Friday, January 30, 2015

Snow Much Fun! Product Swap!

Have you made your way over to Emmy Mac's Class? If not, you need too!! Emily is the author if Emmy Mac's Class and has a blog FULL of ideas, products, and inspiration!
I am doing a product swap with Emily and I was lucky to get my hands on her 'Ten Frames Are Snow Much Fun' Pack! I couldn't be more excited to share with you all of the fun my class had with it!
This 69 page pack is so engaging, hands-on, and an absolute BLAST! There are 5 different math games included that focus ten frames and the numbers 1-20. My kiddos could not get enough of them! They could play these games all day! I don't even think they realized they were learning and practicing their number identification and counting skills!

What I absolutely love about this pack is that it can be used to differentiate! And that is exactly what I did with these games :)

Each day this week during my math intervention time, I used one of these games to play with my students. I used the numbers 1-10 for each game. (All of the games can be used to the number 20!)

We started the week with the game 'Ten Frame Brr!'
I placed the cards in a bag and had students pick out one card at a time. If they were able to count the pictures in the ten frame and say the correct number they got to keep the card. If they pulled out the card with the word 'Brr' they lost ALL of their cards! This was so much fun and we had lots of good laughs!

Next up was 'Ten Frame Slap It!'
This sure was a blast!! We spread the ten frame cards out on the table. I would say a number and the students would race to find the correct ten frame and touch it first. This sure did help us learn how to identify numbers in a ten frame real fast! They ALL wanted to be the first one to touch the correct ten frame!


Another game we played was 'Ten Frame Memory'
We placed all the number cards and ten frame cards 1-10 face down. We flipped 2 cards over to see if the ten frame and number matched. I loved how well they did matching the number to the ten frame and I was super impressed with their memory skills! They were waaaaayyyy better than mine!


We also played 'Ten Frame Bump'
This is a must have! Our intervention time may have gone over a bit (I mean a lot!) due to this game. It was snow much fun! A student would read the number, number word, or tallies and cover up the correct ten frame on the game board with a cube. If another player already had a cube on the ten frame, the player 'BUMPS' it off! Or if the cube was already theirs, they got to build a tower and freeze the spot. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!

The last game we played this week was 'Ten Frame War'
This was your classic fun game of war, but with a twist... students compare ten frames! This was a fun and wonderful way to end my math interventions week!

And it gets better... I was able to take all of these games and place them into my centers tubs!! I put the games together with the numbers 1-10 and also another set of games using the numbers 11-20. I am so excited to have these differentiated centers games. I know my kiddos are too! One of them told me that they can't wait for the weekend to be over so he can play the math games during centers. The weekend hasn't even started!! :)

There are just so many wonderful and fun games included in this pack! I can't say enough good things about it! It sure will bring lots of fun and learning into your classroom! It definitely did in my classroom this week and will continue in the future!

If you would like to grab this amazing pack or add it to your wish list, you can grab it from Emily's TPT Store HERE. You may also want to follow her TPT store so you don't miss out on other wonderful products of hers!

And guess what... Emily has been so incredibly sweet and would like to give away one copy of her 'Ten Frames Are Snow Much Fun' to one of my readers!

The giveaway will start Saturday, January 31st and will end at the end of the day on Wednesday, February 4th!

You can enter my giveaway below!

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Come check out Emily's blog, 'Emmy Mac's Class' to see my Snowman Unit in action! You will be able to enter to win this product on her blog and it will be on SALE for 20% OFF until February 4th!

A special thanks to the adorable Melissa from Jungle Learners for putting together this fun 'Stop, Swap, and Roll'. Make sure to check out Melissa's blog HERE!
There are TONS of other bloggers and TPT sellers participating in this Product Swap! Make sure to click below to see all of the swaps and giveaways!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Mitten

What a busy and fun week! We had a lot to fit in to our week in just 4 days. Not to mention that it was also the 100th Day of School for us this week too!
We had a blast with our Mitten Unit! This is such an adorable story and I really look forward to reading it each year! :)
Come take a peek at our week below!
We started the week by practicing some vertical addition on mittens. My students solved the addition equation and placed it on the correct sum. I had them glue the mitten only on the bottom so that it could flap down to see the sum.


We also practiced some positional words. I gave each student a mitten and said a positional word out loud. They used the mitten to act out the word.

We read the story, 'The Mitten' by Jan Brett. We focused on the title, author, characters, and setting today on our story map.

Then we worked on finding the characters and writing about the setting in our 'Mitten Story Elements Book'.

Today we had a lot of fun with this challenging activity! We sorted addition equations by whether the sum was true or false. This really got our brains thinking and gave us lots of laughs! My kiddos loved when the sum was false! I kept telling them that I must have been tired and wrote the wrong sum!

Then I had my students sort addition equations on their own and determine if the sum was true or false.


We worked more on positional words by reading a sentence that went along with our story, 'The Mitten'. My students acted out the positional word using a mitten on a string.


We reread the story, 'The Mitten' by Jan Brett and sequenced the order that the animals went into the mitten.

Then we sequenced the order the animals went into the mitten on our own in our 'Mitten Story Elements Books'.

We discussed the main idea of the story, 'The Mitten'.

We also wrote about the beginning, middle, and end of the story in our 'Mitten Story Elements Books'.

We made a class graph on whether we like gloves or mittens better.

We also recorded the data to go with the class graph on our own!

Thursday (100th Day of School)
We squeezed in a couple activities before the 100th day of school fun began!!

We learned about subtraction today!! This was so exciting!! We started with the basics of subtraction by acting out stories using the characters from the mitten. I had some of my students pretend to be the animals from the story, 'The Mitten' and we acted out subtraction stories.

Then it was time to get hands-on with some subtraction stories. We started with all of the animals in the snow (snowflake). Then I would say how many animals went into the mitten. After that we counted how many animals were left in the snow and wrote the answer.


After they practiced acting out those stories, we discussed what a 'minus' sign is, what it means, and what it looks like. We practiced some subtraction stories together and wrote a subtraction equation to go with it. 
Then I had my students go to their seats and get hands-on with writing subtraction equations. I would say a subtraction story out loud while they acted it out with the animals. They also wrote a subtraction equation to go with the story. I was very impressed with how well they were picking up this new skill!



It was finally time for our 100th day of school celebration!!!! You can read all about it HERE!

We started the morning by sorting addition equations by whether the sum was true or false. 

We got to knit our very own mitten today!! This was exciting and so much fun! I modeled how to knit the mitten and kind of just let them go on their own with it and a lot of my kiddos did better knitting than I did!! 

Then we cut out pictures of the animals from the story, 'The Mitten'. We used the animal pictures and the mitten that we knitted to act out subtraction equations. They looked at the first number in the subtraction equation and placed that many animals in front of them. Then they looked at the second number in the subtraction equation and placed that many animals in the mitten. Last, they counted how many animals were left for their answer.


We also worked more on positional words in a mini reader. We read the sentence and determined the position of the mitten. I had my students highlight the correct positional word to make the sentence complete.


We finished the last page in our 'Mitten Story Elements Books' by writing about our favorite part of the story.

I read the story, 'The Mitten' by Alvin Tresselt. We really enjoyed reading this story and finding all of the similarities and differences of the two stories that we read. We did a mitten Venn diagram to compare the two stories. 

I also had my students compare the two stories on their own.

We picked which animal was our favorite from either story. We sorted our favorite animals and turned it into a class graph.

I had my students write about which animal was their favorite and why that animal was their favorite. It is so exciting seeing them write and extend their sentences! 


What a busy and fun week we had! You can grab these activities above in my Mitten Unit at my TPT store by click HERE or on the pictures below:


If you missed the link above to see our 100th day of school in action, you can click HERE
You can also check out our 100th day of school activities at my TPT store HERE or on the picture below.

Next week we will be started our 2 week long Penguin Unit!!

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