Teaching Texas

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Hey, y'all! Are you ready for Texas Independence Day? It's March 2nd, which, if you teach primary grades, you know is also Dr. Seuss's birthday. This can make scheduling challenging, but we usually do a week of Dr. Seuss and a week or two of Texas history and rodeo stuff. That, of course, makes March the most fun EVER! 

I love integrating social studies and science into reading and math as much as possible  (#worksmarternotharder) and our Texas unit is no exception. 

One of my FAVORITE activities with my kinders and firsties is write the room. They LOVE roaming the room finding Texas symbols and using the pocket chart to put them in ABC order

My Texas Our Texas unit is full of resources for engaging centers and writing about Texas. I love having a word wall of the state's symbols in the writing area of our classroom. My littles use them to help them write their stories during literacy centers. 

And word puzzles and I-Spys are perfect for word work!

Fine motor skills are tricky in lower grades. I like to help them work on these skills by doing some torn paper activities. During Texas and rodeo week, we make a Texas flag by tearing paper and gluing it on a flag template. When they're all finished, they make an amazing bulletin board display.

This is also the time of year where we do a lot of poetry (remember that Dr. Seuss week we were just talking about?). I like to show my littles how we can write poetry about other things and they don't always have to rhyme. We usually do a few whole group examples before having the kids do their own. There are several poetry options in my Texas Our Texas unit, but this is one of my favorites.

To get the whole bundle of resources, click here. 

For math, Laura over at Down River Resources has the most amazing number puzzles for primary grades. Counting on from any number can be a challenge for little learners. I love her puzzles because, not only do they have Texas symbols and themes, they also have a recording sheet! That way, I know if my littles a did it correctly and they can practice writing the numbers in order on their recording sheets. 

She also has a counting backwards set of puzzles. That counting backwards is tricky, y'all. Every year, we practice that to no end. This set also has a recording sheet and both sets have an English and Spanish version of the recording page. Each set has 10 number puzzles.

In keeping with increasing fine motor, I also love these counting clip cards. Students count the cards and put a clothespin on the correct quantity.

There's also a recording sheet that goes with it which is great for accountability during center time. I  like using the recording sheet for our interactive math notebooks. It's a great way to reinforce what we're doing in our centers with our math journals.

To get all of these resources in one place, check out the amazing bundle here.

Whew! That was long. I hope you got some great ideas from this post and I hope you have a fabulous week!

March Madness (and a freebie!)

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Can you believe March is right around the corner?! Didn't we JUST celebrate New Years?! Well, even though this year is flying by, I absolutely love the spring. The kids are more independent, routines are well established, and the classroom just buzzes along like a little family. #happyclassroom

One of my favorite things to do in the spring is watch the kids play baseball. My son plays every year and so do half the kids in my class. What better way to keep them engaged than with baseball math centers? There are units for kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade

The kindergarten unit covers skills including number recognition, addition to 12, subtraction within 10, graphing, number sequencing, non-standard measurement, skip counting, and comparing numbers. My littles love roll and cover games and they are SO EASY  to setup. All you need a couple of dice and some mini erasers, cubes, or color tiles for game pieces. Students add the sum of their dice and cover the matching number on their game board. They can even play alone or with a partner. 

Before and after number sequencing is a challenge every year. Get your littles motivated to practice with these baseball sequencing cards. You can laminate them and have students write on the cards themselves with dry erase markers, or have them write on the recording sheet. 

And what kid doesn't love to spin something? Teach your kinders how to graph with spin and graph cards. There are three graphing choices in the kindergarten unit. 

My first graders absolutely LOVED their baseball centers. Skills covered in this unit are telling time to the hour, adding 2 and 3 numbers together, base ten number comparisons, subtraction within 20, non-standard measurement, coin identification, number bonds, missing numbers, graphing, and adding on 10. For non-standard measurement, you could use paper clips, color tiles, cubes, or mini erasers. Who doesn't love mini-erasers?

Number sequencing is huge in primary grades right now. Right up there with mini erasers. Students pick a card and write in the numbers, including the missing number, on their recording sheet. Super simple, but effective and engaging. :) 

Do your firsties struggle with number bonds? Help them strike a home run with baseball number bonds. Students add the numbers at 1st and 3rd to equal the home score. Missing addends are included. 

The second grade unit includes addition and subtraction with regrouping, comparing three digit numbers, telling time to the quarter hour, standard measurement, adding US coins, 10 more/10 less, skip counting, and writing numbers in expanded and standard form. All of these centers are LOW PREP. Just print, laminate, and go. 

Whew! That was a long post! For staying with me, grab this write the room freebie in my store. It's perfect for kindergarten and 1st grade. 

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Fabulous February!

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Hey there! Can you believe it's already almost Valentines?! This year is flying by! Before it disappears, I want to share some of my favorite Valentines things with you, a freebie, and a chance to win a Teachers Pay Teachers gift card!

I recently updated a TON of resources in my store and I LOVE LOVE LOVE how they turned out. This was one of the first products I ever made and it got a major facelift this week. If you already have it, go re-download for the newest version.

It's so simple! Just post the cards around the room or place them in a sensory bin with your favorite Valentines treats. Your littles add up the pictures on each card and write the sum on their recording sheet. My kinders love this center!

My other favorites are my February Math Centers for each grade level. There's one for Kindergarten, one for 1st grade, and one for 2nd grade

Your littles can practice addition strategies…

…even and odd numbers…

…telling time...

…and SO MUCH MORE! Click on the image below to check out each set. 

And my favorite freebie of all is my Kindness Brag Tags. Every year, there's a student (or two) that need some gentle encouragement to be kind to others. If you need a little motivation to be kind in your classroom, click here or on the image below to get your FREE kindness tags.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to enter the giveaway below for a $10 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card, then click here to go to the next stop. Good luck and have a Fabulous Valentines!

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