Math Work Stations Day 1

If you have read my blog more than a couple of times, you know I love Math Work Stations.  Well today, I put my money where my mouth is and DOVE into day one of work stations.

I have written two posts about Math Work Stations in the last few months....

Today will be a super quick post (did I mention I work up for the gym at 4:40) to show you what is going on in my room.

Here is my board this year:

I actually have 25 students this year so I have chosen to go with a couple of groups of 3.  If this doesn't work well I will reevaluate and might add two more stations.

Here are two of my cuties using my Zoo Number Sense Freebie.   I was SO impressed by their gumption.  They were writing number sentences with the numbers on the cards as sums.  Way to go girls!

This station is from my Ready or Not pack and was prefect to help me see some beginning of the year skills from some other kids. 

Here is another game that required my students to do 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, 1 less.  They knocked it out of the park....I'm thinking about running down the hall and kissing those 1st grade teachers!

For computers, I had these boys on an oldie but a goodie  Fruit Shoot!  Umm do all kids love seeing things blow up like mine do?

I also use these stations to learn about my kids as workers.  I was impressed by their ability to set up, work together, and play the games with each other.  For a first attempt...really I couldn't ask for more!
A lot of people ask what I am doing during this time???  Well right now I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off.  No really?  Usually I am conducting a small group. Today I gave my group some easy tasks and then monitored the room.  I will eventually get my kids to 100% independence.  BUT for now, I am realistic.  They still need me.  It's all about gradual release! So today I had my girls list ways to "make" 13, 14, and 15.  

PHEW!  Now this tired teacher is headed to bed!  Night y'all!

Dinosaurs for girls and boys!

One of my oldest and dearest friends wrote a BOOK!  I can't even express how proud I am!

Today I went to the book signing for Little Miss "P," a book about dinosaurs with a different spin!

Anne Magill has two precious daughters, but one of them (Merritt) is obsessed with dinosaurs.  Her dream is to be a paleontologist when she grows up!  Anne Magill couldn't find books that would appeal to Merritt as a girl AND dino-lover, so she wrote one!!!

Here it is!

I just love this page!  Girls are so much more than frilly dresses and tiaras!

 I know my dinosaur books and I KNOW they have all kinds of vocabulary so I love that Anne Magill included a glossary!

Another fantastic thing about the book, another one of our high school friends illustrated the book!  I can't even express to y'all how happy this makes me! 

We already had a copy for home, but I just knew my kids at school would love the book too!

This book is just too sweet!  I can't wait to share it with my kids this week!  You can get your own copy here.  Make sure to use the code queenofjungle for 15% off! Have a wonderful week y'all!