Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Halloween BUILD Centers!

We are still doing our BUILD centers everyday in second grade! I wanted to give a quick update on some of our centers. We continue to keep the old activities in the centers, but I spruced things up a bit with some new Halloween themed activities!

Frankenstein fact families-- I will start this one tomorrow and I can't wait! I think that I will pull some groups with me to complete this activity for a few minutes at a time. For example, if studentes are at the "D" center, I will pull the whole group for about ten minutes to work with me, then they can go back and continue their center activities. Here is a link! Frankenstein Fact Families for FREE

UPDATE*** I have been pulling the groups for about 10-15 minutes on the day that they are at the Buddy games center and I do the Frankenstein Fact Families with them! We complete the activity like it's a game. One student pulls a task card and all of the students see if they can come up with a fact family for the numbers or picture given. They love the Frankenstein on the cards!

At the "B" center, students can play a doubles game that has a pumpkin theme! For students that are still working to learn their basic doubles, there is a game board that deals with rolling one die, doubling the number, and covering your answer with a counter. For more advanced learners, there is  a game board where students can roll two dice, then double the sum of that addition problem and cover their answer with a counter! They love it! Here is the link-- Pumpkin doubles- FREE!

At the "D" center I added a baseball themed activity (nothing to do with Halloween-- but Tigers playoff games!!)  Students match the doubles fact or the near doubles fact to the bat or ball with the correct sum. Then students record their answers on the recording sheet. They turn these in to my bin and I look over them ASAP! :) Here is the link to the double header sums-- GOOOO TIGERS!!!

I will update with pictures soon!

2 weeks until Halloween ;-)
What will you be?!

Halloween crafts!

I'm running an after school craft program for the next four weeks. It's the perfect opportunity to do some Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts! I have students for about an hour.  I wanted to do a generic fall craft first, so we started by tracing our arms and hand on brown paper to make a tree trunk and then scrunching up fall colored tissue paper and gluing it all around the tree and on the ground. One student made leaf piles on the ground! It was cute, but I forgot to take pictures!

ANYWAY-- On to the Halloween craft. I saw a SUPER SIMPLE ghost craft on pinterest the other night but there was no template. I drew a ghost on a piece of white paper (rounded top with round waves at the bottom). Students put a little glue on a cotton ball (a dot does a lot!) and fills the ghost with cotton balls to make it white and fluffy. Once done with that, they can trace eyes and a mouth on black paper, cut it out, and glue it on top of the cotton balls. Here is one of our finished projects- and it was so cute and quick!!

You can see how there are gaps at the bottom (from the squiggly waves). Enjoy!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

B.U.I.L.D. Math Centers

I have adapted the "BUILD" math centers into our second grade classroom this year. I have never used it before so I'm definitely not an expert, but it seems to be a great management system and an easy way to keep revisiting topics while adding new ones to the mix.  I have read the BUILD acronym as a few different things, but the way we use it is:
B-Buddy Games
U-Using manipulatives
I-Independent math
L-Learning about numbers
D-Doing math

I feel like "I, L, and D" are fairly similar, but I have tried to do different things at those centers. I have a designated spot for each center and a shelf with manipulatives that students are welcome to use!  I love that students are using the word "manipulative" thanks to the centers!

Here is a quick breakdown of my basic center ideas:

B- Our school uses Envision math, so for the buddy games I use the math game at the beginning of the unit, then gradually add to it. Students are allowed to play games from any unit that we have introduced so far.  I also add fun games in there that go along with our topic. For example, during Fire Prevention Week I found a fun two player addition game. Our current unit is called "Addition Strategies" so it was perfect! They loved it.

U- I have three bins at this center labeled "help!" "right on" and "challenge." Students choose an appropriate bin and then see what activities are inside. Usually I confer with students about what bin they should be pulling from for whichever unit, but if they want to work together at the centers that is TOTALLY fine. Students are in mixed ability groups so that they can learn from each other and they don't necessarily need my help.

Ex: Help- matching cubes to numbers to develop number sense, using one ten frame and counters to make number sentences- find the tens frames here for FREE on teacherspayteachers
Ex: Right on- Using two tens frames and counters to make number sentences(find them here), doubles activities, doubles plus 1
Ex: Challenge- Place value activities using base ten blocks- I use this as a challenge activity because we have not yet talked about place value this year. If students can remember it from the end of first grade then they can gladly do those activities! If students aren't quite sure how to do it, I will pull them in a small group and review, and they usually catch on quick.

I just introduced this part-part-whole diagram to the manipulatives center today. I put some in each bin because students can adapt it to any level. I had one student ask questions like, "Can you tell me the parts?" "Can you tell me the whole?" "Can you give me an addition sentence about the diagram?" "Can you give me a subtraction sentence about the diagram?" It really made them think!

I- I copied number of the day activities from a book my mom gave me once. They are basic story problems, addition problems, and subtraction problems. I laminated these and students use dry erase markers to complete. I try to check over them before they use their pom-pom erasers to clear it off. This is done at their seats.

L-I have been putting math facts or matching numbers in different forms at this center. For example, students can quiz one another on math facts flash cards (dollar bin at Target again!) or they can complete matching puzzles that I found on Pinterest- and love! Check out Cassandra's post to get the puzzles!

One of my students brought in the Old Maid card game. I decided the students could play this at the L center since you have to match the number word to the number. However, I try to monitor it because there are more challenging activities they can do and I don't want them to always be playing Old Maid.

D-I tried to make this different from the I center by putting a little twist on it-- students CAN'T use manipulatives here. I want to see if they can do certain math activities without relying on manipulatives, and for the students that still need to- it pushes them to try without them! Activities that I have at this center are independent games like rolling two die, adding them up and creating a number sentence, or doing the same thing but making it subtraction. I also found some mini dry erase boards at target (go figure) that have addition and subtraction problems on them and they can write the sum or difference and wipe them down when they're done! They LOVE these little mini pages! I can't seem to find the link to the dice game, I will update when I find it!

Here is a picture of the mini dry erase boards!

Please feel free to comment with questions. I hope this helps you get started with math centers!

Have a wonderful week!

Wonderful Word Workers!

We FINALLY have word work as a Daily 5 choice! We were transitioning very slowly, but the kiddos are so excited about it! They are learning keyboarding this year, so I found a fun "i-Pad" type & write activity. I post their spelling words (according to Words Their Way) each week by the word work table. I have the "i-Pad's" laminated (I am soo tired of wasting paper) and students can use dry erase markers with pom-pom erasers that are at the table. They write their spelling words in the "app" boxes, then practice typing them out!

The catch? NO CHICKEN PECKING!! Students just learned what the home-row is. They have to keep their fingers on the home-row while they type! Integrated keyboarding and spelling lesson, woohoo! I love it and so do they! Oh, also- the i-Pads are missing the right pinky key-- we just drew it on.

I originally found the idea at Mrs. Gilchrist's Class blog- check it out :)

They can also use magnetic boards that have ribbon hangers. I put a little sticky hanger on the wall next to the word work table, and students can take them off and hang them up when they're finished.  The magnetic letters are right at the table for easy access, and students are only allowed to practice their spelling words on the magnetic boards. I found super cute chevron magnetic boards in the Target dollar bin right before school started. Target is my life.

Students can also do rainbow write, dry erase boards, and a few other easy and exciting activities.

Happy Sunday, have a fabulous week!