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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Everyday Math Questions

I am putting this post out there in hopes of getting some great feedback from all the amazing bloggers out there that are already using the Everyday Math series.

Our district is beginning the conversations of adopting a new math series for the future. Many of us are familiar with EM and would love to move forward with this series. We have lots of questions about implementation though. We are currently using a Houghton Mifflin series and we know that the switch to CCSS would not allow us to continue using this series as it does not meet the more rigorous demands they bring along.

So, that being said, we are curious to hear how other districts have approached the adoption of the EM series. Did you jump in feet first, district wide? Did you begin with Kindergarten one year and move up? Did you begin with a couple of grade levels and add certain aspects of the program into all the other grade levels? Did you get any specific training from The University of Chicago to help you with the implementation. Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated! I am counting on all of you to add some great information!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Word Study I have been completely distracted from blog world for the past several months as I have been learning how to teach thirdies to prepare for state testing. I had to teach myself how to do these things first...yikes! Talk about feeling like an old dog!! Okay so testing starts Tuesday and I am so ready for my kiddos to just knock it out of the park!! They have worked so hard and I am so proud of them!

So...I titled this post Word Study because I am so curious what everyone out there does for Word Study or Spelling. Our district has no set curriculum for this area and we all do things a little differently. I am following alot of the ideas and suggestions Beth Newingham discussed on her blog post for Scholastic. I also have the Fountas and Pinnel word study set as well as the Words Their Way books. I try to use all these resources to make word study a meaningful time in the day for my kiddos.

I would love to read all about what you all do for this in your classrooms or districts.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Another Freebie!! I have been looking through all the information about the Math Daily 5 on the Sisters website, I came across this game called Bump! that is a fact practice game. Basically the rules are as follows:
Player one rolls two dice and adds the numbers up and then places one of their markers on the correct circle. Then player two does the same thing. Both players can have a marker on a spot, but when one player gets the same sum twice they get to Bump! the other player off the circle and claim it. The player who ends up with the most claimed circles wins the game.

Well I had to make some cute game boards for this game and wanted to share them with all of you! So here is one of the ones I made. Hope you enjoy!!

Bump Game Board

Monday, August 15, 2011

Math Daily 5

Ok friends...I kept holding out hope that the Sisters would be posting more about this at their website, but not I am asking all of you to help me out...
How many of you do a sort of Math Workshop/Math Daily 5 in your classrooms already? What does it look like? I want to do this in my room this year and need some great ideas. I am counting on my bloggy friends for all sorts of clever ideas and helpful hints.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My First Freebie!!

CAFE Headers 2

Daily Cafe Tip of the Week

I am soo excited....I got an email yesterday from The Sisters saying that the story I submitted at the conference last week is going to be printed in the tip of the week!! I get a free renewal subscription to the site since they are using my story! So even though I didn't win the great give away at Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher *sigh* I still feel like a winner!! On that note...I am working on some WAY CUTE CAFE Headers that I am going to post as my first Freebie! Please give me feedback to let me know if you like them!! I am planning to post them later today so check back soon....