Friday, December 28, 2012

Cold Weather Differentiated And Aligned Math Stations.

It's that time again!  Time to start planning math stations for January.  I could decide what skills to put in my 'math galore' pack this month, and I really wanted to give everyone enough variety to give you choices and to be sure to meet the skill levels of ALL you students so this one has nine different activities.  Yep Nine!  It's a doozy.  Of course, they are differentiated and aligned and I kind of laid them all out by standard and show you how I differentiate them here.  Pick and choose what you like based on your students readiness levels and needs.  I do have a write the room and I-Spy that should be done in a couple of days as well. 

If you would like to take a closer look or get a copy of this plan layout, just click on the picture to get a copy off from google docs.

Even though I haven't been in school since the 19th (yah for two snow days . . . )it's not like I haven't been hanging out with 5 and 6 year olds.  Luckily my two youngest sons have been more than willing to test out these new stations for me and it was a great way to keep them occupied.
So here's the skinny... ALL of these centers come from the Cold Weather Math Stations Galore Pack.  Click on any picture to check it out.

Station 1: Snowman Number Order Fun: Using the same Snowman Number cards from Missing Mitten activity, students randomly select numbers and place them order.  There is a colored recording sheet or a black and white version.

Station 2: Cold Weather Addition and Subtraction.  This self-correcting activity includes two tiers for addition to 5 and 10.  And one tier for subtraction to 5
Station 3:  Cold Weather Addition Spin and Color.  This activity is an addition activity with two tiers.  Tier one is to five and tier two is to 10. There are two separate spin and color sheets for each tier.

Station 4:  Roll Say Keep Snowman Fun-Use beginning tens and ones cards along with numeral cards and special playing cards to make this game more interesting

Station 5: Snowflake Spin and Win:   Numeral cards, ten frame cards and tally mark cards are available to help differentiate this number comparison game.

Station 6:  Counting on Cold Weather-Use Roll Say Keep Snowman number cards to count one, identify numbers that come before and after.  Black and white and colored recording sheets available.

Station 7:  Polar Order:  Three different self-correcting activities for practicing ordinal numbers.

I love self correcting activities and this is one that allows them to be very independent.

Station 8: Polar Bump Fun. There are three different tiered mats for this activity.  Players use tally mark and ten frame cards for this game depending on readiness.

Station 6:  Missing Mittens:  Number recognition.  Can be tiered for numbers up to 30.

So that's everything that's included here in one unit. 

Also, don't forget to grab my math stories freebie and sign up for my TalkBar Recorder Freebie.  I love this thing.  I only wish I had about three more.  The giveaway ends next week so sign up now.

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas and a Talk Bar Giveaway and Freebie! YEAH

I am apologizing profusely.  I know it's been forever since I last posted.  Admittedly, I have not been in the posting mood.  With everything that went on in CT and the holidays, it just hasn't been on the top of my list.  Not because I don't care about all of you great readers, but more so, because I felt the need to be focusing on my own kinders and my boys at home.  It's been a welcome break, and I'm so glad you all haven't forgotten about me either.  Here's hoping you all have had a blessed holiday season and have had many opportunities to enjoy your own family and friends. 

To answer a few questions about what I'm working on quickly before I get to the BIG GIVEAWAY and Freebie.

Yes, there is a new Cold Weather Math Stations Galore.  I'll post about it later this week, but for those of you wanting to get ahead on your printing and laminating here it is.  It's NINE activities all differentiated and aligned within 71 pages. 

and yes there is a new Winter Sight Word I-Spy (Dolch Lists 1-11) completed as well

Still more to come this week so stay tuned.

Ok, on to the good stuff . . .
The good people (they are like little elves I tell you) at Learning Resources, have contacted me to check out a couple of their latest products.  So I want to tell you a bit about their new 'Talk Bar.' 

The Talk Bar has six separate compartment-like buttons with slide-in laminated cards that you can label.  The compartments are all lined up on one light-weight device.  If you click on one of the large buttons, it will play (or record) up to 10 seconds of instructions, problems, spelling words or whatever it is that you want someone to hear.  If you'd like specifics on this device go ahead and click HERE.

Of course, my head has just been a spinning trying to figure out all the great ways to use this tool.  Obviously, it's ideal for story sequencing, providing step by step instructions for students who need tasks broken down or for center activities.  (I have to admit, it has been tons of fun around my house over the last couple of days as I have dictated 'tasks' for a scavenger hunt on each of the six buttons for my boys to follow...LOVED IT!)

Here is my plan for using it in my classroom next week. 
(It's always nice to have  a preschooler and kindergartener in the house to help you test out your latest ideas.  In this case, my pre-school son was more than happy to accommodate me.  I created some fun, colorful number cards that fit exactly in the six compartments.

Then on each button I recorded a math story problem for my son to complete.  Common Core Standards for kindergarten ask that they:

  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.1 Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings1, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.2 Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem

  • I always find it difficult to get this standard covered unless I'm in a small group with students.  While that is ideal, there is only one of me and 26 of them, so I am always looking for ways to make activities independent.  Using the TalkBar, I can have the students listen to the problem and represent it on a math mat with fun manipulatives and/or represent their problem on a recording sheet.

    For this activity, I created a winter scene and have some fun clipart to use for manipulatives in case you all didn't have anything readily available.  In my own class, I like to use fun foam snowflakes or painted Fiore shaped pasta like the ones here.

    But you could use buttons, cotton balls or anything else you have lying around that would be fun.

    If you'd like a copy, just click on the picture below to get yours.  Of course, if you don't have the TalkBar and would like to use this activity in a small math group you certainly can, but I'm loving that I can make this an independent center.  I'm sure you would love one of these too.  I am so excited to use this with my kinders and after the last week of using it with my own boys, I can tell you, it's easy to use (my 4 year old can manage recording and playing it back), fun, versatile and durable.    The people at Learning Resources were so nice, they're letting me give one away to one of YOU!  You're gonna love it.  I promise. 

    Here's all you have to do.  Complete the easy entry requirements within the Rafflecopter entry below and you're in the running.  That's it.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

    Meet our reindeer feet . . .

    I'm gonna tell you straight up. I only went into school for maybe 45 minutes this morning to do a little work on our parent holiday gift, and promptly left as soon as I was done.  I just didn't have it in me to be in a quiet dark elementary school this morning and I'm sure many of you are feeling the same.  My heart is broken for Sandy Hook Elementary's teachers, families, students and community.  There are no words. 

    But while I was there in my room this morning,  I was successful in completing our parent gifts.  I the one thing I absolutely needed to do. 

    Totally pinterest inspired by this:

    I just only changed them a bit by using ceramic tile (super cheap at home depot by the way) and adding a date and name to them.  I slap some modge podge on them for protection and also stick those little felt circles on the back so they won't scratch a table top or counter when being use.  I've been doing them for years and they are always a hit.  

    For those of you that are already off for the holidays, enjoy and for those of you who still have a few more days (I still have 5), plan on enjoying them and having some extra fun with your kiddos this week.  I know I am.  And although I have quite a few products and freebies started, I'm spending the rest of my day snuggling up my own three little boys, ordering pizza in, starting a fire and just playing board games and watching movies.  The snow has just started to fall again in Northern Michigan so I'm feeling like a large mug of hot cocoa with whip cream will also be on the agenda.  

    Blessings to you and your family.  

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

    What a week, differentiated holiday plans for word work and A FREEBIE!

    Whew! What a week.  Is it just me or, as we get closer to the holidays, does it seem that everything seems to get crazier and crazier.  We had some fun with new gingerbread themed math stations this week.  I have some new word work stations on board for the next two weeks and a freebie to boot with this post.  So hold on to your hats as you get the speed tour.


    It's been great to start my 15 Days Of Kindergarten Kindness this week.  My class has really gotten on board.  Above you'll see our 15 days ready to go.  Inside each bag is our new daily task of kindness.  You can find my original post on this by clicking HERE and it's also where you'll get the printables to get your own class started.

    I started my holiday math stations last week and have some holiday word work to get me through these next squirrely weeks until Christmas break as well.
    Here's what I have planned and a couple of freebies included.  If you click on the plan, you can get all the links to products and freebies in a pdf, or just click on the pictures below.

    Word Work
    Activity 1
    I Spy Gingie Writing The Room- This activity covers beginning sounds, ending sounds, CVC word production, word family sorting and real/nonsense word sorting as an I-Spy Write the Room activity--definitely my classroom favorite.

    Activity 2
    Read, Write Smell Holiday Smelly Marker Fun FREEBIE. Smelly marker fun has been all over the bloggy world, and I'm certainly not the first to discover these, but I wanted to have something specifically for the holiday Scentos. My kinders love these Scentos smelly markers and here is an EDITABLE activity that lets you differentiate by writing in your own words for them to read, then write with pencil and then write and smell with the markers. FUN!!! 

    If you haven't gotten them.  Get out an pick these little cuties up.

    Activity 3
    Deck The Halls With Differentiated Word Work.  This one allows you to use those miniature ornaments in new and meaningful ways if you have some lying around, or you can use the mats I made to go with the activity.  It includes beginning sounds, cvc and ccvc/cvcc word work.

    Activity 4
    Ginger I-Spy Letters/Sounds (for those kiddos still struggling with letters and sounds) or Holiday I-Spy Sight Words Dolch Lists 1-22

     or depending on levels of readiness

    Activity 5
    Roll Say Keep Gingie FREEBIE- This one covers Beginning Sound, and Dolch lists 1 and 2

    Activity 6
    Pokey Pin Sight Word Work.  Mrs. Miner has her sight word ( one for primer and pre-primer) Pokey Pin pack out now and so I love having my kinders use these.  It's especially good for those little ones that need extra fine motor.  And they love doing it!

    Activity 7
    Bead It (sight word bead work) and See Bead Write (cvc and ccvc/cvcc work) and Read Bead Write (letter bead work)   There are three options I'll have available for my kinders depending on their readiness levels and what they need to work on that week.  

    Bead It-Sight Word Work

    Read Bead Write - CVC and CCVC/CVCC Words

    See Bead Read- Letter Bead Work

    Activity 8
    Moffatt Girls Gingerbread Freebie Packet Annie has this sweet freebie.  I want my kiddos to have a little fun this week with her gingerbread color by sight word and sight watches.  I love her stuff. I have her color by sight word pack and sight word watch pack and my kinders love using these fun activities to reinforce their sight word work.  I can also different the color by sight word pack to meet the needs of all my readers.

    Activity 9
    Mrs. Miner's Magazine Scavenger Hunt    I love Krissy's things and this magazine scavenger hunt is no exception.  I can choose from several different choices (like a year's worth) that she has to different for my different readiness levels.  There are searches for letters, sounds, sight words and other criteria.  Or she has some blank sheets that you can make up your own criteria.  Differentiated, fine motor exercise and developmental appropriate!  LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

    Hopefully, all these activities will keep those excited little souls busy enough and engaged enough to keep things some what sane until break. 

    Math Stations
    I also wanted to give you a look at what I've been doing for Math Stations this month as well since it's my most favorite thing!  I love that by this time of the year, they have routines (almost) down, they know the expectations, where to find materials and how the activities work.  Plus they're just plain fun.  If you need more information on math stations just click on the pictures.

    Differentiated, Self-Correcting Addition (part of Sweet Ginger Math Stations Galore-7 Activities in One)

    Roll Say Keep 2D and 3D Shapes (Sweet Ginger Math Packet)

    Ginger Order - Self-Correcting Ordinal Number Practice (Sweet Ginger Math Packet)

    I Spy Gingie's Numbers- Differentiated Numbers, Counting and Making Ten

    And then I ran out of time to take any more pictures!  Ugghh.  December is such a rush isn't it?  In any case, hope this gives you an idea of how I'm keeping my kinders on track during this hectic time of the year.  I still have two more full weeks left before break.  Will I ever get it all done in time?  Probably not.  But we're gonna have fun trying.


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