Monday, September 1, 2014

Preparing for Guided Math Groups {FREEBIES}

A few weeks ago I shared how to get started for guided math.  Today, I am back to share more about preparing for groups.   Now, please keep in mind this is how I have chosen to organize my guided math groups over the years.  There are many different variations!

Let's dive in, shall we?

This is always the ten million dollar question, and I have done it ten million different ways (or so it feels!)! Hold on to your bootstraps, because I have a whole bunch to say about this! LOL!

This is the schedule I shared in the previous guided math post. You can download it in that post free.

Today's post is going to focus on centers, interactive notebooks, and seat work. I will write a different post about Magic Number.  It is going to be huge on it's own!

Let's break it down and focus on each different task.

This is where your judgement comes in regarding your class.  I have had some classes that could handle LOTS of freedom and others that...well, not so much.

Would you like to try a sample of this pack?

Click on the picture above!!

I am so excited about the pack above!!!!!!!! It has everything you  need to do guided math / math workshop!  Just print and go!  My favorite!

I also have lots of ideas and FREEBIES for games for partners on my guided math page on my website. Make sure to check it out!

Let's move on to another task. Seat work.   I know some people hate it, but I do think that (in small doses) it is good for students to independently practice what they can do on paper.

Let's move on to something more "fun."  How about some interactive notebooks?  They are all the rage right now!

Lori over at Teaching with Love and Laughter shared some awesome tips on using interactive notebooks with primary kids.  Make sure to check it out!

So, now you have an idea of what the kids could be doing.  but how do you get kids ready for all that change and transition (shudder!!).

Want to see it for yourself?

Click on the picture above to download the lesson suggestions!

So, now let's get to the nitty gritty...

Do you want the labels above? Click on the pictures!!

Whew!  I could keep going on and on, but it is lunch time around here!   I will be back VERY soon with more about organizing materials and that mysterious Magic Number!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Paul Revere (Third Grade GA Heroes) Resources {FREEBIE}

It is about that time of year to get started discussing all the famous historical figures in third grade!  Hopefully, you are past the Roots of Democracy unit.  Am I  the only one that hated that unit?  So much and SO difficult to relate back to the kids.  My kids always got the columns...and that was about it! LOL!

I thought I would share a few great resources I found for this unit.  Just click on the pictures!

These are great books when you are discussing the life of Paul Revere:

This coloring page might be a great brain break or cover pages for the unit:

This is a great map to explain what the 13 colonies looked like- a mind boggling concept to children that have only lived when there are 50 states...and have been for some time!

The Paul Revere House website is always full of great information and pictures. It is hard to fathom that a wood house is still standing?!?!

I don't know if you are familiar with the Liberty Kids but I LOVE this past children's show!!! Such an amazing way to teach about the Revolutionary War!!  There are clips available on YouTube, but they do have advertisements and are split into two you tube videos due to the length of time.  BUT the content is AMAZING and so high interest.

This is the first clip of two clips for the Midnight Ride and there is also a two part/clip video for the Boston Tea Party available n the same YouTube channel.

I have no idea how long this will last but the ENTIRE series of Liberty Kids (40 episodes) is only $5 on Amazon right now.

Honestly, the $5 is well worth the Midnight Ride and Boston Tea Party episodes alone.

I also have two units available on Paul Revere on TpT.

I made an exclusive freebie from the above unit.  It is one activity from the Life of Paul Revere Book.  It includes a passage about Paul Revere's childhood.  Students answer questions about his childhood using the passage. Also included is a question/ answer page for students to use similar to a KWL chart to practice asking and answer questions AND activating and prior knowledge.

Here are few pictures of students completing the circle map form the unit on Paul Revere.

Did I forget any resources?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Spotlight

It is that time again!!

Ready to get your freebie on?  I got some awesome goodies to share!  Please make sure to stop by and show each author some love.  Freebies take time and I know I appreciate every comment or like I receive.  They always warm my heart and I know they can make someone's day!!

Click on the pictures to get your copies!!

Back to School Goodies

Lisa at Fourth and Ten shared these adorable EDITABLE bag toppers.  They would be a sweet end of the first week (or first few weeks) gift to students!

Aimee Salazar at Primarily Speaking shared this little gem!! This simple, editable power point has SO many uses.  It could be your open house presentation, note to your students in the morning, or the background to any presentation you want to make!

Math Freebies
I love these bump games by Denise at Sunny Days.  I love how simple they are for students and how they can be played MANY times. They also require little prep!  Win-win!

Kelsey at Aloha to Second made not one, not two, but THREE adorable place value games!!! Very cute and easy to play!  Perfect for the beginning of the school year!

Shelley at Smiling and Shining in Second Grade created this AWESOME set of math printables that are perfect for the beginning of the year. A variety of simple skills are covered and are perfect for helping students get "back into the groove."

This is technically a math AND ELA center, but I thought you guys wouldn't mind if I stuck it in here ;)! Denise at Sunny Days also created this ingenious center. I love it because the prep is so minimal and students can do SO MUCH with it!

Krista at The Second Grade Super Kids shared these super cute clock labels.  Do you label your clock analog clock in your classroom.  I think it is a great way to help your primary learners.   And even when I taught fourth grade, I had SEVERAL that struggled with telling time on an analog clock because they ONLY used digital clocks.

ELA Goodies

Jen Sykes at Hello Mrs. Sykes shared one of my favorite ways to organize a guided reading lesson. She shared this FREEBIE on how to run a guided reading lesson using the format before, during, and after and what is included in each competent.

Bex at the Reading and Writing Redhead shared this I have Who Has game on antonyms. I thought thsi would be a great way to get kids up out of their seats and moving around!!