Saturday, November 23, 2013

Wednesday WOW (late again) and FREEBIES.

I'm linky up with Em @ Curious Firsties for her weekly linky party Wednesday Wow. A couple of weeks ago, I told the children that I would give them some bonus points it they would write the page number where the answer was on their weekly assessment. Some did and many didn't. So the next week, I decided to give it another try. This time I gave them a sentence starter...On page ___ it says,  It was pretty cool, all of the firsties did it except for 3 students. Here are a couple of examples. I was sooo proud of them! I've always wanted then to answer in a complete sentence, but some weren't doing it, so maybe the sentence starter was just the trick! ; )


My next WOW was an afternoon of math games. In the past when I have tried something like this, there have been lots of arguments.This time I was pleasantly surprised, most of the them did a great job and had fun at the same time. To make it easier on me, the game baskets rotated instead of the children.

We played Top It.

 This was a place value game with dice.

They made designs using shape templates.

 They played the Bunny Hop (Everyday Math). I made my own numberlines and we used bear counters.
If you need a numberline, click HERE.
                                                         Just print, tape them together, laminate and cut. 

I was reading Math Coach's Corner blog about a game for counting coins. It seemed like it would be very easy to implement in the classroom. She had cards made for the game, but I somehow, missed that when I was reading. So I made my own set. The game is simple, just print the cards then laminate and cut. I plan to print 5 or 6  copies of the page. The kids draw five cards and then on a piece of paper they write out what coins they got (ex.  D D N N N P) and then write the amount. You can adjust it however you want, you may not want the children to draw 5 cards if they aren't ready for it. Only use the coins that you are studying. I also included a dollar bill to challenge my top students. Please leave a comment if you download this.

Have a nice weekend!

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  1. I always hate it when I plan something fun and they all argue. Just zaps the fun out of it for me!
    But it sounds like you and they had a good time. I'm glad you reminded me about that money game - I copied Math Coach's money cards. I just need to dig them out again.

  2. They can definitely argue, can't they? I thought I had gone through the Math Coach's blog and downloaded all of her first grade material, but it seems like once a week she will post something on FB that I missed. ;P

  3. Thanks for linking up again! I love reading all of these great posts. I like the coins game. Seems like a great way to keep them engaged and practicing!!


    1. I don't know if you are like this or not, but when I read the game idea from Math Coach, I thought to myself,"Duh, that's so simple, why didn't I think of it?" lol

  4. Good job with the complete sentences. That's a tricky skill for 1st graders!
    Don't you love it when math centres (or any kind of centre) works out that well? :)

    1. You are so right Barb, I will be reminding them that they need capitalization and punctuation while they are taking the test and there are a few kids that look at me like I am speaking a foreign language.

      The other day it was crazy, I had first grade doing 4 rotations, kindergarten doing 4 rotations and 5 2nd graders in my room playing with pattern blocks (no sub). It was so noisy, my ears were hurting, but when you looked around the room everyone seemed on task. I guess 37 kids just make a lot of noise!

  5. Such a great idea for bonus points, to write the number of the page. I will definitely be borrowing that idea!! Thank you! =)

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