Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5 Tempting Ways to Celebrate National Doughnut Day

I can't believe I only found out about National Doughnut Day just last year! I was researching holidays and national days for a series of seasonal data collection and graphing resources. When I discovered National Doughnut Day, which occurs on the first Friday in June, I just knew I had to create a resource for this day!

This is a data collection and bar graph activity for first, second, and third grade that is a sure fire way to engage your students at the end of the school year or anytime. Celebrate National Doughnut Day the first Friday in June!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How to Teach the Concepts of More and Less (Freebies)

I recently had the opportunity to teach a math basal lesson to a class of kindergarteners on comparing two events and choosing which one would take more or less time. Midway through the lesson, I realized that some of the little darlings didn't have a firm grasp on understanding the concepts of more and less. As I held two different sized water bottles (quickly grabbed at the spur of the moment) in my hands, I discovered they weren't able to pick which one would take less time to fill with water. This lesson was taught at the pictorial level, but my observations suggested these children needed additional experiences with comparing more and less using concrete quantities.

Activities to use with the book, I Wish You More.

I discovered a post on HubPages which has teaching activities for more and less along with book suggestions. I love bears so I found Bear Wants More to be an appealing choice. I have other books in this series but was unable to find a copy of this one in a timely manner. As a result, I'll be sharing Teddy Bear Ten Strips!

Serendipitously, I came across the endearing book, I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, which is filled with whimsical comparisons, at my nearest bookstore. The thought provoking comparisons are somewhat abstract but can easily be followed up with concrete modeling, particularly for tug of war and pockets and treasures. The simple, repetitive text structure easily lends itself to pattern writing and a class book or dictating and a class chart.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How to Teach Fact Families with Animal Crackers (Freebie)

I love to teach math concepts hands-on and there's nothing more engaging than an edible treat! Any edible treat that comes in two different designs, colors, or sizes could be used for this activity.

Animal Cracker Fact Families is a hands-on, engaging way to introduce or practice addition and subtraction fact families using a part/ part/ whole mat to help develop conceptual understanding.

I started by admiring different candies, but eventually decided on animal crackers, not squishy or sticky and even nostalgic. Although many young children have a poor concept of time and age, it's fun to relate their present to your own childhood. "I read this book when I was your age." "I remember eating animal crackers when I was a kid."