## Friday, February 15, 2013

### Five for Friday - February 15th

Happy Friday Blog Hoppers!  We have had another busy week….especially with Valentine’s Day.  Here are our Five for Friday things.

1.  Rainbow Math has begun!  In trying to figure out a way to increase addition fact fluency, we designed an incentive to move up in levels.  Each kiddo gets a ring with +1 facts (in red) to begin.  Once they master this level, they will add on +2 (in orange) and so on until they collect all the colors of the rainbow.  If you are familiar with Rainbow Words, the set up is very similar in use and management.  Our kiddos are super excited to begin and are already wanting to test up to the next level!

Check it out on our TpT Store!

2. Valentine’s Day was a hit in our classrooms…especially with our resource we created this year to help our kiddos have purposeful fun!!  They enjoyed working with a partner to complete their story elements, funny sentences, and character trait maps.  Their favorite part by far was the scavenger hunt using their Valentine Cards.  Despite the sugar high that had begun after munching on several Valentine’s treats, we both found our kiddos to be actively engaged in this activity.  Check them out below!

3.  I Spy Shapes!  We continued our work with shapes this week.  One unique way we evaluated student knowledge of shapes was through this I Spy activity.  We handed out large I Spy books to partner groups and directed them to find as many examples of 2-D and 3-D shapes as they could.  This activity can be found in a shape packet we’ll post on TpT next week.  Keep a look out for it!!

4.  Are your kiddos still making a lower case “i” when they should be doing a capital I?  Our kiddos certainly are!  We did this quick activity to reinforce the use of an I by itself.  We also love reading Alphabet Adventure by Audrey and Bruce Wood.  In this story, little i looses his dot and the rest of the alphabet has to search for it.  We tell the kids little i can never be alone because he will loose his dot!

5.  We aren’t as lucky as out kiddos to have Monday off, but we will use our planning day to get ready for teaching President’s Day with this activity.

1. Just found your blog over at Five for Friday. I loved your colored math fact rings:)I am your newest follower!

Tammy
The Resourceful Apple

1. Thanks for becoming a follower! Our kids love Rainbow Math and the management piece makes it easy! We will head on over to your blog!

2. I can't wait to see your shapes pack! I have a bunch of I Spy books in my classroom and never thought to have them look for shapes! That is brilliant! I will be adding that to my centers soon! We are right in the middle of our geometry unit. Thanks for the idea!

The Frizz

The Frizz in First Grade

1. Great idea to put the I Spy shape activity in your centers! We can email you when the shape packet is ready if you'd like! Looking forward to visiting your blog!

3. I love your George and Abes!! Precious!

1. ;)
Thanks for doing the Five on Friday linky! We are finding such neat things!

4. Your blog is too cute!! I love it! I'm your newest follower. Thanks for sharing!