Category: Math

Math Centers for the WHOLE YEAR!

I am always interested in what other teachers are doing over in their classrooms around the world?! What does their mini lesson look like? What does their guided practice look like? What about small groups?!I thought I would share today what my first grade math centers look like and when I use them! We do […]

Fix it Cards!

Today, I wanted to take a minute to share one of my FAVORITE  higher order thinking math tasks for first grade.   Fix it cards!   WHAT ARE FIX IT CARDS? Fix it cards are great questions to pose to your students to promote HIGHER ORDER thinking!These fix it cards pose typical questions in a […]

Math Games for the Whole Year!

My first grade students LOVE playing math games and so do I! It is a great way for my kids to practice fluency with the skills we have just learned. I also love playing games for the social skills aspect: – Who goes first? – Taking turns – Playing fairly – Working together – Being […]

Measurement and Time Print & Play Games!

Measurement and time are usually short lived in my room! That is unfortunate, but it is true. We spend a LOT of time on number sense, addition, subtraction, and place value that I feel like these three first grade standards get short-changed: 1. Nonstandard measurement and comparing/ordering of lengths 2. Telling Time to the half […]

Math Warm Ups to Start Your Math Block!

I wanted to share some of my favorite math warm ups that I use to start my math workshop block!   My math block has always been in the afternoon and generally right after lunch which can be a bit of a transition nightmare. So instead of jumping right into our skill of the day, […]

Place Value Print and Play Games!

Confession: I am horrible at storing centers. Like, really, reallllyyyy bad.   I used to spend so much time printing things in color, laminating them, and getting them ready for use in the classroom. They were beautiful… until I had to put them away and store them for next year. I would always lose pieces. […]

Print and Play Number Sense Games

 Number sense is CRITICAL in the younger grades. It is so important for my students to be able to understand what numbers mean and their relationship to one another. Once they have a solid number sense they can then build upon their mathematical skills both inside and outside of the classroom.   I have a […]

Print and Play Math Games!

My first graders have always L-O-V-E-D games and so do I! As a teacher, it is the perfect way to engage your learners in skill and have them practice, practice, practice. When students are highly engaged, not only are they learning but it gives you an opportunity to meet with students who may need a […]

Story Problems in First Grade

Story problems in first grade can be a wonderful teaching tool – and I’m talking beyond the simple “2 ducks were in pond and one flew away…” type problems. I’m talking the COMPLEX story problems! I really think students need to be able to read and decode a story problem so they can figure out […]