Saturday, February 23, 2013

Word Problems

The CC Math Standards state that first graders represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.  That's what's happening in my classroom with my themed word problem units and I LOVE it!  Here's a peek at a couple of the pages we worked on for February...

I was lucky enough to get CGI Math training from my district.  I am sooooo glad and so are my kiddos!  I am amazed every time we do it!  Here's why:
1.  Kids are totally engaged
2. Kids interact
3. Higher level thinking  (yes!)
4. My kids learn to explain their thinking and share their ideas in front of the class using the doc. cam and microphone.  Cute as can be!!
5. If someone is stuck, they get up and walk around to see what others are doing
6.  It's magical to watch them manipulate math tools

I had some math manipulatives but I wrote a grant to purchase more.  Each table gets to choose from a variety of tools to use to solve problems.

You can check out my February word problem packet at my tpt store.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Tell Me Something Good!

Happy three day weekend!  Whoot!  Whoot!  
I'm joining Jennifer's linky!  Head over to Rowdy in First Grade and join the fun:-)
Here's the have to tell something good that's happening at school and at home.  So, at school I'm thrilled getting really excited about the Common Core Standards.  Is that weird??  We are a little behind but we're getting there:-).  Higher level thinking???  YES!!  Can't wait to check out the new testing that will be coming down the road.
What's good at home???  Gotta say...EVERYTHING!  I'm a happy camper these days.  I got to SKYP with my son tonight so that was the BIGGEST thrill of the day.  Also saw the movie "Silver Linings Playbook".  And I have the day off tomorrow!  I'm going to try one of those burlap painting crafty thingys.  I'll post a pic if it turns out presentable:-).

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Gotta Luv Target!

My hubby always drops me off at the door in front of Target and goes to park the car.  It's a routine:-).  He knows where to find me when he comes in....THE DOLLAR BINS!  There's always something I need in there!  Luckily, hubby has stopped asking for explanations of my purchases. It's cheap entertainment after all, right?  Here's my goodies from last weekend..

Of course a polka-dot magazine holder is a MUST!  Check out the cutie post-its!  Where else can you get 100 Day certificates for $1??  Nowhere!!  

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Take a break from football to go shopping and you don't even have to leave the house!!  Check out the TPT Super Sunday Sale!  My store is 28% off!  Stop by and have a look!  Don't forget to use the code "SUPER" at checkout to get your discount.
Stop by Jason's Online Classroom for a great linky with lots of stores having SUPER sales!