Friday, August 31, 2012

Scoot! Renaming Numbers

Have you ever played Scoot? It's very easy to play, and I've created a version for you to use to review or preview place value relationships below.

If you've never heard of Scoot, here's how you play:
  1. Give each child a recording sheet. They will keep their sheet and pencil with them during the game.
  2. Place a task card face down at each person's seat. 
  3. When you say "Go." students turn over the card at their seat and write the answer on the appropriate square of their recording sheet.
  4. When you say "Scoot!" students move to the next seat (cards stay--kids move) and do the next problem.
  5. At the end of the game, review answers.
Since I know we have a tough lesson Monday (renaming thousands as hundreds) I wanted to build my students' number sense and sort of preview the concept, so I made this game:

Click here for a copy.

My kids really enjoyed playing this game today and it seemed to help them understand renaming numbers a little more than they did before. That should really help next week when we do numerical representations and larger numbers. I hope you enjoy it!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Fun with Number Sense

 Want a FUN way to build number sense with your learners?
I made this FUN pack to be a great way to explore numbers.
Here is an example of a completed file.

Head to my blog {here} to check it out.

  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten

Monkey Around with CCSS 1st Grade Math Facts

By now everyone is back to school or getting their classrooms ready for the new school year. Many of you will be implementing CCSS. Over the past few weeks I have put together a First Grade Common Core Math Packet for Addition and Subtraction facts from 1-20 (1.OA.1, 1.OA.3, 1.OA.6) as well as Word and Symbol Common Core 1st Grade Vocabulary Cards. All children love monkeys and games so I made 9 different Roll the Die and Answer games for all the addition facts for your students to practice and become fluent by the the end of 1st grade. The games can be part of your Math Centers. The first 2 games are review games of the addition and subtraction facts from 1-10. Here is a sample of the cards which are placed face down on a game board.

There are also monkey and banana cards that are mixed in to the deck just to make game more interesting. If they pick a monkey they get an extra turn and if they get a banana, they lose their turn.
Of course, once they have learned their facts they get to earn a Top Banana Award from you.
There are 9 games : 2 Review Games plus 7 games for the 11-20 facts. Answer sheets are also included.
Here is a sample of the vocabulary word/symbol cards that you can use if you are making a Common Core Math Word Wall.
They can also be used for matching as part of your Math Center Activities.
Here is a preview of the whole packet which you can find at my TpT store by clicking on the image below. Special Back to School Price!!!
I wish each and everyone of you a wonderful school year. Thank you for all you do to make a difference for your students.

It's LMN Tree

Race to 100!

Hi, there! It's Farrah, from ThinkShareTeach with a quick and easy game that's a great review for place value. All you need is a die and a set of base ten blocks. If you don't have access to base ten blocks, you could go digital and use these from the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives. Players simply take turns rolling the die and collecting the number of cubes indicated on it. As soon as the player is able, he should exchange the ten cubes for a long. If another player catches someone with more than ten cubes, he/she must put them all back and start over. The first person to trade 10 longs in for a flat is the winner! Here's a printable set of instructions you might like:

You could vary this game in several ways to meet your needs:

  • Older students can race to 1000. Instructions are included in the document. 
  • One student could play by himself against the clock. How quickly can he reach 100? Can he beat his time?
  • At the end of the game, the student(s) who didn't win could calculate how many more cubes, longs, or flats they needed to win.
  • Add another die and have students gather that amount of cubes. For example, if they roll a 6 and a 4, that would be six longs and 4 cubes. You could even extend it by having students write their numbers in standard form, expanded form, and word form.
I hope you and your studentsenjoy this game!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Organizing Assessment Data

How I keep all my assessment data organized

Even before common core, we teachers gave kindergarten students assessments to see what they knew when they came in to kindergarten.  Then we assess them again in the middle of the year and again at the end of the year to (hopefully!) show lots of growth and progression.  

This summer I was playing around with how to keep that data organized in one convenient place.  I don't like papers to be everywhere; I want them in one place.  I also am a bit of a data person (maybe that is why I do the RtI in my building).  I want to be able to quickly see what piece each child is missing and what the class as a whole is missing.

So I came up with a way to solve that problem!  Don't you just love it when you find a solution that works?  This binder not only works, but will make things so much easier for my kinder teachers and myself to study our data and make decisions on what the class and individual students need.  

This binder has recording sheets for individual students and recording sheets for class data for these skills:

  1. letter identification (both capital and lower case)- K.RFS.1
  2. sound identification- K.RFS.3
  3. concepts of print- K.RFS.1
  4. writing first and last name
  5. identifying basic shapes- K.G.3
  6. identifying basic colors
  7. counting- K.CC.1
  8. recognizing numbers
  9. writing numbers- K.CC.3
Here are a few looks at how this is organized:

 To make things easier, letter cards (both capital and lower case), number cards, shape and color cards are also included.  

This binder can be used for your beginning, middle and end of the year assessing.  I also plan on using this data for determining who will be needing the services of RtI.  I bound my assessment sheets (one for each kindergarten class) to make it handy to flip through.

I have now added activities and assessments to go with the phonemic awareness section of the binder.  A lot of teachers don't have the activities to go with this so I made them.  AND I have included assessments too!!

Click here to go to my store to see the binder and the activities/assessments.

I hope this helps you with organizing your data.  I have pictures of how the binders and cards look when all put together over at my blog if you would like to see them.

Thank you for letting me share with you today how I organize my data!

Conversations in Literacy

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Common Core Curriculum Map: - 2nd Grade Unit 3

Some of my teacher/ blogging friends and myself are doing a book study on this book.  (If you click the book, it will take you to Amazon for more information about the book.)

My own district is adopting the Common Core State Standards this year.  As I've been exploring the standards, it makes a lot of sense to teach integrated units, which is just what this book is about.  These units were developed by a team of teachers just like us!

The book is set up by grade level (K - 5) and has 6 week units for every grade level.

I'm in charge of Grade 2 Unit 3 --Building Bridges With Unlikely Friends

When I first looked at this unit, I was doubtful how so many different topics and standards could work all together!  As I read it over, I'm thrilled by the way it all weaves together!

The main focus of this 6 week collection of lessons is exploring figurative language. (The essential question is "Why do authors use figurative language?") We also explore some informational text, enjoy lots of read alouds, and write friendly letters.

The book suggests doing this unit in basically 3 parts:  Start with Bridges so that students can see that bridges can be the structure, or the "figurative language" that connects one idea to another.  Second, reading the fiction suggestions will help the students comprehend the Unlikely Friendships part of the unit.  Thirdly, the book suggests writing a letter to a fictional character to encourage thinking deeply about book characters.

These are some of the suggested books for Unit 3.  (Click the book image for more information!)

Works of fiction:

These are some of the informational texts featured.  They look fantastic!

These two look adorable, and really build on developing the language of friendship!

These are the Common Core State Standards that are highlighted in Unit 3:

2.RL.3:  Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
2.RL.6:  Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
2.RL.7:  Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
2.L.2:  Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
2.L.2b:  Use commas in greetings and closings of letters.
2.L.4:  Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple meaning words and phrases based on Grade Two reading and content, choosing flexibily from an array of strategies.
2.L.4d:  Use knowledge of the meaning of individual words to predict the meaning of compound words.
2.L.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

Building bridges is such a great introduction to figurative language!  I really want to share a cool website I found on Understanding Idioms.  This site has several links to examples of Idioms and Second grade is such a great place to start working on Idioms and other kinds of Figurative Language, because they're just starting to "get" it, but they still see the humor of the literal meanings of sayings like "it's a piece of cake" or  "hold your horses", or even "getting out of the wrong side of bed".

Come on over to Elementary Matters for a freebie on figurative language, which is the big focus of Unit 3, and to find links to other posts in this series!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Common Core Curriculum Map Book Study: Unit 4- Second Grade

This is my first post and I am so excited to be included as an author of this wonderful resource!  I am equally as lucky to be part of a book study of the book Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts, Grades K-5.
I am focusing on Unit Four which is called A Long Journey to Freedom.   This unit focuses on the struggle for racial equality in the United States spotlighting different people and events from the 1800's until the 1960s.  Here is the unit Essential Question:

and the focus standards are 
RL.2.6. Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud. 
RI.2.3. Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text. 
RI.2.9. Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic. 
W.2.1. Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section. 
W.2.3. Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure. 
W.2.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers. 

One of the activities mentioned in the book was a reading of the poem "Words Like Freedom" by Langston Hughes as an introduction to his life.  I loved this idea and personally would use it as an opportunity for a close reading and discussion of the words freedom, liberty, and throw in a little figurative language (heart strings).

Please make sure to visit my blog for more freebies and printables for this unit!