Saturday, December 31, 2016

Subtraction without Borrowing Freebie!

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As a first grade teacher, it's my job to help my students gain an understanding of mathematical procedures-- not just show them how to do something and drill it.

Even understanding that the number 26 is made up of 2 bundles of 10 and 6 individual "ones" is a tricky concept!  So, when it came time to teach subtraction of double digit numbers, I wanted to help my kiddos visually understand what they were doing.

Getting Started

To start teaching this tricky concept, I gathered my first graders on our classroom carpet for our "mini lesson".  We talked about how we already knew how to do subtraction within 12 and I got them excited by telling them that by the end of the week ALL of them would be able to subtract numbers within 99!

I wrote the problem 43 - 21 = ____ on the board and told my students we could do this together!  I "stacked" the numbers on top of each other (something we had done before) and then I asked for a volunteer to tell me what 43 really stood for.

Hands shot up and together we grabbed some place value blocks to represent the number 43.  We put four ten sticks and three ones cubes under our document camera for all to see and I explained that if we wanted to do the problem 43 minus 21 we could just take away one "ones cube" and two "tens sticks" since that is what 21 really means.

We did this a few times with different numbers and then I showed them the visual worksheets I had printed double sided.  Some of my first graders grabbed place value blocks to use, and some students just crossed out the pictures on the paper!

I checked in with each student to make sure they were starting in the ones place-- to prepare them for when they eventually will have to "borrow".  I also made sure each student understood that they could always visit our math manipulatives bookshelf for materials!

The next day, we revisited subtracting double digits and I had my kiddos do the next practice sheet.  I let my early finishers color the clipart on the page, and we made sure to re-gather on the carpet to discuss our learning thus far!

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Reminder Bracelets and Positive Notes Home

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I'm not huge on giving my first graders food treats, or anything treasure-box related, but I'm a big fan of positive praise and good old fashioned love and attention!

I give my students certificates when they show exceptional leadership, I draw big stars on their papers when I think it is their best work, and I love using these easy-to-prep bracelets to remind kiddos and their families of important events or simply to share successes from that school day!

Since I give out certificates to my students who clipped up multiple times, I use the bracelets to randomly spotlight great behavior and if I'm using one of the reminder bracelets, like the picture day one for example, I typically will ask my students who wants to wear it and who wants to just take it home.

I try to always make things a choice in my classroom, but about 95% of the time, my firsties like the novelty of being able to wear their note home! :)

To make my life easier, I have my reminder/positive note bracelets already printed on Astrobrights paper and cut out ready to go.  This saves time for those last-minute reminders, and it allows me to be able to send more of the positive ones home on a regular basis.

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And while your looking at classroom management ideas, check out my printable POST-IT notes!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Gingerbread Sentences Literacy Center

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Even though my first graders have come such a long way since the beginning of the year, there is still so much room for them to grow their little literacy brains!

I wanted to help my kiddos practice their reading and also take notice of the features of print-- AKA sentences start with a capital and end with a period!  That may seem simple, but I feel like I need to constantly remind my firsties of it!

To keep things new and fun, I whipped up this Gingerbread Sentence Literacy Center!  It includes 6 different sentences, but my students can chose how they want to play it.

They can try to figure out the original sentences or they can mix them all up and make silly sentences!

To prep the center I simply printed out the sentences, laminated them on my new personal laminator (which I'm completely obsessed with by the way) and then cut them apart!  It was quick and easy to get ready and I love that my kiddos are working on reading and figuring out which pieces are beginnings, middles, or endings!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Free Pumpkin Writing Paper

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The other day I had a substitute and needed something fun for my kids to do during writing!  Since our theme was "Pumpkins," I whipped up this free writing paper!

When I returned from my all-day meeting, I was pleasantly surprised by the creative, great work I saw!  I considered it a win-win! 

To prep this writing page all I did was print off enough copies for my first graders (plus a few extras)!  The pumpkin is partially transparent so it looks best when you print directly from the file!

It's pretty self-explanatory, but feel free to leave a comment with any questions or ideas!

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Happy Halloween! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Community Helpers Easy Reader Freebie!

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Children's books are one of my favorite things to add to my first grade classroom!  I try to create an atmosphere where I'm always excited about the new books being added to our class library-- I use bonus points to buy books from Scholastic each month, and I am always looking for easy readers to  allow my kiddos to make their own books to take home!

Each page in this easy reader freebie features a different community helper and a simple sentence explaining their job!  

For my classroom, I printed one copy in all color.  I put the cover on bright cardstock and the inside pages on just regular paper!  To assemble, I creased the papers on the dashed line down the center of each page and inserted them into the cover to staple-- NO CUTTING is required!

After creating a classroom copy, I also printed the included blackline version for my students to have.  I didn't assemble those books because I'm all about letting my firsties do things for themselves!  I always have a few extras on hand, but I think it's worth the extra time and effort to build their problem solving skills!

Ready to download this freebie?!?  Hop over to my Teachers Pay Teachers shop and download it for FREE! 

Then, check out these other AMAZING community helper activities!

Community Helpers Bingo // The Letters of Literacy
Community Helper Pattern Block Mats // The STEM Laboratory
Community Helpers Sight Words Game // Play and Learn Every Day
I Spy Community Helpers Printable // Powerful Mothering
Community Helper Interactive Poem // Mrs. Jones' Creation Station
Community Helpers Counting Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Community Helpers Little Readers // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Community Helpers Mazes // Sara J Creations
People Who Help Us Alphabet Match // Adventures of Adam
Community Helper Math Games // Recipe for Teaching
Community Helpers Easy Reader Freebie // The Simplified Classroom

I hope you enjoy this free printable book!  Happy teaching :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Addition True or False Freebie!

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Halloween is right around the corner, and I'm probably more excited about it than my first graders!  Anyways, we are working on true or false equations in math and I wanted something simple enough for my kiddos and a little spooky too, so I whipped up these two practice sheets.

After a quick mini-lesson about true or false addition equations, we started our daily math workshop rotations!  My students rotate between four stations (going to all four every day).  We have "read about math", "with the teacher", "choose a math center", and "math games on the Chromebooks"!

I had my students start with the practice sheet where they circled either true or false.  All the problems are within 10, and I was pleasantly surprised when all my students completed it without any issues!  Woot woot!

Then, the next day in class, we reviewed our goal for the week and my students practiced true and false equations again, but with a fun twist!  They colored the boxes green if they were true and purple if they were false.

To help from getting confused, I recommended that my students color in the key at the top so they could easily refer back to it.

Ready to download this freebie for your kids???  Hop over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store and grab it-- just click the blue button below.

If you're looking for other Halloween activities, check out my Pinterest board!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Farm Animal Sentences

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After four weeks of school, my first graders are finally able to work independently during Reader's Workshop while I teach Guided Reading groups!  Whew!

To help my kiddos practice matching "what they see to what they say," I created this fun and low-prep literacy center!

Since my kiddos are working on looking at the picture to help them read, and using their reading finger to point to each word as they say it, I modeled this center under my document camera for my whole class to see.

I grabbed a picture card, looked at what was in the picture, and then used my reading finger to read aloud the sentence that matched! 

I added this activity to our bookshelf full of literacy center choices and told my students that they could either work independently or with a partner to match all of the farm animal picture cards to the sentence that matches.

Although it's a simple activity, the animals are adorable and my students were eager to get their turn!  I was happy too, because they were using the reading strategies we have learned so far this school year.  

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And if you want some farm animals for your kiddos, I found this adorable set at!

When you're done, check out some of these other farm activities for kids by my amazing blogger-friends!

Farm CVC Words // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Farm Counting Cards // Playdough to Plato
Expressing Feelings on the Farm // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Count and Graph on the Farm // Sara J Creations
Pigs in the Mud Alphabet Match // The Kindergarten Connection
Farm Animal Puzzles // Powerful Mothering
Farm Play Dough Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Farm Washing Sensory Bin // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Farm Counting Book // Recipe for Teaching
Interactive Farm Book // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Gross Motor Farm Game // Modern Preschool
Farm Animal Sorting // Still Playing School
Making Farm Footprints // Pleasantest Thing
Farm Muffin Tin Syllable Counting Game // The Educators’ Spin on It
Farm Themed Old Maid // Stay at Home Educator
Farm Emergent Reader // The Letters of Literacy
Farm Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Farm Animal Ten Frame Cards // Preschool Inspirations
Farm Addition Cards // The Stem Laboratory
Farm Animal Sentences // (Not Pictured) The Simplified Classroom
Old MacDonald’s Farm Busy Bag // (Not Pictured) Adventures of Adam

I hope you enjoy this free activity.  Happy teaching!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Apple Subitizing Cards

I recently attended a math training where I learned about subitizing cards! Although I didn't know what we were talking about initially, I jumped right on board when I realized what "subitizing" meant!

Basically, students work to quickly and automatically recognize the number of objects in a group without actually counting them!  Typically black dots are used, but for this back-to-school season, I opted for apples!

To use these cards, students can either work independently (great for at-home learning) or with a partner to practice recognizing the number of apples on each card.

I made sure to use dice patterns to keep it consistent.  Many of the cards have two dice patterns on them for students to mentally add together.

I plan to use this as a math workstation in my first grade classroom and I hope to add more subitizing cards to it as the year goes on!  

Make sure to follow my Teachers Pay Teachers store to keep an eye out for more subitizing cards to add later!

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Then, check out these other apple activities!

Apple Lacing Fine Motor Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Apple Life Cycle Printable Book // Stay at Home Educator
Apple Number Match // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Apple Life Cycle Hat // The STEM Laboratory
Apple Tree Counting Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Oatmeal Apple Crisp: A Recipe for Kids // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Apple Play Dough Surprise Activity // Play & Learn Every Day
Apple Counting Book // Fun-A-Day
Balancing Apples Up on Top // Sara J Creations
Apple Seed Counting Busy Bag // Powerful Mothering
Apple Alphabet Puzzles // The Letters of Literacy
Apple Subitizing Cards // The Simplified Classroom
Apple Tree Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Apple Ten Frames // Still Playing School
CVC Spelling Mats // Fairy Poppins
Apple Color Matching Activity // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Find more free learning activities by clicking on my "Free Downloads" tab at the top!