Friday, June 22, 2018

Morning Math Tubs or Centers

What do you do for morning work in your classroom? I have decided to try morning math tubs. They are simple to implement, hands-on and engaging, and they require no grading while I am trying to complete attendance, lunch count, and those other morning tasks that must be done. I am creating an entire year of morning math tubs, which will include 10 sets of 10 tubs. This set is my 3-D shapes version. Each tub can be completed by one or more students. The tubs can then be rotated the next day.

Students sort the environmental shapes by name on the sorting mats. 

Students sort the shapes into 2-D (flat shapes) and 3-D shapes (solid shapes).

Students use linking chains to link a 3-D shape with a matching environmental shape.

Shape Puzzles-Students create 3-D shapes.

Students match 3-D shapes with environmental shapes.

Shape Roll and Cover-Students roll a dice, and cover a matching shape. They play against a partner if they choose.

Students build the shapes using toothpicks and/or play-dough.

Students place a clip on the correct 3-D shapes that matches the environmental shape.

Students look at the base or face of each shape, and place a clip beside each shape that has the correct base.

I will place each activity in a separate tub on student's tables in the morning.

Click here to get my 3-D shape morning tubs or math centers. You might also like the BUNDLE, which has numbers to 10, 2-D shapes, 3-D shapes, teen numbers, and addition so far! It will have a total of 10 morning tubs sets when complete.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Life Cycle Hats

Do your kids like hats as much as mine do? These life cycle hats are a perfect way to incorporate life cycle learning into your classroom. Your kids will love wearing these home to show their parents what they know about life cycles.






Tuesday, March 6, 2018

10 Jelly Bean Math Activities

Do your kids love to use candy during math as much as mine do? Check out my 10 Jelly Bean math activities that are perfect for Spring and Easter.

Jelly Bean Addition-The kiddos use jelly beans to solve basic addition problems.

Jelly Bean-Roll, Cover, and Color-The students roll the dice, add the numbers, and cover the jelly bean with the correct color of jelly bean.
Jelly Bean Number Word Counting-The kids read the number word and then cover the jelly bean with the correct number of candy jelly beans.

Jelly Bean Balancing- The kids use a balance scale to determine how many jelly beans each object weighs.

Buying Jelly Beans-Students review coin recognition by purchasing the correct number of jelly beans with each coin.

Jelly Bean Estimation-Students estimate how many jelly beans they think it will take to cover the jelly bean picture. They then check and compare!

Jelly Bean Subtraction-Students use jelly beans to solve basic subtraction problems by creating the set in the jar, and then taking some out! Simple....

Jelly Bean Sorting-Students sort jelly beans according to color.

Jelly Bean Graphing-Students create a bar graph of their jelly bean colors.

Jelly Bean Making 10-Students practice creating sets of 10 using jelly beans.

Jelly Bean Connect 4-Students play a quick game of connect 4 by rolling dice, and then adding to create a sum. They cover the sum, and the first person to cover four numbers in a row is the winner.

Students measure given lines using jelly beans.
If you would like to use my jelly bean activities in your classroom, they are available in my TPT store for $1. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Spring Literacy Activities

Spring is almost here! It is amazing how much progress is made in Kindergarten up to this point. Kinders are reading, writing, and beginning to develop some independence. With that in mind, we must keep teaching literacy to get those kiddos where they need to be by the end of the year. Ready for First Grade! The following are literacy activities that I use in my classroom in Spring. 

Spring Poems for Shared Reading-These poems are full of sight words and are perfect for shared reading, guided reading, and filling those book boxes! We create a spring poetry journal! We highlight the sight words, practice reading with fluency and rhyme, and then use these for independent practice reading. They love them!
After learning a new poem, we put it together in a pocket chart. It then becomes our new poem in the pocket chart center. We use highlighting strips to highlight our sight words in the poem. It is exciting to hear them read the words as they are putting the poems together.

We use these simple predictable sentences as a warm up in guided reading. They are very predictable for new reading. Some of my kids still need dots for tracking print. You can see my simple predictable sentences here!

Sometimes we work with simple predictable sentences in the pocket chart. When we learn about the life cycle of a frog, this set of predictable sentences will be incorporated into the pocket chart center. I give them a printable of the simple sentences to use as a guide. Check out my spring predictable sentences pocket chart here!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Presidential Pop Up Cards

February is all about Valentines, dental health, and presidents! I created these presidential pop-up cards so that my kiddos could learn about the presidents while reading and writing. These cards are a fun, hands-on way, to learn! 

The kids can decorate their pop-up card and then read about the president.

The kids can decorate their pop up card and then write about the president.

Here is the pop up feature. Each card has a pop up president!

Your kids can listen to you read about the president. I created two different levels of text. I created a simpler text for young readers, and a more advanced text for more advanced readers in older grades.