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Math, math, and more math
25 Feb, 2013. 4 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Math, Math. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Warning: this post is all over the place. Yes, the common theme is math, however, had I not been swamped the last two weeks this would have been at least three different posts! I’m just going to make it a massive picture dump and try to explain each section briefly! 
I have been changing things up a bit in the math department lately and have seen some much needed improvement in my students. I now pull three guided math groups daily, then have the students complete a ‘math small group challenge,’ then have them go to their math bins. While I am working with the small groups, my other students are working on independent work at their desks. 
I have continued using anchor charts to “anchor” our learning and the least few weeks we have been really focusing on counting mixed coins. 
We sing the song,
“A penny is worth one cent
A nickel is worth five
A dime is ten cents 
and a quarter 25″
We played a fun partner game where each friend got a cup full of mixed coins and each group got chips. For each round, the students would reach into their cups and pull out a small handful of change and then count up how much money they had. Then whoever had the most money would get a chip. My students played ten rounds of this game daily for about a week to solidify our counting skills.
For President’s Day we had some Non-standard units of measurement fun thanks to Stephanie at Falling into first!
I know President’s Day has passed, but add this to your files, my kids LOVED it!! 
Stephanie included mini Abes and we measured how many Abes long we were. Then we measured our tables and our classroom! It was really, really fun!
We also measured ourselves up against how tall Abe really would have been! 
Another change I have added to my math time is our “daily challenge.” I wasn’t sure how this group would feel about it but I tell you what, they groan when we don’t have time to do one now! (SCORE!!) 
Daily Challenge: In daily challenge I give my students a number and they have to make that number at least four different ways. They can use a number line, number sentences, tally marks, base ten blocks, money and more.
They love it and I love to see their brains at work. They have come up with some pretty mind blowing creations. 
This little guy always tries to “knock my socks off to San Antonio!” Reagan Tunstall, if you see any socks near your house, they might be mine!! 😉 
  
Sorry for the overwhelming amount of pictures and info but I hope that you can use some of it!! We sure have been loving it!! 

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4 Comments
  1. I’d be interested in hearing how you do arrange your math small groups . . . i.e.: how you group and rotate your kiddos, what the other kids are doing, etc. I’ve done math centers before, but have had mixed success. I need something like Daily 5, which is very low prep!
    What i have learned

  2. I am looking for your socks!!!! ha ha ha! I love that kid now!

  3. I’m loving your daily math challenge! I need to do something like this. THanks for sharing all those pictures!
    Sarah
    Sarah’s First Grade Snippets

  4. Kim -

    Thanks for sharing all these fun ideas! I would love to know how you set up your math groups too! I do math groups but it feels so disorganized unlike my morning of Daily Five! What do you do for your small math group challenge? Is that your daily math challenge?
    :)Kim

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  • I’d be interested in hearing how you do arrange your math small groups . . . i.e.: how you group and rotate your kiddos, what the other kids are doing, etc. I’ve done math centers before, but have had mixed success. I need something like Daily 5, which is very low prep!
    What i have learned

  • I am looking for your socks!!!! ha ha ha! I love that kid now!

  • I’m loving your daily math challenge! I need to do something like this. THanks for sharing all those pictures!
    Sarah
    Sarah’s First Grade Snippets

  • Kim -

    Thanks for sharing all these fun ideas! I would love to know how you set up your math groups too! I do math groups but it feels so disorganized unlike my morning of Daily Five! What do you do for your small math group challenge? Is that your daily math challenge?
    :)Kim

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