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2 Apr, 2014. 5 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Math, Math. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don’t know about you, but around here, testing season is upon us. Next week, our entire school will be in “testing mode.” For three days, the kinders through 8th graders will take our standardized test. Therefore, this week I have focused on reviewing our math strategies and I couldn’t be prouder of my students.  
Today, we were playing a game at the white board where I would give my students a problem, and they would solve it on their mini white boards. After everyone had shown their answer, they had to explain the strategy they used to solve the problem to their friend. Their answers blew me out of the water. It was one of those “you get it, y’all really get it” moments. My students loved the game and you could see on their faces how proud they were of themselves. #priceless! 
After our review game, I introduced a few of our new April math bins. My students were so excited to start playing the new games. I love that math bin time is one of their favorite parts of the day. 
This week I introduced a game to my students called, “Cover Your Mat.” In this game, my students are working on quickly adding and subtracting tens. 
To play, they draw a card and figure out the answer by counting either forward or backwards by tens. 
I loved hearing my students think out loud as they counted, “78, 88, 98, 108, 118…”
and so on. They are loving covering their mats with the reusable ice cubes that I bought from World Market. They were on sale for $4.99 and I couldn’t pass them up! 
 Another favorite this week is another new game that I introduced. In this math bin my students need to read the word problem, figure out the answer, and then sort it by whether it is a subtraction or an addition problem. They are doing a great job figuring these out! 
 This next bin got a round of applause when I introduced it. We LOVE “Cover Your Side” games and my students were over-the-moon excited that I made a new one for them.  This week we are working on adding three addends to cover our sides with these cute plastic bunnies that I found at Party City. They were less than $3.00! 
My students are doing a great job working out these problems. I love that they work together to figure out the problems and encourage each other as they play this game.
Finally, we are reviewing telling time to the half hour, hour, and quarter hour. I changed the format of this math bin this time to have my students read a sentence that would tell them what clock and picture to look for. 
 My students have really enjoyed reading the sentences and matching and making their new times. {There are multiple cards with similar animals but different sentences and times so the students still have to read the clocks!}
While my students are doing their math bins, I pull groups for “guided math.” 
I use my math bin games during this time as well. I organize them in a plastic shelving unit that I bought at Jo Ann Fabrics at the beginning of the year. I store this underneath my guided reading table.
Inside the drawer, I put all of the games that we are going to play that week in plastic sheets and put all the “tools” we are going to use in the pink bins. While this is SO not glamorous, it does it’s job and keeps me organized! 
I have a plastic sheet for each day of the week. Then, in each day, I have the games that I am going to use.
For example, this is what my Monday sheet looked like:
 Two of my groups were working on reviewing rounding,
one group was working on money, another on patterns, and another on part, part, whole.
 These cards are all in the plastic sheet so they are easy to pull and play the games. It takes me about 30 minutes to put it all together over the weekend and then guided math for the week is a breeze! 
I hope that your week has started off well! If you would like to use any of these math bins, they are available in my TpT Store and are ON SALE. Simply click on the cover below to grab 20 April themed hands-on math bins that your students will LOVE! 
{Note: the pattern game and part, part, whole game are not in this pack. They can be found in my Spring Is All Around pack: here.}
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  1. LOVE those ice cubes as counters/manipulatives/game pieces! Do they not roll away when you place them? Do they have a flat bottom? You always amaze me with your math station posts…just the best and cutest resources, not to mention extremely relevant practice. Awesomeness!
    SweetSchoolMoments

    • Amber, the ice cubes have a little flat edge on the bottom and it weighs them down perfectly! I was so excited to find these and to see that they would stay in one place! Thanks so much for commenting! I love reading your comments!! :)

  2. Very cute! (good luck on your testing!)
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue Skies

  3. Can I please come and be a fly in your room for a day? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!

    ((HUGS))
    One Fab Teacher

  4. I was wondering the same thing about the ice cubes. Thanks for answering!! I love your blog!!! I’m your newest follower and wish I would have found your wonderful blog sooner!! Your pictures are AMAZING!! Your centers are already in my TPT card, ready to purchase. I could go on and on!! Can’t wait to look back and read some of your older posts!
    Melissa
    Keep Calm and Love First Grade

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  • LOVE those ice cubes as counters/manipulatives/game pieces! Do they not roll away when you place them? Do they have a flat bottom? You always amaze me with your math station posts…just the best and cutest resources, not to mention extremely relevant practice. Awesomeness!
    SweetSchoolMoments

    • Amber, the ice cubes have a little flat edge on the bottom and it weighs them down perfectly! I was so excited to find these and to see that they would stay in one place! Thanks so much for commenting! I love reading your comments!! :)

  • Very cute! (good luck on your testing!)
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue Skies

  • Can I please come and be a fly in your room for a day? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!

    ((HUGS))
    One Fab Teacher

  • I was wondering the same thing about the ice cubes. Thanks for answering!! I love your blog!!! I’m your newest follower and wish I would have found your wonderful blog sooner!! Your pictures are AMAZING!! Your centers are already in my TPT card, ready to purchase. I could go on and on!! Can’t wait to look back and read some of your older posts!
    Melissa
    Keep Calm and Love First Grade

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