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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Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Again, still not back. One day, one day, my friends..... :/

I did want to share these cute little pointers that I developed a slight obsession for! I don't even have all of the pictures of them--I have made SOOOO many!!

(Other than being adorable, the best thing about the wooden shapes is that they cost about 50 cents each!!!)

These are a HUGE hit with my students (and my own child, haha!). We use them on the word wall, Promethean Board, during calendar time--the possibilities are endless :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Spooky Shape Spin

I am still not back, but am alive and working!!!

Enjoy this lil' shape freebie I just made--I combined graphing, comparing numbers, and shape recognition into one Halloween-themed activity! This will be one activity we will do during our daily math skill practice time. :)

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