## Saturday, September 22, 2012

### This Week in First Grade Fun

We have been busy this week. I’m too pooped to write a lot…but take a look and you’ll see what we’ve been up to.

This week we talked about the strategy of adding one to any number. I started using lessons from Mastering the Basic Math Facts. Click here to read this post, and you can find lots of freebies if you search for Mastering the Basic Math Facts on my sidebar.

I started by reading the book Mouse Count and then gave each student a plastic bag filled with different numbers of mice. They had to complete the activity sheet below by first adding one to the total number of mice, then adding two to the total number of mice.

Then they had to draw a picture to match their addition sentences. We did a quick little journal writing activity on what they noticed when you added one to a number. The student’s comments were very insightful and I could tell they got it!

We also played Reds and Yellows for Seven. The students tossed seven chips and recorded how many were red and how many were yellow. Repeated playing of this game helps with number sense and fact fluency.

The idea for this game came from Shari Sloane’s wonderful site. She played Kindergarten Yahtzee with her students. I created a First Grade Yahtzee, First Grade Yahtzee Plus One and First Grade Yahtzee Plus 2 to use with my students. These young ladies are playing First Grade Yahtzee Plus 1.
She has her shoes off because she cashed in a Stinky Feet coupon. Gotta love Mel D’s coupon system!

Students who were ready were introduced to a different version of First Grade Yahtzee Plus 1. They had to roll two dice, add the dots, then add one to the total. These students are playing First Grade Yahtzee Plus 1 with two dice.

We ended the week with our Fun Friday Editable Graphing Activity. The students had a ball graphing Teddy Grahams.

I didn’t snap tons of pictures this week but I will try to remember to take some shots of all the other things we accomplished.. I’ll try to get those posted soon. If you’d like a copy of any of the activities leave a comment and let me know!

1. I loved taking a peek into your classroom & seeing how actively engaged your students were. Great activities!
Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

2. Love the center activities! Thanks for sharing your ideas! Do you have copies of the Yahtzee boards to share?

3. Where can I get a copy of your Yatzee game?

4. Thanks for sharing your ideas. They are wonderful, as usual.I'd love to see your yahtzee game, too!
mgnreynolds@yahoo.com

5. Thanks for sharing! I would love a copy of the activities you shared in the photos.

crhdouglas@gmail.com

6. I would also love to have a copy of your activities that you shared, especially the yahtzee.

sn.nguyen19@gmail.com

7. I would love a copy of your Yahtzee games!
amydovey@hotmail.com

8. I would love a copy of any of the activities that you shared in this post. They were all absolutely fabulous!
gobstoppersrock@gmail.com
Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

9. I have been loving your activities for decomposing numbers. I'd love anything you have to share on that topic. I really like the reds and yellows to make 7. Do you do that for other numbers too? Thank you so much!
Maria
meemsickle@gmail.com

10. I would love a copy of these activities. It's exactly what we're working on right now too! Thanks!!!
jamiejensen@shaw.ca

11. I would love a copy of your games. We are working on addition right now, too.
ashleyp77@yahoo.com

12. I love all your games....I would love copies of the yahtzee games. I was also wondering if you could post on tpt your other roll and read short and long vowel boards. My kids really enjoy the short a board.

As always, thanks for sharing your hard work with so many teachers!

Hollis DeMatteo

13. I would love a copy of all of them! You create great lessons. I used your 1 Duck Stuck and my kids did great. Lots of math thinking! I love it.
Jennifer
loularkin@comcast.net

14. I would love a copy of all the games too. My kiddos are having a hard time with addition. Thanks! repete_21@yahoo.com

15. I would LOVE a copy of all your activities! Everything you do is AWESOME! You were the first blog I found about a year ago, and you continue to inspire!
kimworthey@yahoo.com

16. I would love a copy of the activities in your post! Thanks for sharing and inspiring. I am going to check outthe math facts book also:)

Tammy
The Resourceful Apple

17. Hi, i love your Yatzee! I am new to first grde and looking for fun activities to help the students learn. I would love a copy of you Yatzee! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!
meechpaulley@yahoo.ca

18. Great activities! Love the literacy connection to the book Mouse Count!
Literacy Minute

19. I would love a copy of the activities. You always have such great ideas -- thanks for the inspiration!

Lori
wrlean@aol.com

20. You always have great activities for math! I would love a copy of the activities you posted. This week we are going to do your Corn and Tomato activity you posted last year.
Carol
fiftiesmom@gmail.com
Still Teaching After All These Years

21. I love the activities that you have to use for plus one. Currently we are doing that this week. Can I please send a copy of the activites you described in your post? Thanks Katy

22. WOW!!! I wish I could be in your classroom! I'd love a copy of your activities too!
rwenzel@netnet.net
Smiles and stop by anytime!

23. Thank you SO much for the Yahtzee games. My kiddos are always MORE than engaged when they're involved with fun activities!

24. I would love a copy of your activity! My kids will love it!

25. My email address is awaguespack5@cox.net
Thanks, Angela

26. Wow! I love these games. I saw that you posted the Yahtzee games, and I'll be using them, is there a way to see the Graham cracker graphing? msneufeld7@gmail.com Thanks for sharing your ideas! You inspire me to want to blog my classroom!

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