Monday, 6 April 2015

Math Book Monday - Skip Counting Books with Freebies

I'm back today with Math Book Monday!

Today I am going to share three books with you. These three skip counting books are all written by Michael Dahl. They practice skip counting by 10s, 5s, and 2s You can click the pictures to check them out on Amazon:


I love these books because the text is simple, they practice an important first grade math skill (skip counting), and each page keeps track of the counting with numbers and dots! Also, each page has the number hidden somewhere on it. How fun and engaging while you read aloud! Students are practicing recognizing numbers as they search the page for it!

I created a fun math centre to go along with each book. Students put the number cards in order, then write the numbers on their recording sheet! Check them out by clicking the pictures:


Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget I am over at iTeach First today as well for Monday Make-It. I show you how to make grassheads with your students!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Interactive Social Studies Journal

I am so excited to share with you my newest labour of love! I created an Interactive Social Studies Journal to match up with my Interactive Science Journals! This unit is designed with the Grade 1 Manitoba Social Studies curriculum in mind, but the lessons and activities are suitable to be used with any Social Studies curriculum. (Some things are specifically Canadian though.) 

This unit is for all three clusters: I Belong, My Environment, and Connecting With Others. This unit contains a lesson idea and interactive journal page for each knowledge outcome in the curriculum. (Sometimes there is more than one activity for each outcome too.)

The reason I only created one pack and did not separate the clusters like I did with my Interactive Science Journals, is because I find that the way the curriculum sets up the clusters does not make a lot of sense. Quite often activities from Cluster 3 are more relevant in September (problem solving/solving conflicts) or they might work better with lessons from Cluster 2. I designed the pack so that the lessons can be used in any order! Feel free to mix and match however you please!

Here's a peak at what is included in this year-long, 196-page unit:

This pack unit is designed the same way as my Interactive Science Journals. For each knowledge outcome in the curriculum, there are lesson plan ideas and pictures, lesson materials (for whole group charts, sorts, etc.), and interactive social studies journal pages. These pages are designed to fit an 8-1/2x10" spiral journal, but you can easily shrink the pages or print two-to-a-page if you are using smaller journals.

Cluster 1: I Belong

1. Unit title page
2. Describe facts about Remembrance Day
3. Describe how you are important to your classroom
4. Name groups you belong to
5. Give examples of how your family celebrates it's culture
6. Describe important things about Thanksgiving
7. Sort things that are from the past and from today
8. Create a family tree

Cluster 2: My Environment

1. Unit title page
2. Label your town/city and province on a map of Canada
3. Describe facts about Canada
4. Fill in the blanks in "O Canada" (English and French version included)
5. Describe what a community is
6. Name characteristics of your community
7. Compare and contrast two community helpers

8. Match up community helpers and their tools
9. Describe what community helper you want to be when you grow up
10. Describe how we depend on the environment for survival
11. Identify your home address
12. Identify your phone number
13. Describe what globes and maps are
14. Compare and contrast globes and maps
15. Label the parts of a map
16. Label the parts of a globe

17. Use a map key to identify landmarks on a map
18. Place the seasons in order and describe how they influence your life
19. Identify needs of everyone around the world
20. Sort needs and wants
21. Discuss how commercials influence our thoughts

Cluster 3:

1. Unit title page
2. Describe your rights
3. Describe your responsibilities
4. Describe how people help each other
5. Compare and contrast Canada with another country (blank one to use with any country, or one to use with China)
6. Match Chinese New Year symbols
7. Describe the Chinese Zodiac

8. Sort things you find in the country and city
9. Class Project Idea: Identify connections to people all over the world
10. Practice problem solving using three steps
11. Describe how some famous Canadians have influenced our lives (Terry Fox, Marc Garneau, Wayne Gretzky, and Alexander Graham Bell)

12. Explain why rules and laws are important
13. Sort rules and laws
14. Sort tattling and reporting; Describe how to solve conflicts
15. Identify how to deal with bullying
16. Describe how to help with work
17. Sort public and private property

Click {here} or the picture below to check this unit out at TpT!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

You Oughta Know About An Easy Listening Station Idea

Welcome to the "You Oughta Know" blog hop! This is my first time linking up with Mrs. McClain over at Buzzing with Mrs. McClain for her monthly "You Oughta Know" blog hop and I am so excited to be here with you this morning! All the bloggers participating are going to be sharing something that you "oughta know" about for your classroom! So after you read my post, check the link-ups below to visit all the other participating blog hoppers! :)

Today I am going to share with you how I set up my "Listen to Reading" station. It took a little time to get it all set up, but now it is easy-peasy and pretty much takes care of itself! It is a station I never have to prep for. All I have to do is charge the mp3 players about once a week.

I have a collection of almost 80 books with CDs! That is quite a bit and you definitely don't need that many to start your own listening station. I buy most of my CDs from the Scholastic Book Orders. They always have great packs of books and CDs for usually a good price! I have also found some at the dollar store, Walmart, and Amazon! Sometimes you can find books that include a link to free audio file download (like our class favourite Pete the Cat!). Then I bought some cheap mp3 players from Walmart. They were about $18 each and have lasted me two years already with no problems.

I upload all my CDs into iTunes. I number all my books to make it easier for students to find them on the mp3 player. Then in iTunes I change the title to the number, the artist to the book title, the album to the author, and add an image of the book as cover art. 

I have six mp3 players and put all the books on each of them. I don't change the books out throughout the year--I give them full access to all the books, all year long. Sometimes you want to listen to a Christmas story in February. Why not? It's all about choice for me! When the students go to the list of songs on the mp3 player, they just see a list of numbers. They don't have to navigate through a list of 80 book titles, they just have to find the correct number! (It's also a little number order/counting practice too. Woo hoo!)

Each book has a label on the spine. The image on the front coordinates to the basket the books belong in, so they don't end up in the classroom library or a student's book box. The number on the back is the track number. So when students go to the listening centre, they grab any of the mp3 players and choose a book. Then they look at the number and find that number track on the mp3 players.

When they press play, they will see an image of the book to let them know it's the correct number!

I keep the basket of books on a shelf with each mp3 player and headphones in it's own little basket. Students just grab a book, grab a basket, and are ready to listen to reading!

Here are two of my boys listening to same book together. They each had their own mp3 players, but just pressed play at the same time so they could share the book. I love how their minds work at this age! :) 

It does take a few weeks to get all of my students trained on how to use the mp3 players, but most of them pick it up really quickly! There were a couple students that struggled with it, but they would just ask one of the other students in the group to help them, so I never had any issues with that! 

That's it for me this time! Now that you have read my blog post, hop over to any one of these other great bloggers to see what else you "oughta know" about!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

April Currently

Is it really a new month already? My how time flies! Time to link up with Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade for April Currently.

I am one of those people that likes to have the TV on in the background all day. At our house it usually alternates between Treehouse Channel, HGTV, and Friends on Netflix. This morning it was Zoe's turn to pick the channel. 

Loving how Zoe's first birthday party turned out. Her party was on Saturday with all of her aunts and uncles and grandparents. Her actual birthday was on Tuesday. I can't believe my little baby is one already. She's is officially walking and running everywhere. No more of this crawling business! Here's a few pictures from her Sesame Street party:

Thinking about my BFF. She just had her baby on Sunday. She was only 27 weeks along. Poor baby boy is in the NICU. He's doing ok but there are so many unknowns with such a little baby. Lots of love go out the family. xoxo

On another note, things are officially moving along with the house building! We are just waiting for the official plans so we can get our permit and get started! :)

I got that second cup of coffee. It was delicious. Does anyone else use the Cinnabon creamer? I know it's terrible for me, but I'm addicted. Yum yum. 

I started this little blog four years ago when I made the leap from fourth grade to first grade. My very first Grade 1 classroom had a garden theme. You can see pictures of it {here}. Since then I have changed schools and classrooms twice and have dropped the garden theme. I now just decorate in fun, bright colours. 

Don't forget to go link up with Farley!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Math Book Monday - 10 Easter Egg Hunters

Hey friends! Today is the first post in a new weekly series I am starting called "Math Book Monday". It's hard to share pictures and ideas since I'm not in the classroom right now, so I thought I needed something to keep me going until I get back into the classroom in September!

If you know anything about me, I have a love for all things books. I can't walk past a book store without going in. I have a huge collection of math related picture books and am looking forward to sharing some of my favourites with you. So make sure you come by each Monday where I will share with you a math picture book and a fun idea to go with it! :)

Today I'm going to show you a fun Easter book! It's called "10 Easter Egg Hunters" by Janet Shulman. It's a cute little counting, rhyming book about ten lost eggs! I love that each time they find an egg, it shows the number of eggs on the side like a little ten frame. Great for a little subitizing practice!

I thought this book would be a perfect mini-lesson book to get into practicing tens partners. In this simple activity, each student needs a picture mat, a recording sheet & pencil, and 10 Easter counters (toy bunnies, mini-erasers, or unifix cubes). Students drop the 10 counters onto the picture. Then they count how many counters land ON the picture and how many land OFF the picture. Then they create a number sentence on their recording sheet using those numbers.

If you would like to try this activity with your firsties, click {here} or the picture below to download.

Janet Shulman also has a few other holiday counting books--10 Easter Egg Hunters, 10 Trick-or-Treaters, 10 Valentine Friends, and 10 Trim-the-Tree'ers. You can buy any of the holiday counting books from Amazon by clicking on the pictures below:



I hope you enjoyed this week's Math Book Monday! Check back next week for a new book idea.