Saturday, November 30, 2013
O.K. so call me crazy but I have been wanting to do something special for all of my blog and facebook followers! So, here is the deal: Spend $30.00 in my TpT store after the 28% TpT Cyber Sale discount and I will send you my brand new 121 page Winter Animal Unit for free. Currently listed for $8.00 it includes 10 complete centers you won't want to miss this winter!Here are a few pictures from my New Winter Animal Unit. Use this link to go directly to this unit. Winter Animals Unit Link I will need an email that can recieve and open a 150mb pdf via dropbox. You can leave your email below with a comment letting me know you have purchased and what name you use on TpT. You can send me a private message on facebook www.facebook.com/thecrazyprekclassroom) with the same information or send me an email at this address: email@example.com Thank you for your purchases, following, comments and freindship! Christine
Hello All, I am so glad to be back in the blogging world, I am sorry for my absence the last few weeks due to unexpected surgery. I have a way to make it up to you with a huge sale Monday and Tuesday on TpT! Get 28% off everything in my store even new items posted this weekend. Stay tuned for new listings, especially my new Winter Animal Centers to be posted later today. Have a wonderful Holiday season!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Debbie Diller and other succesful educators have said that children can distinguish between objects when they have a frame to seperate them. This would be why word walls, number walls and many educational posters frame there content so that children can concentrate on one space and not get everything all jumbled together. This is especially important when learning how to decode words and counting. One to one correspondence practice where a child places one object in one section of an egg carton is the same idea. This year I have been working diligently with my pre-kers on using 10 frames. I am seeing this tool used more and more often to help with counting, one to one correspondence, identifying amounts and grouping. There are endless possiblilities for using these in the classroom. This week after practicing with the ten frames from my Hibernation Unit we completed the following worksheet. You can see that the child who colored in red understood the concept pretty well but the child that colored in brown needed a one on one lesson after what he did to his paper: I am also a firm believer in read the room activities for this age group. You can see from the recording sheets above that some students are able to accomplish this tasks and some are not. However, both students are getting exposed to proper letter formation, the idea that words have meaning, word picture association and common spelling patterns. On top of these valuable literacy objectives, vocabulary aquisition is amazing through this activity! This one read the room activity from my Hibernation Unit exposed my class to 15+ animals, some of which they had never seen or heard of. If you have not had the opportunity to use either of these activities in your room I would highly recommend them. You can find several options for read the room for $1.00 in my store to get you started or you can find mega packs that include 22+sets of read the room units. For the 10 frame worksheet see my Fall interactive worksheets 201pgs for $10.00. Go to my TpT store! Till next time, Christine
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Happy Saturday Everyone! Each year when we study Nocturnal Animals we end our unit with a "Day in the Dark:" where we dim the lights, play with flashlights and have all around learning fun in the dark. I wrote a post about this last year introducing my Nocturnal Animals Unit on Tpt and introducing everyone to my favorite activity, read the room with flashlights. Well this year on top of all the activities I did last year I added a new one. Since a few of our nocturnal animals like to rummage through the trash (raccoon, skunk, possum, rat etc.) we played "Trashcan Reading" here is what we did: I had forgetten my phone yesterday so the pictures are from home instead of the classroom :( I had this bucket of "trash" sitting out in the classroom, the kids asked me what it was and I told them it was my trash from working the day before. They we very curious about this trash bucket that was just sitting by my chair with all of this colored paper inside. While they were out of the classroom I spread the trash around the room, when they returned I told them that nocturnal animals had made a huge mess in our room and we needed to clean it up and bring the trash to the carpet. They were so giddy, there was screaming and giggling and talk about what animal had made this mess, it was crazy fun! Once they had collected all of the trash and were sitting on the carpet we went around the circle and if they could read me what was on the "trash" they could put it back in the trash can. If they couldn't I would either help them or have them wait till their next turn depending on their abilities. On each sheet of paper I wrote a CVC word, a nonsense CVC word, names of my students, CVC names of children not in our room and numbers with their respective word. Each child would read what was on the card ant tell me if it was a name, number, object or nonsense word. This activity was sooooo much fun, the kids did a great job reading and the variety of what I included in the "trash" allowed everyone to be successful, even those that are not reading yet could identify numbers and names. If you get a chance to try this activity let me know how it went or if you tweaked it in anyway to meet the needs of your students. Till next time, Christine
Monday, October 28, 2013
Hello All, Here is a follow up to my most recent post about the importance of math in the pre-k classroom. Today we worked on Graphs and Patterns. My class has been exposed to both of these several times in group teaching and number centers but this is the first time the children filled in the patterns and graphs on their own. I knew which ones would do well and which ones might have some trouble folllowing along. I will show you what both look like. I walked them through the patterns by first having a group pattern lesson on the carpet and then brining them to the table for the worksheet. We assigned each letter a color for the entire sheet so that there was no confusion in the switching of colors and so that I could use the colors to help them understand the pattern. A=orange, B=yellow, C=green, D=white. All typical colors of pumpkins; I even showed them pictures of each color pumpkin that I took at the pumpkin patch over the weekend but that is a different story. Back to the patterns there was AB, ABB, AAB, AABB, ABC and ABCD. We worked through each one together and I was scanning the room helping those that needed it. Here is my picture, a completed successful picture and a struggling picture. I will be working with this and several other students to make sure they can complete complex patterns successfully. The other concept we worked on today was graphing. We have made several large anchor chart bar graphs, venn diagrams and other comparison charts but today each child completed their own. Once again I walked them through the entire process in the hope that with some practice they will be able to independently complete graphs like this in math centers. We started by bringing our worksheet on a clipboard to the carpet, we also had our crayons. We colored the first object, the acorns, then counted them and filled in the 5 blocks. We went onto the apples and found six, was this more or less, how many more etc. We went onto the leaves and found 7, filled in the blocks and compared, how many more leaves are there than acorns, so 5+2=7? Which has the most now? etc. We then colored in the 4 pumpkins and compared all 4 objects like the other three. We found that 4+3=7, that anything plus one is the next number, how the graph shows more and less. This was a very successful activity and almost everyone was able to follow along and complete the worksheet without much trouble. The couple who did struggle were a couple of the same that struggled with patterns and are overall weak in number sense so they will be in a small group with more intensive instruction to get them on the same level as the rest of the class. Here are pictures of my graphing page, a successful graphing page and a struggling graphing page: As far as number sense we decomposed to 10. This was a very interesting activity and the first time I had done this with my pre-k'ers. They loved it! We decided how many to take away on each line and I walked them through each row. It was amazing to see the learning and thinking process that was going on during this activity and even better every child in my class was able to complete this successfully, even my strugglers. I only grabbed one picture of this one: Since I am 14 on 1 it is difficult to stop and fix each child's work as we go so instead I pull them during centers or quiet work time to individually work with my strugglers. If I had an aide I would of course use that person to help during the lesson. I also send home a few worksheets throughout the week with simple to complex patterns for all of the children to complete with their parents. The parents and I have an understanding regarding honesty when it comes to their child's strengths and weaknesses. The worksheets help the parents see first hand how their child is doing with each concept. Do you have a special way you teach number sense, new ideas or proven techniques? I would love to hear your ideas in a comment below! The pattern and graphing sheet can be found in my TPT and TN stores in my Fall Interactive Worksheet Bundle, the decomposing worksheet I printed off the internet and did not specify a copyriht so copyriht goes to the person who made that worksheet. Till next time.....