If you read my post from yesterday, then you know we have been all about shapes this week. Today we sorted shapes in to 2 groups. We sorted them together as a class using these shapes, and then the kiddos sorted their pattern blocks at their tables. They had to think of different ways to sort and write it on their t-charts.
Afterwards, each table group got shapes and a t-chart to sort and label. They had to sort them differently then the way they sorted their pattern blocks. I used washi tape to create the t-charts.
We also made these adorable real world scenes using my Shapes in My World activity. I love how they turned out!
We added our shapes to our math word wall this week. I let the kiddos help with adding the attributes and what the shapes look like on each card before we hung them up. These are printed on card stock and laminated. I can wipe them off at the end of the year and use again next year.
This is my first year to use a math word wall and it is so effective if it is actually used! After meeting with our math curriculum coach I realized that they way I was using posters in my room was not effective. I think we have all been guilty of throwing cute math posters on a wall and moving on. All the cards below were created with the kiddos being involved in someway or another. We have drawn some out on anchor chart paper and then I rewrote on large notecards. Next year I will let the kiddos do all the creating/writing like I did with the shapes. It just helps it stick better if they are involved.
Here’s a peek at our math word wall.
Each concept that we teach is represented in a different color. These colors also tie into our math journals. For example numbers and their relationships and how they are represented is red, computation is orange, data is purple, and geometry and measurement is green and blue. I did not get a picture of our math journals, but their are 5 tabs with the colors mentioned. Everything we did this week with shapes went behind the green tab. The kiddos knew which tab to put it under. This is something that is done throughout our school as well as district. It’s pure greatness!
We celebrated our new DRA levels this week! The kiddos always love to see if they met their goals, and if not, how close they were. I like using folders rather than a board or something like that because it keeps it private from other students.
I reward every kiddo even if they did not meet their goal. It is all about trying your hardest! They get a prize from the Lucket Bucket or stickers.
While I’m sitting at OT for little P, I thought I’d share a fine motor activity with y’all! 😬 I’ll be doing preschool with him at home next year (his daycare got torn up by a storm🌪) and fine motor + alphabet are two things we’ll be hitting all year. So, I wanted to incorporate as much of both into one activity as I could. 💪 These lacing cards are going to work his little fingers all while learning the alphabet and letter sounds. 🍎 These (+ several other fine motor mats) are available in my store! // Link below 💜💜 www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alphabet-Activities-Lacing-Letter-Mats-Fine-Motor-Lacing-Card...... See MoreSee Less
A few years ago I used this Friend-Diagram activity with my students to teach compare and contrast! I always love how they turn out! It’s FREE on the blog and I re-shared it in my Weekly Recap (several weeks ago) on the blog, too! Hope you can use it! Link here 👉 // smittenwithfirstblog.com/weekly-recap-3/... See MoreSee Less
Sticky Tables was a class favorite years ago! It gets kiddos up and moving!! 🤩 It works with multiple subject areas/standards and can also be used for informal assessments! 👍 My last post showed how to use it with skip counting and here I show it used with subitizing/number sense, ABC order, and handwriting practice. See previous post for directions on how to play 💜💜 ... See MoreSee Less
Re-sharing this skip counting number lines activity from years ago! 👉 Skip counting from any given number is such an important skill for our little ones - not just reciting 2,4,6,8,etc! Here's how we did it! Put sticky notes on the table, each student chooses one sticky note to start off with and then they just fill in the boxes using an expo marker on their desk! You could even use washi tape to create the number lines! ... See MoreSee Less