Five for Friday: Word Problems, iPods, Vocabulary, and FREEBIES!
It’s Friday ya’ll! Can I get an AAAMMMEEENNN! This week was all kinds of jammed packed with business. I’m sharing a little big of my week with you with 5 for Friday with Doodle Bugs.
We have new math TEKS in Texas and one of the main focuses is problem solving and multi-step problems. This is going to be a challenge with my little ones this year. Since there is a gap this year with our new standards, they are expected to do things at a much higher level right now compared to last year. Our word problems have gone from basic to multi-step with tricky wording. I took this week to focus only on problem solving.
On Monday, we reviewed our key words. I made these quick flip flap templates to use in our interactive notebooks. We wrote our key words under each flap and talked about each one and how they can be used. You can click here to grab the templates for FREE!
My days are so fast paced. I feel like I have no time this year. I wanted to incorporate word problems on a daily basis and needed something that would be quick and easy to manage. I made my first set of monthly problem solving journal prompts. Each morning, they get their daily prompt, and glue into their journal. We made it a part of our morning work routine. My kids have been finishing their morning work super quick this year (which is a good thing!) so it wasn’t a big deal to add a few extra minutes to cover this skill daily.
You can check them out in my TPT store. There are 30 word problems that include basic addition and subtraction and multi-step concepts. At the top of each page, I’ve included which skill those prompts cover so you can easily skip around.
We have hit the ground running with Daily 5. I received a set of iPods from Donors Choose and my kids have been so excited about them. Last weekend I got them all set up and had them ready to go for Monday. I introduced Listen to Reading and it was a huge hit! They did so well. After lots of practice, I’m ready to turn them loose next week. I’ll introduce Word Work on Monday and then after that we’ll be in full swing.
We started a new story this week; Henry and Mudge:Under the Yellow Moon. We got our vocabulary flip books made. They take these home to study their words each week.
KABOOM! is the one game that I always say every teacher needs in their classroom. It is so versatile and can be used with anything. This is my students absolute favorite game to play and they never get tired of it. I have games made for all subject areas. Read all about this class favorite! ---> bit.ly/KABOOMClassroomGame... See MoreSee Less
One year, we read a story about a little girl who flew around the world and saw many different things, one of which was the Statue of Liberty. When the students were asked to name something she saw on her journey, a little boy said the Spatula Delivery! Too cute!