Bright Math Ideas Blog Hop

My friends and I are doing a fun Blog Hop this weekend and we are giving away a math freebie! As a library teacher, math is not my main focus but I do try to incorporate math skills into my lessons. One way I do that is with my Bookworm Cards. I make these cards by printing them out on 2 inch by 4 inch labels (Avery 5163). Then sticking them on index cards and then laminating them. I make enough for each table to get at least ten cards. I have about 100 of them. I use them for several different games. When we play my Fact and Opinion games, I give each table a Bookworm Card if they correctly choose fact or opinion. I also use it for my Fiction or Nonfiction PowerPoint game. Students really enjoy playing these games and part of the excitement is getting these Bookworm Cards. I think it is fun for them because they don't know what number card they are going to get and it's kind of like playing the lottery to see if they got big numbers! My rule is "no touching the cards" until I tell them to count their points. Otherwise the students pounce on each card as I put it on their table. Each card has a number 1 through 5 and the matching number of  pictures of books. Students can add up the numbers or count the books. I find that students do both strategies when adding up their points. I also use these cards for managing behavior. If a table is doing a good job, working quietly and on task, I will drop a Bookworm Card on their table. If a table is doing something inappropriate I might take one way. I might ask a certain student to bring me the top card on their stack and that usually gets a kid's attention fast! Get your free download of my Bookworm Cards by clicking like in the blue box below. Then be sure to hop to the next blog, Mrs. Payton's Precious Kindergarteners, by clicking on the blog button below! Have fun! [like-to-dl theme="blue" url="http://desertnites.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/desertnites-bookworm-cards.pdf" … [Read more...]

Halloween Fact and Opinion Game

  My 1st grade students really like when I play games like this one. Before getting started, I had to make a lot of Bookworm cards. I have 8 tables and I usually have my games in rounds of ten, so I need at least 80 cards. I use these cards for management of the class too. If students are doing a good job, I throw a Bookworm Card on their table. If they are doing something I don't like, I will take one back. Since the cards have different denominations on them, students never know for sure if they are losing, which keeps them motivated to get more cards. My rule is no one can touch the cards until I say it is time to count the points. Otherwise, they are attacking the cards every time I drop one. The cards have numbers  and books to count for students that can't add a bunch of numbers.   I made a PowerPoint presentation, with three rounds of 10 sentences, that are either a fact or an opinion, all about Halloween. Each table gets a card that has fact on one side and opinion on the other. I put up a slide and read it aloud, give the students a few seconds to quietly discuss it, they put their answer card face up on the table, then I walk around checking answers. I get a lot of exercise on game days. If students got the correct answer, they get a card. Then I click the mouse and reveal the answer.   At the end of the round, students add up their points. I double check and the winner gets a little prize. Then on to round 2! To purchase the PowerPoint presentation and the Bookworm Cards, visit my TPT store. The cute witches are from Whimsy Primsy at Digiwebstudio and Kristi W. Designs also at Digiwebstudio.   … [Read more...]