Happy Sunday!! As all good weekends do, this one flew by. My husband was out of town for most of the weekend so I was having some lovely girl time with my daughters - involving driving them around to all of their events, taking them shopping and out for dinner with fancy drinks. It also involved re-watching Divergent.

This weekend should have included more work on my progress reports, planning and math course....but hey it is not midnight yet!

I am linking up with The Teaching Trio for their super fun linky....


So they last part of my scoop is something I think you may want to scoop up. My friend Nick and his wife are trying to adopt a baby (read Nick's post about it here). I am sure that in all of our lives we have met people and thought to ourselves, there really out to be a test you have to take before you are allowed to have children. Well Nick and his wife are the type of people that would ACE that test!!! They are the type of people that truly would be a blessing to any child lucky enough to be placed with them. Sooooo, to help them out some of Nick's blogging friends have put together a bundle of products with all of the proceeds going to help support the adoption process. Click on any of the pictures to check it out on TPT.

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Hope everyone has a great week - I hope to post some of our apple and pumpkin fun this week!!!


Happy Tuesday! I am very happy to be linking up with Holly for her awesome linky...


http://fourthgradeflipper.blogspot.ca/2014/07/tried-it-tuesday-business-cards.html

I have two tried its - but they are related.

This year I am trying and loving the series of letter videos from Storybots on youtube. We watch one each day when we review our letter sound of the day and as a way to generate words that start with the letter. Here is the one we watched today.



They are so fun and catchy and educational :) My students love them!!

One day I decided to check out if there were any other Storybot videos and found this gem.



I love how they show the "bots" in different configurations - great subitizing!! Plus the be-do-be-bop part is awesome.

This little video led me to create a few "Robot" math centers. I wanted to introduce math centers to my class - but wanted something we could handle. The math activities review 10 frames, 1 more and 1 less and tallies - skills we have been working on for a bit. They could be used as "scoot" games but I used them for small groups today. Today was the first day we tried anything like this - we just have not been ready for more routines before now. We worked on taking the materials out, matching the card to the answer sheet, not writing on the task card, returning materials and voice levels - a very busy math class - with maybe less math than usual :).




 
 


You can check out these fun little math centers here. I also included an activity for early finishers to create their own robot using shapes. Be sure to check out the Storybots if you have anyone that needs some letter or sound review!!






Happy Monday!! It actually was a mostly happy Monday for me - which for a Monday is saying a lot : )

We have been working on sorting based on attributes such as size, shape, colour and of course since we have to sort buttons - the number of wholes!! I teach at a new school this year - so there will be no going on a leaf hunt and then sorting our leaves. Sooooo, we were brainstorming what else we could sort and I was flipping through the clipart files in my head (yes I store a copy in my head!) and it hit me, we can sort cookies!!

A sent home a little note (well a note printed on a label placed in the agendas) asking if possible could students bring in one cookie for a math sorting activity on Monday and that they would be able to enjoy it as part of their snack afterward.



I also brought in cookies - just in case we did not get 100% of our class covered. The Peak Freans assorted cookies since they had different shapes and flavors.


I gave each student a small paper plate - they put their name on the plate and the cookie too.
We gathered in a circle - we all put our cookies down and I started sharing sorting rules and we sorted our cookies (which of course I did not take a picture of - but trust me, it was fun and looked delish!).


Then I posted the page with two cookie jars. I recorded a sorting rule. I gave each student a cookie and had them place their cookie under the correct jar. Then we repeated with a new rule and again!




Finally I gave them their own cookie jars and cookies to create their own sorting rule and sort cookies into the jars.



As they worked they ate their cookies - and we all know, food makes math way more interesting : )




I placed my laminated jars and cookies in a bag so that students can use it as a free time activity.



If you would like a copy of this activity click here.


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