Category Archives: Learning something new

Using Math Data for Guided Math Groups

I teach MATH.

I “think”

I teach math well.

BUT…

HOW  DO  I  KNOW  IF  THEY  “GET  IT”???

How do I know if they have mastered ( or internalized )

the concept,

BEFORE  THE  TESTING  BEGINS???

I mean…it’s NOT…

I REPEAT…NOT

always about 

THE  TEST!

But.. my kiddos WANT to do well!

Even in First Grade, they KNOW!

They KNOW TESTS COUNT!

Whether or not we like tests or don’t,

TESTS  COUNT!

And so…

I have a district purchased math curriculum 

I am required to teach.

We use  Expressions.

I have a pacing guide from my district to use as a “tool”

to
Keep ME on track.

Mostly to ensure I have taught the required concepts for 

THE TEST!

I am NOT a fan of WASTED WORKSHEETS!

SOME…I LIKE!

SOME…I DON’T!

So …now what?

I NEED DATA!

SHOW ME WHAT YOU KNOW!

And so…

THEY DO!

Here is my Lesson on

ADDITION using 3 digits:

So..  NOW  WHAT?

Now I have LOTS of DATA 

(Student information)

 to put students into

I have noted students who need scaffolding in:

number sense

subitizing

numbers beyond 10

addition

grouping numbers

writing numbers

expanding numbers

place value

shape recognition

AND ALL OF THIS…

with 2 pieces of white paper & some crayons!

But…  

in the next few weeks

when we

“TEST”

My kiddos will “GET IT”!

I know they will!

If YOU need any help with 

Check out …

for  GRADE  1

See how I use it  HERE  and  HERE

AND

BUGGY  MATH

For  GRADE  2

See how I use it HERE

I also have MORE MATH Products…

Math Talk for Math Discussions

Sticks  and  Stones

Thanks for following!

Here’s a FREEBIE for YOUR TIME! 🙂

ks  and  Stones

ENJOY!

Wendy

It’s National PUZZLE Day! Do YOU play GAMES??

GAMES!
 
Today is NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY!
Wahoo!
Fun times with friends.
 
Do  YOU play games in YOUR classroom?
I  HOPE  SO!
 
What a better way to practice academic skills & strategies.
The BEST way to learn social skills of sharing, taking turns, winning and losing.
AND..most importantly….
IT BUILDS YOUR CLASSROOM COMMUNITY!
Checker

Checkers

Board Games for kids

Boars Games for kids

Chutes & Ladders Board Game

Chutes & Ladders Board Game

Candy Land Board Game

Candy Land Board Game

 

I also have the children make their OWN games..
We play the “matching” game..A LOT!
 
Use spelling words, vocabulary words, math facts…whatever!
I give 1/2 the class 1 sheet of colored paper.
I give the other half  
1 sheet of colored paper, too 
BUT a different color!
 
We fold it into 8 rectangles.
EVERYONE writes the same words on their paper.
THEN…cut the cards apart!
 
When we are ready…find a partner
 WITH   DIFFERENT COLORED PAPER!
 
Turn over all of the cards. 
Pick one of YOURS,
 then choose one of your partners!
 
With different colored papers
…no mistaking whose is whose.
 
When game “time” ( set a timer ) is done
..pick up YOUR cards!
No mixing them up!
Take the cards HOME & PRACTICE!
Here WE ARE at WORK:
Kids in classroom playing learning games

Kids in classroom playing learning games

Partner students in classroom playing learning games

Partner students in classroom playing learning games

Kids in classroom playing learning games

Kids in classroom playing learning games

I hope you play games!
Have FUN!
 
Here are some MORE blog posts about
CLASSROOM  GAMES!
 
PLAY ON
 
 
 
Here are some games 
for YOUR classroom:
 
CVC Scoot Game

CVC Scoot Game

Who Am I Flapbook Game

Who Am I Flapbook Game

What's a SMORT? A SMART Sort!

What’s a SMORT? A SMART Sort!

Shelves  of Board Games

Shelves of Board Games

Check out my 
Pinterest board
for MORE fun GAMES!
 
 
Here is a FREE game..to ENJOY!
 
FREE Game CHICKEN DANCE from 1stgradefireworks

FREE Game CHICKEN DANCE from 1stgradefireworks

We MADE IT

December…

Tough for elementary teachers.

December- We Made It

December…scrape kids off the ceiling..repeat

But…

We Made it!

Our well earned Christmas Break has ARRIVED!

Now the real “work” begins.

  1. Bake
  2. Clean
  3. Shop
  4. Wrap
  5. REPEAT

But…this work seems so MUCH BETTER!

Christmas Break Teacher Luxeries

Christmas Break Teacher Luxuries

I can’t wait to see my kids and grandkids on Christmas MORNING!

We are “empty-nesters” so Christmas is ALL ABOUT the KIDS!

 

As I left school…

Happy Elf

Happy Elf

I RAN to my car & sang Christmas Songs all the way HOME!

And so… I am ready.

When Can I Put Up MY Christmas TREE?

Flexible Seating

Independent Reading

I MADE IT!

Before I left school, I made sure I was ready for JANUARY.

Who wants to come back to COMPLETE CHAOS? NOT ME!

It will be crazy enough, I did not want to ADD to it!

So I prepared for JANUARY!

Here is my newest LOVE…

When Snowmen Go To SCHOOL

When Snowmen go to School COVER

When Snowmen go to School COVER

When Snowmen Go To School Table of Contents

When Snowmen Go To School Table of Contents

When Snowmen Go To School Sight Word GAME

When Snowmen Go To School Sight Word GAME

When Snowmen Go To School Letter Cards for Making Words

When Snowmen Go To School Letter Cards for Making Words

When Snowmen Go To School Spelling & Writing Worksheets

When Snowmen Go To School Spelling & Writing Worksheets

When Snowmen Go To School Math Worksheets

When Snowmen Go To School Math Worksheets

And so…

I am ready for January. Well sort of. I am tired. I want to see the SPARKLE in my Grandkid’s eyes on Christmas morning. I NEED some rest & relaxation.

After? I need a BEACH FIX! ( My HAPPY PLACE!)

The beach...My HAPPY PLACE!

The beach…My HAPPY PLACE!

WE MADE IT!

Merry Christmas to YOU and YOURS from our family!

Wendy

If you need MORE for January, CHECK THIS OUT!

 

Are YOU ready for DECEMBER?

Holiday Literacy\Math Games and Activities and a FREEBIE

Are YOU planning for December?

Are YOU ready for DECEMBER?

Get your first-grade math games & activities ready for DECEMBER!

Are you ready for holiday first-grade math games and activities?

Do you have your holiday reading and writing centers ready for December?

Do you need help finding them?

Easy Prep?  High student Engagement?

I have HELP FOR YOU!

This ROUND-UP is to help YOU get organized,

NOW!!!!

The FREEBIE is at the BOTTOM! 

KEEP  READING!   🙂 

Get your guided math centers ready to go!

Math games and printables prepped, organized, sorted.

 Students can’t wait

for the exciting activities

to help them get through DECEMBER!

Place Value Ture or False Sorting

Do your kids need extra help with place value? How about a sorting activity?

Place Value Sorting Cards True or False?

 

Greater then Less Than Holiday Edition

How to help your students practice greater than and less than with game activity.

Greater Than Less Than Holiday Edition 

 

December Fact Families

Math Fact practice activities for December

December Fact Families

10 more and 10 less for math centers

10 more and 10 less task cards for math games using the hundreds chart! Fun game!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Elf is NOT on the Shelf

Now  it is time for those literacy

( reading, writing, phonics, word) 

centers! 

Are YOU ready? 

The Elves are Working OVERTIME!

Literacy activities and games for reading, writing, and grammar for December.

The Elves are Working Overtime

Reading Word Trees for Fluency

Helping students read using Word Trees. Reading activity for fluency practice.

Sight Word Trees Holiday Edition

And for a FUN combination of Literacy and MATH…

The Winter Wonderland BUNDLE!

More games and fun activities to help your students practice grade-level standards in a highly energizing way! What a fun way to support learning through the HOLIDAY season!
Winter Wonderland Holiday Literacy & Math BUNDLE

Reading, writing, phonics, grammar, sight words, place value, task cards, and student practice pages to support learning through DECEMBER!

Winter Wonderland HOLIDAY BUNDLE

Do not forget to take care of YOURSELF! 

Get planned and prepped for December

and then enjoy the season!

Laugh, giggle, give hugs & high-fives.

The holidays are for making memories.

MAKE YOURS!

Here are some posts that can help YOU, too! 🙂

When do YOU put up YOUR Christmas Tree?

What Does Read At Home Really Look Like?

Don’t Blink!

Balanced Literacy

Happy December!  Take Care of Yourself and ENJOY IT!

THANK YOU for hanging in for this LONG POST!

Here is a FREEBIE for YOU!

Click BELOW

Holiday NOUN, VERB, & ADJECTIVES

Wendy

Charlie Brown Christmas

When Do YOU put up YOUR Christmas TREE?

Happy Holidays, my friends!

I just spent 2 1/2 HOURS…yes, hours…

putting up our

CHRISTMAS  TREE!

Crank up the Christmas MUSIC!

 

Wendy…

WHY SO LONG?

Because.  

My Christmas tree is NOT a 

MARTHA STEWART tree.

It doesn’t match.

It doesn’t have a “theme”.

It is MY  family’s legacy.

It is a timeline of our life.

AND I CHERISH EVERY MOMENT!

I cried.

I giggled.

I remembered moments from years past.

My hubby kept coming into the living room

wondering what was taking so long.

Then…he would look at an ornament and say..

“Do you remember…?”

Yes!  I DO!

As I look through the ornament box,

my heart swells with happiness.

THAT, my friends, is what 

CHRISTMAS is ALL about.

I collect ornaments! 

I search them out EVERYWHERE we go!

I buy them for MY kids and MY grandkids!

ALWAYS…date the back! 

Doesn’t seem important now…IT WILL BE LATER!

If you can’t find ornaments…key chains work fantastic!

Scavenge the “AFTER CHRISTMAS” sales!

Christmas boutiques, & craft sales!

It’s about a memory.

I never want to FORGET!

IN  LIFE…there is NO “DO OVER”.

There are “second chances”…but they are

DIFFERENT!

Here is a little “smattering” of my 

Christmas Tree!

A cruise hubby & I took to the Caribbean.

The first ship I had ever been on!

After 10 months on fertility drugs…BABY on the way!

This was the first ornament I ever bought with a baby on it!

We didn’t know if it was a boy or girl.

Ended up being twin boys! 

32 years ago & still cry at this one!

Happy tears!

Yes…I have the first 5 years for ALL of my kids!

We are blessed with 4 kids & 5 grandchildren.

Hubby’s FAVORITE!

JAWS FAN!

A trip to EUROPE with my mom & sisters!

4 California girls to England, Ireland, & Scotland!

We found our ancestor’s farm!

My auntie ( now 90 ) made this for me

when I was 5. ( 49 yrs ago ).

Very precious.

At the TOP of our tree.

The last remaining ornament HANDMADE by my grandmother.

My parents’ house burned to the ground 30 years ago.

In the attic were ALL of my MOM’s Christmas ornaments!

GONE!  Luckily, I had one from MY grandma.

Sniff…sniff…memories!

You think those little strings of popcorn won’t last?

Hubby’s from PRESCHOOL!

1965!

(It used to be much longer…I wrap it in tissue every year!)

For your kids…

If they play sports…get them a sports ornament

EVERY  YEAR!

There will come a day…when they won’t play!

Remember all the fun times!

KEY  CHAINS   MAKE  ORNAMENTS!

My little sis got remarried on the beach in HAWAII!  

The WHOLE family went!

We went snorkeling and saw the SEA TURTLES!

FUN TIMES!

My son’s favorite sport ( He wrote this when he was 10 ).

He is now in the US NAVY!

I wonder if ALL the practices & games helped him get ready for LIFE?

YES!

My first trip to the EAST COAST!

We toured from NEW YORK to NEW HAMPSHIRE.

Stayed at the BEST B&B in Plymouth BAY!

TEACHERS!!!!

Yes…those  “SILLY”  classroom ornaments 

DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

AND…GLITTER  MATTERS!

A plastic lid…some glitter…and  a picture!

Circa  1992.

This year we are adding AUSTIN, Texas & ALASKA!

My new ornaments will add to the happy memories

we have as a family!

So here is a “SMATTERING”

of 

MY LIFE!

It’s  PERFECT for ME!

I  just had to update with my 

NEWEST  LOVES!!!

KEYCHAINS!

I would collect Christmas ornaments on our travels.

BUT…they are HARD TO FIND IN JULY!

So…I  started collecting

KEYCHAINS!

They are the newest additions to my Christmas tree.

After our recent trip to VIRGINIA…

I came home with 8 new keychains!

I  write the date & any “memories” I can on the back!

My new TEXAS key chains will be perfect!

When I hung them on the tree…

those wonderful memories came back…with tears.

 Happy Tears. 

Remember…

IN LIFE…there is NO “DO OVER!”

Live, LAUGH, Love!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

from

1stgradefireworks 

Making Memories

Change Your MINDSET

Elf on the Shelf- FAIL!

I Failed at ELF ON THE SHELF!

I admit it…I failed..

I tried the ELF thing…FAILED!

I forgot to move it.

I didn’t want to spend the time moving it to who knows where.

My kiddos didn’t find it!

OH…exhausting!

I went to PINTEREST and saw ALL of these AMAZING ELF activities.

I GIVE UP! 

And so…I QUIT!  I am NOT  “ELFABLE!”  

Change..inevitable
THINK POSITIVE!

Change my mindset.  Change is good. Change is necessary!

So maybe I don’t ELF this year. Maybe I will “ELF” a different way. 

Maybe I focus on a DIFFERENT type of KINDNESS. I think I might look at…

Sharing ORNAMENTS!  Or presents, or smiles!  Or handshakes, or time. 

 
Maybe my “LESSON” to my students isn’t about THINGS…    

So I think I will focus on content.

I will share the GOODWILL of the ELF ideals,  through lesson content.

I hope my students’ families will give them the “warm fuzzies” they deserve. I do EVERY DAY. 

But for now, we will focus on learning.

Are YOU a HELPER ELF?

( BORING I KNOW…BUT NECESSARY!)

So…next in my list…MATH!

UGH! I know. HOW CAN THE ELF HELP US IN MATH?

THIS ELF IS NOT ON THE SHELF

1 more..1 less…10 more..10 less

So…to help with my “ELF FAILURE”

AND

to maximize my math time…

This ELF is NOT on the SHELF!
This Elf is NOT on the SHELF

This can be made into a booklet, used as math centers, individual practice, assessments…

ENDLESS possibilities!

It may NOT be as EXCITING as finding the ELF each day.

The ELVES are WORKING OVERTIME!

The Elves are Working OVERTIME!

The Elves are Working OVERTIME!

BUT…my students won’t be confused or saddened because they think the ELF doesn’t care.

They know I care. And that’s better than ANY ELF!

And so my friends, I admit it. I am an ELF on the Shelf failure. 

But…my student’s did REALLY WELL on their math assessments and we 

giggled, grinned, hugged, & gave high-fives all through the year.

Now…where did I leave that ELF?   🙂  

Elf on the Shelf taped to classroom clock.
HELP ME!

Holiday HELPERS for YOU! 🙂

Classroom Literacy

Data Collecting

Guided Reading

Leave me a comment…help me be an “ELF” convert. How do YOU use the “ELF”???   There must be a support group SOMEWHERE! 🙂  Happy Holidays!

 

Veteran's Day 2019

Happy Veteran’s Day from A Proud Military Family

Veteran’s DAY!

We are a military family.

Army & Navy.

We have heard stories from WWII to Korea to today.

Great Grandpa’s, Grandpa’s, Dad’s, cousins, sons, daughter-in-law…

WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

In MY classroom

I spend a lot of time discussing MY SON

ACTIVE US NAVY…

and why it is SOOO  important to say

“THANK YOU” for their service.

He is currently on deployment…

He was married to an active military US NAVY  wife,

AND they had …MY GRANDDAUGHTER!

( She is sooooo  cute!)

But he left them behind to live on a ship and PROTECT US!

So how can we say THANK YOU?

We send  letters, pictures, stories, and cutsie art projects.

And this MOMMY sends BOXES of COOKIES! 🙂

I try to send things at least once a month.

This month’s ideas…

( Pinterest is GREAT FOR THIS! )

Let’s Talk Turkey

Next   Month…… DECEMBER CRAFTIVITIES

Just a little something to remind them of

All of us at home who CARE!

When my son is no longer on a ship…

 we send things to friends & family who are

ACTIVE soldiers & sailors.

AND

We send things to the local Veteran’s HOSPITAL.

All who serve and who have served…deserve a THANK YOU!

I searched GOOGLE for a local VA Hospital address…

takes a little searching, but time WELL spent!

ALL  will appreciate it.

 Parents who cannot ( or are not) with their own kids

appreciate a little art project or note from a child, any child.

A little smile, a little laugh, a warm fuzzy from home.

No need to put names on them.

Here are a few addresses …

To those Veteran’s ( active or inactive )

AND THEIR FAMILIES …

THANK  YOU!

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Wendy

Don't Blink. Thank You Kenny Chesney.

NOVEMBER already? Don’t BLINK!

I just LOVE

Kenny Chesney…

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney

I think he is speaking to ME!

As I  am singing…no…  BELTING OUT.. his song

( in my car of course…windows up..no one wants to hear this voice) 🙂

“DON’T BLINK”

Don’t blink!

Just like that, you’re six years old and you take a nap and you

Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife

Don’t blink

You just might miss your babies growing like mine did

Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your better half

Of fifty years is there in bed

And you’re praying God takes you instead

Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think

So don’t blink

I can TOTALLY RELATE!

I swear..I just looked at the calendar & it was OCTOBER!

Early OCTOBER!

THEN…WHAM!

Halloween is here..NO..GONE!

and now it is NOVEMBER! 

WHERE DID OCTOBER GO??

As I turn the calendar, I realize 

I need to slow down

and appreciate ALL that I have in the HERE & NOW!

So, my friends..

BEFORE the Holidays come…55 days to be exact!

Christmas Carols EVERYWHERE!

and then BAM! Christmas Carols EVERYWHERE!

Take a few moments to 

STOP! Look around! Remember this MOMENT!

It will be gone in a BLINK!

Enjoy the..

LULL

( Before the RUSH!)

Take a minute, relish in the moment, and ENJOY!

BECAUSE…tomorrow will be here soon enough..

I wonder where I can get a 2019 CALENDAR?

(I better hurry…it will be here SOON!)

HAHAHA

Here are a few 

“helpers” to get you through the

 Nov./Dec.  rush!

DON’T  BLINK!

Let's Talk TURKEY ( TpT 1stgradefireworks)

Let’s Talk TURKEY ( TpT 1stgradefireworks)

Let’s Talk Turkey

November Fact Family Booklets from TpT 1stgradefireworks

November Fact Family Booklets from TpT 1stgradefireworks

Fact  Family

November Adding 3 numbers MATH Booklets from TpT 1stgradefireworks

November Adding 3 numbers MATH Booklets from TpT 1stgradefireworks

Adding 3 numbers

November Vocabulary BANNERS from TpT 1stgradefireworks

November Vocabulary BANNERS from TpT 1stgradefireworks

November Vocabulary Banners

The Elves are Working OVERTIME from TpT 1stgradefireworks

The Elves are Working OVERTIME from TpT 1stgradefireworks

The Elves are Working OVERTIME!

WINTER Vocabulary BANNERS from TpT 1stgradefireworks

WINTER Vocabulary BANNERS from TpT 1stgradefireworks

Winter Vocabulary Banners

So remember:

1. Don’t BLINK!

2. Enjoy each and every moment

3. Tell those you care about, what they mean to YOU!         Kind WORDS COUNT!

4. Take care of yourself. 

5. Live, Laugh, Love!

Primary Teachers are Quirky!

Close Reading

How important is READING?

Enjoy!

ME? Dress up for Halloween?

Do YOU Dress Up for Halloween?

I hate to wear hats when I dress up.

I don’t like things on my head.

I do enjoy a great laugh.

I want to participate with the group.

I am a TEAM PLAYER.

 

BUT… I don’t dress up for Halloween!

Screaming child

Sreaming Child

There!  I said it!

I am the “old teacher” who does NOT dress up for Halloween.

Old Granny

Old Granny

WHY?  I dunno.

Just never got “into it”.

The whole “make-up, costume, prop thing” just doesn’t appeal to me.

I don’t get the whole “dress up as someone else”, thing.

DON’T GET ME WRONG!

I love HALLOWEEN!

I dressed my kids up in HOMEMADE costumes AND store-bought costumes.

They were SO CUTE!

Teachers EVERYWHERE dress up and they are AMAZING!

I just can’t do it at school!

My kiddos are NOT allowed to wear costumes to school.

I will NOT, if they cannot.

I wouldn’t dress up, even if THEY could. Sorry, Not me!

Maybe I’ll dress up at home!

A cute T-SHIRT! YES!

Maybe.  Maybe not.

Maybe??

So for now… I will live in my “COSTUME”

vicariously through all of YOU on PINTEREST!

This post might help me…

My Fall Dilemma 

WOW! CUTE hat!… Maybe…  Gotta go…I think I found a HAT I LIke.

Stay tuned.  Check out my Instagram.

There may be a HALLOWEEN pic.

Maybe.  🙂

Do YOU “dress up” for Halloween?

Help me out…What do YOU dress up for on HALLOWEEN?

Leave me a comment. 🙂

Wendy

 

vowel kids

Welcome the VOWEL KIDS!

I would like you to meet my newest friends!

The vowel kids!

This is KATE. ( long a)

 Her twin sister is Anna. ( Short a )

Anna left us for a short “vacation”

…so I can use her picture for LONG A!

Thank you to Nikki from MELONHEADZ for the cutie pies!

We took each vowel family and did some writing!

We brainstormed words ( see the word box) 

that have our phonics pattern for the week.

 Then we did an interactive writing .

( see my BALANCED LITERACY packet, 

if you haven’t done INTERACTIVE WRITING)

The kids decided on her story. And then…

WE  WROTE!

Meet the vowel kids

Meet the Vowel Kids

They were so cute! Best editors ever! 

 

After we finished…

they critiqued. 

 

They decided yellow was too hard to read.

 

They said that handwriting is very important,

 if you want others to read it.

 

They said spelling is important. It can change the meaning.

 

And lastly, writing large and spacing our words,

makes it easier to read. 

WOW! They were listening! 🙂

And so …each week for the next 4 weeks

I will introduce another friend.

Long e, Long i, Long o, and Long u.

 

We will chat, create, and write!

I Love my JOB!

If you are looking for more

writing ideas..

Stop on by!

Daily Language Practice

Balanced Literacy

Write ON!

1stgradefireworks

Balanced Literacy

Helping kids EDIT their WRITING