Friday, March 20, 2015

Five 4 Friday and Freebies

Hi y'all! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for some Five for Friday fun! 

If you read my post from yesterday, then you know we have been all about shapes this week. Today we sorted shapes in to 2 groups. We sorted them together as a class using these shapes, and then the kiddos sorted their pattern blocks at their tables. They had to think of different ways to sort and write it on their t-charts. 

Afterwards, each table group got shapes and a t-chart to sort and label. They had to sort them differently then the way they sorted their pattern blocks. I used washi tape to create the t-charts. 

You can find the shape templates here or here

We also made these adorable real world scenes using my Shapes in My World activity. I love how they turned out!

We added our shapes to our math word wall this week. I let the kiddos help with adding the attributes and what the shapes look like on each card before we hung them up. These are printed on card stock and laminated. I can wipe them off at the end of the year and use again next year. 

This is my first year to use a math word wall and it is so effective if it is actually used! After meeting with our math curriculum coach I realized that they way I was using posters in my room was not effective. I think we have all been guilty of throwing cute math posters on a wall and moving on. All the cards below were created with the kiddos being involved in someway or another. We have drawn some out on anchor chart paper and then I rewrote on large notecards. Next year I will let the kiddos do all the creating/writing like I did with the shapes. It just helps it stick better if they are involved.

Here's a peek at our math word wall. 

Each concept that we teach is represented in a different color. These colors also tie into our math journals. For example numbers and their relationships and how they are represented is red, computation is orange, data is purple, and geometry and measurement is green and blue. I did not get a picture of our math journals, but their are 5 tabs with the colors mentioned. Everything we did this week with shapes went behind the green tab. The kiddos knew which tab to put it under. This is something that is done throughout our school as well as district. It's pure greatness! 

We celebrated our new DRA levels this week! The kiddos always love to see if they met their goals, and if not, how close they were. I like using folders rather than a board or something like that because it keeps it private from other students. 

I reward every kiddo even if they did not meet their goal. It is all about trying your hardest! They get a prize from the Lucket Bucket or stickers. 

You can find these here.

.....this is coming and I am so stinkin excited I can barely keep calm!

Ok. I'll chill out now. 

Happy Friday!


  1. I just LOVE following your blog Michelle. You have the BEST ideas! They're FUN and educational. You make me smile. Your babies are beautiful!

  2. I love the color coded word wall, such a great idea! The picture of your children is just precious!

  3. You've inspired me to make a math word wall next year. LOVE! And your new design looks fab!

    For the Love of First Grade

  4. I love this idea for a math word wall, I will definetely be updating mine next year!

    I would love to know more about your math journals as well as your student's DRA data folders!