Monday, August 24, 2015

First Grade Friends and Fact Fuency

This week our quest continues to bond our first graders into a first grade family.  For as much as they chat, you would think it would be an easier task!  One of our activities this week is "I can be a friend!"

 I made one with areas of the school and one without!  You can click on the picture to download a copy! {or here}  (I love the Whimsy Kids clip art!)

I am also beginning our departmentalizing this week!  We start with thirty minute sessions so we have time to teach routines and to develop some classroom bonding!  I am starting this week with Amy Lemons's Unit:
Let's Get Started {Beginning of the Year Math Activities}

We worked on the mathematician  craftivity last week and this week I am excited to start our Interactive Notebook with the tools vs. toys sort!

I am also starting my newest unit on Addition and Subtraction Fact Fluency! {1.OA.6}
Addition and Subtraction Fact Fluency {Common Core Aligned}
I start with testing my students to find their level and then each student sets their own goals so that they become fluent in their addition and subtraction facts. 
(example of test)

I use observation instead of time keeping to determine if a child is truly fluent.
(this is the form I use to to record observations)

After I find the correct level for each student, I conference with each one to help them set their own goal.

(goal sheet)

Then each child works on activities based on their level. (also included)

(some examples of practice pages)

 Each level has a booklet, a sort, a set of flash cards, and another way to practice!  I store all the activities in an expandable file that I have for each level.

I also store the tests in a similar file.

It takes a little time to set up, but once it is ready to go, differentiating in your classroom is so easy!
Last year, I had 60 students all working on their correct level of fluency and getting targeted practice exactly at the level they need.  I also use the file folder labels as tub labels for other centers and games.

I will post more this week about the other games and activities I use to practice fluency!
Have a great Monday!

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