Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2-D Shapes Sort

Earlier we shared how First Graders worked in cooperative groups to sort 2-D shapes. After the initial sort, students rotated to each paper to determine if the shapes were sorted correctly.  Groups then had to develop definitions for each group of shapes.

After this activity I wanted to make sure my students could do it independently so I created some practice pages.  Click the picture below to check them out!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Geometry Galore

Are you at that time of year too?

That time of year when you are surrounded by cylinders and rectangles?

And no, we’re not talking about those empty Coca Cola cans and stacks of end of the year to do list papers you have accumulating.

We have been busy working on shapes in Kindergarten and First Grade.

We began by exploring the different sizes and orientations of shapes. We made these charts for our students to use to sort the shapes.
In Kindergarten, each student had a set of shapes that they had to sort on to the papers. We discussed as a class if the shapes belonged where they were placed.

In First Grade, students worked in cooperative groups to sort the shapes. Students rotated to each paper to determine if the shapes belonged where they were placed. Then they had to develop definitions for each group of shapes.

We have also been working on identifying and classifying 2D and 3D shapes.

We thought a fun way to do this (and also tie the shapes to something they love) would be to sort food by their shapes. We made a mat for each child to sort their food on.
First Graders also learned how to partition shapes into halves and fourths. They finished the unit by using Play-Doh to practice creating plane shapes and partition them with Partitioning Tools. (Tip- call them Partitioning Tools instead of Plastic Knives and they will use them correctly and safely!) 
Do you need a resource to practice partitioning shapes? We posted a new product last week. It is a SCOOT. It is FREE!
Check it out.
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Do your students still need some practice sorting and defining plane shapes? Check out one of our new products.

If you are looking for Math Assessments to wrap up the school year, check out our Standards in a SNAP.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Partitioning Shapes * * FREEBIE * *

Get your students Moving and Reviewing!

Grab this SCOOT to help your students review:

+ Partitioning Shapes Equally
+ Halves
+ Quarters

There are two Recording Page options included.

This product meets First Grade Standards. It can be used as enrichment for Kindergartners or review for Second Graders.

Monday, May 9, 2016

How To Organize Your Computer Desktop

It is no secret we are a bit OCD.

It is no secret we like cute things.

Our OCD and love for cute things carries over to our computers! Several of you have noticed and asked about our computer backgrounds.

We thought we would share how EASY it is to make your computer cute and organized!

It is EASY, we promise!!!

We both have Macs but the following steps should work for PCs.

Design your background in PowerPoint, Keynote, Pages, etc. Use whichever format your are most comfortable with!

Step 1:
Create a document with landscape orientation.
Inserted a rectangle shape and chose a background from your clipart. You can also use a solid color.
Keep a little bit of white space around the margins. 

Step 2:
Add a shape for each category you need. 
Use clipart shapes or shapes from the program you are using.
Minimal is better for this. If the shapes are too busy, you can't see your folders. 
* * TIP: Do not place your shapes close to the edges! 

Step 3:
Add text boxes to label each category.

Step 4:
Take a screen shot of your creation.
On MAC, the Grab Application works well:

              1. Grab
              2. Capture
              3. Selection

Step 5:
On your computer go to Desktop Settings. This is different on every computer but we are sure you know how to change your desktop background! 

This is a time when you might have to see if everything fits. If not, simply go back to your original creation and make adjustments as needed. 

Move your folders to their new categories!
* * TIP: When you are ready for a change, duplicate your original creation and edit it. That helps with the borders, margins, etc!

We would love to see your cute and organized Desktops or hear if you have any tips and tricks!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring Fever?!?!?!

Do your students have Spring Fever?

Do you have Spring Fever?

I think I just heard

Don't yours?
Do I really need to answer that?

We have some resources to keep your students engaged, learning and having fun! Check them out by clicking the pictures below.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Music and Movement Mania

Do you use music in your classroom? 
We do! 

During independent work time, writing, and while taking tests we play soothing music. The kids call it the "calm music" or "relaxing music." They actually ask to turn it on if it is not on!

Pandora is our go to! It is free and there are lots of choices.

Here are some of our favorite Pandora channels:

  • Soundscape Radio
  • Classical Relaxation Radio
  • Rockabye Baby!
  • The Piano Guys Radio
  • The Mozart Effect (Children's) Radio
We also use music during lessons. Songs are great hooks! If you teach Kindergarten or first grade you probably know Jack Hartmann! We were lucky enough to have Jack Hartmann come to our school for a concert last week!

If you are not familiar with him, check out his website! Check it out by clicking the picture below.

 He has songs for Reading, Math and Science! The kids love singing and dancing with him. He even has free videos on YouTube! Check it out by clicking the picture below.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Five for Friday - April 22

Hey everyone! We are linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday again this week!

 First Graders are doing a Social Studies/Science/ELA Project Based Learning Activity. Since we are learning about economics in Social Studies and plants in Science the students are going to start a business selling plants! 
To kick off the project we had a local business owner come and talk to the kids. 
The coolest part... the business owner is in Middle School. 
AND...he went to our elementary school! 
(I have to admit I think its pretty cool to say a former student started his own business before he could even drive!)
He owns Schmancy Pops. They are DELICIOUS! You can check out his website by clicking the picture below. They brought a sample pop for EVERY first grader!

Kindergarteners were working hard this week on classifying objects into categories, counting the number in each, and sorting each category by count. I am always looking for fun and hands on ways to teach math concepts. While looking, I came across this product. It was perfect for what we were doing! The students loved that they got to sort each card and then record the results. I had them work in pairs and then report their “findings” to the class. Check out the product I used below as well as another pack that is included in the bundle by A Kinderteacher Life.

We celebrated Earth Day today! We began by making a craft after we read about Earth Day. They loved painting the Earth. Then we had a discussion about how we can help the Earth. We came up a few ways to help at school. We started today by recycling our breakfast trays. They were very proud of themselves for helping!

We had a VERY special visitor. 
Jack Hartmann.
The real actual Jack Hartmann! 
He put on a concert for our Kindergarteners and First Graders. 
If you are in Florida, look into him coming to your school. It was a very reasonable cost and the kids absolutely loved it.

Do you need NO PREP First Grade Math Practice Pages and Assessments? 
We posted a new product this week for Measurement, Data and Geometry.  Check it out. It is only $3.

Go check out other Five for Friday Link Ups by clicking the picture below.  Happy Friday y'all!