February 20, 2013

Back to the Basics Math Station Freebies

Yes!  I'm obsessed with clip art.  Yes , I love making cute stations for math or just about anything else!   However, sometimes it's nice to simplify a little and  go back to the basics and practice math skills with familiar, simple, no prep type games and such like the ones Math Their Way and Debbie Diller have taught us over the years.(youngins you probably learned with MTW when you were growing up)  So this week in my room you will not find cute little leprechaun, president, or weather related math stations but you will find the following..........
      The Estimation Station-This is one of the students favorite stations.  While at this station  students get to roam the room and ask everyone for their estimation of what is in the jar.  During our second rotation this station turns into the "Question of the Day" station.
   Telling Time Station
 Rock N Roll Addition- Roll two dice
and add the numbers together. 
Domino Addition-Use the two numbers on the Domino to make a number sentence. I have also included a Domino subtraction record sheet. 
I didn't get pictures for the "Break Away Subtraction" or  "Tons of  Fun with Tens and Ones" which probably need the most explaining.  Break Away subtraction-We are working  on subtraction from ten so each student has 10 cubes linked together, they "Break Away" part of the tower and then write a number sentence.  Example: 10 BREAK AWAY 4 WOULD BE 10-4=6.  Tons of Fun: students roll two dice to make a number  Example:  Dice one 5 Dice two 3  the number would be 53. Students would then draw and write how many tens and how many ones.    You can down load all of the record sheets for these activities here.

Graphics by Scrappin Doodles, First Grade Brain, and Tales From Outside the Classroom



February 7, 2013

Verb, Verb, Verb....Verb is the WORD! FREEBIE

OH MY WORD learning about Verbs can be so much fun!  Last week we started a lesson on verbs by playing a little game of Simon Says. This is the kind of  activity that bring about comments like, "You are the best teacher ever" and "This is the best day of my life".  Awww what it would be like to be 7 and so easily excited again.  Ok, so after our game of  Simon Says we made a list of verbs.  Next each student picked a verb they wanted to illustrate using a pipe cleaner and a few pieces of scrap paper.  I had each student  tell me what they were illustrating before we got started because otherwise everyone would have illustrated "jump", true story it happened to me. I have been making these with my class for years and they always turn out so stinkin cute, I love art that shows such individuality.  Grab your copy of the Verb page here
Graphics from Teaching in a Small Town

You can find the Verb Write the Room page and 53 other write the room activities in my teacher store just click the picture.

Later in the week students became word detectives as they looked for verbs in the room during Write the Room.  My write the room activities are simple, a copy of the type of word to look for, a clipboard and a pencil.  The students look around the room for words on the word wall, book titles, charts, posters, etc.  I DO NOT prepost words I want the students to find, if I did I would have never  heard this OH SO ADORABLE conversation. 
....As two students scoured the Calendar area for words I overheard two of my kiddos arguing over whether the word March was a verb.  I wish I could have recorded their argument because as one was saying March is not a verb,  the other one was stomping his little feet in the angriest march I have ever seen and saying, "yes you can march , LOOK! I"M MARCHING!  If you can do it , it's a verb!!!!!!!! " LESSON OVER!