Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Nate the Great, Table Twitter...and a Classroom Mystery to Solve!

We completed another book study, this time with the mystery genre. My class LOVED Nate the Great!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Before reading the book, I had my students work in groups to make predictions about the book. I call it 'Table Twitter'. :)
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Then we dug into the story. We focused on elements of the story, character traits, the plot, inferencing, making connections, vocabulary, and much more!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Instead of our usual Paper Bag Book Club {here} of course I had them solve a mystery in our classroom!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Before school, I laid out all kinds of clues and taped it off with CAUTION tape.

We dressed up like detectives to make it even more fun!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
I made my students their own notebooks to document what they saw and to piece together their thoughts and inferences.
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!
My Nate the Great book study pack can be found {here} 
Nate the Great book study companion activities and a mystery to solve in the classroom on Nate the Great Day!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

FREE Math Place Value Games!

Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
There are so many ways to have fun while learning about Place Value!
Here are just a few of the ways we did just that:
Place Value War
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
This game is played exactly like the card game War. Each student gets half of a deck of cards {using number cards only}. They each turn over a card for the tens and ones place and compare their numbers. Whoever has the highest number wins all the cards. Game continues until someone has no cards left. This was played using tens and ones, and later they played with 3 cards to make hundreds, tens, and ones. They LOVED this game!
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade

Base 10 Blocks
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
A great way for the visual and the hands-on learners to see exactly what the numbers look like.
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
They took turns with their partners either making the numbers or showing me what the number looks like using base 10 blocks. Great practice and I can quickly and easily see who's 'got it' and who needs to work on it more :)
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade

Bulls Eye
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
Students threw googly eyes onto a target, then added up their scores by tens and ones. Later we played using hundreds, tens, and ones, and finally with thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones. They LOVED this game! It's a freebie from Rachelle {here}

Place Value Sticks
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
In this activity, students draw numbers from the tens and ones containers {later we add the hundreds, and finally the thousands containers}. They record what they've drawn in the appropriate spaces, then compare their numbers to see what the highest number and lowest numbers pulled were.
Note: This is not a free game, but is part of Reagan's wonderful Math Sticks pack {here}

Place Value 10s and 1s {using cards}
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
Students drew cards and placed them onto the tens and ones mat. They then compared numbers to see who made the highest number.

Roll, Make, Expand
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
In this activity, students rolled dice and wrote the numbers in the spaces. Then they had to show the number by making pictures of base 10 blocks. Then they wrote the number out in expanded form.

Place Value Write the Room
Math place value activities and games for first and second grade
I taped cards with various place value pictures around the room and students had to go around and write the answers beside the correct letters. This was a great way to not only practice place value, but to get them up and moving while keeping math fun and engaging!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Around the School!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
A tour of Christmas classroom door decorations around my school!
Staff and students at my school have gone all out, decorating the classroom doors to share the true meaning of Christmas!
Here's what you'll see walking down the halls...
A tour of Christmas classroom door decorations around my school!
 It's hard to see in the picture, but each ornament has a picture of a part of the Christmas story, and the ribbon includes the Bible verse that goes with the picture.
A tour of Christmas classroom door decorations around my school!
A tour of Christmas classroom door decorations around my school!
A tour of Christmas classroom door decorations around my school!
A tour of Christmas classroom door decorations around my school!
A tour of Christmas classroom door decorations around my school!
A tour of Christmas classroom door decorations around my school!
 The gifts under the tree flip open to show how the students let their lights shine.
A tour of Christmas classroom door decorations around my school!
A tour of Christmas classroom door decorations around my school!
A tour of Christmas classroom door decorations around my school!
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