Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happy Spring

Happy Spring!  We just LOVE this time of year, and definitely are enjoying the mild temperatures that we continue to have!  We wanted to share an update with you all that we have added to our  

We've recently added a large cone along with large scoops to make a class display.  
You can print student names or numbers and attach them to the scoops as they move up.  Here's a picture of how we display our addition cone in our classrooms.  Each child has a number printed on a small piece of paper.  As he/she masters an addition fact, their number gets pinned next to the current fact he/she is working on.  A subtraction cone will be added next week since one of our first graders has made it to subtraction! 
If you've already purchased these packs, be sure to re-download!  
If you'd like to check them out, just click on one of the pictures below!

And if you'd like some place value worksheets, we've added a new freebie to our TpT store!
Since our next math chapters focus on graphing, measurement, & shapes, we still continue to have our kiddos to practice place value, numbers to 120, addition, and subtraction while playing math games, working at math centers, or completing extra practice pages.  
Here's a few place value practice worksheets along with a hundreds, tens, and ones worksheet.
Just click the picture below if you'd like a copy!

This worksheet is included in the pack above and our first graders use it with base ten blocks
We show or say a number and they show the number on this worksheet using base ten blocks.  We also put this out as a math center with number cards and our kids practice with partners.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Food Group Fun & A Math Freebie

Hope you're all having a FANTASTIC February! 
 We sure are enjoying the warmer weather we've been having here!  It feels like it's spring.  
Although we definitely like the warmer weather, we sure wish we'd get a little snow this winter.  
Maybe toward the end of the month?  It's pretty unusual for our area to not even get a few snow days so our fingers are crossed!
Place value was our math focus last month, and since our kiddos needed some extra practice using the greater than & less than symbols we created a few extra practice pages.   
If you'd like to grab this free worksheet set just head {HERE}!

We've also just recently finished up learning about nutrition.

Here's a great book that we read to introduce the food groups.  It's full of great information surrounding each food group, and has great info about portions and filling your plate with healthy foods.

If you're looking for a fun song/video the MyPlate Song our kiddos really enjoyed!

And here's our food group unit that we incorporated into our nutrition lessons.

Our unit contains: 

*Food Group Find and Color
*Food Group Mini-Book
*Create Your Own Healthy Plate
*Food Group Flip Book
*Large/Small Food Group Sort
*Food Group Sort Worksheet
*Healthy Plate Homework

If you'd like to check it out, just click {HERE}!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great rest of the week!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!  We have a little math game freebie that we’d love to share with you, but first we thought we’d share about how we do math and incorporate math games into our first grade classrooms. 

Our school uses My Math, which is a pretty structured math program.  After our kiddos finish their “On My Own” page, and we have looked it over, they have a list of things they can chose from such as flash card practice or the math game of the week.  
While kids are using flash cards, or playing the math game of the week, we are able work with kids who might need some extra support on their 
“On My Own” page.    

Thursday, during the last half hour of the school day, is what we call Math Review.  During this time we incorporate math journals using our math journal prompts.  After math journals our kiddos can choose shape/pattern blocks, counting cubes, math board games, math apps on the iPad, or ixl on computers.  While our kids are at these math centers, we meet with students who have math work to finish from the week.  We also use this time to assess math skills if needed. 

And here's our freebie for you all!  We’ll be using this next week as our math game of the week.   
It’s a game called “Who has the number that is greater?”  Or “Who has the number that is less?”  
We made our game double sided so the players can decide if they want to focus on who has more or who has less.   

This is a two-player game.  Each pair will need one game board and 20-30 number cards.   The players split the cards evenly and place their cards face down in the labeled box.   
 Each player flips a card over.
Since this is the "less" side, the person with the number that is less (57) gets to keep both cards, and puts them in a separate pile. The game continues until all cards have been flipped over.  Then, both players count their cards and whoever has the most is the winner.  
Here is the back of the game board.  If playing on this side, the player with the greater number (104) gets to keep both cards.  
 We've created two options for game boards and number cards 1-120.  
If you'd like this game just click {HERE}!

Have a wonderful Friday!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lots of Short Vowel Freebies!

Hope you are all off to a great November!  We have a short week this week, so during our reading instruction we’re reviewing some short vowel sounds.  We created 28 I have Who has cards for the short vowels a, e, i, o, & u.  They’re in our store for FREE and you can chek them out {HERE} or just click the picture below!

Along with some I have who has games this week, we created a few vowel worksheets and a 5 in a row game that can be played with a partner.  These activities relate to short vowels a, e, i, & o.  We’ll be introducing the short vowel u next week.  If you’re looking for some short vowel practice pages, just click on any of the pictures below!

We also wanted to let you know that we’ve updated our addition and subtraction ice cream packs!  We’ve added black and white options for ice cream cones, scoops, and awards!  So if you’ve purchased these, be sure to re-download!  You can click the pictures below to check them out!

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Apps We Love & a Freebie

We're back to tell you about a few iPad apps that we just love, and we have a little freebie as well.
 We hope you're all off to a great start to your school year!  We're heading on week four and finally settled into a routine in our classrooms!  
Since taking an iPad class over the summer, we've discovered several new apps that we just love.  We thought you might be interested in them as well :) Before we share about some apps, we wanted to share a website that we recently discovered.   Technology in Education is a website that continually posts about educational apps with an emphasis on special education.  If you follow them on Facebook, you'll get daily updates on marked down, or even free educational apps!  We've learned about so many through this site.  

Here are a few apps we've recently added to our iPads:

This app contains ones, tens, and hundreds manipulatives, along with a virtual pen and eraser. There are three color options for the manipulatives, and two color options for the pen.
This could be used as a whole group, small group or individual lesson depending on how many iPads you have. You could show specific numbers using the manipulatives and have your students tell you the numbers. You could also say or write a number and have a student show you that specific number using the manipulatives.  Demonstrating how to add double digit numbers with regrouping can also be done when using this app. 

Similar to Number Pieces basic but contains more options making this app suitable for upper grades

We just love how you can create and organize your own flashcards.  
Plus, you can search for flashcard sets that have already been created, which saves A LOT of time.
This app provides you with access to hundreds of types of flashcards for a variety of subjects. You can also make your own. The cards can be read to you, and you can choose between several different languages. The decks that you choose to download can be saved in your "decks" section.
In younger grades this app would be great to use while reviewing Dolch sight words and addition and subtraction facts. As an independent activity, you could have a student listen to the sight words for extra practice. In upper grades this app could be used to review vocabulary words and their definition. You can utilize both sides of the flash cards when creating your own.

This is a virtual geoboard that contains 25 pegs or you can switch it to show 150 pegs. 
 There are 8 different rubber band colors. Shapes can be filled in as well.
You could have students create specific shapes. You could also compare shapes. For example, if you created a square and a rectangle, you could discuss how the square's sides each have the same amount of pegs, while the rectangle has two sides that have more pegs than the other sides. For older students you could compare fractions or create irregular shapes and count the square units. 

And here's our freebie!  
This is a set of classroom/subject labels that we've created to put up around our classrooms.  Just click the picture below if you'd like a copy!

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lesson Plan Notebook Freebies

We've just got a few weeks left until we head back to school and boy have we been busy!  Shopping for new classroom supplies is on our to-do list this week along with getting our classroom binders (lesson plans, emergency info, grades, etc..) together.  We're still waiting on editing our lesson plan template until our school wide schedule is finalized.  We'll share the template with you once it's created.  Until then, we thought you might like to see our new cover pages/inserts for our binders.  These pages could be used as covers for binders or slipped in clear pocket label dividers in a larger notebook.  We have used these both ways.  Often we place the schedules, important notes, assessment scores, and professional development pages in clear pocket dividers in our lesson plan notebook.  Grades, substitute info, student info, and emergency info are separate binders due to the amount of paperwork.

We created these in two different color combinations, and both can be found {HERE}!

A few years ago we used this set and it's been updated.  
If you'd like to take a look you can find it Here and Here is the original post!

We also wanted to share with you our newest product!
Just click the picture below to check it out and be sure to download the preview!

Have a great week!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

apps we love & some freebies!

There's so much that you can do with an iPad, and this summer we've been learning about ways to use an iPad in the classroom, apps that are great for the classroom, and great app/iPad sites that are helpful to teachers!  We both have a classroom iPad that we started using in classrooms last year.  We received them mid year, and are very thankful for our parent group that purchased them for us!  We use them during our literacy and math centers.  Our kiddos absolutely LOVE it and we have quite a few apps that they enjoy!  
Below are two apps that we've recently discovered.  

 This app not only has tens frames, but it also has frames for five, 10, 20 & 100!  You can do so much with it and it's FREE!!!  We love that it has colored counters (very similar to the counters used in the math program we teach from.  You can also change the counters to other shapes and colors.  This could be used in a whole group lesson (projected on a White or SMART Board, or just holding up and showing particular numbers.  Number recognition activities are definitely activities we focus heavily on in first grade, especially during the first several months of school.  

 Here's another fun one that we'll definitely have our first graders use at literacy centers.  This one has a free and paid version.  We've just tried out the free version and it only contains capital letters.  The paid includes lowercase, numbers, symbols, and other figures.  Along with literacy centers, we plan to use this during small reading groups during word work lessons.  Since our small groups are 20-25 minutes each without a lot of time between to prepare for the next group, this app will work great! 
 We created some worksheets that could be used at centers that fit nicely with both of these apps.  Just click the picture below if you'd like a copy!
Have a great week!