Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Freebie Alert

Be sure to check out my Teachers Pay Teachers Store if you teach using the Reading Street curriculum.  I recently added word card freebies for every story for each unit.  The word cards include cards for Amazing Words, High Frequency Words, and Spelling Words.  To find the freebies, click on "Sort By:  Price"  There are about 30 sets of Word Card Freebies for you to download.

The word cards are great to use for your focus wall.  You can also print them smaller ( using a smaller scale) and use them for word work stations.

I would love to hear how you use them in your classroom.  Let's work "smarter, not harder" by sharing ideas about how we use resources in our classrooms.

How do you count the days in school?

I've tried counting the days in school several ways but have never been satisfied with anything...until now.  In the past, I used bundles of sticks and bundles of straws.  I never really felt that my kids were making the connection between that bundle  and a group of tens. It was too abstract for them.
This year, I've used ten-frames for teaching subitizing and unitizing. That's when it hit me that I should probably add ten frames to my calendar  time.
Of course, I always have to have something cute...plain black and white ten-frames would never do. So, I created a larger, cuter set of ten-frames to use on my math focus wall. Now my kids are engaged in counting the days and all of that great math content that goes along with it.
Counting the Days with Ten-Frames 
So how do you count the days in school with your students?