Got together again with my Virginia girls for a freebie blog hop!
One thing I have liked about blogging is meeting different people. It's especially nice to meet people close by that you can connect with in person as well. I'm glad I found my group of VA folks who like to chat and support each other in our teaching adventures.
Growing up in Alaska- can't say I experienced much of "fall". It generally snows well and good by the first of October.
Ain't that sweet?
bllllllpppppphhhhhttttt! I've been enjoying the 70ish temps this week. Regardless of the rain. And I do like the colors. Allergic to it all of course, stuffed up more than the soon to be Thanksgiving turkey- but I still like it.
Even in October, we're introducing new routines in second grade. Today in Math I just added in a station for starting to count coins. We've got to get up to two bucks in change by the end of the year, so I'm starting us off with hitting the twenty-five cents mark in the next two weeks. Today was just about pennies.
I've been taking a graduate class in teaching number sense on Monday's, and learning a lot about concept of number and counting and the hierarchy of math development. Pair this with giving some AMC assessments and discovering a group of kids who can only conceptualize up through the number 6- and I'm thinking "How do I fix this?"
Today I made up a quick twenty-five frame set, printed it on card stock and slipped it in a sheet protector for the kids. We rolled the die, added on the pennies, and talked about how much we had.
Level One I called it- told them today only pennies. Next week- we add in nickels for level TWO. OOOOOO! They all said. Level twoooooooo!! #teacherninja
Sounds too simple, eh? Twenty-five pennies. Try it. Go watch how many of them try to count them by ones. even after they have told you that one filled in row is always five. And that the whole rectangle is one ten. Out comes their finger. Poke poke poke. Or they know I'm looking and they try to count with their nose. This is when I have to cover up a bit with my hand and remind them - "Wait! How many is in just one row?" Then we try to work on "and add two more".
Overall, I was pleased with the work we did today. I found out a lot. Some kids surprised me with how well they did. Others baffled me that they struggled. Some did exactly what I expected them to do, but after working with them a few miutes, tried on some heavier strategies for adding on.
So I came home tonight and decided to spiffy up my twenty-five frame board and give it out as a freebie. LUCKY YOU!
I'm reprinting this new one on card stock and then slipping it in the sheet protector sleeve for my kids tomorrow. The sheet protector is my go to when I don't have time to wait in line at the laminator. I'm super lazy that way, I know. But, it does have the added bonus of being able to be put in a handy-dandy binder when I'm all done though.
Here's some video of me chatting up some kids playing the game today. And, yes, super awesome that the kids at the table just behind are completely NOT doing what they are supposed to be doing. Sheesh. Oh, well. Photographic evidence now. I can just follow them to every station tomorrow....
Click the picture to go get the free download.
Next stop is the Fantastic Sarah over at Learning is for Superstars!