Wednesday, February 14, 2018


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Sunday, November 26, 2017

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween Brain Breaks

Halloween is right around the corner! One thing I do to help survive the sugar high craziness is give my kiddos a few minutes in between activities to get their wiggles out. Today, I just want to quickly share with you some of my favorite Halloween brain break videos.You can find them all on YouTube. Enjoy!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 16, 2017

PAPERLESS Number Talks

A couple of years ago, I started implementing number talks during my guided math block. The results I got from this simple, powerful teaching practice blew me away. My students were engaged in meaningful discussions focused on mental math and computational strategies. Through our daily number talks, they were building number sense and flexibility in number thinking. 

What are Number Talks?
Number Talks are short discussions (5-10 minutes) focused on mental math and computational strategies. They promote the importance of being flexible with numbers and using a variety of strategies for computation. All students are encouraged to share their mathematical thinking during number talk time.

What does a Number Talk look like?
1. Teacher presents each problem and gives wait time.
2. Students mentally figure out the answer (no paper or pencil) and give a quiet thumbs up to show that they have at least one solution. *Students can put additional fingers up if they have more than one way to solve the problem. For example: Two fingers up means I have two ways to solve the problem.
3. Students share their thinking/teacher records. Incorrect solutions and methods can and should be part of Number Talks.

I personally like to do Number Talks at the beginning of my math block, but it can be done at any time that works best for your schedule. Some days you just have to make it work where you can! 

What are the benefits to doing Number Talks?
*Encourages math communication from all students
*Provides structured practice for mental math
*Promotes the value in using mental math to compute
*Promotes the importance of being flexible with numbers
*Using a variety of strategies for computation
*Builds number sense
*All levels of learners can participate in number talks
*Only takes 5-10 minutes a day-perfect math warm-up

How can I get started?
You can start Number Talks at any time of the year, and I've made it really EASY for you! You can get 40 weeks of PAPERLESS NUMBER TALKS in just one click here!

These Number Talk lessons were designed to engage your learners in meaningful math conversations focused on mental math and computational strategies throughout the year. They make the perfect math warm-up! All you have to do is upload the Number Talk digital slides (PowerPoint)- paperless and no prep! Everything is already done for you! 

Each day of the week has a specific Number Talk activity:

Make it Monday: Students will mentally think of equations that make the number in the circle using the given numbers. 

True or False Tuesday: Students will mentally solve the equations to determine whether they are true of false. (5 equations)

Work it Out Wednesday: Students will mentally solve the equations and share their thinking. (5 equations)

Time to Subitize Thursday: Briefly (5-10 seconds) flash each slide. Students will share what number was shown, as well as, explain their thinking in determining the number. (5 images)

Fact Fun Friday: Students will mentally solve the equations and share their thinking. (5 equations)

The structure of the Number Talk slides is predictable and student friendly! Spend more time talking about math instead of giving directions/expectations. 

Where can I find more information on Number Talks?

I highly recommend reading these books by the Number Talk guru, Sherry Parrish. They are packed full of great information for grades K-5. Click the book images to learn more about them.

Happy Number Talking! 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Addition Fluency Fun (with free I SPY Addition game)!

Learning to add numbers is a huge (and hard) part of first grade! First graders need a lot of practice to master addition facts! I have found that the best way to incorporate addition fluency into my classroom is through playing games. My students love them! They're much more engaged in their learning when they have hands-on games that allow them to move around, work with a partner, talk about math/adding numbers, and most of all have fun! Dice, spinners, cubes, counters, and game boards are always staples in my room...probably used almost every day! I have several addition games and activities in my Let's Add pack that my kids play throughout the year. They can be used in small groups, with a partner, independently, and even for homework. Many of the games also have differentiated options to support all levels of learning.

Addition Bump is a class favorite! Each partner takes turns rolling the dice, adding the numbers, and covering the sum on their game board. If a number already has a counter on it, the other partner has a chance to "bump" it off. If a player gets the same number twice, then he /she can stack two counters on that number to freeze it. When a player freezes a spot with two counters, their cubes can not be bumped off. The first player to use all of their counters first, wins the game!

Four in a Row is another fun game! Players take turns rolling the 2-3 dice (depending on how many addends), adding the numbers, and covering the sum on their game board. If the number is not on their board, they lose their turn. The first player to cover four sums in a row wins. 

Players take turns spinning each of the two number spinners. They write an addition  number sentence with the numbers from the two spins. The player with the greatest sum gets the win for that round. The game continues until the recording sheet is completed. The player with the most wins at the end of the game, wins! Three different game boards are included to differentiate this game! 

This is a great game for students to work on math fact fluency independently, with a partner, or in a small group. To play, students need a die, counters, dry erase board or math journal (to work out problems), and “Roll, Add, & Race” game board. Players roll a die and solve the problem in the row that matches the number they rolled. Once the problem is solved, they cover it with a counter.  The game continues until players have a row that takes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! 
             A variety of different game boards are included to differentiate skill/ability levels.

Dice make everything nice to my first graders:) I also might have a slight addiction to buying different kinds of them on Amazon. I justify it because they just about make anything a game and are so great to use to differentiate activities! To play Roll & Add, students need 2-3 dice (depending on how many numbers you want them to add) and a recording sheet. Students roll the dice. Then, they write and solve a number sentence using the numbers on their recording sheet. To differentiate this activity, two different recording sheets are included in the pack. You can choose whether students will roll and add two or three numbers. Also, you can use this activity to practice adding two digit numbers by rolling two dice to make a two digit number! For example, if I roll a 2 and a 4, that would make 24.

For this activity, students can work in groups of 2-4. They each need a Spin and Match game board, counters (cubes, tiles, etc. to cover up spaces on their game board), and a paper clip to use as a spinner. The players take turns spinning and finding a match (an equation that equals the number the spinner landed on) on their board. If they spin a space that is already covered up, they miss their turn. The first player to cover all their spaces wins! There are four different game boards included to differentiate this game. 

Grab, Roll, and Solve is another math tub favorite! I love this activity because you can instantly differentiate it to meet the needs of your students by using higher or lower numbers for them to "grab". It's also an activity that can be used in a variety of situations-students can work independently, with a partner, or in small groups. To play, students grab a number card and roll the die. Then, they record the numbers on their recording sheet and solve the equation. Need to make less copies?
 Stick it in a page protector and let the kids use a dry erase marker to show their work! 

I've never met a kid that doesn't like playing Tic Tac Toe! To play Addition Tic Tac Toe, players take turns solving an addition fact to be able to put an “X” or “O” on the spot. First player to get 3 in a row, wins! I always have them laminated and ready to play as a math game. They also make a great homework activity! 
There are a variety of different game sheets included in my Let's Add pack- addition to 5, addition to 10, addition to 20, doubles facts, plus 10 facts,  and two digit addition without regrouping. Each sheet has 4 Tic Tac Toe games. 

Throughout the year, I'm constantly referring to these addition strategy posters! I love that they serve as a reminder to my kids that their are multiple strategies you can use
to solve an addition problem.

I’ve included a variety of no-prep printables to give your students extra practice with adding numbers. These are great to use for morning work, math tubs, sub plans, and/or homework! Here are just a few from the pack...

I'm a huge fan of anything that will get my kids up and moving around the room while learning at the same time! The I SPY & SCOOT addition games that I created do just that! After placing the cards on the wall or on desks. Students move around the room to solve the addition equations. 

Happy Adding!