Happy Saturday, friends! It’s finally looking like I’m on the mends (coughing-wise) after I *almost*got kicked out of the movie, Dolphin Tale 2, by my own family last night, ha! Goodness, this throat tickle would just not go away! Last night was the first good night’s sleep that I had all week, so I’m feeling refreshed and ready to go!
This week we dove right into place value with 2-digit numbers. I must say that I’m pretty impressed with the background knowledge my students had and what they retained from first grade. Having a good foundation will make working with larger numbers so much easier!
I’m here to offer you a few tips to make your place value (or any math unit for that matter) more engaging and fun for your students!
If you don’t have place value dice, you need them ASAP! We use them all year long. You can find them HERE and HERE. We used Rebecca Anderton’s roll it! make it! expand it! FREEBIE.
Remember when I told you about the number bean bags I purchased, well they got their fair share of use this week! I threw 2 bean bags out to my kiddos, they came up to make a number, and then I had other students come up to my easel to write the standard form, expanded form, number word, and draw the base ten blocks. They loved being the numbers and the teacher!
It seems like I’m always running behind with one of my classes. Well, I still needed to do the Mudge portraits with one class and I remembered that I had these paw prints in my Place Value unit… Mudge and paw prints go perfectly together! My kiddos made their Place Value Paw Print and drew their Mudge to display on their lockers.
Early in the week we were working on identifying and counting base ten blocks. My original plan was for my students just to count up the blocks and write the number shown, Well, one of my teammates asked if they were going to order the numbers and I hadn’t even thought about that! So, I gave my students base ten block pictures and a sentence strip and my kiddos identified and ordered the numbers! We could have even taken it a step further and done even/odd, expanded form, number words, etc!
We finished the week with a little Place Value Pocket Book! I love that my kiddos can already put these things together without step by step instructions from me! This was a great way to take a grade and check for understanding.
Who needs worksheets and boring textbooks when there are so many fun and engaging activities out there to choose from?! Get your kiddos up and moving… and I promise you won’t regret it!
I need your help! This summer our family is traveling to Kenya on vacation. ❤️ I am looking for picture books 1️⃣ With Settings in Africa 2️⃣ African Folktales 3️⃣ Biographies ❤️ Here are some of the ones I have. Let me know what else I need below! 👇. Before big trips I like to read lots of informational or cultural books to my two kiddos 📚 It helps get them excited and invested in the trip. #picturebooksofinstagram ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you ever read Fiona’s Luck? I had never seen it before this year. It’s not your typical St. Patrick’s Day/Leprechaun story. Which is one reason I LOVE it. It’s about a leprechaun king who takes all of the luck from the people in Ireland. A girl named Fiona uses her wits to get a little face-to-face with the king. You just have to read it!! #rootedinreading #specialedition bit.ly/FionasLuck ... See MoreSee Less
We’ve had a lot of hard discussions with our kids lately... especially about loving who you are and who God made you to be. Sometimes you just need a picture book to continue the discussion, so this is what we will be reading tonight: Remarkably You by Pat Zietlow Miller ❤️ Thank you to @ramonarecommends for telling me about this precious book!! #picturebooksofinstagram ... See MoreSee Less