Sunday, March 1, 2015

Symbol Scavenger Hunt

This past week we learned about USA Symbols. 
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I wanted to teach the symbols in a new and fun way.  

I thought a scavenger hunt would be fun and engaging for the students.  

I bought a Symbol packet on TPT.

I used the pictures and the fact pages for my scavenger hunt.  I placed them randomly around the room. 
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First, I partnered up the students.  Then, I had the students number their paper 1-14.

The students had to read about the symbol and then write the name of the symbol on their paper.   After a few minutes (when I noticed each group was finished), we switched.  

We did this until they read about each symbol. 

The students were smiling and enjoying their hunt. 
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This scavenger hunt took us a few days to complete.  Once it was complete, I had the Flip Book (from the packet) glued onto construction paper.  Each student had to write two facts about each of the 5 symbols on their Flip Book.  

This was so interesting to see what the students remember about their scavenger hunt.  

I will definitely do this again next year.  The only thing I would change is I wouldn't do all 14 symbols.  I would cut the number down to 8 or so.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Update on Math Centers

Howdy!!  It has been a few weeks since I started the amazing math centers in my classroom.  I wanted to give you an update on my experience thus far.
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So far, I am LOVING them!!  I can see where this is going to help my kiddos master the skills instead of just learning them for the test and forgetting.  

I have to use our basal book.  This has taken me some thinking about how I could still incorporate centers everyday plus teach the material in the chapter.  I think I have finally figured it out.
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Here is a run down of my morning.

Students come into class around 8:15 to 8:30.  They start their calendar folder and/or start cutting out their work for their notebook. 

Right at 8:30 I begin calendar.  We do calendar until 8:45 with a short break in-between for announcements. 

Then at 8:45-9:15 we watch the video for our basal lesson and complete the worksheet that goes with the lesson.  (I was trying to complete the back at my guided math center, but 10 minutes wasn't enough time for all the groups.)  I try my best to get finished with the lesson and worksheet by 9:15.  Some days it works and some days doesn't.

Then at 9:15 or whenever we get finished with whole group math we go to our centers.

I have five centers that are now working.
1- My center
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2- Tubs- games and various activities on different math concepts.
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3- Computer- Xtramath
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4- Notebook
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5- IPads
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This took my kiddos a little time to completely understand the math centers.  I thought it would be an easy transition since we do the Daily 5 "centers."  It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be but I do think it was because our schedule was off after we got back from break. (We had one full week, then a week with 3 half days.)

I kept on my kids about their centers and this past week when I looked out from my centers, I was amazed by what I saw.  All the students were engaged in their learning.  They were super excited about the centers.
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As far as my center, I change it up to what we need to work on each day.  Sometimes it is reviewing for a test, learning the previous concepts better, incorporating more money, learn a new tub or whatever skill I see the kiddos would benefit from we work on. 

I know this is one time throughout the day the kids are really enjoying.

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Did you know that you can use dry erase markers on a table and they will come off?  I was super scared at first but at the end of the day I just use a baby wipe and it turned all clean.  

My students thought this was the best thing ever to write on the desks.

This week, our weekly assessment started having the students respond to one of the questions on their test.  The sentence has to be a complete sentence.  We practiced writing complete sentences.  This one cracks me up so I had to get a picture of it.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Short Week, but lots of fun!

This week we had a short week.  It was the end of our quarter so the upper grades had exams.  Since they had exams we had three half days.  So Monday was a full day and Tuesday through Thursday were half days.  Friday then we had an inservice day.  I choose not to do the basal and just review and catch up on things.  I didn't feel my kiddos could handle the whole basal and tests in this short week.  The week really worked out because I was able to complete some things I needed to and review with my students.

The week started with an exciting day on Monday!  We had a dress up day for the BIG game Monday Night.  Here I am with my son!  We were all decked out and hoping for a win!

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Since it was a dress up day I encouraged my students to wear Scarlet and Gray!  Here is a picture of some that did!!
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Aren't they are adorable making the O-H-I-O at recess!!  I really think it helped the team win that night! (LOL)  Nothing like celebrating my home team in Florida!

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My class loves GoNoodle!!  Have you heard of it?  You need to.  It is full of awesome brain breaks that your students will LOVE!!

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This semester I have an intern!  Here she is teaching the calendar to  our students.  She has done a fabulous job so far.  

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I wanted to do something for my students to help their self-esteem and make them all feel special.  I decided on Thursday to write them a little note on their desk.

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I wanted something easy I could do but also something that would touch them.  I do have high expectations for my students so I want them to know that I also love each one of them. 

They loved walking into the classroom on Thursday and seeing their note.  I am definitely going to keep doing this.  Everyone loves feeling special. 

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Friday the students had no school, but the teachers did.  We had a math in-service with Greg Tang.  This one was an interesting math inservice.  I can use some of the things he taught us in class.  

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