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## Monday, January 28, 2013

### Subtraction Fluency

Even though I am currently teaching a unit on place value, I keep fluency games in my math center to help my students develop automatically with some of their math facts. Football season is winding down. Although not a big football fan, I did think of a football themed math activity while watching a game. Students need just one game piece, two dice, and a game board. The game piece will move back-and-forth across the field as students find the difference between the two dice (to mix it up you can use dominoes).

Click here for a free copy of this activity.

Click here for a free copy of this activity.

## Saturday, January 26, 2013

### First Grade Place Value Websites

Three days a week, I do my version of math workshop. In one center, students use the computer to reinforce the standards covered. I create a word/html document and put it in a shared folder so students can just click on the links (actually I embed the link in a picture from the website). Email me and I'll send you a copy of this.Sometimes I use these when we go to the computer lab.

I have included a brief description so that you don't have to research these yourself. I tend to avoid sites that have ads or are too busy.

I have included a brief description so that you don't have to research these yourself. I tend to avoid sites that have ads or are too busy.

**First Grade – My Favorite Hundred’s Chart Interactive Websites**
This is great to do with
an interactive whiteboard (or have students do it on their own). Students will race
to find numbers on a blank hundred’s chart. I line six to eight students up at
a time and then they quickly find “the number” and sit down. A great way to
learn to visualize numbers on a 100’s chart.

This is an interactive
hundred’s chart which allows students to paint different numbers. This is just
an exploration type activity.

Find the target number on
a hundred’s chart.

Find 10 more than the
target number on a hundred’s chart.

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**My Favorite First Grade Place Value Websites**

You are given the tens and
ones, and you need to find the numeral that matches. If you are correct, the
dolphin jumps over the boat, incorrect a shark takes a bit out of the boat.

Shark Numbers - More shark
fun. Select one of 4 levels with the highest being numbers up to 999.

Shark Pool – Ten’s and One’s

A funky drum rhythm plays as
you use base ten blocks to form numbers. You can select one’s and ten’s or add
the hundred’s place.

Ten’s and one’s using ten frames, not much pizzazz to this
site, but great for visualizing tens and ones using 10-frames. You can also use this whole group or with an
interactive white board while students record this on a whiteboard or place
value mat.

Dinosaur Place Value – Build numbers by clicking on the correct
dinosaur eggs. For the number 15 you will need to click on the 10 and 5 eggs.
Cool dinosaur roaring.

http://www.ictgames.com/partition.html
(Ads at bottom of page)

Given tens and ones, identify the number.

Identify the digit in the ones, tens, or hundreds place

Save the swimmer by using a number line and a ten’s and one’s
button on the lifeguards boat.

## Sunday, January 20, 2013

### Place Value

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## Saturday, January 19, 2013

### Mitten Mixed-Up Sentences - Literacy Center

One of my wonderful teammates shared this idea with me. It worked very well, especially for my students that are a bit more active. Students picked a bag of mittens (made of construction paper), put the mittens in order to make a sentence, wrote the sentence down, and then put the mittens away and got another bag. She shared the mittens, clothespins, and clothesline with me. I am so lucky to work with a great team!

I have put the directions, mittens, and recording sheet together in a file. Click here for a free copy.

I have put the directions, mittens, and recording sheet together in a file. Click here for a free copy.

## Monday, January 7, 2013

### Computation - Addition and Subtraction

My students have been using a variety of addition and subtraction strategies to help them solve math equations. As is typical for this time of year, they are stronger with addition concepts. We have been working with a lot of addition equations with missing addends to help them discover the relationship between addition and subtraction.

Click here for a free copy. All students need is a die and a crayon or marker. You many use 1 or 2 colors.

Here is another one.

Click here for a free copy. All students need is a die and a crayon or marker. You many use 1 or 2 colors.

Here is another one.

## Sunday, January 6, 2013

### Animals in Winter

My students will be making a flip book to show what they learned about what animals do in winter. They have to name an animal that migrates, hibernates, and stays and adapts and then write a sentence.

This flip book ends up being two pages printed back to back. Click here for a free copy. Scroll down to see the text. To print, turn the second and fourth pages so that the text is at the top (it will look upside down) and then print 1-sided to 2-sided. Then stack and fold the pages so that you can see the words Migrate, Hibernate, and Stay and Adapt.

## Saturday, January 5, 2013

### Questioning - Comprehension Strategy

Now we are focusing on the comprehension strategy questioning. We are asking questions before, during, and after reading. A few of my favorite books to reinforce this strategy are...

Before reading a book, my students look at the cover and the title and write down some questions they have before reading the book. Click here for a copy of this, one with lines, one without lines.

Having the question words at the top of the page, will assist students with writing their questions. Click here for a free copy.

**by Barbara Abercrombie. It's a cute story that will get your students questioning.****Charlie Anderson****by Even Bunting has an ending that many of your students might not see coming. A lot of Eve Bunting's books work well to model the questioning strategy, although many are more appropriate for upper elementary school students.***Wednesday's Surprise*Having the question words at the top of the page, will assist students with writing their questions. Click here for a free copy.

## Friday, January 4, 2013

### Visualizing

After reading the book,

*, my students filled out this graphic organizer.*

**Hello Ocean**Click here for a free copy of the graphic organizer.

## Wednesday, January 2, 2013

### Comprehension Strategy - Visualizing

We just finished up a unit on the comprehension strategy -

**Visualizing**. My go-to professional resources for this topic are

**by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis and Debbie Miller's**

*Strategies that Work***.**

*Reading with Meaning:Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grade*Some online resources that I use include:

http://reading.ecb.org/teacher/visualizing/index.html

http://www.busyteacherscafe.com/literacy

These two websites can be shown whole class on a whiteboard or in a computer lab:

These are some of the books that I used to teach the unit:

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