Category: Math

Hands On Fraction Activities

Fractions in the first grade classroom can be a CHALLENGE for sure, but I like to use a lot of hands on manipulatives and real life situations for students to see the parts and the whole of each fraction. While CCSS only requires first graders to identify 1/2 and 1/4 of shapes, I like to […]

Using Games to Reach Your Students!

Playing math games in my first grade classroom is one of my favorite ways to reach my struggling learners.   Each year a new batch of students arrives and you can see pretty quickly which students excel with little help, which students are chugging right along at grade level, and which need a little more […]

2D and 3D Shape Activities!

2D and 3D shape lessons that relate to the Common Core Standards can be hard to find! I made some that were always a hit in my first grade classroom to share with you!   My first grade students LOVE pattern blocks. They find them mesmerizing and I find that they calm even the rowdiest […]

Place Value Activities!

As I have been adding lessons to my Math Workshop Curriculum, I wanted to share some of my favorite Place Value Activities for first grade!   In first grade, I like to teach everything HANDS ON. I want my students to build the numbers, feel the numbers, see the numbers. I find that a tricky concept […]

Math Workshop in First Grade

Successfully implementing math workshop in first grade took a long time for me to feel comfortable with and I finally felt like I had a system of math games, activities, and a layout that worked in my classroom!   That being said, I wanted to take some time today to share what my math block […]

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 […]