Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lesson Plans Sept. 30 - Oct. 4

This week the theme for the books from the Journeys reading series is "Helping". We are going on a field trip to a farm this week, so these books are a perfect match to use with a farm theme! The Little Red Hen will be a great book to illustrate farming and The Handiest Things in the World will discuss how everyone can help. The week will be complete with many books about farm life and pumpkins! You can find the units here or here.



This opinion writing activity can be found here.
I have a Farm themed literacy unit with literacy centers here.
We will read books about pumpkins because the farm includes a pumpkin patch. 
As a class we will use shared writing to create a language experience/predictable chart about "What I want to see at the farm." and then "What I did see at the farm".

Hopefully these will arrive from Oriental Trading! The students will complete the sticker scenes and  I will display them with the charts.

 Must-Do Literacy Centers

Writing Workshop. This week I will be letting the students create their final copy independently. 

 Phonics Materials

We will be playing the Grow and Shrink (Kathy Richardson) game for 2 days and the Racing Bears game (Investigations) for 2 days.




Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lesson Plans Sept. 23-27

We are reading books about Jobs and Community Helpers (Journeys). Here are some of the books and graphic organizers/writing activities we will use as follow-ups. The graphic organizers, writing papers and literacy centers can be found here or here.
The unit for the Miss Bindergarten activities is here.
We will color a map to sequence the places they visited on the field trip and sort pictures in the chart stand.
Some of the must-do centers.
Materials for Phonics 
Writing Workshop
In mathematics, we will focus on the numerals 16-20, count sets 16-20 (learning that 16 is one ten and 6 more), and learning to play Racing Bears (Investigations).

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Printing Tip

The other day I needed to borrow a math game from my mom and as she handed it to me I noticed that she had printed 2 different things on each side of the piece of card stock - one side was the domino parking game board and the other side was a ten frame. What a brilliant idea! 

Purchasing laminating pouches has been a struggle ever since they have not been in stock at my local Sam's Club and I had to order them online. Now I am very picky about what I laminate.

In the future whenever I need to print a game or learning material, either class or small group sets, I plan to print something different on each side. Here is a picture of something I printed and 
laminated this weekend. 


I think this works best with card stock or even construction paper for printing. Thicker paper will make it less likely for the backside printing to show through.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Lesson Plans for Sept. 16-20

 This week we will be reading books about pets. You can find the units here
or here. I will read the books and the students will answer questions. We will create charts and graphic organizers and they will complete writing assignments.
The unit that has materials to use with Julius is here.
The Pet Show activity is a freebie and can be found here.

Some Literacy Centers

Here are the materials I will use for the phonics lessons:

During Writing Workshop, we will use the writing process to write about the color blue. You can find the unit here and the books here.

In Mathematics, we will focus on the numerals 11-15 and work with the double ten frame and the "Fifteen Frame" from Investigations. We will also play the "Grow and Shrink" game from Kathy Richardson's Developing Number Concepts book.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Families Craftivity-Freebie


I found 2 different versions of this house glyph on Pinterest (Mrs. Morrow and Larremore Teacher Tips) and decided it would be perfect to use this week with our unit about Families. Here is my version and you can get the pattern and glyph key here.


Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lesson Plans-Sept. 9-13

Here are some of my plans for next week!
Our books for Whole Group Reading are about school. We will read the books, answer questions, make some charts and follow-up with a graphic organizer or writing.
These activities and literacy centers can be found here or here.



Some of the literacy centers.

Writer's Workshop
We will begin learning about the writing process.
This unit can be found here.  The book can be found here.

Phonics

Mathematics
We will learn about the numeral 10 and then practice identifying and making sets for the numerals 0-10.
We will use these to make 8 sets of any number shown on the document camera.

Grab and Count Game-individually or with a partner

Quick Images

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Kathy Richardson Math Centers

Last school year I (as well as, many, many other teachers in my county and surrounding counties) had the opportunity to visit a school in my district that was using Kathy Richardson's books (Developing Number Concepts) to create math centers. I saw students actively engaged the entire time and centers that were differentiated for each student. I visited this school in the spring when the students were working on number combinations (addition/subtraction) so I had to spend some time thinking about how to organize my counting centers for this semester. Last spring I had enough manipulatives to use for the number combination centers, but I knew that I was going to have to get creative for the counting centers because I would need more things for them to count, especially as they go up in the the ranges (0-6, 0-10, 11-20). 

As I was making the centers, I knew the students would need to spread out to complete the centers and they would need more room. Having four or five students working from one tub at the table might prevent them from have enough of the same counters. I have been storing my manipulatives in the drawer organizers in my closet, so I divided the manipulatives for each center into 4 drawers (5 centers, each center has 4 students) and plan to give each student a drawer. They can take their drawer anywhere near their center (table, floor) and complete the activity. Every week they will get a different drawer when they go to that center. The counters in each drawer are monochromatic so the students would create and see the set for the number instead of a combination for that number. This will also help as the students clean up at the end of center time.



The students will cover the lines with cubes and count how many cubes cover the line. For two weeks they will just lay the cards out and put the cubes by the lines. The third week, they will use dot/number cards to match the number of cubes. The fourth week they will use a recording sheet to record how many cubes. I color coded the cards with dots.

The students will use cubes to fill in the shapes. They will go through the same routine as the line puzzles.

For this activity, the students will use links to measure the string. I am going to encourage them not to link them to make a chain so they do not have to take them apart.

The students will pull a dot card from the cup and place that many counters on the story boards.

These centers will be used for many weeks. There are different sets of cards for each of the 3 number ranges, so I will just need to switch them out when the student is ready to work with larger numbers.
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