One of my favorite products is my Common Core Math Journal for First Grade. This Math Journal features a “Number of the Day” journal page where my students practice representing numbers, place value (hundreds, tens, ones), counting on, comparing numbers (greater than, less than, equal to), ten more, ten less, and skip counting by twos, fives, and tens. They also complete problem solving each day where they use various strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. This Math Journal has helped my students love to problem solve! They are always excited to find out the “number of the day” and they even enjoy creating their own story problems!
A favorite area within our classroom is our “square” carpet. This is the area where we meet for read alouds, SmartBoard lessons, reading, writing, and anything else we choose!
During transition times I use what we call the “magic wand.” I found this chime at the I Teach First conference a few years ago. The students take turns getting to sound the chime. I love it because it is a softer signal and encourages quieter transition times.
A time that I look forward to each day at school is Daily 5. At the beginning of the school year, my students and I worked really hard to build stamina with independent reading and writing. Even though I have 25 students in my class, this is the time of day when they are most quiet and on task. As I work with small groups, I love to look around the classroom and see (and hear!) the learning going on.
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