Saturday, May 30, 2015

Spotlight Saturday!

Oh, glorious Saturday. This is the first time this week I've woken up and said "It's finally Saturday!" and it was true. Real talk, it happened twice this week. End of the school year exhaustion is REAL.

This Saturday, I'm linking up with Erin from Kindergarten Dragons for Spotlight Saturday, a place where you can spotlight some awesome classroom resources and give shout outs to those awesome creators.

This week I am spotlighting two things that worked really well in my classroom the past week.

The first is a free product from The Scrappy Penguin. I noticed my kids were awesome at decomposing tens (thanks, GoNoodle!), but struggled with other numbers. After a quick TpT search, I came across this simple goodness.

Did it cover the standard I needed it to? Yep.
Was it super easy to use? Totally.
Did it allow me to burst out the bingo daubers to keep the children contained entertained during these last, difficult weeks? You betcha.

Look at them go! The second one seriously made me almost cry. This guy didn't know what purple was until January. He couldn't consistently recognize numbers 0-10 until April. He struggles but works so hard. AND HE DID THIS ON HIS OWN. Sure, maybe they aren't alllllll 100%, but he did this ON HIS OWN, WAS SUCCESSFUL WITH IT, and FELT SO GREAT ABOUT HIMSELF.

These are very colorful, and made a nice looking bulletin board. We are required to change boards by the first of the month, and this was a cute and easy one to put up that I don't mind being taken down in 17 days.

I have also used The Scrappy Penguin's Ice Cream Cone Word Family center, and it is great! Go show her some love!

We all love us some freebies, but I don't mind paying for a quality product that a teacher clearly spent time and energy creating. By far, one of the best purchases I've made is the Grab & Graph Pack from Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

This pack has everything! You can use so many materials, like art materials every teacher has hoarded in their closets, or manipulatives like pattern blocks, coins, or the amazing counter set from Lakeshore (which I scored at the beginning of the year through a Donor's Choose grant!).

I love that with so many options, I can keep this as a center pretty much all year. At the beginning of the year, I can go simple by sorting teddy bear sizes, button holes,  or bug colors, which give fewer options. As students become more advanced, they can do the graphs with more options, like kinds of transportation, sea animals, or crayons. I like to put different shades of crayons in the baggie for more classification practice :) Mrs. Plemons also provides some blank forms, which I use to let students come up with their own graphs (they've done some cool ones barrette types, barrette styles, transformer sizes). They know the format, so they can answer the interpretation questions on their own.

Oh right, the interpretation questions! Making a graph is great and all, but ya gotta know what it all means! Each graph has about 5 questions to answer, such as which has the most/least, how many X and Y do you have combined, and how many X do you have in all? These questions really make my kids think, add, and prove their work. During our standardized test, one of my guys raised his hand and was excited because "we did this!" last week during centers. This pack has made my kids super proficient in graphing, and it is a must have for a kindergarten math teacher!

What resources do you love? Spotlight them with us!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a great Spotlight! Thank you so very much for linking up and sharing this with us! I love the 'partner's of' freebie, and I know my kiddos would be stoked to use the BINGO daubers! That's a great idea! I LOVE that math graphing packet, and those interpretation questions sound great! I'll definitely be checking that one out! Thank you so much for sharing such a great post with us, so glad you could link up!

    Warmest Wishes,