Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Data Collectors

I hope you enjoyed the winter resources & freebies from my last post.  I'm still working on the second half of that one and I hope to have it posted later this week.  In the meantime, I wanted to share my newest graphing pack:

This pack is HUGE!

I included some Common Core Posters for those of you who have to post the standards you're working on: 

Here are more visuals.  Thank you Ashley Hughes for creating such a bright set of graphs!  There are two sets of each poster (one with a description at the top and one without).  The posters include tally chart, vertical bar graph, horizontal bar graph, pictograph, data table, chart, line graph, line plot, circle graph, and pie chart.  Some of the visuals are the same (data table/chart, circle graph/pie chart) so you can pick the wording you prefer. 

I included 30 survey cards.  These are great for when you want students to practice conducting a survey.  I included four different graphing & data collection sheets for students to present their findings.  One last thing is another poster that reminds students on the steps they can follow when conducting a survey. 

Next is one of my favorites: Spin, Tally, & Graph.  I love these because I can put them in sheet protectors to be re-used over and over.  I can also use them as worksheets with small groups OR in a math center. You can get different results each time they are used, too!

Another fun section for students is Count, Tally, & Graph.  This one already has the data ready to go on a bright colorful page that you can place at the math center OR project onto the screen in a whole group setting.  Students will collect and graph the data and then answer questions about the results.

We know games and centers are fun and learning is taking place, but sometimes you need a little something extra.  I added 14 worksheets.  Students read and interpret graphs OR take the data given and create a graph for the information.  There are worksheets for bar graphs, pictographs, line graphs, line plots, and circle graphs. 

The last section I added was intended for small group practice, but could easily be used in a math center or daily warm-up.  There are 16 graphs (4 to a page).  There is also a recording sheet where students must identify the graph type and interpret the information given.

This pack will be on sale for the first few days.  Grab it while you can still get a great deal.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Warming Up to Winter (Resources & Freebies for January), Part 1

You're in the home stretch week left of teaching until a glorious break is upon you.  If you're anything like me, you want to have January resources ready and at your fingertips BEFORE you leave for break.  At the same time (if you're anything like me), there's always something you forget to do and it's hard to shut down the school brain over break. For the past couple of months I have been collecting some of my favorite monthly resources.  I'm thinking that if it helps me to have it all in one little blog post, it might help someone else, too.  So, here we go:

I think most of us know that January is the PERFECT opportunity to re-train behaviors and routines.  After all, it seems that anytime students have more than 3-4 school days off, they fall into their old habits.  They also need to build some stamina again, which means they need a few more small breaks.  It seems fitting to incorporate a quick brain break.  I know many of you use videos and other tech sites for yours, but sometimes technology isn't working correctly.  I made these a few years ago, but just recently gave the cover a little face lift (content intact):

Now, as adults we often set goals (aka resolutions) that we have great intentions of keeping, but seem to let fall by the wayside (and by wayside I mean we're over it by February).  Either way, let's get some momentum and excitement in the classroom with a little student goal setting.  Here's a quick and easy way to share resolutions with your students:
There are two versions of both images you see above.  The one on the left lends itself to younger students who may draw and label their resolutions, but I have also included one with lines for students who want to write out their resolution.  On the right, you can see a writing page with primary writing lines.  I have also included a set with standard lines.  Click here to grab this pack.

 One of our BIGGEST units of study we begin in January is nonfiction.  My absolute favorite resource for this unit was created by Hope King:

We start with an anchor chart where we sort the different features of fiction and nonfiction text:

Then we start to study each nonfiction text feature up close and add them to our anchor chart along the way.  The photos along the side of the chart are the visual "photos" we glue into our scrapbooks so the students see a connection and reminder each time they refer to our anchor chart.

Here are a few pics of our scrapbook pages from Hope's pack.  Normally I photocopy the scrapbook pages onto colored paper (as seen on the chart above), but when we need to highlight a feature, I copy on white and we use yellow crayon to draw our focus:

After we have learned several text features, my students LOVE to go on scavenger hunts, find examples, and share with the class (we use Time for Kids):
You can read more in depth about how I teach nonfiction in the classroom by clicking here.

Here are some of my favorite chapter books to read with students in small groups during the winter months.  These are all fiction, but most of them have factual information tossed into the story which helps us tie the books into our nonfiction unit.

Most of the titles are self-explanatory for the content.  I should mention that Sunset of the Sabertooth focuses on the ice age and Horrible Harry Goes Cuckoo is a great story about when the class goes stir crazy due to indoor recess.  Note - if you can't relate to indoor recess and all the craziness that follows, count your blessings!

January can also be great timing for studying Geometry.  When our district used Everyday Math, the topic always seemed to pop up in the winter.  I used this with my students.  It has a sorting activity, posters, and several options for practice pages, too:

Keeping in the spirit of Geometry, this pack has some great 2-D and 3-D shape booklets that my kids loved making.  It really helped them solidify the vocabulary for sides vs. edges, corners vs. vertices, etc.

These are my FAVORITE 3-D shapes.  It was a box I inherited and I hope it still has my name on it when I return next fall:

I also created this pack last winter and the kids loved it.  It's a freebie for practice with 3-addends:

I also use activities from this pack for both math and literacy that the kids enjoy.  The pics only show a few of the activities included, but if you click on the cover page you can take a more in-depth look at what's included:

I have one last little freebie for you.  It's a new pack I created just for my blog followers (aka - not found on TpT).  It has 12 different winter-themed writing prompts and a few different paper options.

Click here to grab your own copy.

There's SO much more that I cannot fit it all in one post without overwhelming you beyond belief.  I'll be back soon with some more great resources, ideas, & freebies, of course!  Oh, and if you liked any of the resources from my store mentioned above, you'll be happy to know that I'll keep them on sale for the next week.  Stay warm!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fa La La La Link-Up: Holiday FREEBIES

You have to love a festive holiday link up, right?  The bloggers over at Primary Powers are hosting a linky of holiday freebies.  That's right....FREEBIES!!

Here are two that you might be interested in:
Time to Trim the Tree is a matching game.  Students match analog clocks, digital clocks, and time words/phrases.  Times are to the nearest 5-min. interval.

The second freebie is a quick Christmas word search.  All of my word searches just got a makeover.  The word lists are the same, but the format, fonts, and clipart have been updated.

Don't forget to head over to Primary Powers to snag some more freebies for the holidays.  If you can, leave some feedback on the items you download.  Enjoy :)