Saturday, June 25, 2011

Correction :Math Work Stations: Chapter 6: Place Value

This is what I get for being in a hurry. Please re-download your copy of Race to Fifty and Race to One Hundred. I'm so sorry! Thanks mfang!

Sometimes place value can be the hardest concept (conceptually speaking) for first graders to understand. Yes, they can tell you how many hundreds, tens or ones are in a number...but do they really get it? Well in chapter 6 there are tons of activities to make sure they do get it.

But here's something to think about...a few years ago I was listening to a speaker at a professional development meeting talk about place value and how we I spend time making sure they understand place value in terms of tens and ones, but when it's time to teach two-digit addition or subtraction I un-teach everything I spent weeks and weeks on...without meaning to, of course. I was a little miffed, but I kept listening.

Example: I'm at the board showing my students how to add two digits...lets say its 56 + 36. I go through the step of adding the ones first. "Class, 6+6=12. I bring my one down to the ones column then I carry my two over." (I'm sure I'm the only one who's done this). Wait a minute, I'm not carrying over two...I'm carrying over ten. Un-teaching all my hard work.

That was my Ah-Ha Moment in terms of instruction of place value and from that point on my instruction looked a lot different. Just something to think about.

What Are We Teaching:
When in doubt look to your state's course of study standards, or Common Core Standards. If you check out Lory's Page you'll be able to download the Common Core Standards for first and second grades. Thanks Lory!

Debbie lists the most general standards you are sure to find when teaching place value. Some are listed below.

*Counting to 100

*Group counting by tens to fifty or more

*Read, write and understand numbers from 20 to 50 or more (depending on your grade level)

*Use broken counting

*Count by tens off the decade (14,24,34,)

*Putting together and taking apart two-digit numbers

*Developing an understanding of place value as students solve two digit addition and subtraction problems

*Describe Compare and order numbers to 999

*Representing numbers in various ways

Having a supply of Hundreds Charts will allow students to see what happens when you count by 5s,10s, or off decade. Here are my (specially made for my blogging friends) set of designer Hundreds Charts...I call anything with a little color designer ;) Click on the picture to grab your set. Don't you just love the dots?

What Are the Students Doing at Place Value Stations

Race to Fifty or One Hundred
Here is one game my students loved to play. In the game of Race to Fifty or One Hundred, students each need a ones and tens mat, a die and connecting cubes. They take turns rolling the die and counting out that many cubes. When they have a group of ten they can connect those and slide them over to the tens side of the board. The first person to get to 50 or 100 wins.

There was another variation in MWS: Race to Zero. This works in the opposite way. Students start out with the specified number (50 or 100 cubes). They roll the die and take away that many placing them on the ones side. They keep rolling and breaking down their cubes until they reach zero. No matter which way you decide to let your students play, you'll need the game boards. Click on either picture to get your set.

Ants at the Picnic
Here is another collection game. This time students roll 1 die and take that many ants. When they have a collection of ten individual ants they can trade for one rod of ten ants. Students keep rolling, collecting and trading until they collect 50 or 100 ants (depending on which game they play). Click on the picture to collect your game.

Hundreds Chart Puzzles
Make copies of these charts on colored card stock. Cut them out into a variety of puzzles and then laminate.  Give students a blank grid and have them put the puzzle back together again. Click on the picture to get your copy, including the blank grid.

Trading Games Using Money
If you click here and here you can get a copy of all the Money Trading Games I created in an earlier post.

Play $999 Monster Money Challenge
In MWS Debbie called the game $999 Monopoly Money Challenge.
But I created Monster Money. It works the same way as Debbie's game.

Directions:You will need 15 one hundred dollar bills, 25 ten dollar bills, and 50 one dollar bills. Place the money in a brown cute gift bag that I have decorated using my Cricut Machine :).

Each student reaches into the bag and removes three bills at a time. Then they each add up the money and whoever has the most gets to keep both players money. They keep track of their money by placing their bills on the corresponding places on the mat( hundreds, tens, ones), making exchanges when possible. Players keep going until one person gets $999.

This game is on page 144 in MWS.

In the meantime click on the picture to get your set of Monster Money.

Playing Make the Biggest Number
In this game students shuffle two separate decks of 0-9 number cards. Both players turn over two cards at a time and try to make the biggest number. The player who makes the bigger number gets to keep both cards or they get a point. At the end of play the student with the most cards or points is the winner. A variation could be Make the Smallest Number. Click on the picture to get your set. I've also included mats using Tens and Ones and  Hundreds tens and Ones.

Number of the Day
I use this each year with my first graders. Each student has their own book and it's a part of our daily Math Morning Routines. 
Posted on the wall I'll have a sign that says; Today's Number is...I try to choose numbers I feel they need to work on, sometimes it's the number of days we've been in school, it just varies according to what they need. 

Students take out their Number of the Day books and copy the number in the center of the page. Then they have to tell me the numbers that are one more, one less, ten more and ten less than the Number of the Day. On the back of that page they have to represent the number in four different ways: tallies, coins, objects, addition or subtraction sentences. I usually make books each nine weeks. I fold the pages towards each other and place the cover page around those pages and staple. Click on the picture to get your copy.

What Materials Should You Have for Place Value
This is not an exhaustive list but it's a place to get started.

Connecting cubes
Base ten blocks (units, rods and flats)
Ten frames
Numeral Cards
Numeral cubes (Dice)
Bags of objectives to count (The Dollar Tree has lots of collectibles)

Math and Literature Connections to Place Value
Listed below are a few children's books related to the instruction of place value.
Cheerios Count To 100  Cheerios Counting Book

From One to One Hundred (Picture Puffins)     The King's Commissioners (A Marilyn Burns Brainy Day Book)Millions of Cats (Gift Edition) (Picture Puffin Books)


Professional Titles for Teaching Place Value
Lessons for Introducing Place Value, Grade 2 (Teaching Arithmetic)   Developing Number Concepts, Book 3: Place Value, Multiplication, and Division

I hope you have enjoyed my little post as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you. If there is anything I didn't cover that you'd like me to, please let me know. If you like what you see, and download it...leave some love, feedback, suggestions.  I hope you find something you can use next year! I have to admit I was stressed out for this post...I had nightmares about the internet going out or my computer catching a bug...I know crazy right.

Don't forget to link up and blog about your thoughts on place value. I can't wait to read your posts!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Why I Love Teaching!

Earlier today I got the loveliest e-mail from a fellow educator.  Honestly, her words made me teary. So many people have inspired me in this blogging adventure (A big thanks to Mrs. Carroll at The First Grade Parade). It was just nice to know that I'd inspired someone else. I love that she's been teaching 1st grade for 37 years and she still loves it! That's true dedication and I want to be like that when I grow up. :)

Her name is Debbie and here's part of her e-mail:

I have taught first grade for 37 years and I still love what I do. I am constantly learning and revising my materials. I am new to creating with the computer - I'm from the generation that made everything with paper, markers, you get the idea. I made this game and wanted to share with you because you have shared so very much with me. Hopefully soon I will get a blog started:0  I hope you can use it and please feel free to share.

Thanks for being the wonderful caring, sharing teacher that you are.

That just made my week :)  I just want to say thanks to Debbie and all my wonderful blogging friends who leave such nice comments, compliments and suggestions. You are greatly appreciated!

If you'd like Debbie's game click on the picture below.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Calendar Link Party Winners!!!!

Thanks to everyone who linked with me or shared a comment. I'm thinking I'm going with my calendar on the Promethean Board with calendar books. I'll leave a small wall calendar and something up to count the number of days we've been in school. 

The Winners are:
Blog: Littlecats Kindergarten
Comments: SillyTeacher

 The winners have 48 hours to contact me by e-mail and choose one item from my TpT store.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Oops! Corrected Mastering the Basic Math Facts Chapter Four: Adding Ten

 So sorry! I've corrected the problem with my Doubles game boards. Just download them again. Good catch Anonymous!

As promised here are the next set of storage labels for this book.

These game storage labels are for Chapter Four. Click on the picture to download.

I have also completed my Doubles game boards. These are more varied...just a variety. Click on the picture to download. Enjoy! 

I'm still working on game boards using two dice and some subtraction ones. I did get started on my post for Chapter 6 of MWS. Look for that this weekend. Whew...busy busy!

Monday, June 20, 2011

More Blog Land Inspiration Part Deux

As I was blog stalking today I came across two posts that set my creative chi flowing.

Mrs. Jump blogged about not being able to throw anything away (I hear ya sister). But it was her picture of the THOUSANDS of Themed erasers she had...oh my word it was like Christmas in June or something.

Then earlier I read Lory's page and saw all those wonderful games she posted on her blog for chapter 5 of MWS. So I came up with these.
One thing I'll work on with my first graders next year is fluency with addition facts. So here's my first round of simple games, all of these are plus one using a six sided die.

I am working on creating game boards for  plus 2 and 3, doubles, and adding two look out for those. I'm also working on ones for subtraction...but I've got to get busy on my post for chapter 6: Place Value and finish the game labels for Mastering the Basic Math Facts first. Thanks for all the suggestions!

6/21: I love suggestions on how to make any of my games better. Please don't stop leaving them...they help me to improve and see things in another way. That's what I want this blog to be all about...teachers helping teachers. Everyone have a blessed and light filled day. :)

All you need are counters(the two sided ones with a different color on each side) and a die. Students can share the game board or have their own.

They roll the die and add one to the number they rolled, look for it on their mat and cover it. If you share one game board they have to decided which side of the counters they'll use for the or yellow.
The first one to get five in a row is the winner.

Here's the best part...I made boards for the entire year....goes to another point of increasing novelty (another thing Mrs. Jump said). The concept is the same but you change out game boards and use some of those themed erasers and there you go.

Click on the picture above to download your set.  I was little lazy...I changed the pictures but not the placement of the numbers(forgive me)...but they'll still get the job done.

New Blogger on the Block

I just met (via blog and e-mail) and awesome first grade teacher. Her class site is filled with pictures of wonderful, creative ideas. Now she's started a blog and once you scope out her class site, you'll want to add your name to her followers list. Let's make her feel welcome!  Click here to check out her website.

Click here to check out her blog. 

Don't forget to check out the freebies on my blog for Chapter 5 of Math Work Stations. Click the picture to go to the post.

Math Work Stations: Chapter 5: Addition and Subtraction MWS

Windows Live Writer is tripping right I'm using Blogger to do my if things look a little off, please forgive me. Crazy...Crazy technology. One day it's fine, then the next day.... BAM...not working.

Here are some activities you might find useful as you soak up Chapter 5

I LOVE…LOVE…LOVE teaching addition and subtraction! I can always find a game or activity to create using addition and subtraction.
Here is my version of Teen+ Battle and Ten Frames Top It. Teen+ Battle is found on page 114 in MWS.
Click on the picture to download your copy.

Here are some more games involving addition. I’ll post subtraction games on Tuesday.

Back to School Battle
Make 5-6 sets of these number cards. Students turn over two cards at a time and add them up. Whoever has the highest amount takes all four cards. Or you could have them play for less.
Click on the picture to download.

Fishing For Five
Click to download.

Make 5-6 sets of these cards. Students lay them out in a four by four matrix, and put the rest of the cards in a facedown stack.
Students take turns turning over two cards trying to find two numbers that equal 5.

If they are successful they keep both cards and continue their turn. If they don’t turn over two cards that equal 5, play goes to the next person.

After each player’s turn…if they make five they add two more cards from the leftover facedown stack to the matrix.

I made sets of these for Sevens and Tens also. It’s a great way to develop automaticity with these facts. Click on each picture to download your sets.

Note: In Fishing for Seven and Ten, if the student draws a wild card they can make that card into the amount they need to make seven or ten. Example: If they turn over 3 and a Wild Card that card can become a 4.

Math Talk: “I turned over 3 and a wild card. I need four, my wild card will be 4 because 3 and 4 is 7.”

Fishing for Seven
Click on the pictures to download.

Fishing for Ten
Click on the picture to download.

Clip art purchased at

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thanks a Bunch!!!

Thanks for the Nomination!!!
I was nominated for Really Good Stuff's Blog Contest!
I'm just so thankful to even be nominated!!
I'm not sure who nominated me...but I want to say "Thank You" from the bottom of my heart!

Don't forget to join the Calendar V. Promethean Board Link Party
Question: Are there any bloggers who use Windows Live Writer? And are you having problems with it???

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Calendar Board V. Promethean Board Link Up


Okay, here’s my dilemma  quandary. I’m giving serious thought to doing away with my calendar board and putting my entire calendar routine onto my Promethean board and creating a calendar book for my students. I feel like I’d save so much space…but I’m still not sure. Here’s where my beautiful blogging friends come in.


Pictures of my calendar board this year.

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If you have a blog…please consider linking up with me???

I’d really like to explore the pros and cons of Calendar board vs. Promethean board.

I’d like to know which do you prefer?

What’s are the benefits of using a calendar board/promethean board?

If you don’t have a blog, not a problem. How about leaving a comment telling me your ideas.

To make it even sweeter…if you link up with me, I’ll use the random number generator and the winning blog can get any one product from my TpT Store.

If you leave a comment…I’ll use the random number generator and that winner can pick any one item from my TpT store. See, it’s a sweet deal all around.

Can’t wait to hear your ideas! BTW links will close in one week. Make sure when you link up you blog about calendar board vs. Promethean board.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Math Work Stations Chapter 4

If you haven’t seen Fran’s post on Chapter 4…you should go there….now. It is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kindergarten Crayons

This chapter reminded me of the importance of getting students to develop number sense early and often. Those first few pages of a math workbook just aren’t enough.

My school district uses a combination of Scott Foresman Math and Investigations. I love Investigations units. We spend the entire moth of August developing number sense…but this year I plan to spend even more time with it…spiraling it through my instruction daily.

During our math warm up I always do an activity called “Quick Look”  with ten frames. I flash the ten frame( like the one below) for 10-20 seconds then ask “What did you see?”


The purpose is to get them to see groups of objects.

Some may say “I see 5”, and I’ll probe further…”How did you know?” Maybe their response would be.. “I see 3 on one side and 2 on the other and I know that’s 5.”

Someone else may say “I saw three at the top and two at the bottom. Three and two is five.”

Still someone else may say “I saw three on one side and I slid one from the other side..that’s four with one left on the other side and that’s five…four and one is five.” Lots of math talk can happen in the quick five minutes it takes to do this everyday.

Click here to get your copy of my Quick Look Ten Frame cards.


All you have to do print, laminate and cut out.

I also have used white paper plates…all you need are colored sticky dots and your imagination. I’ll arrange some in the center of my paper plates (a different number for each plate). I use them the same way I’d use the ten frame cards


I also demonstrate the basic game of War, More, Compare, or Battle using ten frames…there’s lots of names for this game.

Early in the year I make 4-5 sets of ten frame cards(like a deck of cards). Partner one shuffles the cards and partner two deals them out. Students both turn over their top cards and compare amounts. This is where I’d add the math talk cards.

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I have _____. You have _______. You have more/less. I have more/less.

Later in the year we’ll do an addition version.

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The students will turn over their top two cards, add the totals together then compare. This year I think I’ll add a Play for More/Less spinner like Debbie suggested in the book.


Then later we’ll do Teen Compare. I created cards with two ten frames on each card. One set is always ten then I vary the number on the second ten frame. They would play like regular Compare or Addition Compare.


Game Cards


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Click on the picture below to download your own set of ten frame cards and teen Cards. Just laminate and cut out. I usually make 5-6 separate sets of these cards to have on hand.  If you print the file once…that’s one set of each type (ten frame and teen frame). Print two times…two complete sets… get the picture.


These ten frame cards get a lot of mileage in my classroom. Sometimes I’ll make each student a mini set to take home so they are able to play some of the games at home.

Another activity I always do at the beginning of the year are number books.

If we are thinking about the number five each student gets five two-color counters and they have to come up with all the combinations of five (five red and zero yellow, three red and two yellow.) We complete the chart(pictured below together first then students have to come up with their own)

If you click on the picture, it will take you to my Shutterfly Site. Once you get to the page, look to the left and scroll down. You’ll see the header that says Building Number Sense. From there you’ll be able to download all my Number Sense Books.


I hope there are some things you can use. Don’t forget to leave a comment about chapter four and if you have a blog link up with Fran.

On another note…..People,  I must confess I have gone Cricut Craaaaaazy! I got a Cricut Expression on eBay for less than half the price of one in the store(Big thanks to Mrs. Jump for the tip!).

And get this… I won a bid for the Cricut Imagine for a steal.


I may never come out of my craft room.

I’ve discovered this blog and I LOVE IT!