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* Calendar Routine
My weekly teacher assistant (student) is in charge of changing the calendar components each day.
1. Date - month, day, year (August 23, 2012 and also 8-23-12)
2. Yesterday, today, tomorrow.
3. Special events on calendar, including lost teeth, birthdays, holidays, and school activities.
4. Weather and season.
5. Weather graph (sunny, rainy, cloudy, windy)
6. Days in school place value chart - a straw is added each day in school.
7. We also add a body segment to our 100th day Doodlebug (from Scholastic). He ends up winding all around the room!
8. Days of week, sung to Dr. Jean song (tune - The Addams Family)
9. Months of year, sung to Dr. Jean song "Macarena Months", including dancing the Macarena. Kids LOVE it!
10. Hundreds Chart counting - we count by 1's, 2's, 5's, and 10's.
* Math journals
After calendar, kiddos go to their seats and begin working in their journals.
Our math journals are simply spiral notebooks with a name label on the cover.
We first date our page after looking at the calendar. We write the date in words and code. (August 23, 2010 + 8-23-10)
Then, we fill out our graphs for birthdays, weather, and any teeth lost, plus our days in school 100's chart.
Next, we read the problem of the day prompt together. I cut these out ahead of time and give each student a slip.
Finally, students glue the prompt to the top of their journal page, and solve it by writing and drawing their solution.
UPDATE: We now use pre-printed journal pages to save time in writing out the prompt. The prompts were typed up in WORD one prompt to a page and then run through the copier and stapled into monthly math journals.
2010-Math-journal-blank-labels.doc - label for math binder or folder
Mathjournallabels-2009.doc - print on large Avery labels that come 10 to a sheet
There are a plethora of prompts here: http://sewwhat4ucorp.com/teacherresources2006.htm
There are monthly calendars and graphs here: http://www.jmeacham.com/calendar/calendar.binder.htm
* Saxon Math component
Mini-lesson on math concept.
Guided Class Practice on Promethean Board.
Homework for independent practice at home.
* Math Tubs
As time allows, students choose a math tub and work with a partner to complete the activity.
Math tubs contain games and activities to allow students extra practice of much-needed math skills and concepts.
Math Tub Drawers
Each drawer is labeled with the contents/game inside. I used Avery self-adhesive business card pockets (idea from Jessica Meacham). The bottom latch tubs hold patterning and counting manipulatives and the ice bins will hold other manipulatives for games.
Math Tubs by quarter
Great math tubs links:
Part of our Math Workshop time now includes our Math Station
(pic below) which houses skill-based partner games to play during our morning work time.
Many of the games I placed in the Math Station were printed from:
During 4th quarter, I begin sending Math KITs (take-home math games) with the students to give them even more hands-on fact practice. I adapted my Math KITs from the wonderful Ms. Powell, now Mrs. Watson (I her!)
I have removed the Math KIT printables because I was informed that someone has posted Mrs. Watson's and my files as their own on TeachersPayTeachers. Sorry for any inconvenience.
The Coin Exchange Game - http://www.kidscount1234.com/ (go to math games/centers page)
Criss Cross Calculator games - http://www.mathsphere.co.uk/resources/documents/subcross.pdf
Please visit my TPT store for original printable math games:
Here are original or adapted games you can prepare for your class!
Roll/Build a Staircase
Shake and Share games
(adapted by me and shared with permission from original Shake and Share creator Shari Sloane)
Here are Shari's original Shake and Share addition/subtraction games + much more!
http://www.kidscount1234.com/ - click on math centers/games and then scroll down to Shake and Share
To make the bottles, I just created a paper label in WORD and then used packing tape to adhere around the bottle. I also used packing tape around the lid so that I could get into the bottles if necessary, but the kids couldn't.
Break the Eggs Addition/Subtraction
Something we also do is make a monthly glyph. I have a space in the hallway reserved as our "Glyph Wall". Glyphs are a great way to practice reading and following directions and also for learning about each other.
Here is a grades 1-3 series from Scholastic I like to use:
Original Printable Glyphs:
You will need a picture or die-cut of an apple with a leaf.
You will need a picture or die-cut of a pumpkin with a stem.
Here's some stuff I found at Target on CLEARANCE one summer:
Counting Bears Color Cookies Cookie Shapes
These are made by Learning Resources and come in the cute little cookie jars and are VERY sturdy! Should last a long time.
I've seen these retail for $15-$20. I got them for $10 each!
These are great for sorting, pattering, counting, sequencing, greater than/less than, shape recognition, & addition/subtraction.
I also found...
Learning Resources Money Bingo
It retails for $10. I paid $5!