Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Coupons

My teaching partner and I decided to give our homeroom students the same gifts for Christmas. They will get a small bag filled with a deck of cards, bookmark, candy, and these coupons. You can find an editable version of the coupons here. We plan to print them on red and green paper. Happy Holidays!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Fourth Grade Math Centers

My students are assigned a math center to complete after they finish the independent practice for the daily lesson. At the beginning of each month I organize 20 centers in these trays. The centers are sets of task cards for the standards/skills/strategies that were taught the previous month or months. These centers provide a spiral review in hopes the students will remember how to solve the problems and not forget them throughout the school year. 

Every day the students get a different tray and by the end of the month they will have completed most of them. I do have 23 students and some have to share the center. Instead of printing the recording sheets, they use a piece of notebook paper. The answer key is folded and clipped with a clothespin. The students use the answer key to check their work before turning it into the basket. This provides them with immediate feedback.
This particular center is a center from third grade. I used this same set-up last year and the trays had not only a set of math task cards, but also a set of language task cards that they completed during the reading block. Because I teach mathematics and science and not reading, I only have to create centers for math this year.
After they complete the "task card" center, they use the laptops to work on math skills at Moby Max, Front Row Ed, and Zearn. As the students work on independent practice and centers, I work with students in small groups. I meet with 2 groups, an extra practice group (for that day's lesson) and a reteaching group (for a standard/strategy that has been previously taught).

Saturday, September 16, 2017

My Fourth Grade Classroom

We have been in school for about 6 weeks and I am just now posting my back to school photos! I am teaching mathematics, science, and RTI and my partner teaches reading, language, social studies, and RTI. This is my first experience with departmentalization and I really enjoy it. I am not sure what took me so long to take the leap! It took about a day to get my classroom ready and since these photos were taken, I have placed my desks in three straight rows and added a rug in one of the corners in the room. The rows allow the students to clearly see during instruction, but provides a shoulder partner for turn and talk. For group work, they choose a different location in the classroom.
 The front of the classroom
 Side view
 Back View
 Tubs for math tools and books
My partner teacher and I display the same work. 
She gives my homeroom students' writing to me and I display it here.
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