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Sunday, August 28, 2011

I Promise I’m Doing Literacy Too

Hi to all! I hope you’ve had a restful and relaxing weekend, and you’re ready for a brand new week. This week and next will be a short one for me. The students are out Friday (teachers have a work day) and we’re all out for Labor Day.
I know my last few posts have been about math, ya’ll I promise we are doing literacy and science and social studies…but with the book study this summer I’ve just been pumped about math…even more so than before.

Math Stations this week:
This was a whole group game called Facts of Five. The students paired up and played…they had to find two cards that equaled five. Click here for this game.
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Shake Those Beans for Five: Students tossed five two color counters and created an addition sentence to match their counters and write it in on their graph. They always had to start with red first. Click here for this activity.
Spill and Record for Five

Five Cookies: In this station the students came up with different combination of five cookies in and out of the jar. We first completed this activity whole group then it was placed in a station.
We also completed On and Off for Five…but I didn’t take a picture of this station.
Fish Tank for Six: This was a whole group activity. The students paired up and had to find all the different combinations of six fish in and out of the fish tank. Next week the Activity Kit will be placed in a station.
The blue felt was the fish tank “water”.
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A few quick math activities:
Here are a few quick games I made for my students this week.
Total of Five.image This could be played alone or with a partner. The students circle as many combinations of two numbers that equal five that they can find. This is great for those fast finishers or students who need more practice. I’m making them for numbers up to 18. Click on the picture for your copy.

Give Me Five
In this game partners share one two sided counter. They each decide which color they will be (red or yellow). Partners take turns tossing the counter. If their color comes up they get to color in two numbers that equal five. After they finish they write addition sentences for the combinations they found.
This week we’re doing Give Me Six. Click on the pictures for your copy.

Fun Friday Bingo:
This week we had several rounds of Fun Friday Bingo. The students enjoyed rotating from station to station….and it also gave them the opportunity to practice those CVC words we’ve been working on.
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I thought I took more pictures this week…but I’ll try to keep my camera out to remind myself . Next week I’m devoting an entire post to Number Talks. So I have to remember to take tons of pictures.
If you download I’d love to hear from you. What are you doing in math this week????


  1. These are GREAT! I LOVE the way you think! THANKS for sharing!

    First Grade a la Carte

  2. Thanks for sharing these wonderful games! :)

  3. These are FANTASTIC! I love the give me 5 one! I can't wait for the other numbers too! You are awesome! In math, we are still reviewing our number sense up to 50!

  4. Thanks for sharing! I love the facts of five game. I always play this with coins during our money unit but hadn't thought to just play it with number combinations.

  5. So creative! I love the Total 5! Thanks for sharing!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  6. Thanks so much these are great. I appreciate you sharing them with my firsties! Lori

  7. Megan24...No...we are currently using Scott Foresman...which I don't all. So I always end up pulling from tons of other resources and making lots of stuff myself.

  8. Wow! Great games. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow! These are fabulous! Thanks for sharing and I too started math centers this week. I will take pictures next week and post about them.

    First Grade OWLS

  10. Thanks so much for sharing!! I have returned to 1st grade after teaching 2nd for three years. Teaching math has really changed in my district! Where did you get the Friday bingo? Did you make those? They look great!

  11. Thanks ladies!
    Hey Deborah! I did make those.

  12. I just love all of your creative game ideas! Thanks for sharing.


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