At this time of year many of us are in full swing with basic multiplication facts. This game gives students practice with the 2s and 3s facts -- some easy ones to give them confidence. The bat theme is perfect for October or during a study of nocturnal animals! You can pick this up at my blog, Math is Elementary.
Do you do flashcards at the door when you are leaving and coming back to the classroom? I do! It is a great way to check for understanding and informally assess your students. However, flashcards can be kind of boring, so I took it digital! Come on over to Fun in K1 to learn more and download it for free!
I absolutely love the changing of seasons - it is a great teaching opportunity and a quick and easy way to change up centers and activities in your classroom. One of our favorite games to play is Bump. Students work with a partner to cover the numbers. All you need is a the game board, a set of dice and 2 sets of 10 counters (two different counters). Partners take turns rolling the dice - adding or multiplying the numbers and placing one of their counters on the correct number. If you land on the same number as the other player you can BUMP their counter off of the number. Of course you can lock in your position if you are lucky enough to land on the same number twice and have two counters on the same number. The first player to place all 10 counters wins!
School is in full force! Are you looking to review antonyms this fall? Superstar Antonyms I Have Who Has Game might be the ticket! There are 12 cards in the I Have Who Has style. It works great for small groups and I have used it during RTI.
I hope your students enjoy the game! Click here on on either preview image to snag it.
Use these tiered vocabulary templates with your under the sea unit. Options are provided to meet the needs of the different students in your class. Provide students with the vocabulary word and/or definition and have them complete the remainder of the graphic organizer. Make booklets using the Under the Sea cover provided in the package!
According to popular legend, the Great Chicago Fire started after Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lamp, setting her barn on fire, from where it spread to the whole city. National Fire Safety Week officially commemorates that fire, which happened in 1871, and killed 250 people.
Fortunately, historians have begun to take the blame off of poor old Mrs. O’Leary and her cows - who were actually asleep in the barn at the time.
Fire drills are crucial to the safety of children in schools - and homes. Schools run fire drills periodically throughout the school year. Here in California we also run earthquake drills. Knowing the routine of what to do when the alarm rings can avoid injuries and even save lives.
But fire drills are disruptive; loud and confusing, for many children with special needs who do not always understand what is happening, who hate changes in routines and schedules, and who cringe and cover their ears at any loud noise. The loud noise of the alarm bell can cause may children with autism discomfort - even pain - as well as anxiety. The noise can lead to tantrums; which make safe exiting the classroom difficult.
Visual cues are an important of learning and remembering any task or schedule for kids with autism - and many other special needs. Have visual cues for fire drills posted in the classroom. Have each child have his/her own copy in his/her desk. Allow them to carry these visual cues throughout the fire drill, to help remind them - without verbal nagging or unnecessary verbalizing.
Take this set of visual cues for use in your classroom or home.
It's super important for little ones to learn to express how they feel. Check out Liz's Early Learning Spot for ideas: sing the free animated song with your kiddos and use it as a springboard for conversations about feelings. Includes a free poster of the lyrics. It's an emotionally-adapted version of Five Little Ducks.
My frequent readers know that I love teaching students to write poetry. Although it is not specifically called out in Common Core Standards, I find these mini-lessons help students with expanding vocabulary, learning literary devices, and using tools in their writing.