Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Few Things to Keep in Mind

Hey everyone!Wanted to touch base and remind you of a few things...

  • Book 4 is tough! I know most of you are in the middle of it right now. Here are some tips I would like to share that will hopefully help! I think partner work is essential but if a student is not able to play the game alone then they most likely can't play with a partner. In upper grades we use partners to help teach a game but in kindergarten that always doesn't work so well. Sometimes the best way to start one of the games is to have the student play it alone first with you (the teacher) controlling what is going on. For example: Build On--have the student play using the red/yellow chips instead of pennies like the book states. Take away the die and only use numeral cards 0-6. The die adds another manipulative that sometimes can make the game a little too confusing. Have all the students turn over the first card and "build" that number using the red side of the chips. You can check and then have them turn over the second card (leaving both cards face up so you can see) and "build on" that number using the yellow side. Now you and the student can see if they were able to built it first and then build on which is the goal of the game. Any of the games can be done this way. Please feel free to change the manipulatives if it will make things easier for your students!
  • The lesson, "One more, one fewer" should be right around the corner for most of you. I find this to be the most difficult lesson out of all the books. Wow...it does a fantastic job of teaching adding and subtracting though. Start this game by not using the recording sheet. Have the children turn over the card and then roll the +1/-1 cube as you walk around to each student they must to tell you what the answer would be. Later you can introduce the recording sheet. Also, if this game goes "bust" on you...then put it up and try again later.
  • I have found some more items for CORE including a check list of the content standards on a site called Scribd. http://www.scribd.com/ It reminds me of Pinterest but has documents on it you can download from other teachers for free as long as you also upload and share. Really neat site! I am putting the check list here. Please be sure to email me a request if you or your co-workers would like me to come and share what CORE is all about. I sure don't want it to sneak up on any of you. What I will be sharing does not relate to AMSTI in any way. This information is important to everyone!
  • Several of you have asked for help with technology related items in your classroom. Barry Wiginton is our Technology in Motion specialist. He has a link from his page to tutorials on many subjects including SMART boards. Simply click this link: http://www.una.edu/inservice/index.html and then click on Technology in Motion once on this page click training resources.
  • The new calendar for journals is up for February. You can find it under the journals and then journal start-up. Please note that this was not created with the 29th so be sure to draw that in before you run it off. The Aloha kindergarten page is full of great February ideas. You can access it from my blog roll to the left.

Now for the fun stuff!!

100 days activities

What fun times! Building with 100 cups in Kim Rutherford's room from Colbert Heights and journaling with 100 dollars in Deborah Townsend room from Vina.

Playing Racing Bears in
Kathy People's room from Hamilton!!
One of my all time favorites!

Data on the SMART board in Chanda Bartlett's room in Hamilton. This is me working with the kids...they LOVE the SMART board!

Love these journals using double compare! One side is the child's cards and the other side shows their partner's cards. They put a sentence at the bottom stating which partner had more. Great job Shea Miller from Vina!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Measurment and Data Everywhere!!

I love all the things I have been seeing lately! Wanted to share a few of the ideas with you!
  • If you would like for me to come and do a short (30-45 minute) talk on Common Core standards and content for you, please contact me soon. I have some days available in February.
  • I have added a new website called TED TALK it has great information on many topics. It is set-up like teacher tube. Be sure to use the search box in order to find the topics you want.
  • I have added tons of new blogs and new common core word wall cards.
  • Two new labels have been added. One for "Teen Numbers" and working with ten frames.
  • Please send me pictures of your students working in book 4.

The first two pictures I would like to share are from Jennifer Humphries' room in Hamilton. The sheet is something she used in stations to measure different things. The stations were set up in categories like toys or school supplies. Each one had a letter on the different objects and the students had to measure them with cubes, sticks, or whatever you choose. Get this worksheet here.  I also saw a teacher measuring with coins instead of cubes...great idea!

Kathy Peoples from Hamilton, had the children trace their hands too. They were then able to measure both hands and feet. She also had a station going when I enter the room where the children were given 5 paperclips and they had to hook them together. Then the children walked around the room and found things that measured 5 paperclips long. Love how these teachers made it their own!

Rochelle Harrison from Hamilton had her children modeling how to measure with sticks. The picture below for Chanda Bartlett's room shows arrow cards used for patterns on the pocket chart. Don't forget to do these types of patterns. Students need to see"wrap around" patterns and ones that are not just colors.

If you haven't started double Venn Diagrams....it is time! Don't forget the most important part...discussion and recording in journals. Also look what a great idea for counting jar! Use dominoes to start making some addition sentences. The kids build the amount but can separate the amounts to reflect the domino.

Here is a lesson from Book 4 I did just yesterday at Vina. "Build On" is like "Build It" from Book 2 just with another step added. I decided that on the first day the kids would see the game we would only use numeral cards and not add the die until later. I also used the red/yellow counters instead of the pennies because I think it is visually easier for the kids to see the "Build On" part. I also added a journal recording by running the ten frames on the copier reduced to 70%. Those type of changes are good to do and please do not hesitate to change a lesson in order to accommodate your learners!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy New

I hope all of you had a wonderful break! Now it's time to hit the ground running again--I remember that feeling well. We are feeling it here too at AMSTI. Here are a few updates for you:
  • COMMON CORE: The state highly recommends that you start exposing your students to the 8 standards for mathematical practice. They are the same K-12. Please don't wait until next year because I'm afraid it will be overwhelming!! Scott Foresman Investigations has already added all this to their website. You now have access to Success Net where lesson plans can be done and you can see the items in the picture below in printable form. The practice standards are broken down and you can see how each lesson from investigations is correlated to CORE. So, when you teach a certain lesson you will be able to see what practice standard is being taught as well. You can print everything needed or purchase what you see below. The best part is...your school wouldn't have to purchase a thing in order to make you books complete!!

I have added the directions for linking yourself to Success Net (where you can find the items above) under the math area. You will need to email me for the access code because only trained AMSTI teachers are allowed to have it. There are two great websites listed for common core that will be a wonderful resource for you.

  • Unit 4: Wow! This can be a tough book! All that number sense you worked on with routines and during Unit 2 will pay off now. If you are not in unit four, put all other things down and start it! Be sure to remember that there are some smartboard lessons for this unit under the smartboard lesson tab. The first few lessons are on measurement. Kim Rutherford from Colbert Heights shared this letter she sends home. Thought it might save you time so grab a copy here.

  • She also had a great sheet for a reading station that incorporated math. The children roll a die and each number on the die is connected to a certain sight word. They have to say the word and then color the graph just like in roll and record. You can grab it here.  Thanks for sharing Kim!

  • Extras: Found a great website with 100's of worksheets on every subject for kindergarten. You can find it under websites and then 100's of worksheets. Here is a sample of just a few!

Unit 5 will be coming up soon and kids always seem to miss shapes on those benchmark test. I found some good flash cards you could keep by your morning calendar. Click here to get them!

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