Friday, March 17, 2017

Best Print and Play Math Games for K-2!











This is a great time of year to get those games out to practice the essential math skills your students need to master! And these Print and Play Math Games for K-2 are my students' favorite! 

Just print on cardstock, slip into plastic sleeves, even insert the game pieces so students can just grab and go!
Slip the game pieces into the plastic sleeve so students just grab and go!
Here are just a few of the games included. Most color versions are also available in black and white to save on ink.








Get these Print and Play Math Games HERE!


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Encouraging Words for the Big Kids Taking Tests!



Our AMAZING PBIS committee thought to have our K-2 students write letters of encouragement to our 3rd-5th graders who will be taking their big tests for the next couple weeks. They turned out so adorable, and I'm impressed with my first graders' ideas and empathy for their friends in the upper grades.

Interested in doing the same thing and need letter writing paper? Grab some HERE.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Wonders of Whisper Reading

What is Whisper Reading?

Whisper reading is a whole group and/or guided reading strategy where students are quietly reading text, without disturbing neighbors, while the teacher listens to each reader briefly, giving feedback, then moving on to the next. I have found whisper reading to be a highly effective strategy for getting all of my young readers to be actively engaged in the text while I quickly monitor the reading progress of each reader. We are all looking for the most effective strategies for building fluency, accuracy and comprehension. Whisper reading allows the teacher to quickly monitor their fluency and accuracy while giving them all a chance to explore the meaning of the text. 

How is Whisper Reading Implemented?

After introducing vocabulary, tricky words, sight words, and background information on the text, students are invited to explore the text on their own while the teacher briefly listens to each reader. 15-30 seconds (or more if time allows) is spent listening to each reader with few if any teacher voice interruptions. If needed, a verbal prompt such as "try that again" or "sound" to get the student to sound out a word again when mistakes are made or when a student hesitates for more than 3 seconds. If phrase reading has been an introduced skill, a prompt such as "phrase" may be used to encourage more fluent phrase reading while pointing to the phrase. I keep in mind each student's current reading needs and target those skills as I listen. A visual prompt with pointing can also be used to allow the student to make corrections. It is important however, to allow students to freely read and interrupt them as little as possible. Our goal is to guide, but allow for independence and self-correction, because that's what good readers do!

Why Whisper Read?

Whisper reading has many benefits for both the teacher and young readers:
  • It allows young readers to explore the text alone, to build confidence prior to reading aloud.
  • It maximizes practice time of new reading skills.
  • It allows for more repeated readings of text to increase fluency and accuracy.
  • It allows for greater comprehension than reading aloud for many students.
  • It keeps all students actively engaged in the text, rather than waiting their turn to read during round robin reading, for example.
  • It allows the student to self-monitor and self-correct and learn independence as they read.
  • It allows the teacher to quickly assess and monitor each student and take note of individual needs every day.
  • It allows the teacher to give each student quick feedback on their reading every day.
  • It allows the teacher to assist and support students as they respond to text in varying ways.
  • It is a stepping stone to silent reading!
In my opinion, whisper reading is a must-do everyday during both whole group reading time and during guided reading. Oh my goodness, I learn so much about each reader in the 15-30 seconds of listening and prompting 2 times a day!

Check out my Targeted Guided Reading Blog Post to learn more about other effective strategies for teaching guided reading!


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

March Madness in Grades K-2 Linky Party!

I LOVE March! My first graders start showing real growth and independence this time of year and Spring is right around the corner.

Speaking of independence, their math skills are really coming along. Their favorite game that is helping them make tremendous gains with the concept of base ten is our Luck of the Leprechauns Base 10 Exchange Game. They LOVE this game. Grab it HERE.

Color by code is so fun. Check out these engaging activities HERE.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

FREEBIE What's On My Plate?

Don't miss this incredible FREEBIE! What's on My Plate FLIP Book is one example of my many Science FLIP books! It explains the My Plate healthy, balanced eating plan that the US Government has issued to replace the Food Pyramid plan.

I wanted you to get a chance to try out one of my popular science FLIP books with your students. I know you will love it!
This What's on My Plate FLIP Book  is fun an easy to assemble! And it's FREE! 

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What's On My Plate? FLIP Book
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Essential Math Skills Through NUMBER of the DAY!

It's never too late to start a program in your classroom that will help your students get the daily practice they need with foundational math skills! This Number of the Day 180 Day pack is excellent for introducing, practicing and reviewing essential math skills. Every 20 days, the skills increase in rigor and complexity. The program begins on Day 1 and goes daily through Day 180, but you can start on any day you choose.

We bundle the books into 20 pages since every 20 days the skills change slightly, increasing in rigor and complexity. We print them on the same color paper (blue) so students can find them easily every day in their folders/desks.
So we start on Day 1 and everyday we move our "Little Red Man" clip along our classroom number line. 
As we move our "Little Red Man" along the number line, students are using the red clip as a reference tool to add, subtract, see one more, one less from our Number of the Day
We also have a "Little Orange Man" that identifies the last day of school so they can track the progress of the year and know when they are officially 1st, 2nd or 3rd graders!
Need your own classroom number line? I've got you covered!

Get your classroom number line plus individual number lines and grids HERE.
Please Note: This Number of the Day Pack will be updated Summer, 2017 to align with Common Core Standards. Purchase now and you will get the current pack and then be able to download the updated pack at no extra charge!

Get the Number of the Day 1-180 HERE.
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