Wednesday, August 16, 2017

All About Numbers: Book & Puzzles

Well, it's been awhile guys. As always, I apologize!! I had big plans to create tons of resources over the summer and update the blog, but obviously that didn't happen. Hope you all had a wonderful summer! I have actually been back to work since mid-July!! Don't feel too bad for me because at the end of September I will get a two week fall break! WOO!

Now that I'm back in the classroom I've been inspired to make some new stuff to share with you! As an Interventionist I work with students both for Reading and Math. I work with first graders right now and my main goal is to strengthen their skills in number sense. We are working on identifying, writing, counting, comparing and composing/decomposing to 20.

To start each group, I like to do a warm-up or number of the day activity. I have used several in the past that I have liked but there was always something missing or activities I didn't like so I decided to make my own. I introduced it this week and the kids are really enjoying it.

Each student gets their own numbers book:

Each page focuses on one number starting with one and going through twenty. Students trace the number and number word and try to write it on their own. They have to determine what numbers come next and fill in a ten frame. They are asked to draw a certain number of shapes, circle fingers and find all the numbers. 


 In addition to a student book, I created some fun number puzzles. Students are asked to match a number with the word, a ten frame and correct number of bears. Today we worked together to complete the puzzles up to ten. In a couple weeks we will do them all the way to twenty!

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Reaching Our Goals - RTI Resources

As an Interventionist, RtI (Response to Intervention) is a huge part of my job. I create RtI plans for all my students where I create goals for them, track their progress and look at the data to see if an intervention is working or if it's time to make a change. If you work with me you know I LOVE data. I love organizing it and color coding. Excel makes me giddy. Even though I love keeping track of student data, I really wanted my kids to take more of a role in the process and look at their data WITH me. 

You might be in the world do kindergarten and first grade students do this? Well, let me show you! :) (all the resources I show you today are in my brand new RTI resources product on TpT!) 

Each of my students has a goals folder they use in my group. Every student has their own cover page where they wrote down if they are working on reading or math. 


The very first page of their folder has a sheet where they wrote down their goal for our group. We worked on this the very first week of group. I had them write down what subject we were working on and what they are working on. We talked about it together and brainstormed a list of ideas. I then let them choose one to write. 



I had my first graders dig a little deeper in their goal setting. We talked about HOW we were going to achieve our goals. They then wrote down two ways they could reach their goal. 

The next few pages in their folders are graphs where we keep track of their data. In my kindergarten groups we working on letter and sound identification in our first two quarters. I would give students a list of random letters and time them for a minute. The kids loved seeing their bars go up over time.

Now my kindergarten kiddos are working on reading CVC words. I once again time them for a minute but this time they are reading words. Their end of year goal is to be able to read 15 CVC words in a minute.

I have one first grade group also working on decoding words one at a time. They have a similar graph, but their end of year goal is 20 words in a minute. Their list also includes some sight words.

In the rest of my first grade reading groups we are reading entire books. I take a running record on each student every week and time them as they read. They then graph their fluency on their graphs. Each quarter we had a new goal to reach. In quarter one it was 30 wpm, in quarter two it was 40 wpm and right now it is 50 wpm. Their end of year goal is to read at 60 wpm. I drew a yellow line on their graph so they could see their quarter goal. They get pretty excited when they get to color over the line!

In my math groups I give a weekly four question assessment about the topic we worked on that week. My goal is for students to get at least 3 out of 4 questions correct. After they take a test they get to graph how many questions they got correct. 

My RtI resources product also includes lots of teacher materials you can use to organize data and lesson plan. Click on the picture below to check it out! First three people to comment with their email get a free copy!!

Monday, February 6, 2017

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Number of the Day

As a Reading and Math Interventionist, I work with small groups all day! I love it! In my Math groups I like to do a short warm-up before beginning my daily lesson. In my first grade groups last semester, our warm-up was a number of the day activity. I wanted my students to be working on number sense every day and I like using number of the day to keep these skills strong.

I created a booklet for students with a coversheet that included a 120s chart on it. We would fill in one page each day with a different number. I put one copy of the daily page in a plastic sleeve so I could have an example for students to copy as we filled it out together.


Here are a few examples of finished pages:


I have created a new TpT product that includes the cover sheet and four different ideas for number of the day activities. Click HERE to check it out on TpT! 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Math Monday: Number Patterns and Skip Counting

Welcome to my first Math Monday post! I'm hoping to post some math ideas or strategies to use in your classroom every Monday. Up first is number patterns and skip counting in first grade! 

As an Interventionist, I work with students who are struggling in Math and need extra support. In first grade, students are expected to be able to count forwards and backwards to 120 (starting from any number) and skip count by 10's 5's and 2's. They should also be able to identify 10 more, 10 less or 1 more, 1 less than a given number. 

In my math group last week, we focused on the counting standards. I like to have lots of hands-on games so the students are practicing these skills in different ways. Of course, we counted orally every day. Sometimes we would count all together and sometimes we would count in a circle where each person took a number. 

To help my students see the numbers they were counting, I created number cards (counting by ones, twos, fives and tens) for them to put in order. We then would count aloud using the cards as a guide:

We used the counting by ones cards a lot to practice counting backwards. I would have a student use my pointer and we would count together:

In addition to number cards, we used different math manipulatives and tools to skip count. To practice counting by tens, we used ten sticks:


I created a matching game with tallies so my students could practice counting by fives:


Finally, we also created our own hundreds charts by filling in the missing numbers. Last week we filled in the numbers counting by tens. Later we will create one counting by ones, fives and twos:

All of these activities and more are in my new math unit about number patterns. Check it out by clicking on the picture below!

First three people to comment with their email get a free copy! 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

My Classroom

I have been meaning to write a post about my new classroom/office, but it's been a busy time of year so I kept putting it off! Even though many of you just started school a few weeks ago, I've been back at work since mid July! My school is year-round so we have a short summer and breaks after each 9 weeks. My Fall Break is coming in 2 weeks! HOORAY!

I wrote earlier that I have changed positions again. I'm still a Reading and Math Interventionist, but now I work mainly with Kinder and 1st grade students. (The last year and a half I worked with 2nd and 3rd graders.) I enjoyed working with different grades but I am so happy to be back with the little ones. I was a K/1 teacher for six and a half years so that's where I'm truly happy.

In addition to K/1, I also work with students with dyslexia in 2nd and 3rd. I have loved learning more about dyslexia and learning ways to teach them to read. It's amazing to see their hard work pay off! Learning to read is quite amazing! 

Since I changed positions, I moved offices at my school. I love my new office! It actually has windows! WOO! It is separated into two areas. The front area I use as my classroom where I meet with my small groups.

Here's the view when you first come in. I have a small table for my groups to sit and I use the cube bookcase to store my supplies for each group. 


Here's the view looking from the other way:

I have a TON of books for my classroom library so I'm glad I have room to store some of them in my classroom. I had to take a bunch home though. I just LOVE books. The kids use this area some when I'm doing a one-on-one assessment. They love to read to my octopus and Dory stuffed animals:

In the back of my classroom is a little office area. I have to do a lot of data entry and RTI plans so this is where I do most of that. I added a little display of my classroom pictures from when I was a classroom teacher: 


Hope you enjoyed the tour! I'm going to try my hardest to post more. My plan is to try and post twice a week: Math Mondays and Fun with Reading Fridays. We'll see how it goes! :)