Fri
23 May
2014
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Odd Even FUN

This week we had lots of fun! End of the year is close so I am trying to make things as fun as possible as everyone is tired at this point of the year.

We started learning about Odd and Even with our calculators mini posters. Get them free!
Then we could move on with the practice!
With the world cup so near it was very exciting practicing it with this game:
It is super simple. Have you heard about pares o nones? It is just a simple game:
One player chooses Odd and the other Even. 
Then both say:
1, 2, 3…. PARES o NONES?
1, 2, 3…. ODD or EVEN?
And both students show a hand with the number that they choose.
In our case the referee determines the winner and he or she moves to the next ‘match’.
We have a Champion 1 and a Champion 2 so both final players take the crown home that day.
This game is very popular in my first grade classroom. They play on their own and the crowns go home almost every day.
We are studying transports at the same time so Odd and Even street were a must:
We did a number dictation and put them in order while talking about houses in real streets.
We did this little foldable streets and had fun playing with them creating our city with traffic signals and little cars.
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Sat
05 Apr
2014
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Easter bunnies and addition rainbows

  
Another good week in our classroom. We had Open House so a lots of projects were going on. We drew Easter bunnies and introduced addition with regrouping.
My students understood the regrouping concept very fast so I moved on with the practice.
We used these colorful rainbows to review at the end of the week and they loved them. 

Each student got 7 paper strips. Once the addition is solved they out them in order from greatest to least.

You will notice that I have “cleaned” the clouds because they had written their names. But they looked colorful as they used markers and trace each letter with a different color.

If you want to use the activity click  HERE to download it. 
Print each page on a different color. Each page  has 5 addition lines. So if you had 15 students, I know I am too lucky, you would need to print each color page just 3 times.  And then one cloud for each kid.

We also did our Easter bunnies. This year I went with a super easy pattern. 
After mixing the colors they drew straight horizontal lines on a paper (see picture in the beginning of the post). Then I drew on the blackboard the steps and they created the masterpieces on their own.

Check other Easter bunnies from last year or where I got the pinspiration Pinterest bunny

Sun
02 Mar
2014
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100th day of school!

We did it!
Last week we finally reached our 100th day!
This is not a usual celebration in Spain so it was the first time that it was celebrated in my new school. The kids had lots of fun.
The three first grade classrooms celebrated it and I can tell you that the three first grade teachers had lots of fun preparing it. We are a great team.
We started the day with some counting and lots of excitement when handing out our 100 sparkling masks.
Then we played Celebrating 100 MOVE IT! from Primary Techie. It is FREE!
We also created long 1-100 ‘rulers’ to take home.
Snack time was a big hit. Each kid was allowed to eat 100 things. 
We used mini cookies, peanuts, popcorn… Not all the kids finished it but they loved it. And it helped us counting by tens.

 We also created a craftivity. This gumball machine is still hanging in our rooms. They were given 10 different colors to paint 10 gumballs with each color. 
 The kids brought their 100 collections in plastic bottles. We kept them in the classroom and we used them in our math center as we are currently studying weight.
They like finding out the heaviest collection and comparing them. 

It was a little stressful as it was only a week before Carnival (a big celebration in Spain)
I’ll post some photos next week.