Sunday, September 18, 2011

Monkey Math Work

I have the game, Monkey Math by Learning Mates, that I put in my math center each year, and the children just love it.

For the first half of the year, they mainly just explore with it; trying to make equals, piling as many bananas on each side as they can, etc. But as they were exploring with it this week, I was thinking ahead to late winter, early spring when we get into addition, and made a worksheet to go along with it. An example would be putting 3 bananas and 4 more bananas on one side, and trying to find the number that makes his arms balance on the other side like the 7 bananas. The worksheet is to record their findings. Enjoy!

    Monkey Math Addition


Saturday, September 10, 2011

I like apples! Predictable Chart

Apple picking season is here!  We love to do taste testing of red, yellow, and green apples.  Each year, I am surprised at how much I like green apples!  We make a graph of our results, and then write a predictable chart.  After practicing reading the sentences, we unscramble the sentences.  This year, we are going to try using this format inspired by Fran over at Kindergarten Crayons.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Pam's Plans

After many revisions, I have a temporary final draft of my plan template.  I like to make my own versus using a store bought plan book so that I don't have to write my schedule in every week.    Sometimes I enlarge it onto legal size paper.

I have "organized" my plan book in a few different ways over the years.
1.  on a clipboard (like one a coach uses) with my standards inside (they even make ones to hold legal sized paper

2. in a three pronged folder (what I am currently doing)
3.  use the school's binding machine to make my own more traditional plan book
4.  fill it out on the computer and just have an electronic copy
5.  And finally, a long, long, long time ago, we had to use the school provided plan book so I would just tape/staple the template onto the pages of the plan book.

Hope this inspires someone!