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Friday, October 14, 2011

Day 46- Countdown... 1!

We made it! Fall break is here! I can let down my hair, kick up my heels, and... wait. I still have 3 small children at home. Never mind. I get to try to get caught up on laundry, clean the house, and keep my kids from killing each other. *sigh. At least I don't have to deal with lesson plans! :)

I was good to my word. I promised my students that we would have math games today since they had such a jam-packed day yesterday. Of course, the games had to be educational, and they had to be things I already had on-hand. Here's what we did!

 Sorting attributes. We studied attributes earlier this year, so my students were taking objects and sorting them based on either size, shape, or color. Once they had things sorted, they drew what they did and explained why.
Domino Addition. Students chose dominoes out of the tub and wrote the addition facts that went with it. Bonus points for subtraction facts too!
 Top-It. It's a game left over from when we used Everyday Math. It's like playing the game "War". The players lay down a card and the highest card wins. The game works on identifying numbers and the vocabulary 'greater than' and 'less than'. A twist to the game might be to write down the addition facts of the cards.
Tangrams. Love these! Critical thinking skills! Students use their shapes to the create pictures at the bottom of the page. Students have to use reasoning skills to think through which shapes need to be used, and where. Here was my example for this team:
I talked them through the process I used, then I let them go! Here are some of the pictures we created!

Notice the handsome gentleman showing off his picture? It's his birthday! Happy Birthday, Soldier!

Last, but not least,
Geometric Art. Students had to create a picture (on paper) using only geometric shapes. This was probably the 'free-est' math center.
Each team had 8 min at each center, then we rotated. When we had rotated through them all, we played an addition game on the board.

I got a picture of the sentence strips I created for one of my small groups. It is for my first group. We have read and re-read the story, so now they are ready for an extension activity at their seats.
Re-read book with a teammate at their table, then glue cut up sentences back in order.
If you are familiar with the book, you'll notice I added a special sentence. The last sentence introduces the past tense of 'was', and includes a new vocabulary word, 'shoes'. I did this sentence because the next story we read had the word 'shoes' in it and I wanted to see if the students would recognize it in a different setting.
I'm tricky like that! :)
If you'd like a copy of the sentences, you can download it HERE.

Pictures of literacy centers today:
 Phonemic Awareness: matching beginning sounds (from 1+1+1=1 website)

 Spelling Texters and Read, Build, Write cards.

Awesome job, Soldiers! I hope everyone has a great Fall Break! And don't forget to check the blog tomorrow to see who will be the next Celebrity for Celebrity Story Saturday!

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* Parents who already signed up for a Parent/ Teacher conference- I wrote down your conference date and time on your child's behavior form. There are times still available! Remember- report cards are given out at the conferences!

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