Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tips & Tricks for Teachers: Fractions with Geoboards

I love using geoboards.  They can be used in a number of different ways.  I was using them for teaching plane shapes and it occurred to me that I could also use them to teach fractions!  Let me show you what I did!

I have the double sided geoboards.  I use the side that has a circle on it.  In first grade, students have to know how to separate a circle or a rectangle into halves or fourths.  They need to know that quarters and fourths relate to cutting something into four parts.  They need to know that half relates to cutting something into two parts.  I also add in that I want my students to write fractions with a denominator of two or four.

Last year, I made up little cards that had basic directions last year.  I gave each student a small sheet of paper to complete the activities on each card.  This year, I upgraded to using the they don't really have to *draw*...I just said 'work with it', and that's what they did! :)

I created six sets of cards.  Two on each page.
I made the first four sets a bit on the easy side, and the last two a bit more challenging.  This gave me the opportunity to differentiate my instruction.  I color coded them so that the students would also know what they were working with! :)

These centers were super easy to create and really gave my students lots of tangible practice!  They loved them! :)

Thank you so much to the lovely Becca Foxwell of Foxwell Forest for hosting this weekly linky! :)
There have been some wonderful ideas shared in the last few weeks! :)  You should stop by and check them out! ;)

Foxwell Forest

Friday, March 13, 2015

Firstie Friends Giveaway

Happy Friday to you all! :) I'm excited to be part of the Firstie Friends Spring Product Bundle Giveaway!  Some of you may have already gotten the chance to check out some of the products being offered.  I thought I'd tell you a bit about mine as well! :)

I'm offering my brand new fluency resource folder!  This resource has helped me to organize myself so much better and I hope that it will do the same for those of you who use it!
Fluency Folder Resources: PRIMARY EDITION In this pack, I've included the sight words that I use to support the students' fluency.  I've also included incentives, charts, and graphs to progress monitor your students throughout the year.  It's fairly comprehensive! :) If you're interested in taking a closer look at some of what it offered in the pack, take a look at this blog post! :)
If you would like to win my product, along with the other products above, please check out Cassie's page for the rafflecopter! :)  A special thank you to her for bringing this wonderful group of bloggers together! :) The winner will be chosen on Sunday!

Adventures in Teaching

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Take A Closer Look Blog Hop:

Happy Saturday friends!
I am excited to be a part of the Take A Closer Look Blog Hop for March!  I've got a product to share and a fun freebie as well! :)  Let's get started!
Today, I'd like to share my Progressive Bundle for Firsties!  It's been a great help to me in my first grade classroom to have additional fluency passages for my learners that increased the rigor beyond just the oral questions that my first fluency passages had.  Parents and students alike enjoy this new format.

These have been really great for my learners! :)
Would you like to try a sample?

Click HERE for the free sample!
Want to continue the fun?
Hop on over to my sweet friend Latoya's page next by clicking on her button! :)