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This week in small groups {and freebies!}
8 Nov, 2013. 8 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Crafts, First Grade, Math, November. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week during our Guided Reading time I have really been working with a few students on reading words that have long vowel sounds in them. I introduce this lesson whole group with one of my favorite mini lessons (You can read all about it here) and then we really hammer the skill in small groups. This week we have worked on matching picture cards to words… 
…and reading CVC words and then adding that mean old bossy e to the end of words. 
 
 My students have loved this activity and it has really helped them “see” the bossy e in their reading. I love when they say,  “Look Miss Smith– there he is again!” 
 Another activity that I use to help my students “see” the vowels in words is a game that I call “the chip game.” {not very creative… but it works!} 
In this game my students are each given word cards and they have to cover their vowels with colored chips. 
 
My students are getting better and better at reading these words. In fact, I retested a few of them this week and they have jumped 4 reading levels in the past two weeks. I’m PUMPED! 
After they finished these activities, my students completed this recording sheet: 
 In Guided Math this week we are working on missing addends, time to the half hour, and making ten.  For our missing addend practice we have been using these center pieces, counters, and dry erase markers. 
 We are getting better and better at this!
After my students figure out with the missing addend is, they write the number on top of the clip art with a dry erase marker. 
To practice making 10 we are playing a game called “spin 10 to make it home.” They are LOVING this game. 
 In this game my students are trying to get their Wampanoag back to his/her wigwam. 
 
First they spin the first spinner,
and then the second spinner.
If their two addends add up to 10, they can move ahead on the game board. 
I don’t know about your students, but this year, mine LOVE board games so this is a huge hit. They can’t wait to get their playing piece to the wigwam and are using such great terms while playing this game. 
To practice telling time to the hour and half hour we are playing a game called “It’s time to play outside.”
In this my students need to match the digital time to the analog clocks. 
As an extension, I also have my students make the time on our plastic clocks. 
They are really enjoying this! 
Next week these will be in our math bins for my students to use independently. 
If my students finish early this week they can add a question to our “I wonder” board. On this board my students write something that they wonder about the Wampanoags and before they go home I answer one of their questions. It has been neat to see my students come up with questions and also search for the answers in our books! 
If you would like these “I wonder” cards and anchor chart pieces, click HERE to get taken to the google document! {There are also writing pages to go along with it and similar cards for the Pilgrims.}
 We also finished our indian corn crafts! I just love how these turned out! 
I hope that you have a GREAT Friday! :) 
All of the math activities can be found in my November Math Bin pack which includes 21 common core aligned math bins that are fantastic for guided math practice and math bins/centers. 
The long vowel activities that we are working on are from my Mastering cvce words pack

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  1. WOW! I am so impressed with your kids. What reading system do you use? For us, jumping up 4 levels is about a semester’s worth of work so it must be different. Just curious. Also, do you use all of these centers in November? I own your October pack also and you have so many centers!! I am wondering how you introduce them all in just 4 weeks?

    • Courtney- we actually use a few but the one that I was talking about was the DRA. As for introducing the centers, I use many of them as guided math activities before they become math bins. That way my students have played them with me before they become math bins. {Some of them are geared towards my higher students who need a challenge and they will be centers just for those students.} If it is a similar math bin to one that we have already learned (I like to make them the same style for this reason) it is easy to just switch out the pieces weekly. Other times we will play the game “whole group” during our math meeting.

    • That is really helpful! Thanks so much for taking the time to respond!

  2. I love how they identify the vowels, what a great activity!! Thanks so much for sharing! Love it! Hope you can join my linky party. Go check it out :)

  3. Kristen…you are amazing!!! I know I had seen your blog before, but I recently just found it again and your TpT shop! This is my first year in 1st grade and your resources are amazing! I just got your November math centers prepped and cannot wait to use them with my firstie friends! I too am in Texas…only about 75 minutes from you in Fredericksburg. :) Thanks for all you share!!!

    • Nice bright and cheery card! I have never thought of using all ribbon for a card, but I am going to try it. I like the twine too, but I am rather stingy with my twine, so would prlbbaoy use less of it!

  4. Jodi -

    Love, love, love all of your ideas!!!
    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

  5. Jan -

    Thanks for sharing all these great ideas and freebies!

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  • WOW! I am so impressed with your kids. What reading system do you use? For us, jumping up 4 levels is about a semester’s worth of work so it must be different. Just curious. Also, do you use all of these centers in November? I own your October pack also and you have so many centers!! I am wondering how you introduce them all in just 4 weeks?

    • Courtney- we actually use a few but the one that I was talking about was the DRA. As for introducing the centers, I use many of them as guided math activities before they become math bins. That way my students have played them with me before they become math bins. {Some of them are geared towards my higher students who need a challenge and they will be centers just for those students.} If it is a similar math bin to one that we have already learned (I like to make them the same style for this reason) it is easy to just switch out the pieces weekly. Other times we will play the game “whole group” during our math meeting.

    • That is really helpful! Thanks so much for taking the time to respond!

  • I love how they identify the vowels, what a great activity!! Thanks so much for sharing! Love it! Hope you can join my linky party. Go check it out :)

  • Kristen…you are amazing!!! I know I had seen your blog before, but I recently just found it again and your TpT shop! This is my first year in 1st grade and your resources are amazing! I just got your November math centers prepped and cannot wait to use them with my firstie friends! I too am in Texas…only about 75 minutes from you in Fredericksburg. :) Thanks for all you share!!!

    • Nice bright and cheery card! I have never thought of using all ribbon for a card, but I am going to try it. I like the twine too, but I am rather stingy with my twine, so would prlbbaoy use less of it!

  • Jodi -

    Love, love, love all of your ideas!!!
    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

  • Jan -

    Thanks for sharing all these great ideas and freebies!

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