Thursday, April 19, 2018

Buggy Partner Cards

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Routines and procedures are GOLD in my classroom.  My kids know what to expect, I know how to plan, and things just run smoother in general!  For the most part, my math block looks like this each day:
  1. Student-Led Math Calendar on the SMART board (5 min.)
  2. Teacher-Led Math Warm-Up Questions (5 min.)
  3. Teacher-Led Math Mini-Lesson focused on the Objective of the Day/Week (15 min.)
  4. Partner Game or Activity! (10 min.)
  5. Independent Practice Sheet (15 min.)
  6. Math Notebook Cut-And-Paste and/or Math Center (15 min.)
  7. Math Free-Choice ---> Students can read books about math, write problems on a whiteboard, or they can do an online math program that tracks their progress (Any extra time left)

The math partner games have been SO helpful for me to see how much my students understand after my mini-lesson, but since we partner up almost every day, I needed a new way to pair students.

Instead of making them go with the person next to them everyday or let them pick (and take forever) to find their own partners, I decided to make these Buggy Partner Cards!

I simply pass them out randomly and have students silently find the person who has the matching card.  This mixes students up from their "regular" partners, but still has a math-related purpose.  

Most students will likely just count or read the number on the card, but you could also point out that when there are just a few dots on a card, math smarties can just look at it and "see" the number!

If you don't have a huge class that you need to quickly get partnered up, these Buggy Cards could also be used for a quick review of number words.  Students would need to match the bugs with the correct number word!

Another idea for these free cards would be to play the game of memory with them!

Flip them all face-down and let students take turns flipping two over at a time to try and find the matches.  This would be a fun game for small-group tutoring or even in a homeschool setting.

Lastly, I always encourage teachers to laminate things like this!  In my first-grade classroom, I'm pretty much doomed if I don't laminate something.  You can also print them on cardstock if you are serious about trying to keep things nice from year to year... :)

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Happy teaching and don't forget to check out the other bug activities below!

Ladybug Life Cycle Wheel // The STEM Laboratory
Bug Subtraction Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Ladybug Editable Sight Word Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Ladybug One More One Less Activity // Fantastic Fun and Learning
Bug Jar Addition and Subtraction Mats // Fun Learning for Kids
Counting Ants Math Game // Mrs. Jones' Creation Station
Insect Theme Prewriting Practice // Stay at Home Educator
I Spy Bugs Sensory Bin // Teach Me Mommy
Bug Counting Clip Cards // Playdough to Plato
Ladybug Counting Cards 1-20 // Powerful Mothering
Homemade Butterfly Playdough Kit // Sugar Spice and Glitter
CVC Bug Matching Game // Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten
Bug Story Problems // Recipe for Teaching
Bugs: How Many Syllables? // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Bug Theme Bingo Cards // Schooling a Monkey
Ten Frame Game More and Less // Sara J Creations
Buggy Partner Cards // Simplified Classroom

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Contraction Conversation Hearts

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Contractions can be pretty tricky for first graders to nail down!  To make it fun and give my students a bit of scaffolding, I created this free Contraction Conversation Hearts literacy center.

Since the "matching" hearts are the same color, the focus is less on students knowing the matches, but instead, more about giving them an opportunity to repeatedly see the correlations!

I don't really love the taste of traditional conversation hearts, but I'm hoping to eventually find some that are actually tasty!  The "very berry" ones (pictured above) do look promising, however...

Anyways, to prep this center, I simply printed out the Contraction Conversation Hearts onto card stock and then laminated them for classroom use.  Finally, I cut them apart and slipped them into a clear baggie for safe keeping!

My students easily understood that they were to spread out the pieces and find the matches.  I reiterated that once they matched up all the hearts, they needed to say all of the words out loud to "stick them in their brains".  

When all my kiddos had a chance to try out the center, I gave them all a few candy heart treats just for fun!

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Be sure to check out these other heart activities as well!

Heart Letter Puzzles // Pocket of Preschool
Valentine Hearts Ten Frame Clip Cards // Mrs. Jones Creation Station
Heart Digraph Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
  Printable Valentine's Math Activities // Stay at Home Educator
  Alphabet Hearts // Playdough to Plato
  Valentine's Day Emergent Reader // Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten
  Heart Syllable Sort // Recipe for Teaching
  Candy Hearts Count and Clip Cards // Modern Preschool
  Heartbreakers Sensory Activity // Sugar Spice and Glitter
  CVC Hearts // The Primary Post
  Heart Counting Cards // Powerful Mothering
  Sorting Hearts Fine Motor Tray // Teach Me Mommy
  Candy Heart Estimation Station // The STEM Laboratory
  Contraction Conversation Hearts // The Simplified Classroom
  Chocolate Heart Play Dough Mats // Fantastic Fun and Learning
  Hearts Make Ten Game // Sara J Creations
  Heart Roll, Cover and Write Mats // Fun Learning for Kids
  Candy Heart Sentences // Pages of Grace
  Heart Sight Word Match // The Letters of Literacy
  Heart Name Crafts // Fun-A-Day