Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal

At this point in the school year, I am sure you are in survival mode by now... Just trying to make it to Christmas break!  I wanted to share one of my favorite lessons with you that is perfect for using at the start of a school year or anytime throughout when students need a lesson on the difference between tattling and reporting.  This lesson can come in handy when the classroom becomes more chaotic in anticipation for a break as well.

Have you read the story Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal by Jeanie Franz Ranson?  This is an adorable story that helps children understand when they need to talk to each other to work out a problem and when they need to call for a grown-up to help.  I love this story so much that I created a Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal Unit in my shop that can be used after reading the story.

First up, is a scenario sort.  Students will sort different situations based on whether they are a "squeal" or a "big deal".  

After discussing "Squeals" and "Big Deals" as a whole group.  I have students respond through a craft and writing activity.  Students cut and paste a simple pig craft and then draw and/or write an example of a Squeal and a Big Deal.  There are 4 different levels of writing pages included.  

After your students finish the craft and writing activity, I am sure you will want to display their work!  So I included letters for your bulletin board that read, Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal!
If you want to see more about what is included in this resource, click here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Construction Sensory Bins

My son LOVES cars, trucks, tractors, planes, basically anything that goes!  I made these Construction Sensory Bins just for him.  There are 3 Literacy and 3 Math centers included in this packet.  Your young learners are sure to love these centers as well!

Here is a look at all of the fun he had while also practicing basic skills.

Counting to 10:
I placed the number cards 0-10 in a small bin with lima beans.  Everett picked a card one at a time and practiced counting lima beans onto each card.
Sound Match:
Everett looked at the pictures, figured out the beginning sound and matched it to the correct letter.

Letter Match:
For this center, there are 2 options included: rocks with capital letters or rocks with lowercase letters.  I had Everett practice matching capital letters on rocks to capital letters on the dump trucks.
 Letter Trace:
This center can be set up a couple of ways.  If the cards are laminated, students can use dry erase markers to practice tracing the letters.  I put the cards into a plastic bin with dry pinto beans and had Everett practice tracing the letter with beans.  This really helped his fine motor skills because he had to concentrate on only picking up a few beans at a time and then placing them inside the lines of the letter.
Building Numbers:
For this center, students can use any manipulative you like to practice building the numbers.  I had Everett practice building numbers using snap cubes that I purchased from Amazon, here.
Tracing Shapes:
This center is great for building fine motor skills.  I laminated the cards for durability and had Everett trace the shapes with a dry erase marker.  The cards can be wiped clean and reused over and over.
Everett is loving these centers!  If you would like to see additional information about these centers, you can find that here!

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Non Themed Math Stations for First Grade

Do you use Math centers or stations in your classroom?  I love stations because students can complete the work independently.  

I have just updated my Non Themed Math Stations for First Grade.  These stations are designed with first graders in mind, but they can also be used with advanced Kindergarten students or second graders that need additional practice/review.  These stations are great to have on hand because they are non themed, making them easy to use throughout the entire year.  There is a total of TWENTY FIVE stations included in this download.  That means 25 skills that will be covered.  Each station comes with center cards, a recording sheet and answer key.  

Here is an example from each station:
Open and Closed Shapes:
 Counting Up and Down by 10:
 Counting Up and Down by 5:
 True or False Equations:
 Counting Sides:
 Adding 3 Numbers:
 Counting Up and Down by 3:
 Number Words: 
 Add 3 Numbers by Making 10:
 Missing Number Signs:
 Greater Than, Less Than, Equal:
 Addition Sentences:
Read a Thermometer:
 Ordering Numbers- Least to Greatest:
 Equal/Non-Equal Parts:
 Shapes of Everyday Objects:
 Comparing Fractions:
 Fractions: Parts of a Group:
 Counting Pictures Up to 30:
 Subtract with Pictures:
 Time to the Hour and Half Hour:
 Fractions for the Whole:
Counting Up and Down by 2:

My friend, Lindsay Lopinto used these centers in her first grade classroom.  She used the counting bear center as a quick assessment to see who is struggling with 1 to 1 correspondence, as well as, writing their numbers to 30.
If you need counting bears, you can grab them here on Amazon.

Thank you so much for viewing my Non Themed Math Stations for First Grade.  To see them in my store visit here.

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