Sunday, May 15, 2011

5 More Days!!!!!!!!

I cannot believe that I am down to my last five days of school.  This is such a bittersweet time, because I absolutely love my class this year.  I don't want to let them go.  However, I cannot wait to sleep late (I never thought I'd think 7:00 was late), stay at home with my daughter, relax, and have time to recharge and work on next year.

Water Balloon Fun
Last Friday my students got to participate in a water balloon fight with my teaching partner's homeroom class.  We started an incentive program during the last 9-weeks of school to help students' maintain their good behavior and work habitats, and students got to earn water balloons for meeting certain criteria.  The event got a little (okay, a lot) bigger than we expected, and we had to fill hundreds of water balloons.  We had parents working all week long to get the balloons ready!  Friday was the big day, and we had so much fun.  Well, at least until our students decided to gang up on us teachers-I think the bruises are almost gone!

Planning Already
I've also given my place value unit a complete overhaul.  Before I taught the Common Core Standards, I was expected to teach through the ten-thousands place. Now that I'm teaching Common Core, I've revised everything so that place value is taught through the thousands place. I removed some of the color pages and replaced them with line art, because we all know how expensive printing in color can be. Plus, I added task cards to the pack, because I am now a huge fan of using task cards as often as possible! If you already have this, please be sure to download the new version, which is underneath "My Purchases".

There seven skill building worksheets that focus on place value, the value of numbers, and representing numbers with written, expanded, and standard form.

There are also six place value performance tasks. I love these tasks, because I feel that they are what allow my students to develop a conceptual understanding of place value. They are perfect for the independent work time portion of my math workshop. You can see that I've included a lesson plan and any necessary recording sheets.

I've also included included one of my favorite games-I Have, Who Has. This is such a fun way to get students thinking about the value and place value of numbers!
I've added place value concentration to  file and you can download it on Google Docs. You can get it FREE here!