Sunday, April 27, 2014

Launch into Space au, aw Word Work unit

Happy Sunday, friends! It is gloomy and rainy here in Bama and I am loving it!! Perfect day to nap and post a TpT unit, of course! 

One of my goals this school year was to make a word work unit to go along with our phonics skills with our new reading series.
I am thrilled that I am finally finishing up the last few units!! I will be posting these soon and will also bundle them together for a year long first grade phonics word work unit pack! 

The latest word work unit is posted in my shop and I would love to give it away to 2 peeps! 
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Have a great week! 
Countdown is on - 4 weeks to go!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Place Value {Quick Tip}

Hey, long lost blog friends! Hope everyone has had a fabulous spring break and a blessed Easter! 
We are in the home stretch now!!!! 

Here is a quick change that I implemented this year and it has made a WORLD of difference with my firsties understanding of place value! I saw this tip on Pinterest many moons ago, but when I went back to try to find the source, I didn't have it pinned and a quick search left me empty handed. If you know who to credit, let me know!

Instead of using straws to count the number of days in school, use place value tens towers and ones cubes! Is that not GENIUS?!

Even though we don't formally explore place value until late winter/early spring in first grade, the kiddos see ten ones cubes being traded for a ten tower on the 10th day of school! By the time we started studying place value, they had seen this trade about 10 times! I swear, y'all, it has made the BIGGEST difference in my firsties understanding of place value! 

Easy change, big impact! LOVE!

My favorite Place Value resource is from Cara Carroll - check it out!

Have a great week, y'all!!
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