Last Week in Review, Visual Plans (my way), and a BIG FREEBIE

If you follow me other places like FB or Instagram, then you have already seen this picture, but I wanted to share where I decided to hang the anchor chart.
 I put it right next to our door so that when we leave the room for specials, lunch, recess, etc that the students see the anchor chart over and over.  We also say it as a class as it has a nice sing-songy tune to it!


I need a few more days with this topic before I assess my kids (because subtraction with regrouping is HARD stuff) so I put together this little packet for you too!  You can snag it by clicking on the picture below and heading to my TPT store!


Even though we have moved on to much more difficult concepts, my kids are using my Sum Fall for 2nd graders Packet to work on our automaticity in adding. I use this packet during Math Work Stations. I keep preaching to them that the better we are at our basic addition and subtraction facts, the easier the rest of the year (or math forever) will be!

We are up to our elbows in informational writing in my classroom.  I pulled out one of my tried and true snacks to use as an example for How-To writing.  

Tuesday-  We made spider crackers and wrote as a class.
Wednesday-  We wrote the procedures on our own.
Thursday- We went to the preschool class to use our directions and make the snack with the cuties!
Friday- We began writing our individual How-To pieces.
Here is my very own cutie-preschooler making her own snack!

Next we did this AWESOME art project.  I love crafts,  I do... BUT I LOVE real art.  
 I am not yelling at you---I promise.  

During Nash's karate class twice a week, I sit with this super talented and fun teacher from a few miles down the road and talk about school.  She suggested this art project and I am SO glad she did.

We read Crankenstein (adorable), made our own Frankensteins with oil pastels (double adorable), and wrote about our own personal connections to the book (ding ding ding-standards).  

Here is my Frankenstein:


And here are just a couple examples from my OOBER talented kiddos:


I cannot believe that it is NOVEMBER already, BUT I am super excited that last weekend I busted my tail to have November Busy Teacher finished! It made getting ready for homework next week so much easier!


If you are looking for first grade centers for November...look no further :)  

I will be marching these across the hall to my first grade buddies tomorrow.  No need for them to sit in my file cabinets!
 

Or you can get them bundled here:



My big plan is to work on November 2nd grade Centers today.... in between preparing for the week and visiting the Dinosaur Extravaganza with Nash :)  We shall see!


23 comments

  1. Thank you so much for the freebie, Katie! We are finishing patterns then working on strategies for solving 2 digit addition and subtraction starting next week. We should be moving to the algorithm by the end of November (although in CCSS you don't technically teach it until 4th grade) but we know better than to let that lag!

    Leigh
    The Applicious Teacher

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    1. Leigh- I know!!! It is such a balancing act to align to the common core, but teach my district's program with "fidelity." But what is teaching other than a balancing act :)

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  2. Thanks so much for the freebie. I can't wait to use it with my older first graders. I love the look of your blog...did you recently change the design?
    Sara
    First Grade Funtastic

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    1. Sara- I changed it this summer! I used Parker Jones if you are looking for a designer :) He is awesome!

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  3. Katie I love it! Thank you so much for the freebie!

    Mrs. Shipley
    Mrs. Shipley's Fabulous Firsties

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    1. thanks Farrah! You are always SO sweet to me :)

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  4. Thanks so much for the freebie! I'm just getting into subtraction story problems in my class and we will soon be moving along to the algorithm!

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  5. Thank you for the freebie! I have a couple of first graders who will be ready for this very soon!

    Blessings,
    Sarah
    smbhankinson@gmail.com
    Learning is for Superstars
    follow on Facebook

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  6. I love all of your math & literacy centers (as well as EVERY.OTHER.PRODUCT you make!) ..... how do you store them? I'm having some major issues figuring out a system to store & save them. ugh.

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  7. I've never seen Crankenstein before. That book looks adorable! So do your spider crackers. :)
    ❤ Traci
    Dragonflies in First

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  8. Katie - that book looks awesome. I haven' t heard of it...need to check it out for next year! Cute stuff as always!
    xoxo,
    Vicky
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

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