Sunday, October 19, 2014

Confession: I Over-plan... Peek at my week!

I can post my plans again this week and it really wasn't that hard to do... because I really and I mean really over-planned last week... so, needless to say, I have a lot of stuff left over from last week that we can do this week... like social studies and grammar. You know, the stuff that is already hard to squeeze in anyway! Last week we had teachers coming in and a fire truck visit that made a few things last a big longer than planned... hence-social studies didn't happen last week. Hopefully we get through it this week so we can start some science fun!

This week in math I am using my Multi-Steps Word Problem packet for math.
I can't wait to break into it because it really breaks down the different word problems for my students and I HOPE it helps them grasp this tough concept.

In math stations this week we are still using my October Math Stations.

We are also using some of our Football Math Stations as well!

This week in my plans I have a 5 day freebie for you and I'm calling it quick math. It's an idea I got in blog land and I use it at least 4 days a week to help students review math concepts. It doesn't take long at all and it's so fun! My kids ask if we are doing it everyday!

Tomorrow, I am also starting conferences (ALREADY?!) and I have a freebie in my store that I use to organize my thoughts when I am conferring with parents.

Enjoy your week! I'm headed to school this Sunday afternoon to prep for the week and conferences while hoping this 5 day headache I've had finally goes away!! :-P

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Visual Plans - What?! 1st, 2nd & 3rd FREEBIE too!!

I've been slacking horribly on this whole visual plan thing this year. The second week of school they were scratched onto sticky notes, next week sorta typed out and filled in as a went. Then, the past two weeks-notebook paper. We finally have a routine. I finally know how I want each day to go - so we can FINALLY start typing up these visual plans! I just love pretty lesson plans - it makes me feel all special inside! -Ha! (weirdoooo)??!! You're a teacher- you understand me!

So, here we are:
Just click the picture below to see what we are doing in third grade this week.
Also, there are interactive math journal freebies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade inside!
-If you didn't follow me last year when I taught first... then, I would go look at my old plans... I always tend to put freebies with my lesson plans at least 95% of the time! ha ha. So, keeping up with my visuals could be very, very beneficial for you! ;) The free stuff is not posted in my store.

Some of the things I am using this week are:


We will be reading Charlotte's Web this week to help us work on plot!

I'll be back soon to share what we did last week with you all! Until then, have a great Sunday!
Who dey!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Addition with Regrouping!

The past two weeks my students worked feverishly on addition with regrouping. They came to me with a ton of knowledge on how to distribute and add but had forgotten how to regroup. I wanted to make sure they knew both strategies because both are SO important!

We didn't do anything too crazy, but it was effective and boy have they got it now!

We started the unit off by discussion HOW to regroup. We broke the numbers down into their values and practiced carrying. We watched this video from Learnzillion to help us out!
Then, we practiced adding on our whiteboards. I simply called out addition problems. They solved it, showed me their answers (I wrote on a sticky who wasn't getting it for guided math) and then I had a student walk me through how to solve the problem.

The next day, we worked on identifying the steps we need to use in order to regroup when adding. We worked through a double digit addition problem as a whole class a verbalized our steps.
Then, students worked with a partner on an addition problem I assigned them and they pretended to be each others teacher. They wrote down the steps in their puzzle and taught their partner.

The next day we practiced double digit addition a bit more by making flip-books and using dominoes.

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Students used their dominoes to come up with double, triple or quadruple digit addition problems.
This activity is perfect for differentiation. Students had to decide if their addition problem regrouped or did not regroup. They wrote down their addition problem in the correct column and solved. Easy for me - engaging for them!

The next day, we broke out into our math workshop rotations so I could really help/challenge students!
When students worked on their own they had to be the teacher again and write an out an explaination that you see below.
This is so tough for kids... but, it really helps them learn!

I tell you what... dominoes were my best friend for this unit.
This group is using dominoes to come up with different double digit addition problems.
I had another group do triple digit.
Then, my higher group they did double digit but with three separate double digit numbers:
They had to organize, regroup and solve. It was tough for them... but it challenged them! LOVE the fact that my math blocks allows me to differentiate so well!

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On another day we worked on identifying mistakes in double/triple digit addition problems. Students learned how to recognize why a problem would be wrong if someone forgot to regroup. THEY LOVED THIS!!!! My students felt so empowered during this unit because they felt like they got to teach!!
Here is an example of one of the tasks that were on the activity sheet.
Students used their reasoning skills and identified that the student forgot to carry the one from the tens spot.

To end this unit we colored apples and made an addition booklet!
Inside on each page there are four separate addition problems. Again, some students had double, some had triple. They complete three pages and donezo they were with our unit! I told them this was their test and I got the response of, "This is the best test ever!!!" Got to love them!!! :)

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It's a simple, but effective unit!!
You can grab it here!!