Category: math

Pattern Block Activities (with freebies)

I LOVE using pattern blocks in my classroom!  There are so many great activities that you can do with these versatile math manipulatives!  Read on to see how I use these fun math tools in my classroom. This blog post does contain an affiliate link for Amazon.  If you choose to purchase something through the links provided, I do receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I use this money to purchase things for my classroom that I blog about. Thank you for your support! Pattern block activities are always a hit with my kiddos.  I even had

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Data Collection and Graphing Activity

Data Collection and Graphing freebie with I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey

Oh my goodness!  Oh my goodness!  I am so excited about this ADORABLE book!  I even moved out of my comfort zone to create a *gasp* math freebie!  This book lends itself really well to a little data collection and graphing activity!  Read on to see what has inspired me…This post does contain affiliate links.  If you use the link I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks so much for your support.Hello!  So happy to see you!  I am so excited about this adorable book by Aaron Blabey called I Need a Hug!  I love

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If you give a kid a meter stick…

Even though I missed the meet up (which still makes me very sad!) I was inspired by the Spring Teacher Blogger Meet-up Blog Hop!  to try to find something blog worthy everyday in my classroom.   I found several today!  I was so tickled by how much fun my kiddos had with their measuring tools I just had to share! Aren’t they adorable?  The words in the though bubbles are actual quotes from today!  My goodness!  It always amazes me what gets kids these days excited!  (I sound like an old fogey don’t i?) Today we got out the meter

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Guest Blogging and a Freebie!

It is so hard for me to believe, but I am guest blogging all school year on The Organized Classroom Blog!  Swoon… I am so excited!   Please go and check out my post about how I do my Reading Notebook (or as the sisters call it, my pensieve!).  Thanks for stopping by!  Here is a little freebie!  I couldn’t resist the Zombie clipart from Krista Wallden.

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I Can Notebooks or Keeping Track of Data

Data, data and more data!   I feel like everytime I turn around I need to make sure that I can back it up with data! So, how am I taming the data monster? I can notebooks! This is where the kiddos are going to keep track of their own learning! This is the cover.  When you first open it up, the label on the front pocket says: Reading Sheets.  The kiddos will be doing a daily reading response at the end of Reading Workshop (I do a modified version of Daily 5!).  This is where they will keep their papers!

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Building Mathematical Comprehension Book Study!

Summer vacation is the best isn’t it?  I love getting up when I want (usually about 6:30 due to everyone else in the house being up).  I can exercise when I want, I have time to read and to blog.  I have no excuse for not blogging, but I have been busy enjoying my new freedom (taking long baths and napping mostly!)So!  Here is one of the books that I am reading this summer!  Building Mathematical Comprehension by Laney Sammons of Guided Math fame!Today I am sharing my thoughts on Chapter 2: Recognizing and Understanding Mathematical Vocabulary.First off, let me

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Area critters and whatnots… and I want to give you stuff…

I most definitely cannot take credit for this adorable idea, I saw it on Pinterest, then remembered to do the activity from my wonderful teaching friend.  Area Critters!Well, some critters and other whatnots. All you need is: 1 in. graph paperConstruction paperpencils and crayonsImaginative kiddosMy kiddos had a great time with this activity. Here’s what some of my darlings came up with: Aren’t the turtles cute? T-Rex Snowy Owl not a critter, but a birthday cake! I thought that they were pretty original! Oh Yeah, don’t forget I’m trying to give away some great stuff!  Click on the picture to check

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Ugh…Calendar!

Okay, it may be sacrilegious, but I don’t like doing calendar with my kiddos.  I taught Kindergarten for 8 years and had to do the calendar song and dance everyday.  I HATE IT!  So, now that I teach the more sophisticated Second Grade I feel like I can cut back.  I realize that cutting it out entirely is probably not plausible.  So here is my compromise.  On the first school day of the new month we “do” calendar.  We all get out our Math Notebooks which have a calendar section.  We number the calendar, write down important dates (birthdays, field

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