Anchor charts, new product, and a math FREEBIE!!

I never thought I would say this:

But I truly love to blog!

I always thought:
“How do people do it?” “How do they find the time to take such awesome pictures and talk about their teaching?”

Honestly, I love to do this.

Every Friday night, after a long day {let’s face it: we all probably have a love/hate relationship with Fridays} I get my BFF Merlot on the side, my boys in bed, my chihuahua and Honey Graham  next to me, laptop on… and just write. Quiet. Geeky. Cathartic.

Movin’ along…

This week as I have introduced the “apples” theme, I took two books and truly modeled how to compare two texts on the same topic.


It is important to model text-to-text connections with fiction and nonfiction text because the kiddos really need to be able to see the differences between stories and informational books. These are some of the misconceptions I was able to tackle:
  • Informational books are called stories
  • Informational books have story elements like characters, problems, solutions.
  • Fiction books can be read in sections. In other words, you can read the beginning, ignore the middle, and pick up by the end.

double bubble apple

Tip: If you use sticky notes and you let your students be part of your focus lesson, you  will have an interactive anchor chart! Winking smile

I also took “Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie” and modeled,  for the first time this year, a written retelling.




Written retelling is a HUGE skill! These are some observations based on my first mini-lesson:
  • Teach the kids to truly address THAT particular prompt. After I read the prompt word by word, we discussed as a class what a retelling is. They were talking about everything, except a true sense of the story.
  • Teach the kids the meaning of the word prompt.
  • Teach the kids to determine importance when retelling. There are some details in every story that are not crucial.

Lots of good teaching to do!

In math we continue to build fluency to the number ten. This week we worked on missing parts of a ten, this is the anchor chart I made with my sweet firsties:

Pardon the crooked lines! #madeinahurry

Learning about missing parts of a ten was a great way to introduce number bonds and missing addend number sentences.

Missing parts of a ten

Missing parts of a ten1

We have also been working on ordering numbers:



Comparing numbers:


Different ways to make a ten:



All these activities are included in My Apple a Day! Math stations for firs grade, they are perfect for the first months of first grade. You can click on the picture to get this product from my store



I have also translated it into Spanish for those immersion and dual language classrooms. Click on the picture to check it from my TpT store.


If you would like a sample from this product, click HERE! 

I will see you all again next week to show you what we have done for Apple Day! Have a blessed and productive week!!

On a 10 kick and FREEBIES!!

Hi there you guys!

I have not been posting as much because I am really focusing on my action research with the Governor’s Teacher Network. Just in case you didn't know, my focus is on best practices in order to meet the very high expectation of mCLASS Reading 3D. I tell you what!? I am learning quite a lot! I will be sharing all my findings with you here in my little blog.
My sweet boys are keeping me very busy as well. Our soccer schedule is getting very intense, and I drive little sweet boys around the city on a daily basis…there is nothing else I rather do though! My boys love their soccer and I love the fact that they are passionate about “something” at an early age.
Moving on!
As a grade level we are  working hard on establishing a strong concept of the number ten.  This year, more than ever we are focusing on subitizing, ten frames and Rekenrek bracelets.  One of the things that we did as a grade level was to throw a  10th day of school bash!! We had a great time full of math fun!
We began by reading this book about two friends who go on a butterfly hunt, but it really is an addition adventure!!

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These are some of the materials I used:




We practiced some counting and cardinality by doing this sticker activity. Just in case you are wondering, the stickers came from the $1 section of Target.



I asked my Honey Graham to help me create a poem about how to make a tens frame.  I am so glad he is so talented with words, it would have taken me until the apocalypse to come up with something like this! True story people!

  It is very important that my kiddos learn how to make a ten frame early in the school year because this is  one of the ways in which  my students will explain problem solving strategies. By doing this activity, with the poem, I could address problems like these:




We also took the time to draw things that come in tens like toes and dimes:



And we also made our names out of 10 base blocks! I am really sorry I don’t have a picture of the final project!!


You can get all these printables by clicking here!

I hope you can use these activities and your kiddos enjoy them as much as mine did!
Have a great week friends!!!