Monday, November 24, 2014

Regrouping with Subtraction

My group of 2nd graders are working on this skill now.  Regrouping is always so difficult isn't it?
I remember last year my son having a hard time with it ( I showed him old school way and it helped), but all the new methods were confusing him.  Then, we had all those snow days last year and it was hit and miss with him remembering it.  I made him a pack of goodies to help us practice.
Winter Regrouping-First Grade and Fabulous
You can click the image to see it on TpT.
Little did I know at the time I would be needing this same pack for my upcoming students.
I didn't know that I was going to apply for this job I have--
but I'm glad that I have some of the resources I have because they sure come in handy! :)

My students needed something more concrete as we tackle this skill.
So here's what we did.

First, do you remember the magnetic tens and ones?
I posted about them a while back--you can see that HERE

These little magnetic tens and ones help me greatly!

My classroom is a bit smaller---okay, great deal smaller than my previous one.
I don't have a SmartBoard and only a few I-Pads, so I need to find ways to make things "stick"

We used these tens and ones---with a cookie sheet.
 My students took turn building the number with tens and ones to create the minuend. 
They checked their partner's work to make sure the correct number was being represented.

 Then the partner looked at the subtrahend and took that amount away to show the difference.

 Some of our math problems had to be regrouped.  
This was a GREAT visual for my students.
When they were ready to subtract, they could quickly tell they didn't have enough.
We traded in a ten, for ten ones.
We showed this on our worksheet also as we were working through these math problems.
 It helped them realize that a group of tens becomes one less when you regroup, and you're breaking down a ten.  Our activity only used a one digit number as the subtrahend.  
When we come back from break, we will be reviewing this skill.

If you'd like the worksheet that we were doing during this activity, please click the image below.
Thanksgiving Regrouping Page-First Grade and Fabulous

Do you have any other great tips for regrouping? 
Be sure to tell me about them! :)

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gratitude Giveaway---Thankful for YOU!

Sometimes, I need a reality check.  You know, we sometimes get down in the dumps, wonder why me....but then, I remember......I am TRULY Blessed.  As Thanksgiving falls upon us, I realize more and more how much I have in my life, and how Thankful I need to be.
This quote is such a friendly reminder!

I have food on my table, I have clean drinking water, I have a roof over my head.
I have a caring husband, a healthy list could go on and on...
but those are always the first we think about.

I have indoor plumbing, I have a winter coat, I have a pair of shoes to keep me warm...
See friends, so much more to be thankful for!  

AND I'm thankful for all of you!
I'm thankful for your friendship, your advice
your comments, your support,
You help me out more than you will ever know.
From my down in the dumps days to my highest of high days--you've been there for me.
Your comments have lifted me, supported me---and I've made many friendships!
Your support with my TpT store has helped my family in so many ways---
(on the road to that bakery yet!) :)

I wanted a way to share with you how Thankful I am!
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I love that we can highlight in them, search for sight words, underline.
I love that there's a collection of stories that I can find their interest levels.
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Last week/this week, while using The Little Old Lady Thanksgiving Pack  
we are also working on Maria's Thanksgiving and Mash The Potatoes.

My students have enjoyed these stories.
I also wanted to give you a couple of Freebies to go with Mash the Potatoes.
One we used as a warm up activity after practicing our sight words, 
and the other is a follow up activity.   My students like the cut/paste sentences AND they need the help with sentence construction.
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Sight Word Freebie-First Grade and Fabulouscut/paste freebie-First Grade and Fabulous

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Number Line---Making it Stick!

Our math series, like many, jumps around.  Our pacing chart follows suit for the most part.  So just when I think my students may have grasped a concept, and we move to something else.....and I go back to review......yep, we are back to where we started.  Hopefully no more! 

Some of my students have been struggling with using the number line.  
You know when you add 3+6 and they get 8?  
That's generally because they start counting at the number 3, jump 5 more spots, 
and that's the answer they give you.   
Today, we took the number line and made it concrete for my little learners.

I enlarged numbers, and slid them into sheet protectors (so much quicker than cutting and laminating). 

We arranged the numbers in order (great review of counting and using before/after). 

I wrote an addition problem down on my little dirty white board.

I had the students try to figure it out using their number lines.
I wrote down their responses (tallied them).

We talked about why it couldn't be 7 as 7 is just 1 more than 6.
They agreed that the number 7 could be erased. 

Then we jumped the number line. 
 I had the students walk up to the number line and tell me how to solve the problem.
For the example problem above:
Student:  I start at 4 and jump forward 6 places.
I caught him in between jumps both times.

We did this through several problems-
always having students try the problem first, then checking it by jumping it.
It was sticking--it was working.  

Then I did one. 
I did 5+5 and landed on 9.
They told me I was wrong.
They told me I didn't jump before I started counting.

So then we went back to our paper number lines---no jumping by us--but jumping by our animals.

I wrote several math problems on the board.
I asked them to solve it.
We went around the table.
I documented their answers, just like I did before.
They realized they were all telling me the same number.
Yep!  Yep!  Proud teacher here!

They were engaged, they were actively participating--
wish me luck tomorrow! I'm checking them on this again! :)


Monday, November 17, 2014

Old Lady Swallowed a Pie Literacy Activities

Can I just say that I love all the Old Lady Stories?  
 It's a known fact that I love rhyming books in general.  
They are just so fun to read! 
Okay---moving on...
This week we will be working with this story:

Don't have the story?  Listen to it on YouTube.

Gotta love the Old lady who swallowed a Pie!
In fact, so much that I created a little Mini-Unit.
Old Lady Swallowed a Pie-First Grade and Fabulous

Here are the activities that I've included in the pack.
First, it is aligned for K-1 (and 2ndish) for Common Core.
If you click the picture above, it will show you the list of standards you could teach with this unit.

It is also differentiated with activities and recording sheets.

Vocabulary cards are included:
This can be used in the pocket chart as a prereading activity.
The cards could also be used as a matching game for your higher students.

Story pictures--this is important because all of the work that I made for this unit uses
these pictures over and over.  I am placing mine in a pocket chart.
There are story sequence activities. 
These cards will be great with magnets and placed on the board as we read the story.
Then used again as we retell the story.
 There are other sequencing activities included too.
This activity sequences the foods she ate. 
 What I did with the old lady head was to make a Feed Me box.
I knew me dieting was a good thing---and now I can recycle my trash too.
I used this box and cut out the old lady's mouth and a section of the box.
*Side note: if you ever wanna purchase Advocare--hit me up!--we can talk! 

Students will feed the picture cards to the old lady.

There is a smaller version with the foods already sequenced for younger learners.
They can color and use the slider to help retell the story.
Sorry for this image--it was my Instagram photo--but I just had to share her--I think she's GREAT!

There are Read and Write the room activities with variations to assist with differentiation.
Students may just be writing the word, finding words with beginning sounds, or reading/answering riddles--all using the same story vocabulary cards.

Rhyme Time Pies--Students will put the rhyming pictures together to build a pie.

I took the sight word vocabulary out of the story and created a roll and write game and a Bump Game.  The Bump Game is pictured below.

There are writing activities and stories included as well.
Here's an overview picture--Click on the image to be redirected to TpT
There's a comprehension freebie in the preview.
Old Lady Swallowed a Pie-First Grade and Fabulous

And now hopefully there won't be another snow day--WAIT--what am I saying????
Well, whatever the case, I'm ready for my kiddos!

Since I'm a Last Minute Lucy----Would you like to win yourself a copy of this unit?
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