Hey there, y'all! It feels good to be back in the swing of things... teaching, creating, showering ;)
This week we are learning about adjectives, penguins, and subtraction with regrouping. I so wish I would have had the time to post my plans this week, but it just didn't happen. My little family was out of town for winter retreat with our student ministry. We had a Super Hero Prom on the last night. My little girl was Spider Man... it is HILARIOUS to watch her once that costume goes on! So, I just didn't have time to type my plans up :(
Now onto the teaching gig... Today, I gave each table a piece of butcher paper with a picture taped in the center. Each table group had 4 minutes to brainstorm and write as many adjectives as they could to describe their picture. Then, they rotated tables and did the same thing with a new picture. We did this until all four table groups had visited each picture. They could NOT repeat adjectives that had already been written (even though that definitely still happened!)
Here's a little look at our adjective bubble maps. Are they perfect, spelled correctly, and beautiful... not at all, but they are personal for the kiddos! There were only a few words written that weren't actually adjectives, so we did get the chance to discuss non-examples also!
We also started our new math stations. I absolutely LOVE math stations (Thank you Katie King for the encouragement and know-how!) We are using my Warm Me Up Math Stations unit for the next 4 weeks!
I'm going to answer a few questions about my math stations...
1. We have EIGHT stations: I use my math station activities for FIVE of them. IPads take up TWO of the stations, and I meet with ONE group each day. 5+2+1=8 :)
2. We do ONE math station a day (normally not on Fridays) so my math stations last for TWO weeks!
3. My students work in partners- and they do the writing together also. (Cuts my copies in half!)
4. We spend 20-30 minutes on math stations.
5. For the iPads I am currently using these apps (found the recommendations on Kleinspiration):
IXL Math- I am LOVING this, it covers ALL the standards and keeps track of student progress! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I am going to blog about it SOON!
And, before I go I just have to address a *not so sweet* comment that was left on my blog. I normally wouldn't do this, but when you talk about my daughter I will NOT ignore it. I am not only a teacher blogger, but also a MAMA BEAR!
First of all, I know that my daughter does not have to wear a bow to look GORGEOUS. She is a beautiful little girl inside and out. I'm appreciative that you visit my blog, but I am asking you kindly to not post ugly comments that involve my little girl. Have something negative about me or my teaching resources... let me know, but leave my precious angel out of it. I share about my family, faith, and personal life because this blog is important to me and I enjoy connecting with other teachers on a more personal level. However, I will not stand for ugliness towards my family. And, I have turned off the ability to post anonymous comments because I think it's really easy to say ugly things when your identity is hidden.
And, if you ask me... she's pretty stinkin' cute with big bows on her head :)