Saturday, September 14, 2013

More Number Lines with a FREEBIE

I know I've written a few posts about number lines before. So I'm sorry to bore you again and I'll keep it short. But I think they are important and lots of fun. You can find my other posts about them HERE and HERE.
I'm teaching them this week and made a fun little game to go along with it.
You can grab a FREE copy HERE.

I also found a FREE fun little app for the iPad.
You can watch a video about it HERE.
I have an AirPlay by AirServer on my Mac so I can send my app on my iPad to my computer and then show it on my projector. Pretty cool huh! This explains it better than I can.
You can check it out HERE.
I hope that's short enough!
Have a great weekend!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Name Frame Find

I found a GREAT activity for 10 frames and names. My dear friend Ms. Arnold over on Oceans of 1st Grade FUN blogged about an idea she found called Name Frames. Please check her out HERE. She is One-in-a-Million. And check out Ms. Nowak because the idea originated with her with a freebie on TpT HERE.

So I tried it with my class on Friday. It turned out AWESOME. First I did a name graph with my kiddos. You can find the graph HERE. We've been discussing more and less this week so this was a great assessment. We've also been talking about how important our names are since school began. And we've been exploring 10 Frames with our Nifty Number Book. You can find it HERE.
Then we did the name frames. It was a great culminating lesson.
THANKS again blogging world for such great ideas!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Love the Lehi FD

Last week we had our annual fire drill with our city firefighters. They come every year and pull a surprise fire drill and time us to see how quickly we can evacuate the building. Each year after this event, I walk my kiddos past the huge fire truck so they can see it up close. The firemen are usually in the building discussing the drill with the principal. But this year they happened to come out while I was taking a picture of my class in front of their truck. Well lucky me! The captain on duty just happened to be a former student from over 20 years ago!
He started talking to my firsties and showed them all the equipment. He even let one of them try on his helmet!
 As we were looking at all the gauges and buttons, the firemen told my class that if they wanted to be a firefighter when they grow up they need to make sure they do their math! They need to know math to work all the buttons and gauges.
 Needless to say, the huge fire truck and the firefighters were a BIG HIT! We went back inside and it was almost lunch time. I told the class we would have to skip math today because of the fire drill. That's when one little boy started to cry. I asked him what was wrong and he said he wants to be a fireman when he grows up and we just can't skip math or he won't be good enough in math to be one. It was soooo cute! I gave him a hug and told him not to worry that we would have math in the afternoon.
THANK YOU LEHI FIRE DEPARTMENT for taking the time to talk to my kiddos and for having such great role models for my firsties to look up to!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A GREAT New Find!

Sorry I've been MIA for a week or two. I've been swamped. School started and I took a little vacation for Labor Day with the family camping. I just haven't had time to blog. But hopefully, I've got my game together now and can get back to my routine.

I just found a FANTASTIC website. I'm probably late to the 'party' and everyone already knows about it but here goes. One of my grade level team members shared some great math lessons she found from Math Solutions. Thanks Kinley!! I tried the lesson today called 'Comparing Handfuls'. I knew it was going to be great because one of the authors of the lesson was Marilyn Burns! I've read things from her before and LOVE her work. The lesson went AWESOME! It was a great way to introduce comparing. So I came home and did a little research on the site Math Solutions. What a GREAT site. It has over 40 FREE lessons for K-1. There are lessons for grades 2-3 and 4-6. They are Common Core aligned and there are a ton of other great things for teaching math like free webinars, video clips, articles by Marilyn Burns, an on-line newsletter, and more.
Here are a few pictures of my class doing 'Comparing Handfuls'.
I made a recording sheet to go along with it. 
You can grab a copy of my recording sheet by clicking HERE.
You can go directly to the Math Solutions lessons for K-1 by clicking HERE.

Tomorrow I'm doing the lesson called 'More or Less'. I hope it goes as well as today! I can't wait to try some more. If you've tried some of the lessons, I'd LOVE to hear your comments!