Yep, not just a day, but a whole week. So, our Read Across American Celebration will be this week and I will use the plans I posted for last week. I have some new math units posted in my TpT store. I have about 6 more to finish. Each unit has 3-4 days of lesson plans and all the printable materials. These are literature based units so you will need a book and some counters!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
We are beginning our Addition and Subtraction unit and I launched our new centers on Friday! Most of the centers will not change during the unit. These centers are completely differentiated because each student has a range of numbers that he/she "works on" at each center.
The assessment and number range ideas were presented during a professional development training I attended at a local school. The centers were inspired by the information that was shared during that same session. Some of these ideas are from Kathy Richardson's Developing Number Concepts Book 2 and some from the
Math Their Way Book (free online).
The first step is to assess students using the Hiding Assessment from Kathy Richardson to assign a number range. Basically you are asking students to quickly give you the number combinations (missing addend) for a given number. You are then ready to assign a number range. My students work on their target number and the numbers that come before and after that number.
The range cards can be found here.
I have placed all my cards on a ring and before the students go to their center I tell each student the numbers in his/her range and ask them what number he/she would like to work on at the center that day. I date the card and the student goes to the center and begins working. I will test the students again using the Hiding Assessment when each column in the range card is full or if I think the student may be ready to move to a larger target number.
I have 5 centers and the recording sheets can be found in my TpT store here.
I have created them for numbers 3-10 and with and without symbols (+, -, =).
I have created them for numbers 3-10 and with and without symbols (+, -, =).
Each center has a tub of manipulatives and a binder for the recording sheets.
The recording sheets are placed in plastic pockets inside the binders. The students choose the sheet for the number they are working on that day.
The students use the tiles to create combinations for their number. They use two different colors and the tiles have to be touching. There are black mats for them to build several and then record two of their combinations by gluing paper squares to the recording sheet and writing the number combination.
Spill the Beans
The students place the beans in a cup and spill them out. They record the number of red and white beans and write the number combination.
Spill the Counters
This is very similar to Spill the Beans. They use the double sided counters instead of the beans.
Bear Cave (Bowl Game)
The students count the bears (for the number they are working with) and then place some bears under the bowl and some bears on top of the bowl. On the recording sheet they draw circles to represent the bears and then write the number combination.
The students use 2 colors of cubes to build a "train". They color the recording sheet to match the cubes and write the number combination.
I have more centers that I plan to use and I will post pictures of them with my weekly lesson plans.
I have not introduced the addition or subtraction symbols (+, -, or =) because I want the students to explore the numbers and understand the whole idea of joining together and taking apart. I will introduce the symbols later in the unit (now when we discuss the answer we call it the "number combination").
I did notice that all of my students except one student chose the largest number in their range. I am hoping that is a sign of great outcomes for my students. The goal is be able to quickly add and subtract the numbers mentally and hopefully with the many opportunities they are getting to practice this skill, they will be able to work their way through the numbers with ease.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
It's time to celebrate Read Across America! We will be reading and writing about these Dr. Seuss books this week.
Short o (-og and -ock word families)
We are going fishing this week in math. Well, not really. I am creating weekly math lessons based on a literature book about addition and/or subtraction. This week we will read Five Silly Fishermen by Roberta Edwards. The students will act out word problems, use a story mat to solve word problems and complete a math task. The unit can be found in my TpT store here.
I launched my new math centers yesterday and will post about them tomorrow.
Labels: Lesson Plans
Monday, February 24, 2014
It is hard to believe that this is the last full week in February! We are reading Duck & Goose, Curious George's Dinosaur Discovery (Journeys Lesson 20) and Simon and Molly Plus Hector this week.
I am looking forward to celebrating Read Across America next week!
This unit can be found at my TpT store.
Short o (-op and -ot word families)
During our math lessons this week, the students are learning how to use the recording sheets for our new math centers.
These recording sheets can be found here.
The link to my detailed post about these centers can be found here.
Teachers pay Teachers is having a sale this week!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
This week we are reading the books Nicky and the Rainy Day, Sheep Take a Hike (Journeys Lesson 19) and Bunny Day. You can find the units in my TpT store.
Short i (-ig and -it word families)
Washington and Lincoln
Healthy Teeth Writing
In math we are finishing our unit about shapes.
The lesson plans for the entire unit are included in a free download here.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
This week the books we will be reading are One Dog Canoe and Atlantic from the Journeys Reading series. I plan to read additional books about ocean life. Click here or here if you are interested in the unit.
We will use the picture cards to retell the events from the book One Dog Canoe.
Comparing and Contrasting using a Venn Diagram
These are some of the books I will read this week.
Close Reading Passages
We will be studying the short i sound (-in and -ip word families).
3-D shapes charts
Students will create the 3-D shape and draw objects that are that shape.
Friday is our Valentine's Day Party! We will celebrate by creating a memory book of our valentine cards, complete an art project and make ice cream sundaes!
Monday, February 3, 2014
If you visited my classroom on Thursdays, you would see students building CVC words during their small group session. They use letters from the Carson Dellosa Making Words kit that can be found here and I have created recording sheets so my students write the word after they manipulate the letter cards to build the new word. If you are interested in my lesson plans and recording sheets for these Building CVC Words activities, they can be found in the packet at my TpT store. You can use the Carson Dellosa letters, magnetic lowercase letters (plastic letters with and without magnets can be purchased here), or letter tiles to build the words.
The words they build are words from the word families we are studying each week. For a more detailed schedule, visit the TpT link above.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
In mathematics, we will be studying spheres and cubes. I was not able to find books about real objects that are 3-D shapes so I made powerpoints and will use them for group discussions. The students will get a chance to create the shape using playdoh or playdoh and toothpicks, then the next day they will use the papers shown to draw pictures of real objects that are that shape.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I will post my math lesson plans and photos tomorrow. We will be learning about 3-D shapes and I still need to get some materials ready for next week.
Next week we will be reading books about nature and butterflies. Our Journeys books include Is It the Wind and From Caterpillar to Butterfly. We will also read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and one of my favorite books - Farfallina and Marcel.
These are the materials I will use for whole group reading.
The Nature unit can be found here.
One of the charts we will complete during whole group reading.
We will use these cards to retell the story.
We will be studying the short e sound (-ed and -est word families).