Five for Friday - October 9

I am linking up with Doodle Bug's Teaching for this week's Five For Friday. Here are some snapshots from my week!

I love that the roses here in Portland are still beautiful! Found this beauty while hiking up to a popular Portland lookout.

This week we worked on finding the different ways to make ten. I love this freebie from Teachable Moments. Grab the freebie by clicking on this link or the picture.

I am so excited that my "Writing Pond" is finally getting some action. It fits perfectly with our camping theme this year!

Our class has begun studying farms and to kick off our farm unit we visited a local farm. We had so much fun learning about pumpkins and visiting the farm pig Matilda!

Here is a video from a little hike I did to end the week! It's so important to have some "me" time at the end of a busy week.

Have a restful weekend and thanks for checking out what I did this week! See you next week!

Happy Teaching!


Math Tip Monday - Addition and Subtraction

I am linking up with K's Classroom Kreations and Theresa's Teaching Tidbits for Math Tip Mondays! Be sure to check out the link the first Monday of the month for new math tips. This month will be focusing on addition and subtraction.

One of the main focuses of primary math is addition and subtraction fluency. It is another one of those building blocks needed for successful mathematicians, (along with place value and number sense.) It is crucial students are given multiple opportunities and strategies to understand the relationships between numbers when adding and subtracting. 

Grab these FREE Number Bonds by clicking here or on any of the pictures. 

I LOVE to use number bonds show the part-part-whole relationship. I begin the year using number bonds to show addition and how to different parts can become one. As we move into subtraction, students are able to see the connection between adding and subtracting and understand fact families.

To help students first understand the number relationship before adding numerals, I like to use different manipulatives. Little erasers in different shapes and themes are great for this. Students are able to see the different parts and when put together become a whole. 

  Students LOVE working with holiday themed erasers, animals, dinosaurs, space, etc. There are so many uses for these cute little things. They can be useful for counting, addition, subtraction, fractions, and attributes. They are such a great math resource!

With Halloween around the corner I love using these themed erasers to show part-part-whole relationships.

Another way to show the part-part-whole relationship is by using two sided counters. I like to shoe the different decompositions of a number by selecting an amount of counters, putting them in a small cup, shaking them, and seeing the different ways to make that number.

Check out this freebie I made just for you! It has different number bond templates to help your students see part-part-whole relationships. Click here or any of the pictures.

Students can write on the laminated number bonds, or they can use manipulatives to put into the number bond template.

Thanks for stopping by to check out this months Math Tip! Join me back next month for some new math tips to use in your classroom. In the meantime, check out some other great tips from my friends below!

Happy Mathing!


Five for Friday -- October 2

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the weekly Five for Friday linky party.

We shave been reviewing short vowels the past couple weeks. Students have so much fun finding which "house" the words belong in. These words families are super easy to make. I make houses and put the word family at the top. I cut index cards and write the different words on them. 

Students come up and tape the the missing word into it's home. Students can reference these anchor charts while doing word work or reading.

I had to share this awesome student gift I got! He knew I liked to eat salad, and during his walk to the garden he brought me some vegetable to make a salad. Too cute!

We started our Daily 5 by talking about expectations and learning targets for each of the five activities. We talked about a think about before starting on work on writing. This is one of the foundation lessons described by The 2 Sisters. Click the link here to visit their website. Students refer to this chart to remind them of the thinking process before writing.

I love these little erasers from Target. They can be found in the dollar spot when you first walk in. Each season they have new ones. I use them as a math manipulative with number bonds, adding & subtracting, fractions, etc.

I finally got around to labeling some of my supplies. You can find these labels here or by clicking on the picture. These labels make it so much easier for me and my students to find what we need, and quickly.

Thanks for checking out this week's Five for Friday!

Happy Teaching!

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