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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Peek at My Week: What’s happening in Math…and other Stuff!

I didn’t do a Peek at My Week last week….we had fall break!  So, I’m back this week to finish up our unit on Food. 
Last year we did a book study on “Worksheet Don’t Grow Dendrites.” It was a great reminder of all the things we did that were truly developing brain power! Splatter Guards, from the dollar store, make great puppets! The kids loved acting out the song “Five Little Chefs”. Why did we do it?
  • It teaches concepts of print.
  • It teaches words, letters, sentences.
  • It teaches number combinations.
  • It teaches counting on.
  • It teaches….
  • But most important…it grows brain power, the kids love it! They remember it! They know those combinations!
We are working on our phonemic awareness skills.  First we practiced it in large group…then, I can do it as a center or if they aren’t quite ready, I can do it in small group. (This is from the food unit. Link below)
Lots going on in math!
Love these math attack games! It is a super easy way to DI for number. Each child has a card that tells them what to do. It looks like this….We glue them to the front of a library pocket. The pocket is great for holding their cards.
Then, they spread out their cards and do whatever task is on their card!
Slide3If you want to read more about them, go here for another blog post with more details.
Love this pizza game….Here’s how you play…
  • Give each child a game board and some pepperoni.
  • Roll a dice and invite the children to count that many pieces of pepperoni onto their game board.
  • Roll the dice again. How can you make your pizza have that many pieces? Do you need to take some off? Do you need to add some? How did you figure it out?
  • For example, if they have 5 pepperoni pieces on their game board and they roll a 3, they will need to take 2 off. If they roll a 6, they will need to add a piece of pepperoni.
It’s a great game for teaching where numbers are in relation to each other, counting on, counting backwards.
We are moving right along on our number study. Each week for one of the math mini lessons, we focus on a given number. We tell everything we know about that number. Then, the following week, the kids record it in their math journal as a have to center, or they can do it right along with you.
Slide5We are moving right along in our DI math units.  This is one of the activities from unit 2. Here is the scripted lesson that we use. See the bottom of the plan? One plan…all 3 groups!
Slide12Here’s how to play…
Slide13Slide14This activity, from our Food unit, is a great little assessment to see if children understand how many more they need to make 5. They spin the spinner, put that many gumballs on the fives frame, and then see how many more they need to make a 5. Slide6 Slide89Slide91
Here are the units that I used to plan for this week.
Be sure and hop over to Deedee’s blog to see what others are doing this week.
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Peek at my Week

Hey guys! Just a quick post with the plans for this week. I’m traveling today! Had a great weekend with the family so not much time left for blogging! Can’t wait to spend the week with one of my favorite CA teachers—Kimberly Jordano! Two friends, 25 kindergarteners equals tons of fun!


We are starting the Food unit in Kristie’s room this week.


Love using the nonfiction book in the Food unit.


Working in our counting unit. Even though this is Unit 1, we did shapes first. You can download these plans to get links to each resource. Download them here.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

How Good Are You At Asking Questions? Peek at My Week

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Ever find yourself not really knowing what kinds of questions to ask your kids? I mean, like you just read a story and you want to ask some really good questions. How do you get past, “Who are the characters? What is the setting? What happened first, next, and last?”
Several years ago our school decided we wanted to get better at asking questions. It was our “project” for the year. We spent some time during our planning visiting other classrooms to tally the questions the teacher was asking. I know, I know…you don’t want anyone to listen to you when you are trying to ask questions much less tally them! But, really it wasn’t like that AT ALL! We had picked the project, we ALL knew we needed to improve. Then, we went to work. We posted Bloom’s Taxonomy where we could all see it—more for us than for the kids. We made flip books, dice, spinners, rings…. Then, at the end of the year we visited those same classrooms! WOW! What a difference!
Here’s what I took away from that experience---
  • First, I did get better at asking questions.
  • Second, when you have a focus you can see improvement.
  • Thirdly, you need a plan.
  • But, most importantly….it is okay not to know! It’s just not ok to not do anything about the fact that you don’t know.
Recently, I was working in a school district in Louisiana. They wanted me to work with the teachers on this very thing! They each had a bag of supplies and we went to work!
First we made these sticks. You can put these sticks in a can. Then, after you read a story, any story, you can pull a question from the can to ask the kids.Slide5Slide1
You can download the reading questions by clicking on the page of questions to the left.
One “eye opening” thing that we did was to read the questions and sort them by the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.  It wasn’t the sorting, per say, that was the most helpful…it was the discussion. It made us to start thinking about the levels and what kinds of questions would be at each.
Then, we made a flip book for our Math Questions. You can download these by clicking on the first page.
The last thing we made was a ring of questions we could use during the share time after literacy centers. These questions are part of Centers Made Simple Unit 2.
Here’s a peek at Kristie’s week:
You can download the plans here.
We loved making the Pet Glyph last year. Here are a few pictures:Slide1
Reading the glyph to make our dogs.
Made our own little books to analyze our data.
Made a class chart to analyze the data of the class.
Here are the resources I used to plan this week.
Be sure and hop over to Deedee’s blog to see what others are doing this week.

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