Hands-on math. I love it, I live for it, I believe in it. Nothing keeps my students engaged more than getting their hands on a piece of the action. I spent this past year focusing on math and trying to come up with tons of engaging activities, lessons, and games for first grade students.
What is higher order thinking? When I am talking about my students and higher order thinking, I am talking about the ability to use critical thinking skills to transfer their knowledge in order to solve a problem. Well that wasn’t the most simple way to put it… but essentially I want my students to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]