Spiraled Math Centers!

Do you spiral your math learning? We do! We have been spiraling our math learning big time in room 102. Since I was gone for so long on maternity leave I really wanted to be able to see what my students could do in math. So, while I still teach a focus lesson and most […]

Higher Order Thinking Math in 1st Grade

So my students can add and subtract within 20. They can identify the tens and ones of a 2 digit number. They can count to 120. Good, great, GRAND….   But why are they not excelling on our standardized tests?!? This was a question I would ask myself over and over the last few years. […]

Addition in First Grade!

How do you teach addition in first grade? I love teaching addition in the younger grades. After we have built a strong number sense, we start with simple addition using manipulatives. We use buttons, cubes, gameboard pieces, etc. Basically anything we can get our hands on. Developmentally, I believe this is exactly what my first […]

Building Number Sense in Kindergarten and First Grade

Teaching number sense in first grade is so important to develop a young students’ math brain before diving into bigger concepts! These activities are both FUN and engaging!   We have been working hard on building number sense in my 1st grade classroom, but I noticed pretty quickly that this crew would need to take […]