Friday, October 19, 2012

Number Sense: 10 More, 10 Less

Whew!  It's been a crazy, busy week.  We had conferences last Thursday night & this Monday and Tuesday night.  On Wednesday we had a professional development day.  We got to choose the morning sessions that we went to.  At 7:30 a.m.  my class was on learning how to use Excel spreadsheets!  I am soooo excited to make graphs with all the data I have collected so far.  My next class was learning how to use Google Forms for Assessments.  This was another great class.  I have a survey done that I am going to send to my parents.  Finally, in the afternoon we discussed PLC's.  Our school is doing them this year.  We met to learn what they were and then our team met and decided on a goal that we want all of our first graders to know.  We discussed how many of the kids have a difficult time looking at a given number and telling us what number is 10 more or 10 less than that number.  We are going to assess all of our kids on this, practice the skill with them and then assess them again.   I created some fun game sets that we are going to practice.  They will take the piece with the number in the middle and place the four cards onto the proper squares.  We will also play the game, I have...Who has...looking at different numbers. 

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Rhyming Words Freebie

I am absolutely LOVING fall!  I love the colors, the crisper weather, picking pumpkins and going on fall walks with my kids.  At school we do not celebrate Halloween because of our diverse population.  We have a Harvest party and do lots of Harvest Day activities.  I love making my pumpkin playdough for our carnival style party.  I will be playing this rhyming game with my kiddos.  You can download your freebie below. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Columbus Day

We are going to be learning about Christopher Columbus this week.  I have created a Literacy Center packet loaded with activities that the students will be doing as I start up my guided reading groups.  I am hoping our first week of working independently will work out.  Here are some examples of things that we will be doing this week.  You can find them at my TPT store by clicking on the words below:

Christopher Columbus Literacy Activities