Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March Math Stations

Is it really the end of March already? What a busy month!

Would you believe that I took lovely photos earlier this month of my students working on their Dr. Seuss and St. Patrick's Day themed math stations and just never got around to posting them? Now we've moved on to spring themed activities and will be studying weather, plants, and farm animals so of course I'll be looking for math stations that go along with these themes.

Here's what we're up to this week in math.

 Station 1: Count and Link Game
(Students pick an elephant, read the number on the elephant, and connect that many links to the elephant's trunk. This game is simple but extremely popular with the kids-they love using the links. This game is from Lakeshore.)

Station 2: More or Less Game
(Students each pick a number card, compare their cards to see which partner has more/less, and then spin the spinner to see if the student with more or less wins the cards. The cards for this game are great since they have number words, numerals, tally marks, ten frames, and even objects to count. Lots of super number practice! This cute game from Mrs. Wills can be found here-it is a part of her Incredible Egg Oviparous Math Stations pack which has tons of great games in it that my kids have really enjoyed.)

Station 3: Roll-Count-Color
(Students roll two dice, add together the 2 numbers they rolled, and color in the egg showing the sum. This fabulous freebie from Me and Marie Learning can be found here along with some other great math freebies!)

Station 4: Strawberries in a Basket Counting Game
(Students roll the die, and then add that many strawberries to their basket. First player to collect 10 strawberries in their basket wins. A pretty simple game, but the kids love it - you can never get enough counting practice, right? I think this game will find its way to our play kitchen after it leaves our math stations. This darling game is from Lakeshore.)

 Station 5: Alligator Babies Game
(Students spin the spinner and then cover-up the corresponding number on their game board. I like that the spinner shows the ten frames and my kiddos certainly need the extra practice with teen numbers! This game from Mrs. Wills can be found here.)

 Station 6: Time to Hatch
(This is a memory game where students turn over cards and try to make a match. The hen cards show clocks, and the egg cards show the corresponding times. Once students have made a match, they record it on the recording sheet. A great game for practicing telling time to the hour and very cute graphics! This game from Mrs. Wills can be found here.)

Station 7: Oviparous Animals Spin and Graph
(Students spin the spinner, and then tally and graph their results on the recording sheet. Great for my kiddos that need some extra practice with tally marks! This game from Mrs. Wills can be found here.)

Station 8 A: Umbrella Number to Tally Match
(Students match up umbrellas-one set of umbrella cards shows tally marks, the other set shows the numeral and number word. This great freebie is from Kindergarten Hoppenings and can be found here with some other great spring freebies!)

Station 8 B: Missing Number Game
(I also put this umbrella themed number game in the Station 8 basket. Students look at the 2 umbrellas and have to figure out what number comes between them, then they put the missing number in the middle using the cloud cards. Great practice for number order. This game is from Musings of Me.)

Station 9: Raining Cats and Dogs Board Game
(This game has the cutest game board! And is easy to differentiate too! Students can use either number cards or addition/subtraction cards to determine how many spaces they move forward on the game board each turn. This game from Mrs. Wills can be found here.)

Station 10: Coin Grab Graph
(Students take turns pulling a coin out of the bag and recording the coins on their graph. I still have a few kiddos that are really struggling with coin recognition, so this is good practice! This game is a freebie from me that you can download here.)

I'd love to hear how your math station have been going. I'm just loving what math stations have done for my students this year. They get so much extra math practice each day and review skills that we may not be focusing on in our math book, but that they still need to keep fresh with.

My students are getting very good now with skills like number recognition, counting, comparing numbers, and graphing. We still need some extra practice with skills like coins, telling time, and measurement. We're coming up on addition and subtraction in our math book next, so I expect many of my stations to focus on that next month.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tackling the Tattling

Has anyone else had enough with tattling? I know this issue seems to pop up every year, but this particular class of kinders is full of tattlers. I have been doing everything I can to discourage tattling, but it just isn't working. So...I just bought two new books about tattling that will hopefully help me out.
The first book I found about tattling is called A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue. It is about a little boy who tattles so much that his mom tells him he will catch "tattle tongue" and his tongue will turn yellow with purple spots if he keeps it up. Thankfully, after a visit from the Tattle Prince, the boy is able to learn the rules about tattling and get his behavior under control. Even if parts of the books seem a little silly, I think the kids will really like this. There are lots of examples of tattling in the book that make it clear when it is okay to tell the teacher and when it is just tattling. I think I might copy this book's tattling rules onto poster board and implement them with my class!

The second book I found about tattling is called Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales. It's about a classroom of little pigs and their teacher who has had enough with their "squealing" - I can totally relate. The teacher eventually teaches the class the difference between when something is a "big deal" and it is okay to come to her and when something is a "kid-sized problem" that the kids can work out themselves. I think after reading this book to my kiddos I might have them work with me to create a list of "big deals" vs. "kid-sized problems" and then we can role play ways to solve the "kid-sized problems."

If you have any other great book recommendations of books that deal with tattling or other classroom behavior issues let me know!