Data Notebooks


Getting Ready for St. Patty's Day!!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

This week is going to be seriously crazy, I can already tell!

For those of you that don't know, 2 years ago my school was

hit by a tornado, so we've been housed at our

feeder pattern school in the meantime.

This happened right around the time I started blogging!

For my post on that experience, click here and here

Even though we don't have an exact move-in date, we've been told to start packing!!

Needless to say, even though it will be hectic moving at the end

of the school year, I'm ecstatic!!!

The sad news is, I won't be able to do all of my St. Patrick's day centers. :-(

Besides teaching reading and math, this is what I've been doing.

I had to go through all of the boxes, because I realized that I'd packed up my St. Paddy's day books!!

That would never do!!!

However, I did leave out the essentials, especially when they come to get our stuff, 

and I'm all alone with 21 kiddos and nothing else!!

Anywho, one thing that I am using this week is this little freebie

that talks about a few symbols of St. Patrick's Day, 

such as the leprechaun, clover and the flag, and what they mean. 

Click on the picture for yours!

Talk to you guys later!!!


Working with Numbers

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Last week was such a busy week, with it being

Dr. Seuss week, not to mention all of the report card

testing we have to do!!

I'm linking up once again with some pretty amazing bloggers for...

I enjoyed the last one so much, that I couldn't wait to be able to participate again!!

Today I'm talking about working with numbers. 

I especially use this when I'm working with the teen numbers. 

Teaching place value to kindergarteners can be hard,

and having visuals are oh so important!!

The best way to do this is a Number focus wall!

At my school, we use something called What's My Place?/What's My Value?,

WMP?/WMV? for short (seriously). 

Anywho, it doesn't matter what you use, but I have found that whatever you use,

it's better if it's something that the kids can manipulate, so it

is easier if you just put some velcro on the back of it, 

(velcro makes everything better, but the way), and get some felt to stick it to, 

and you're good to go!  

Now, I've hot-glued my felt to my board (shhhhh.....), but I've also used a tri-fold board in the past. 

Sometimes, I like to start it off by shuffling everything up!

I tell them that when we went home for the night, or PE etc.,

everyone went and had a party and they can't find they're way back home!!

And then, I tell them that it's our job to help them to find their way!

So, we go through the steps of putting it back together,

and then here comes the fun part. 

I like to call this our number focus wall. 

By using this layout, we're able to review place value,

ten frames, tally marks, decomposing the number and even/odd.

Here is a look at some of the earlier versions of this wall.

It basically changes depending upon what type of skill we are working on. 

I love this because it covers the necessary academic conent,

and it's totally easy to create and use!

 Next year I'm sure that it'll look totally different, I want to change

draw it to sketch it, and I want to change expanded form to decomposing numbers,

or something like that!  I also want to add a space for 1 more, 1 less!!

The possibilities are endless!

Hop on over and visit Ashley at Primary Teacherhood for more bright ideas!!!

Click on the picture below!