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Friday, January 24, 2014

Five for Friday (100th Day of School!)

Today is our hundredth day of school and Pajama day!
This year we made a Zero the Hero puppet on our 100th day of school.  I am selling these for $1.00 on TPT or TN.
The headband template and the badges they are wearing are free here.
I have recently returned from the California Common Core Conference.  The keynote speaker was Donna Whyte (left). I was lucky enough to get to attend one of her sessions involving common core games. I had a very informative session with author Pat Pavelka (below). I learned so much from all my presenters!
We have been working in the classroom with winter activities. I made more imitation snow for students to touch and describe on a bubble map.
We also made a mouse project to accompany the Mice on Ice book.

This video was very good for introducing snow and I wanted to share it with you.  I did replay and explain the key parts of the video to increase student understanding.

Are you planning President's Day activities?
                                                        Hats off to Lincoln!   Hats off to Lincoln!
Grab this freebie from TPT to review addition with Lincoln and his hats.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Comparing Numbers in Kinder (K.CC.C 6 & 7)

Free for you. Link is below.

We have been working on comparing numbers for some time now.  We began simply by counting two different sets and verbally talking about which one was more and which one was less.
We used the following sentence starters to make choral responses:
"_____is greater than____."
"_____is less than______."
"______is equal to______."

We did this many times before I introduced the greater than, less than, and equal sign. I introduced them to these using the idea of the monster eating the greater number, but I know that a few prefer to teach this using the dots. I have never encountered a problem using the "monster" or "alligator" method.

We have spent a lot of time using the symbols with the concrete objects and pictures.  
The freebie book is to help transition from comparing pictures and items to comparing numbers. Click the image to download.

This is the matching SlideShare book.  I have already used this in my class to introduce comparing numbers. All I did was project it from my IPad to the whiteboard, we have read, reread and I had students write the corresponding numbers on the whiteboard underneath the pictures. They also wrote the symbols on the whiteboard for the last page where there are only numbers.

Alligator, Alligator, What Do You See? By KinderBlossoms from stinablossom

I also have song videos I created on YouTube if interested. 
Yes, I am crazy like that!!

Finally, I have this for sale on TN or TpT for $1.40 if interested.
Comparing Numbers