Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pumpkin Math!


I hope you didn't just fall out of your chair. Yes, it's me. I blogged twice in one week. WHAT?! I'm just so excited about these Pumpkin Math Centers. My Mini-Wheats have been LOVING them.
We've been hard at work practicing our simple addition skills with sums to 10. A strong foundation in these simple addition problems is crucial for our upcoming units in subtraction and addition to 20 and above. Many of my kids do well with addition but I created these centers so that they would practice, practice, practice. I want them to know their facts forward and backwards and be so comfortable with the strategies, that when I introduce more difficult concepts, they'll have the confidence they need to tackle them.
Counting on is one of the first strategies I teach every year. It's the one I want my mini-wheats to become so comfortable with that it is automatic. However, I teach them that they can only use this strategy when adding 1, 2, or 3. I teach it in a variety of ways, drawing dots, counters, number lines, etc. This center has kids practicing finding the greater number and then using the pumpkins in the wagon to count on. My kids love it and they've even started timing each other to see who can complete all of them the quickest. *You'll see why in a minute* :)
This counting on work mat is something I use in my Guided Math Groups however, it could also be a center. I have kiddos who need a little more practice with this strategy and candy pumpkins keep my little mini-wheats thoroughly engaged. :) Included in this unit you will find printable counters or you can use any classroom item you might have. 

This is by far my kiddos favorite center. It comes with number sentence cards for sums 6-10. The students work in partners to sort the cards onto the mat as quick as they can while their partner times them. We use the stop watch feature on our iPads but a sand timer, stopwatch, or simple analogue clock with a second hand will do. Timing each other has become an obsession after I introduced this game. I may have created some competitive monsters- all in good fun, of course.
True Number Sentences are another concept we've been working on. Kiddos need to have a real solid understanding of addition to be able to sort these fact cards so I was sure to provide them with a ten-frame tray and some plastic spiders as a visual. And yes, they can time each other for this one too! LOL.
The last center included in this pack has more practice with true number sentences. These puzzles can be put together so they are true or false. You could even use these as an assessment piece. Teacher Tip: You may want to limit the amount of number sentence pieces you give your students, depending on their skill and/or organizational level.

As with all new units I post, Pumpkin Addition Centers are 50% off for the first 48 hours. Click the picture below and grab this great deal before time runs out! These centers are relevant for all fall themes and are easy cut and easy print with color and black and white options.


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Next up- I hope to blog about my new writing unit: Personal Narratives. You can click the picture to see more and find it on sale!


Friday, October 23, 2015

Rainbow Words

I'm baaaaaaaack. Yikes, sorry 'bout that. My career life took a 180 degree turn this past August. I was
hired by my dream school 2 weeks before school began and I honestly have not sat down since. It's been a whirlwind but I am so happy. I have lots to say about landing your dream job and making the leap but that's for another post...

Before school began I knew I wanted to re-do my classroom in a rainbow theme. (Little did I know I would be packing and moving 14 years worth of crap to a new building!) I also had a goal to re-vamp one of my most popular products- my Sight Word Study Guides. What started as a update became a completely new program- Rainbow Words.

I wanted a really systematic and easy approach to sight word instruction. This product was born of this need and also my need to have a fun way to track students data and monitor progress.


I used the words for the Dolch Pre-Primer-First grade words. There are 21 weeks of study and each week has 8 words. List and Learn includes 4 groups of words- Read List, Orange List, Yellow List, and Green List. Each list is available in full page size and mini-list size, perfect for binder rings or take home. Data is tracked by marking the unknown words on the lists and progress is tracked with the rainbow posters. Students will color in each stripe on the rainbow as they master each list of words. 


 The Study and Learn pack includes all you will need for students to practice each week of words. Over the course of the week they will WRITE, USE, FIND, and READ the 8 words using a variety of different activities. These sheets are great for small group, independent work, centers, or homework. You can decide what works best for you depending one the ability level of your students. 


Sight words can be tricky for many children and I also wanted to have a built in resource for those kids who needed extra support, more practice, and some hands-on activities. Rainbow Words Mini-Books offer just that. Each week of study also has a matching mini book. These are great for small groups or classroom volunteers. 

Each of these units can be purchased separately or you can find the bundle here. I'm so glad you stopped in. I hope you found something useful. I'd love to read your comments. 

You can also find two new freebies in my store- perfect of all the incoming Fall Fun!