Saturday, September 16, 2017

Place Value Fun!

I don't think first graders can ever have too much place value practice. I pretty much start teaching it as soon as they walk through the door and we continue reviewing it all year long in as many different ways that I can think of and then some. 
Here are some of my favorite place value activities:
Spin and Match is an activity that can be played in groups of 2-4. The players take turns spinning and matching the number representation on their board. The first player to cover all their spaces wins! Three different game boards are included in the pack: base ten blocks, tens and ones, and expanded form.

Place Value BUMP is such a fun game! Partners take turns pulling place value card from a bag and covering the correct number with a counter on their game board. If number already has a counter on it, the other partner has a chance to "bump" it off. If a student gets the same number twice, then he /she can place two counters on it. If a number has 2 counters, it’s frozen and cannot be "bumped" off.  The first player out of counters wins the game!
I love it when my students can move around and learn at the same time, which is why I'm a huge Scoot fan! Place Value Scoot is an activity where your students move around the room and write down the number shown on each Scoot card. The Scoot cards are a mix of base ten, expanded form, and tens/one review. 
Brain break + math activity = Win-Win! 
Place Value Bags is a great math tub or small group activity! Students count the number of base ten blocks in each bag. Then they show how many tens and ones are in the number and write the expanded form on their recording sheet. 
There are also several different Place Value Flap Books to give your students extra practice! 
Four in a Row is class favorite! Players take turns picking a number card and covering the same amount on their board.  The first player to cover four sets of base ten blocks in a row wins! 
There are also a dozen different no-prep place value printables in my place value practice pack! They are great for homework, morning work, math tubs, and sub plans!
If you're looking for other math activities to add to your classroom, make sure to check out my math bundle

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Teaching Nonfiction Text Features (Free Download Included!

Teaching nonfiction fiction text features is important, but some of the resources out there can be so DRY for our little ones! Last year, I was on a mission to create FUN, hands-on, and engaging resources to give my students more time to explore, identify, and understand nonfiction text features. I'm so excited to share with you some of the activities and games that have brought this first grade standard to life in my classroom! Click here to check them out! 


I SPY Nonfiction Text Features

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Monday, August 21, 2017

TpT Back to School BONUS SALE!

Have you heard the exciting news? TpT is having a bonus sale tomorrow (August 22nd)! Everything in my ENTIRE TpT store is 25% off when you use the code BTSBONUS at checkout. This includes already discounted bundles!

Start filling up your cart with new resources for this school year! 

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Solar Eclipse Activities

Are you ready for the Great American Solar Eclipse?? I can't wait for this special event! Here are some of my favorite resources that I'm using to celebrate this special event!  

NASA Live Video Streaming
Did you know you can watch the live streaming of the eclipse  here? This would be awesome to view if you are unable to go outside to observe the eclipse. I plan to use it during our viewing breaks in the classroom while we eat a special eclipse snack!

Special Eclipse Snack 
Everyone loves a special snack! Celebrate the eclipse with Moon pies, Sun Chips, Solar Eclipse cookies, Sunny D, and/or Capri Suns! YUM!! 

Awesome Solar Eclipse Videos
Here are some of my favorite eclipse videos on Youtube!

  Solar Eclipse Songs

Free Solar Eclipse E-Book
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Solar Eclipse Activities and Printables

Skip to my Lou has an awesome Solar Eclipse Questionaire and Coloring Page for free on her website here
solar eclipse graphic organizereclipse coloring page

Katie Mense from Little Warriors has the cutest Solar Eclipse hat for free in her TpT store here! It's sure to make the day extra special! 
Total Solar Eclipse Hats Freebie

Pencils to Pigtails has tons of amazing ideas for celebrating
 the solar eclipse  here!
Solar Eclipse 2017 Activities, Writing, Crafts, Viewers, Party Ideas and More!

I love this Solar Eclipse journal from Nancy Andrysco! Perfect for our primary kiddos! 
Solar Eclipse 2017 Journal

Grab this Solar Eclipse Word Search from Jaclyn Rodriguez!
This would be great to use when introducing solar eclipse vocabulary!

2017 Great American Solar Eclipse Word Search

Hope these resources help you have the best Solar Eclipse Day!!