Stop, Swap & Roll!


I am excited to be taking part in my first STOP, SWAP AND ROLL with Jungle Learners. 
http://junglelearners.blogspot.com/2015/01/stop-swap-roll-with-giveaway.html

I was very fortunate to be paired up with Amanda from Daisy Designs.  I love her products! 
http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/daisy-designs-11506637
 
 I decided I wanted to use her geometry pack: 2D and 3D Shape Activities for K-2, because I needed a few more activities to use with my students to wrap up our unit.   I liked that the activities were engaging and the actual printable was very easy to understand for firsties it wasn’t too busy, which is sometimes the case. 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2D-and-3D-Shape-Activities-for-K--1163148

 
First up, we used the sorting sheet.  She includes a sheet of shapes to colour and cut out for her Shape Categories activity which could be used for the Shape Sorting activity.  I had already prepared a different set of shapes so we used them instead.  After sorting they were able to colour the triangle border, which was a huge bonus for them! 

I also used her Shape Detectives activity.  The kids had a blast with this one.  I had them work on their own to come up with 3 clues about their 2D shape.  Next they were partnered up with someone and they had to read each other’s clues and then build the shape out of popsicle sticks.  They loved this hands-on piece.  It was great to watch them puzzle through how to build some of the shapes.  With a little perseverance they were building hexagons and octagons!  J 

I love that these same sheets will be useful when I start working on 3D shapes next week.  We can use marshmallows and toothpicks to build our shapes for Shape Detectives.  The kids will love that! 

Now that you have heard about how to use this pack, why not enter below to win a copy of it.  Amanda has generously offered to giveaway a copy of her 2D and 3D Activities pack for K-2.  Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win! 

After entering, head over to Amanda’s blog and check out the product she tried out from my store.  Hint, hint It will also be on sale and I will be giving away a copy as well on her blog.  Don’t stop there though, check out the linky below and visit all of the bloggers participating in the product swap and learn about lots of amazing new products. 



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Engage your students with Hands-On Geometry Centers


My students love centers!  They are always excited when they see math centers on our Daily Schedule.  I love to see the engagement during our math centers and I have been experimenting with a more open-ended approach and letting them make decisions! This post is all about how I teach my 2D and 3D Geometry using centers and open-ended activities.  


Are you looking for engaging Geometry math centers that are no prep for you and that your students will love to use? My first graders loved these 2D geometry centers which let them show what they know without a lot of paper pencil tasks.


At the end of the post is a link to my post about how I teach Patterning.  If you enjoyed this post and the ideas shared then you should definitely check out that post too.  
  
When teaching Geometry I like to teach 2D shapes prior to 3D and not the reverse.  I always start off by giving students a shape and having them tell everything they can about that shape just to see what vocabulary they use and what they know.  Here is our finished anchor with their thinking about these shapes. 
Using an anchor chart as a launching point by having students record what they know at the start of the unit.
Another great way to launch this unit is to go on a shape scavenger.  We used our class Ipads and walked around our school taking pictures.  Afterward, they sorted their shapes and created a Pic Collage with 2 or more of each shape (square/circle/rectangle/triangle).  Print off the Pic Collage for a technology inspired display.  Another idea is to print then and then cut them out and have students sort them to create an anchor chart of real world objects that are a certain 2D shape. 

Use pic collage to organize pictures of shapes to create a collage to show what they know.
After this lesson, we did some whole group investigating and I drew out language related to the shapes.  They all get so hung up on describing by colour and size, so we learn about corners/vertices and edges/sides.  I add these words to our Math Word Wall in my star chart and I go over our learning goals for the unit. 
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Normally at this point, I would get them busy with some paper/pencil tasks pertaining to shapes, but this time I decided to jump right into centers and give them some challenges to see what they could do.  I aligned the centers to the specific curriculum expectations so that I could be doing an on-the-go assessment as they used the centers. 
I was able to cover the following specific expectations with these centers:

~ Identify and describe common 2 shapes and sort and classify by their attributes
~ Compose patterns, pictures and designs using 2D shapes
~ Identify and describe shapes within shapes
~ Cover outline puzzles with 2D shapes
~ Exploring symmetry

At one center, the students were given a piece of construction paper and the shapes and they could create whatever they wanted from the shapes. Another option was to take a task card and complete a design with either pattern blocks or 2D shapes.
Are you looking for engaging Geometry math centers that are no prep for you and that your students will love to use? My first graders loved these 2D geometry centers which let them show what they know without a lot of paper pencil tasks.

The next, more open-ended center, was a pattern block center where students created a design of their choice and then recorded the blocks they used.  There was a bit of a learning curve here as some realized elaborate designs were hard to record.  Most were able to find a happy medium and came up with some awesome creations. 

Are you looking for engaging Geometry math centers that are no prep for you and that your students will love to use? My first graders loved these 2D geometry centers which let them show what they know without a lot of paper pencil tasks.

The geoboard center was probably the most exciting.  There are two options here. Students could use a task card and create it on the geoboard or take a geoboard picture card and try to recreate it. Afterward, free exploration on the geoboards leads to lots of great learning too!  


Are you looking for engaging Geometry math centers that are no prep for you and that your students will love to use? My first graders loved these 2D geometry centers which let them show what they know without a lot of paper pencil tasks.

Are you looking for engaging Geometry math centers that are no prep for you and that your students will love to use? My first graders loved these 2D geometry centers which let them show what they know without a lot of paper pencil tasks.

This center challenged them to sort shapes by any attribute they choose.  I provided shapes for them but also had real shapes to use as well.  This showed a lot about their understanding of the attributes of shapes.  
Are you looking for engaging Geometry math centers that are no prep for you and that your students will love to use? My first graders loved these 2D geometry centers which let them show what they know without a lot of paper pencil tasks.

The activity was a challenge.  The students that enjoy puzzles were really motivated to find out different ways to cover the shape.  Some found it very difficult because it was a very spatial task and they could not see how to piece the blocks together. 

Are you looking for engaging Geometry math centers that are no prep for you and that your students will love to use? My first graders loved these 2D geometry centers which let them show what they know without a lot of paper pencil tasks.

After day two of noticing this, I did a mini lesson at the end of the day where we covered a shape on the smartboard with pattern blocks and then superimposed other pattern blocks on top to see how the shapes fit together.  For instance, they learned how 6 triangles could make up one hexagon, for instance.  You could see the lightbulbs going off for some kids.  They then tried it themselves at their desk and recorded it with this challenge. 





Are you looking for engaging Geometry math centers that are no prep for you and that your students will love to use? My first graders loved these 2D geometry centers which let them show what they know without a lot of paper pencil tasks.


The final center was to explore symmetry.  Pattern blocks are awesome to use to create symmetrical designs.  I often use a straw as a line of symmetry if they are building right on their desktop.  

The best thing about getting them right into the centers was the opportunity to watch them as they problem solved through the different tasks.  The level of engagement was amazing.  On day 2 of our centers my principal, former supervising principal and new supervising principal visited.  When important visitors walk in it can be somewhat stressful but everyone was doing exactly what they were supposed to be doing and loving it, so my stress level was reduced.  


Most of these activities do not require any worksheet or paper/pencil followup.  Instead, my students are trained to take photos of their learning and add it to their digital portfolio in Seesaw.  Click below to learn more about Seesaw



I love that I am able to scroll through my feed and see what everyone was doing while I was working with individuals and small groups.  They love to take pictures so they are more accountable for finishing their task and getting a chance to use the iPad to take the picture.  
  
I now have a folder of photo evidence to show that they are able to meet the expectations without reams of paper-pencil tasks and I can show these to parents as well.  If you like the centers I have shared you can check them out by clicking here: 


Engaging and fun 2D geometry math centers that will have your students begging to have math center time.

Teaching 2D geometry first makes 3D geometry a breeze!   I use very similar centers from my 2D unit to provide practice with 3D shapes.  It helps students to be able to be independent right the outset.  
Engaging and fun math centers that will have your students begging to do math.

You won't want to forget about these ideas so take a moment to pin this blog post.  

Are you looking for engaging Geometry math centers that are no prep for you and that your students will love to use? My first graders loved these 2D geometry centers which let them show what they know without a lot of paper pencil tasks.






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3 Simple Classroom Management Tips You Can Try Tomorrow



Are you looking for tips to classroom management tips?  I have 3 simple tips for you that you can implement in your classroom tomorrow.  Read on to find out how to simplify your line ups, move more quietly through the halls and get your class to work as a team.  I am linking up with Mrs. McClain over at Buzzing with Mrs. McClain for her monthly You Oughta Know blog hop. Other bloggers and I will be sharing things that you “oughta know” for your classroom.


I don't know about you but some years my first graders return and they seem to have grown up so much over the two weeks. Some years however, I feel like I am back at square 1.  I want to share with you some of my management tricks to help them get back on track.

First off we often struggle at line up time - too many kids, too small an area (although I have a huge area this year, go figure!).  There is always arguing about who lines up where as well.  This year I whipped out my silhouette cutting machine and some vinyl and created girl/boy line up spots.  They work like a dream!  The kids just find a girl or boy circle to stand or, if they have the job of line leader, caboose, or door holders, they go to those special circles.  NO more fighting about spots in the line.  I have heard a lot about Sit Spots and I expect that they would work too. 





We struggle with moving through the hall quietly too.  This year I rarely have to take them to other places in the school but our French teacher takes them to her French room or the gym every day.  She loves this program.



Each time we line up to head into the hall I pick 1 boy and 1 girl popsicle stick and put them in my pocket.  I announce to the line that I have my two “hall stars” and will be watching to see if they are behaving as a Hall star should.   We do a quick review of our “Hall Stars” expectation poster before leaving.  On the way to our destination and back I keep my eye on my “hall stars”.  If they were successful I make a big deal about announcing their names and then write their name on the chart.  If a student wasn’t behaving properly then their name is returned to the “pick me” pocket and nothing more is said.  This really seems to encourage the kids to behave respectfully in the halls.  In my room if you are a Hall Star you get to clip up on our clip chart. 

This is available as a FREEBIE in my TPT store.  You can find it by clicking {HERE}.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hall-Stars-A-Behavior-Management-System-1387222


My final tip today is all about getting the kids working together for a common reward.  I use Behavior Bingo in my room.  I use a clip chart for individual students but wanted a system to reward the whole class for appropriate behaviour. 

 

 
The month of December is so crazy that this little program takes  a back seat, so I pull it out fresh in January.  We review the ways we can work together to earn BINGO numbers.  The idea is that when the students are all following our classroom rules or expectations the class would earn a bingo number. 

Some ways they earn numbers are making their way to the carpet quickly and quietly, getting started quickly on a task or getting a class compliment, to name a few.  On a good day we may earn 2 or 3 BINGO numbers.  We are now entering Week 3 post holidays and our BINGO board is filling up more slowly than I would like it.  If you would like to give this a try it is available in my TPT store, you can find it {HERE}.



What are your favourite management tips for getting kids back into routine after the holidays.  I would love to hear from you with a comment below.  Now take a moment and hop to another blog to learn about something that you "oughta know"

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