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## Math Doodles: First Grade Math Skills + Fun!

Here’s an easy way to make math time more fun!

Integrate math, art and writing to practice ANY math skill through the whole year!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Here’s how it works:

Choose a math skill to practice. (ie: Addition Doubles)

Use the built-in spinner to choose a number to double. (ie: Spin a 2)

Write the equation in one of the spaces provided. Find the answer. (ie: 2+2=4)

Use the answer (4) to choose which doodle design to use on the Doodle Chart.

Use that design to [Read More…]

## Math Crafts – Math + Art

Math can be so much more engaging when you teach concepts in a new way. This year, I added some new math crafts to my math lessons, and the results were amazing!

HANDS-ON FUN

In my experience, teaching math has always been more effective when there are a lot of hands-on activities included in instruction. This includes lots of blocks, spinners, dice, cards, and other manipulatives. Little hands and brains seem to learn so much better when there are concrete objects to [Read More…]

## Reading Lessons and Intervention Made Easy

This post is all about teaching reading, and it also contains a FREE alphabet printing activity for you to download!

You may have seen my recent post about my HUGE teaching dilemma last year: a new teaching partner who had no experience with teaching primary math! How could I make sure that my new partner stayed on track without spending HOURS talking about math lessons, planning, intervention and reporting?

My solution? I had the idea to make a whole year of paperless daily [Read More…]

## Math Daily Warm Ups and Intervention Binder

I had a BIG teaching dilemma last year.

My teaching partner was new to first grade and didn’t know ANYTHING about teaching math at this level. I needed to keep my math lessons organized through the school year, and I was worried our math lessons would fall behind or not be as effective when I wasn’t there.

So the question was…. How could I make sure that my new partner stayed on track without spending HOURS on the phone talking about math lessons, [Read More…]

## Math Videos for Primary Classrooms

I start my math lessons with math videos almost every day.

They are a great way to warm up and start thinking about numbers. They’re a great review of the concepts we’re working on.

Most of all, they are so fun and interactive that my students LOVE math time!

Here are some of our primary favorite videos:

Dancing Monsters Count to 50

This is our absolute favorite for early learners for counting to 50.

The cute monsters dance around to the beat, while students count in groups [Read More…]

## Math Centers: Free Downloads

Looking for something super simple for your math centers?

These quick and simple math centers are a great way for students to create interactive learning activities.

TEACHER PREP DIRECTIONS:

These centers require very little prep! For the Clip & Check Math Centers, just print, fold in half and laminate. Students will need paper clips or clothes pins to clip their choices.

STUDENT DIRECTIONS:

For the Clip & Check Math Centers, students simply choose a card, and place a clip on the answers they think are [Read More…]

## Directed Drawing For Math!

Most of my students have a good understanding of our math concepts, but could definitely use some practice with basic math facts and speed of recall. Fast recall of facts will help them in later grades when the concepts become more complex. Daily repetitive practice helps with speed of recall, but that’s not always engaging for students. This is why I began using Math Pictures every day.

Question:

How can we make basic math facts practice more engaging and fun?

Answer:

Integrate your math practice [Read More…]

## Math: 5 Steps to a Successful Program

A look at practical solutions for a primary math program.

Today I’m sharing a list of simple but effective changes I made in my classroom to make my math program more successful. Hopefully they will help you, too!

THE PROBLEM…

Does this sound familiar to you?

I’d finish a math lesson, and then before students went off to work, I’d ask if there were any questions. All the little heads would shake no, and everyone seemed happy and confident skipping off to their desks.

HOWEVER…

Soon [Read More…]

## S.T.E.M. and Growth Mindset

Here’s some real talk about my experience using STEM in the classroom.

When I am coordinating S.T.E.M. curriculum for grades 1-5, I observe many students exploring the STEM process who are truly engaged with hands-on learning.

For the most part, students LOVE it!

However…

Sometimes I also see students who are not yet comfortable with taking risks.

Some students are not emotionally equipped for dealing with the disappointment that arises when their great idea doesn’t quite work out the way they wanted.

Other students feel threatened by other students [Read More…]