My students were super excited to learn that we had been accepted into the Reflex Educator Grant Program. That’s right, we get to use it for 1 whole year for FREE! I have never seen my students more motivated to practice their math facts.
How do we find the time?
The program is most beneficial if each student uses the program for up to 3 times per week for approximately 15-20 minutes. I have a technology station as one of my guided math rotations so my students are able to get their time in fairly easily. They can also access the program at home.
As my students achieve new milestones I award them Reflex Math brag tags and a bead on a ball chain necklace. I made some of the brag tags and also bought some from You Know You Want to PICKETT on Teachers Pay Teachers that can be found here.
We display our achievements on our Success Wall outside our classroom in the hallway. I take each student’s picture and attach it to a tag with benchmarks listed. I then have my students sign their name on the posters I found over at Paige in Primary. Each time they achieve a milestone I place a sticker on it on the benchmarks listed under their picture. Each student is so proud to show off their accomplishments!
You can print out our own success benchmark tag here to keep track of your student’s milestones.
We have been working on building our conceptual understanding and fact fluency through games. The first game I introduced to my students is called Sums of 10. This game encourages students to explore the number combinations that make a sum of 10.
Before play: remove all the jacks, queens, kings, and jokers. (I do this prior and have the needed cards ready in a zip top bag)
Players: work in pairs, or for a quicker game work in groups of 3 or 4
deal out all cards to players
on each player’s turn lay down a card on the work mat that makes a sum of 10
if you cannot make a sum of 10 match then you lose a turn
game is over when first player gets rid of all their cards
When I introduce a new game to the class I do so by playing the game against the class under the document camera. After a brief explanation of the rules and some modeling I give the entire class the opportunity to play the game with a partner. Only after my students are well-versed in playing the game do I put it in my math rotation as a center.
I just love hearing my students discuss strategies and number relationships while they play the game. The class has been playing this game for 2 weeks so now the students will reflect on the game in their math journals about the skills they have practiced and the strategies they used while playing the game.
Teaching math vocabulary with can be challenging at times. Need some ideas? Check out these four activities below!
Vocabulary Word Search Sheets
You can create word search sheets by going to Google and searching for “Word Search Generator”. You will find lots of free options to create your own word search for personal use in your classroom.
Vocabulary Memory Game
You can make your own math Memory game by writing out vocabulary words and definitions (or words and sample problems ) on separate note cards. You can also type out your information in Microsoft Word, cut out, and glue them on the note cards. Laminate the note cards for durability and yearly use.
Vocabulary Pictionary Game
You can create your own math Pictionary game by writing vocabulary words on note cards. Turn the deck face down. Students take one card from the deck and illustrate a picture of the vocabulary word. My students use dry erase boards; but students could also draw on paper. Pictionary can be played in whole group as well as in a small group station.
Vocabulary Match Up Sheets
You can create vocabulary match up sheets in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. Type all the words on the left side and all the definitions on the right side. Students match up the words to the definitions.
If you have the McGraw-Hill, My Math, Grade 2 series then you will want to check out my pre-made activities below.
I am excited to link up with Elementary Antics for my very first blog hop. Together with 40 other bloggers we are Springing into Learning by sharing ideas and freebies for spring. I cannot wait to see all the wonderful and FREE spring product ideas!
Spring is my favorite season. I love that it is a sign of renewal, life, and growth. I can finally see that spring is upon us in Illinois. I see it in the daffodils that are growing alongside the ditches. I see it in the tulips that are poking their way up through the ground. I couldn’t be more ready for it!
My spring freebie is a math activity for counting coins.
I found a few different ways to use this printable. First, I cut up the answer key cards and had the students pull a card out of these (Dollar Tree) polka dot boxes and count out coins to match the card’s total. Then they put it all in these adorable felt eggs I found in the Target dollar bin and patiently waited for me to check their answers.
At another center I cut up the coin cards. Then I had students count the amount and log the totals on the recording sheet.
At the last center I used plastic coins and put them inside plastic eggs. The students had to count the amount of money in each egg and log it on the recording sheet.
My students really enjoyed these activities. I hope your students do too! You can find my spring activity on Teachers Pay Teachers in my store by clicking the link below.
Today is the day! I am super excited about my first blog post. Since we are starting our chapter on money in Room #7, I wanted a fun activity for math centers. I have TONS of plastic eggs and wanted to put them to good use. I think my littles will love it! You can click the link below and grab this activity for free on TPT.