Oct 7, 2015

September Math Journals...So MUCH precision

We just wrapped up our September Math Journals last week.  After I looked through all of the math journals, I was so proud of all of the "extra" learning that went on during these daily journals.  We work on a lot of the Standards For Mathematical Practices.  We discuss a lot about precision.  We all should have the same answers some of the time, but may go about solving them in several different ways.  We love to share the different ways we solve problems.  It's a great way to get mathematical discussion going in your classroom!!  There are 20 pages in each monthly journal and they are soooooooo easy to copy.  No cutting, no gluing...just putting it into the copier and staple.  Then it's done for the entire month!  Here are some samples from September:
On this specific page, we reviewed the word hexagon, talked about how many side and vertices/corners, talked about the word 5 frame on the top, talked about it being a 10 frame, talked about how to fill it out from top to bottom left to the right, wrote our numbers to reinforce our precision, circled key words that helped us solve the word problem, and FINALLY solved the problem!  TONS OF LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES in just 1 page!!

Talked about the 5 frame going vertical instead of horizontally and how to fill it out top to bottom left to the right, discussed key vocabulary words to help solve the problem and circled them, wrote our numbers to 4 saying our math jingles.

Reviewed sorting from our Bridges math unit, discussed all the different ways we sorted apples from the week before, and discussed how to organize our data so that our readers could see neatly how we organized our data.

We discussed that these were not 10 frames, but modeled how to count blocks to make sure that we counted them all.  Discussed how writing numbers in the boxes reassured our precision, and discussed how to double check over our work to make sure we counted correctly.  Finally they wrote their findings on the provided line.  We also got to practice number writing again!!
 As you can see, this math journal time is full of sooooooo many math items that the kids can absorb in just 10 minutes or less!!  We are encouraging you to try out October's Math Journal so we are putting it on sale starting today:  Wednesday, October 7-Saturday, October 10.  Here is the direct link for the October's Math Journal:  click here. 
 We have put it on sale for $1.60.  It is originally $2.00. 

Oct 1, 2015

Weather Unit Finished

My kids absolutely loved our weather unit.  Each day we read weather books and talked about different kinds of weather.  After talking about the weather we did 2 pages in our weather booklets.  We also used our word list to discuss weather vocabulary.  Here is a link to both of these items.  Our word cards have been updated recently.  
Weather and Season Word Cards and Word List for only $1.00.
Crafty Weather Unit for only $5.00.

Here are just a few of the samples from our booklets that we made this year.  We sang a tune and they loved reading/singing the weather song. 

Sep 26, 2015

Math Journals Developing Problem Solving Skills

Our district is using a new math program called Bridges.  I am loving all of the components of this program and the students are becoming quite independent with the work places.  I am also doing the monthly math journals that SueBeth and I created a couple of years ago.  These are so easy to make, just print and they are ready to go.  
Each day the students and I read the problem.  Once we read the problem, we go back and the students decide which words help them solve the problem and which words are what we call "fluff".  There are 20 pages in each month.  I do send them home after each month so that parents can see all of the problem solving that we have been doing.  Our district uses the state math diagnostic test as our SLO and the students do amazing on this test I feel due to all of the problem solving they have done each and every day.  
We are putting these math journals on sale starting today, Saturday, October 26 through Monday October 28.  We have not yet bundled these so you do have to buy each individual month.
These journals typically run $2.00 for each month, but you can get them now through Monday night for $1.60.  Again...no gluing, cutting, etc. all you need to do is throw them in the copier and they are done.  I do mine each summer for the entire year!! 
Here is the direct link to our TPT store which is also on our side bar:  Busy Bees TPT Store. 

Sep 1, 2015

Sketch Pads Ready

I just wrapped up making my Sketch pads for my kindergarten students.  I plan on using these several ways in my classroom.  Several students arrive in the morning as soon as the bell rings and get their "jobs" done leaving with them about 10 free minutes until the tardy bell rings.  A great friend, yes that's you Kim, suggested that I try these out in my classroom.  I think I am going to love them!!  The "rule" is only one page a "morning" and they must go left to right in the booklet.  I will also put them as a choice in my writing center once I open it up in the next week.  I love telling them that they are like authors and illustrators and have to have a sketch pad to write/draw their ideas so they don't forget them!  Maybe I need a sketch pad when I head upstairs and can't remember why I went upstairs!!  ha, ha

You have gotta love a husband who will help you cut the composition notebooks and a fabulous student teacher who helps you laminate the front covers!! Gotta love teamwork~

Aug 28, 2015

Bridges Math In Kindergarten and 7 Habits

Our district adopted Bridges Math for grades K-5.  We have been using it this week and the students absolutely love it.  We did a lot of sorting this week and really focused hard on the word attribute.  Today we all got to take off one shoe and discussed different ways to sort our shoes.  The students love think-pair-share to discuss different attributes with their friends.  Work places is another component of the Bridges Math.  The students loved exploring some new work places "centers" this week.  Number corner is another component of the program.  I was amazed at how much they absorbed this week of five frames, ten frames, and counting on from the 5 frame.  I think I am going to love this new math program!
Next week we will start our September Math Journals...check out our TPT store for a great easy math journal to help your students become great problem solvers!!
Since we are a Leader In Me School, we have been introducing the 7 habits this past week.  We read a book for each habit and did some kind of fun activity to help remind us of this habit.  The students loved signing their name to our kindergarten pledge.