Monday, March 20, 2017

4 Advantages to Word Study You Should Know About

Are you stuck giving the dreaded weekly spelling test? You know- the one where a few students can already spell all the words on Monday morning and a few others can barely spell any on Friday afternoon and the carryover into written work is hit or miss for all.

Although weekly spelling tests are an educational institution, around when I was a kid and apparently still a common approach to teaching spelling, it's a one-size fits all approach when the kiddos in your classroom come in all different sizes, each with unique learning needs.

Read this post to find out some of the advantages of word study over traditional weekly spelling. Find free jelly bean sorts here!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Fun and Easy Way to Remember the Make Ten Facts

We've all been there before! Your students are looking at you with adorable but completely blank faces. You know you thoroughly taught this skill just last month or you totally trust that last year's teacher covered this same material.

What is a teacher to do?

Give & Take Make Ten is a math game crafted to engage your kindergarten, first, and second grade students in learning, reviewing, and retaining the Make 10 addition facts.

One of my biggest frustrations was teaching the Make Ten addition facts, the number combinations that equal ten. My students would develop conceptual understanding and develop automaticity with these equations after participating in numerous activities. I would even take the time to integrate learning this strategy with previously taught addition fact strategies. And we would move on to learning the next strategy.