Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Weekly Maths Programming

I shared a pic of my Sunday afternoon work on Instagram and on Facebook over the weekend - my maths programming.I was quite chuffed at how many people commented on it - to me it is just my program. And I know a lot of you don't use NSW outcomes or Best Start....but I thought I would share it here as it might give you some ideas of how to adjust your own programming.

Someone asked me how to get started doing something like this - I'm not sure if it was the design on the content, so I'll just comment on the design first. It is simply a table I created in ppt and merged and added cells to where needed. The font is Hello Doodle Print (one of my all time faves from Jen Jones) and the cute shapes to define the groups are from Krista Wallden.

Anyways....moving on to the content.

This is a view of my whole week. The top page is probably my most important page - reporting wise. The categories listed are
  • Strand - tells what what broad topic it is. This one is Whole Number
  • Outcomes - Similar to Common Core, these are the statements that drive teaching in NSW. In the next 2 years, we will be moving to objectives similar to the rest of Australia.
  • Best Start Focus - Best Start is an assessment tool to help teachers of students in K-2 (soon to be K-6) to monitor and assess what their students can do. You are able to place students in clusters in each aspect and the program tells you what they need to be able to do to move to the next cluster.
  • Key ideas - tells me what I am trying to achieve with the activities in the lesson, for all students 
The other boxes have debeloped over time.
  • Language - I find this one very useful to make a note of the specific language I want my students to be using throughout the lesson
  • Modelled teaching - I take time at the beginning of every lesson (sometimes at the end!) as well as a small group teacher focussed lesson to do my modeled teaching, focussing on whatever topic each group needs, as determined by Best Start.

I currently have 5 groups who move through 4 rotations. Some activities are similar but some are very different as different groups need to practice different skills to move through the clusters.
My activities for last week are a bit hard to read but essentially each group moves through 4 stations
  1. Teacher focussed lesson - this week we are looking at (from the lowest groups) teen numbers - as these groups need this skill to move on, and doubles for my higher groups.
  2. IWB lesson - we used TopMarks and we used the caterpillar number games
  3. and 4 were independent work activities based on the group need. Some of the wonderful games that I have used were found on TPT:
Serving Up Numbers by Stef Galvin
Back to School Math Pack by From the Pond 
Bug Bingo Set (we used the teen number bingo cards) by From the Pond 

The bottom part of the plans are all about concluding the lessons
  • Concluding activities - I also find it nice to do a whole class activity and a reflection of the lesson. My current activity we have been doing every day is my Interactive Ten Frame flashcards
  • Resources needed - I sometimes do a much more detailed list than this to make sure I list everything each activity needs.
  • Assessment - how am I going to assess the lesson. I usually am jotting notes each lesson, plus I use the reflection the students give me, and any concrete recording such as a sheet or writing on the whileboards.
  • Evaluation - now I am not going to lie. I suck at evaluating my lessons each week. It is something I know I need to improve on. But the box is there.....
I hope you have enjoyed a look at my maths programming proforma :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Made It!

This is my first time linking up with Monday Made It...hopefully not the last!

This is what my project started out like...a sad, beat up (slightly dirty) table that my kids have used and abuse. It used to have matching chairs which have since bit the dust.

All I did was sand it slightly before I started. I didnt take progress pics, but it was a 2 step process. Firstly, I painted the legs and under side of the table. I ended up doing 3 coats to cover over the darker colours on the legs. The I painted the table top with black board paint (2 coats)

The table being tested out.
My kids think its pretty fun to draw on the table. I see this as an option for some kid of literacy or maths group activity down the track - I actually bought a second table from an op shop for this very reason.

What do you think?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Word Family Sliders

You might have seen the little seek peek on my Facebook page. But it finished and I can't wait to laminate it for groups for next week!
Graphics from Graphics from the Pond (of course!)

So what is it?

It is a fun, interactive way for kids to play with making words by using the same word ending (word family).
I'll let the pics explain.

Here it is in action!
You get four word families per page and the matching strips on the next page. You also get a fun flip book to get students to record their words in. This is blank and the students write the word families on the front and words under the flap.

Here is Miss M testing it out!
She started out with -at...her handwriting is getting better :) She loves Kindergarten

You get two 'inside' templates, one with lines and one without, for your students to record on. It also then becomes something for them to read to themselves or at home with their families.

Would you like one of these? Comment on how this will help your kids and leave your email. I will pick one random number in 24hours. Click on any of the pics to go and grab it from my TPT store.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Washi Clipboard tutorial


Sickness be gone!

I was sick and then my son was sick too. I need to go and spray some Glen 20 around the house and banish the germs!

But I'm here...and I have what you want!

A washi-tape clipboard tutorial.

Some asked for a video but I honestly couldnt face my own snotty voice being recorded.

So its just pics for now :)
 Assemble your supplies - I used a small clipboard (A5 size, but you could easily do this with a larger one - just make sure your roll of tape is long enough to cover it all!), the washi you are using and a sharp knife,

 I found it easier to start at the top, right under the metal clip as it gave me a straight (enough) line to work from.

 You need to take this slowly, especially if you are matching up a pattern like with this tape. You will need to slightly layer the tape on top of each other to preserve the pattern.

 As I worked down the board, I was slicing off the excess tape at the finishing end so it was flush with the board. I actually left the beginning end alone until the end because I felt it helped me with the pattern.
There you go! Flapping in the breeze.

Once I  had covered the board I went back to the top and covered the small spaces on either side of the metal clip, still maintaining the pattern and following the exact steps from above.
When my board was finished, I flipped it over and cut the excess of my starting side.
This is a board I ripped tape off - you can see it was quite easy and not a lot was left behind in the way of residue. I thought I could use it to cover another board, but this time in a vertical fashion to see if it was any easier or faster.
I have to say it was a bit faster, difficulty still about the same, but I think I preferred it the other way. Of course, if your pattern runs this way, it is still quite effective and cute! 

And there you have it - washi-tastic!

So what do you think? 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Celebrating Graphics from the Pond Premium Club

Just over one year ago, I was just venturing into the world of TPT and buying clipart!! An amazing offer came across my screen and it was too good to refuse....and I officially joined Graphics from the Pond Premium Club. This meant I received graphics each day - ranging from whole sets, to line art, borders and more!

Sadly, the graphics club has just finished up after a fantastic year of graphics and my friend Tania at Mrs Poultney's Ponderings had a fantastic idea

It is a way of saying thanks to Mel Lloyd - the brains behind Graphics from the Pond and From the Pond, for all her hard work and dedication. All you need to do is share your favourite Premium Club inspired product that you have made.

This is mine. You can read about it in my blog post HERE.

Personally I want to thank Mel for the amount of effort she has given to her club members. Her graphics have just gotten better and better and I now find it hard to use others!

If you were part of this amazing graphics club, go and link up on Tania's blog by clicking the graphic at the top of the post. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sunday Smorgasboard

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I'm on the second week of my mid year break so things are definitely a bit random.
Today my girl and I went to see Monsters U - loved it!!! She was keen for some popcorn...Mum can I have the big bucket? Sure hun, whatever you want lol.
Washi! My new craze. I ordered some from Etsy, which is currently winging its way to me. But my friend Stef from Miss Galvin Learns, told me that some local art shops had it. Well....I just had to buy one two!

Look at this cute onsie! I wanted to buy it for my son as he is Batman mad but the husband talked me out of it....Lucky I know where to go back and find it.

And speaking of onsies, one of my kinder teacher friends has bought a 1D onsie for the whole kinder team to dress up in :)

Random I know!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Freebie Inspirational Quote

Happy weekend.

I heard this said yesterday and thought it was awesome.

I hope you can use it, either in your personal life or in the classroom.

Click the pic to go and grab from Google Docs

Freebie Fridays

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Interactive Subitizing Powerpoint

I have been trying to think of ways to help my students subitizing skills. I have the prerequisite flashcards printed, we do look at the at least once a week (probably not enough I know). But needed something easy and quick to fill in those moments with some learning.

So this was born

What is it? It is your flashcards in a powerpoint! And it has both ten frames and twenty frames, making it perfect for differentiation.
But there is more!
The ten frame and twenty frame pages each have the choice of 3 different speeds so again, differentiation is easy!

The slow speed is set at 5 seconds, medium at 3 and fast at 1 second to really challenge those brains!

The best part about this is once you pick your level, the show runs for you! (giving you 1 minute of total peace  valuable assessment time to watch your students while rummaging in your desk for the emergency chocolate).

The bonus round is a mix of ten and twenty frames and is set to 3 seconds each.

I always give one away when I blog about something new....
Tell me why this would be a great tool to have in your classroom. Don't forget your email! I will pick one random number in 24 hours  from now (10am Sydney time on Friday)

go and grab it in my TPT store by clicking any of the pics.