Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sneezing and Coughing and Fevers, Oh My!

My class is full of sick little ones. It's such a yucky time of year. Several students have gone home with fevers in the last week. I'm trying... TRYING SO HARD... not to get sick. I've been taking Emergen-C, washing my hands even more than usual, drinking lots of water, and eating plenty of fruits and veggies. And I've been going to bed early. So. Unlike. Me. But I really, really, really don't want to get sick.

My students? They are germy little darlings. LOVE them, but... ick! So I've been trying to be sure that they wash hands often, use hand sanitizer, and if I hear so much as a cough, the nurse comes running and takes temperatures! (Thanks, Sue! You are a gem!)

Today during our Group Time, two parents came to work in the classroom, and students rotated through different activities. I made sure that each parent had not only the supplies for the activity, but a nice, full bottle of hand sanitizer, as well! One group read a recent issue of Time for Kids. The parent volunteer led a discussion and helped students to answer some questions. Then, the students did some reading and writing. Another parent worked on an oldie but goodie--- Marcy Cook math! Students used Add It Up pages with number tiles to practice addition. One group used our district-adopted, adaptive math computer program. One rotation was reading in our classroom library.

And I worked with groups on a variety of math concepts. My first grade groups used hundreds charts to practice some addition/subtraction and review of concepts: more than/less than, right before/right after, ten more/ten less, even/odd, etc. The activities were engaging, educational, and fun. My first grade groups worked on completing some number puzzles.

Years ago, I made hundreds charts, made copies on colored paper, and then cut them to bits! I cut each copy into pieces in a different way.

Students love the puzzles, and it's much more challenging than you might expect. It's just a perfect activity for my kinder and first graders!

 

I'm honestly falling asleep! More later, Friends!

100 Chart Puzzles

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