Let's Play! Active, free, FUN math facts game...

This math game is exactly what the teacher wants:
1. Fun
2. Effective
3. Easy
4. Free

The purpose of the game is to help your students learn their math facts fluently. I always start my 2nd graders out memorizing their doubles (sums to 20) with this game and then it morphs easily into doubles plus one facts, and then onto the real toughies (7+9, 8+6, etc.).

Directions:1. Use masking tape to make a 3x4 box with the sums of problems you want them to memorize. This picture above shows the students working on their doubles facts.2. Make a set of flashcards with the problems you want them to practice.3. All students should sit in a line around the box (not shown here because of privacy issues).4. Choose two students to be "it". They stand on the number 0.5. Call out a math fact. The students hop to the correct answer.6. The first student to hop to the fact with their completely within in the lines stays in. The other student sits back down in exactly their same place. Keep it light-hearted and take away the competitive nature. To do this, I emphasize how much luck plays into it (i.e. "ooh, you had good luck being right by the six").6. Then the next student in line is in against the last rounds winner. Luck really does take a big part of this and you will see that one student will rarely last more than three rounds before someone else bumps them out. 7. We play this as a group for a few days. After that, I leave the cards and box out and let the students play if they ever have a free moment in class. After while, I change the numbers to more challenging problems. I have had my "game board" set up since September and they STILL are going crazy to play!

This game can be set up and implemented ANY time of year! Have fun!



19 Books for Halloween Fun!

Hi, friends! 
It's Laura from Peace, Love, and First Grade!
Hope your weekend is going well!

If you read my blog, you know I'm obsessed with children's literature!
I. LOVE. IT!!

I spend a great deal of time checking out titles to use in the classroom! 
 Old and New!

This week on my blog, I shared 19 titles perfect for Halloween!
http://www.peaceloveandfirstgrade.com/2014/10/19-halloween-books-for-kids.html
 Click the pic to read about my favorite Halloween stories!
Hope your Halloween is spooky!!


Let's Play Top It! Differentiating Your Math Centers - w/ a Math Freebie!

Hi everyone! I'm Christina DeCarbo from Miss DeCarbo's Sugar and Spice! I am SO excited to be joining The Primary Chalkboard! 

For my first post, I will be sharing SEVEN ways you can differentiate a fun math game called Top It from the Everyday Mathematics program. 

I teach 90% of my math instruction in small groups, so games are a must! I think math games are one of the easiest ways to differentiate instruction within our math block, while making sure students are having fun, engaged, and working with hands-on manipulatives.  

Top It is a two player game.  Essentially, it is the game of "war" that you played as a kid with playing cards! To play, you need at least two copies of single digit number cards.  Players put all cards face down in a pile. They flip over the cards and the player with the greatest value, sum, or difference (depending on the rules) wins all the cards from that hand. (The kids can use a dry erase board if they need a space to show their work.) Players continue until all the cards in the deck have been collected.  The player with the most cards wins the entire game! Then, students repeat and play again!


So let's start differentiating!  Let's go!:

This version is perfect for kindergarten students who are learning how to identify and understand the value of numbers 0-9.  The player with the greatest number wins both cards for his/her pile! :)

This version involves not only comparing numbers but place value understanding, too. Each student flips over two cards. Players make the greatest number possible with their two cards. The player with the greatest two digit number wins all four cards for his/her pile!

Play this version the same way as the previous game, except with three digits! Students will practice placing numbers into the hundreds, tens, and ones place to make the greatest three digit number.  The player with the greatest number wins all six cards for his/her pile!

For this version, each play flips over two cards. Players add their cards together. The player with the highest sum wins all four cards.  Repeat, and play again! 

For subtraction top it, students should subtract the smaller number from the larger number. The player with the greatest difference wins!

Students will flip over three cards and add them together. The greatest sum wins that round and gets all 6 cards to add to his/her pile! Repeat until all the cards are used.

This version is great for the end of first grade and second/third graders. Students flip over four cards and create 2 two-digit numbers that they will add together. The player with the greatest sum wins all eight cards for his or her pile. 

You can click HERE to download the following number cards
 for your Top It games! You can also click on any of the pictures below. 
These cards would also be great to use for small group math work and whole class lessons.



Math games are an easy way to differentiate within your classroom - and they're FUN! :) 
I hope you and your students have a blast with all of these variations of Top It! 





Teaching Character Analysis Using Picture Books

Hi everyone! It's Sarah from Sarah's First Grade Snippets. Today I wanted to share a (not so little) snippet about teaching character analysis. 


For our younger kids, I focus on describing a character and then finding evidence to support  our reasoning. I also talk about the character's feelings, how a character's feelings or traits affect the events in the book, and character changes. 

I put together a list of some books I've been reading lately that lend themselves to a character analysis lesson. The first set is fall-themed and the second set are for any ol' time. 


For each book, I showed an example of an anchor chart that you could make on chart paper to support student learning. 



























You can use these task cards with these books (or any other books) when you are teaching character analysis. These are just a few questions I find myself asking my students to get them thinking about characters.  





Since fall doesn't last forever, I made a short list of books that would work at any point in the school year. Head on over to my blog to read MORE...




http://snippetsbysarah.blogspot.com/2014/10/teaching-character-analysis-in-primary.html
  










5 Easy Paper Crafts for Literacy

Aloha friends! It's Corinna from Surfin' Through Second.  Today I am sharing some easy crafts that you can use in your literacy centers this month.

Each of these crafts is made from a 9x6 piece of construction paper, google eyes and a sharpie. 
(the spider needs extra for the legs)
Just draw out a simple template for your students to use or copy onto colored construction paper.


Contractions


Synonyms


Prefixes/Suffixes


Shape Poems



These simple paper crafts can be added to your literacy centers 
or can be created together as a class.
Stop by my blog for more fun ideas and resources.