Addition and Subtraction Strategies

Happy Thanksgiving!!  We are thankful to be spending some time relaxing and enjoying the company of our families!  Hope you all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!  We're also resting up for our Black Friday sales tomorrow.  We'll have our top products for 50% off!!  Follow us on FB to see what time each product is on sale.

Until tomorrow, we leave you with a review of a great product we've been lucky to use in the classroom!
Hello there!  We would like to show you a great product that we have been using in our classrooms, Addition and Subtraction Strategy Sort Bundle, that was created by Nikki Sabiston at Teaching In Progress.    

In first grade we teach addition and subtraction throughout the entire year.  It is something we work on day in and day out.  We teach strategies that help the students add and subtract, but it seems that we always do this as we are teaching a lesson; using the actual problems we are trying to solve at the time, rather than taking a look at a set of equations and determining which strategy we should use to solve them.   This is why we really like Nikki's Addition and Strategy Sort packet.  

Let's start with the strategy cards.  They are pleasing to the eye and are very kid friendly.  The language  and graphics paint a very clear picture for the kiddos about what the strategy is and how they can use it.  Included in the pack are strategy cards for Addition and Subtraction.  Both sets of cards can be printed in full or half sheet sizes (which is an added perk - less ink!).  

 Addition and Subtraction sorting cards are included.  The sorting cards contain addition and subtraction problems and the students decide which strategy is best to use to solve that equation.  We did this activity a couple of different ways:

On an Anchor Chart (whole group):

With a Pocket Chart (independent / small group center):

Our kiddos loved this; both ways!  The conversations that came out of the sorting was wonderful, it's always great to hear kids explain their thinking; especially with math!

Students also had the chance to sort addition and subtraction problems by cutting out equations and gluing them under the correct strategy.  This served as a wonderful independent activity to check for understanding.  

Overall, we were very pleased with this product and know it is something we will use time and time again.  Grab this along with LOTS of other great packs from this Educents Bundle:

And now is the best time to buy!!

Happy Halloween! 
Click on the card above to grab the freebie!

Here are some of the great work samples from our classroom!

Have a great day!

Living Organisms and Motivate Me Monday!

We got offered to review these fun Fandex Field Guides from Educents and were super excited!!  We've just started Living Organisms in our classes and these guides were a super was to add in some more non-ficiton reading and facts to our lessons.

Here's a bit about what we have been doing so far:

We started with a walk about school for Living and Non-Living with this handy recorder.

First up: plants.  We began an experiment with bean seeds and the amount of water seeds need.  This has been great for observing change over time.  The kiddos immediately come into the room and sneak a peek at the seeds each morning.  We love to overhear their observations!!  Each day our kiddos record in their observation journal.  We'll finish this week and students will summarize their findings.....and see that seeds just need some water, not too much or none at all.

We found this cute plant foldable booklet to make as well!  We love how the flower at the end can grow taller!

And since this was such a hit last year, we did it again! 

    We pulled out the Fandex guides to wrap up plants and segue into Animals, which we will begin for this week.  Our kiddos loved gathering together to look at the large life-like pictures!!  We grabbed them at the end of the day as a quick filler before dismissal.  The kiddos just ate up those facts!!

Head over to Educents now to grab a set for your kiddos!!

As we move into Animals this week, we'll start with Habitats.  We love watching the Brain Pop Jr. videos on habitats.  As we watch them, we'll have kiddos record (by drawing or writing) some animals that live each habitat.

After we work through the habitats, we'll start getting reading for our Habitat Dioramas.  First, kiddos will select and animal and research it.  They will make this Guess My Animal flip-up.

Oh, so fun!!  We love doing this science unit!!

Time for Monday already!!  We got a cute writing piece from one of our kiddos to share.  Hope it gives you a smile this Monday!

I love Alexis.  I have been with her since kindergarten.  We both care
 about each other and say nice things to each other.

So CUTE!!!  Wish all of our kiddos could be this sweet to each other!

Workshop Wednesday

We LOVE word work!!  We've shared a bit before about what resources we use...but we're excited to link up with Jivey, so we're sharing it ALL here in one post!!  In first grade our word work routines focus on isolating different letter sounds or letter pair sounds.  We also do lots of work with word families.  

We made a Word Work Pack to keep it all together...word lists, sorting, read the room, word sorting, and making words...all in ONE spot!!  This is our go-to resource for Word Work! 

Each week, we give the kiddos differentiated word lists and during Daily 5, kiddos use manipulatives to build the words from their word list.  Here are some pics of our kiddos using different manipulatives.  Since we are just starting to practice Word Work as part of Daily 5, we give kiddos a bag of sight words to build.  We'll start with the word lists next week!