlighted the letter that we "kicked out" and then wrote the contraction.  As we learn more contractions, we will add those charts to our bulletin board for reference. We also reviewed our Contraction anchor chart:

We also do our  Journeys daily word study on our interactive board.  This week our lesson included contractions. You can pick up these word study lessons on my TPT store here. Here's one of my firsties leading our word study lesson:

Stay tuned for more lessons on contractions......including the much anticipated "Contraction Surgery"!!! Have a great week everybody and be sure to check back cause there's always something fun happening in.......

Firstieland 🍭