Sunday, October 21, 2012

Patterns Fun!!

Alright, here goes--first real post in a LOOOONG time!! :) Yay!! :)

So we have done a BUNCH of awesome little activities in first grade so far! I wish I had time to share all of them with you!!! I have been snapping pictures like crazy so I will have to share at least some of them!

First up--we began our patterns unit last week. The kids always get REALLY excited when we talk about anything that has to do patterns (or pat-er-rens, as they tend to say!). On Friday afternoon, we practiced extending a pattern and identifying a pattern's core. I gave the kids a strip of paper with a pattern on it and they replicated and extended it using macaroni noodles and a sentence strip to put the macaroni on. We also practiced identifying the pattern's core and separated it using a popsicle stick. Of course, I have no pictures of this portion of our activity...or any part of it all, actually! I snapped the following ones at home! :/ After we practiced that for a while, I decided to let them have a little Friday afternoon fun and come up with their own patterns! Here are some of the good ones:

The kids labeled the patterns with letters (A, B, etc.) and circled the core of their pattern (kind of hard to see). Aren't they good?? ;)

They also got a fine motor skills workout--this proved to be quite the task for some of them.

I plan on using this activity as one of our math stations during our daily math rotations, so I whipped up a little recording sheet to use. I thought I would share it with you patient/awesome readers out there! 
Enjoy the freebie!

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And this brings me to my newest products--I spent most of Saturday evening creating this first one and I am very happy with it! I'm printing my copy tomorrow so I can use it in my own classroom. :) This pack includes anchor charts, word wall words, several games, and even a little minibook for the students to make. It is meant to complement your awesome patterns unit! 

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The next one is this little shape book that my students actually completed last week. I love how they came out and the kids were ecstatic over them!

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Alright, since you have stuck with me this long, feel free to comment below to win a copy of my new products! Tomorrow, I will randomly choose 3 people to win a copy of both new products!
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  1. We have been so busy in first grade, too!! :)

  2. Wow! Looks great. We haven't done patterns or shapes yet, so these would be perfect for my firsties.

  3. Would love to win these for my firsties!! :o)

  4. We're learning about shapes right now! These would be great to have!


  5. We are just starting our patterning unit in Math! I would love to add these fun projects to my lesson plan.

  6. I would love to win! Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  7. Hope I am in time to be included...both packets look useful!

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  8. I absolutely adore your work! I can't get enough of it!

  9. Janaye-- Nice to see you blogging again! I wanted to let you know I used your Algebra properties "fronts" for a foldable and I gave you a shout out on my blog. Thanks!!

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  10. LOVE getting ideas and resources from you. I've done macaroni patterns in the past, but I love your ideas and plan on adapting what I did last year!

  11. I would love to win! Keeping my fingers crossed!