Monday, February 11, 2013

Sums of 10 Activity

Addition is coming up in my class and I wanted to get a jump on creating some useful activities for my students.  I came up with this easy sums of ten math center.

Students will place the missing addend on the number sentence.  They can match the turnaround facts by finding the same picture and/or color.  This will also help allow for easy self-correction.

When they are finished, they can record their work for you to check with the included recording sheet.  This will give them another chance to think about their answers by having to match the pictures to record the number sentences.  I can't wait to see how the kids do with this activity.  Click on the picture below to purchase your own copy.

I plan to also use the sums of 10 rainbow to teach the concept.  I can't wait!  But first, we need to get through measurement.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Proud Teacher Moment

I have been teaching grade one girls in the Middle East since September and the first week of February (this post is a bit delayed) I finally had a proud teacher moment.  Progress!  My girls were finally putting together letters make sounds and these can be used to write words.  Wow.  I had goosebumps.  I ran around the school at the end of the day to show off their work.

First I read an emergent reader called "I Like."  Next, I modeled my own story about what I liked.  (One of the pages in the book but I added a second sentence).  Here is what my model looked like:

In the interest of time, I did not color my example but asked the girls to make sure to color their pictures.
Here are my proud teacher papers - the students copied the title (well, some of them) and the words "I like to" then had to complete the rest on their own.  Remember these are ESL kiddos who only started speaking English (and in some cases) going to school this year.  They are Arabic speakers so even their directionity is backwards from English.
I like to color.

I like to jump.

I like flowers.  I love how she sounded out flowers!

I like to color.  So close to perfect!

I like to be kind.  She took this off a rule poster on the wall.  Using environmental print and I never even mentioned it.  Love, love, love!
What do you do for your little language learners during writing time? I'm frustrated we only have one 45-minute writing block ONCE A WEEK! Do you wonder why there was no real progress until February? I try to squeeze writing in other ways throughout the week. And I thought there was never time in the States. But don't get me started on that topic or I won't stop.


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Sunday Sale!

I'm having a TPT sale - everything is 20% off!  Mention the code "Super" at checkout to get a little extra.  Who doesn't love that?  I might be buying some things I've been eyeing as well - there are so many talented people on TPT.

Here are a few of my favorites that are on sale for today only.


Happy shopping!  I hope you find something you love.
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