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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On the 12th day of Christmas...

Blogs all over the teacher blog world are giving out so much stuff!  Check it out:
  •   Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade has a HUGE giveaway of over twelve items!  Go check it out here:

  • Then check out Curious Georges Giveaway here.  Ten (10) winners will each receive one (1) copy of the Curious George Storybook Collection, retail value $10.99.
  • Kar - Ben is sending out free bookmarks for the whole class!!  All you have to do is e-mail!  Check it out here on Facebook!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Out in Out!

Out in Out is a fun addition or subtraction game that I changed up a bit from (Adventures of First Grade).  The students in my room have a fast finisher folder (click here to learn more about that), inside I made a sheet that simply says: out, in and out.  then on the other side I put three blank lines.  The students pick up 10 cubes, and drop them down on their sheet.  They could how many landed out, how many landed in, and then add how many there all altogether, writing the addition sentence.  Then they switch to subtraction, pick ten up, and drop them.  How many do you have altogether, minus how many fell out, equals how many are left in.  They love it!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Math Centers

I have been working hard on one of my personal teacher goals for this year, and it's going just great!  I pledged to do more with math centers, and I have succeeded!  I am proud, so I am going to show off a bit, but I hope this gives you some ideas more than anything!  Anywho... my students eat breakfast in the classroom starting at 7:10 (yea, insert loud YAWN here) (*yawn*) and I was toying with many different ideas on how to handle that...well, as soon as students finish breakfast, they head off to their centers! Wahoo!  They love it.  They get their breakfast on and then head to the center chart see below, and then off to math mania land!  I put together a little power point to show the importance of math centers, and how it works in my room...

Math Centers by Kelly

Math centers are a big help in getting my 20 minutes of math pullout time.  I do 45 minutes of math in the afternoon + calendar time, so this works perfectly!