Math Sorts for First Grade

About a month or so ago, I created a set of math and grammar sorts for my 2nd graders. I normally use these math sorting activities to complement our BUILD math centers and our Daily 5 stations. A number of teachers have emailed me to ask for the first grade and third grade counterparts. Even though I am not teaching 1st grade any longer, I am pretty familiar with the standards and with what students need to know and be able to do.

What Is Included?

These math sorting activities target almost every  1st grade math standard. There are 4 sections that target operations and algebraic thinking, geometry, measurement, number sense, and place value.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

The math sorting activities in this section focus on addition and subtraction to 20, fact families, part - part- whole relationships, and understanding the equal sign. In most of the sorts, students will have to solve different types of equations and THEN sort between true and false.

All of the sorts are differentiated without watering down the high order thinking skill or the mathematical concept.


I also included a couple of geometry sorts. Students will sort to determine the attributes and non-attributes of 3-D and 2-D shapes, as well as some fraction activities that go very well with our BUILD math centers.


In the measurement section, you will find math sorting activities for standard and non-standard units of measurement, telling time to the hour and half hour, and measurement tools.

Number Sense and Place Value

This is just about my absolute favorite section. #numbersenseismyfavoite
In this section, students will find math sorting activities to practice and review the counting sequence, tens and ones, comparing numbers, place value, ten more -ten less.

These math sorting activities are very easy prep, they will save you tons of time! If you are interested in these math sorting activities, you can find them in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

November Math Centers Based on BUILD

Hi everyone!

I simply wanted to let you know that the November math centers for first grade based on BUILD are up and running!

As usual, each monthly pack contains three rounds of math stations based on BUILD. Every single activity is Common Core aligned, and if you want to learn more about BUILD math stations you may click HERE!

So let me show you what is inside:

1. Addition feast --> 1.OA.C.6
2. “Gobble” fact families mathtivity --> 1.OA.C.5, 1.OA.C.6
3. Various Printables that target subtraction, comparing numbers, number sense --> 1.OA.C.6, 1.NBT.A.1, 1.NBT.B.3
4. Thankful ordering numbers --> 1.NBT.B.3
5. Three mats with CGI type word problems --> 1.OA.A.1

6. Turkey Fact Families --> 1.OA.C.5, 1.OA.C.6
7. Turkey and Gravy Place Value --> 1.NBT.B.2
8. Various Printables that target ordering numbers, addition and subtraction, understanding the equal sign --> 1.OA.C.5, 1.OA.C.6, 1.NBT.B.3
9. Ordering numbers scoot --> 1.NBT.A.1, 1.NBT.B.3
10. Three mats with CGI type word problems --> 1.OA.A.1

11. Subtraction Scoot --> 1.OA.C.6
12.Shape Wreath Mathtivity --> 1.G.A.1
13. Various Printables that target missing number in addition situations, true and false number sentences, number sense. --> 1.OA.C.5, 1.OA.D.8, 1.OA.D.7, 1.OA.C.6, 1.NBT.B.3, 1.NBTA.A.1
14. True and False Equation sorts --> 1.OA.D.7
15.Three mats with CGI type word problems --> 1.OA.A.1

These are some pics:

Gobble fact families

Place Value

Geometry wreath

Word problem mats:

Ordering numbers

Addition and subtraction

More fact families

You can purchase this resource from my TPT store. You may also be interested in the BUNDLE to save!
Actually the December pack will be uploaded earlier this month.

Tons of love and gratitude,

Grammar sorts for 2nd grade

Hey, hey teacher friends!

Who else feels like teaching royalty when they walk out of the school on Friday and ALL of their activities are ready for the week ahead!?
Now, planning time is something that we all crave big time. I actually spend most of my planning time designing  independent meaningful ,engaging, high order, activities for language arts and math.

One of our absolute favorite activities these days is sorts of all sorts.
See what I did there?
We started with math sorts not long ago, and I have seen such great progress in all of my students, that I decided to give these grammar sorts a try.
When it comes to literacy instruction, the curriculum is so dense... I really work hard at making my balanced literacy lesson plans just that: balanced. I am truly devoted to providing my students with different instructional formats to meet their needs: whole group, small groups, individual conferences, partner work, etc. Most of their time is used for comprehension and vocabulary instruction and strategies.
But how about language?
It is so fun to teach, and our students discover the beauty of parts of speech, plurals, types of sentences, word relationships.
And so much more!
When our students are aware of the structure of our language, they start to notice how the text works in close reading routines. This is just one of the many advantages! Generally speaking, my students complete these sorts independently during their literacy stations, while I meet with small groups or I do individual conferences.

Once again I am sounding like a text book. Lordy mercy!

Let me show you what is inside these grammar and language sorts:

I also teach the students to do the sorts in three different ways:

1. Cut and paste:
 Students do the traditional cut and paste in their journals or in a piece of construction paper.

2. Solve and highlight:

If you don't want to have your students cutting and pasting, you may provide them with two highlighters. This way, they can sort and enjoy some "fun pens" while learning important concepts and skills.

3. Sort and snap:
So if you are a friend of technology and want to save copies, you are going to love this. All you have to do, is to print the sorts on card stock or construction paper and laminate. Cut the sorts and place them in a safe envelope or in resealable sandwich bag.  If the student has to solve a sort before actually sorting, make sure to provide a dry erase marker. Once students have solved and sorted, they may snap a picture with an approved device/app and send it your way for review, voila! If I may say, my favorite app? Seesaw.


If you are interested in purchasing these grammar sorts, you can get them from my TPT store! You may also be interested in my Math sorts for 2nd graders, you may check them out HERE!
Thanks for reading teacher friends, until next time!

October Math Centers Based on BUILD

Howdy teacher friends!

I simply wanted to drop by and let you know that I have uploaded the October Math work stations for first grade to my shop. They are based on the BUILD  Math centers rotation system, which you can read about HERE.

These are the first grade instructional activities and Common Core standards that you can find in this October math centers pack:

1. How many more to make a ten puzzles --> CCS 1.OA.C.5, 1.OA.C.6, 1.NBT.3
2. Pumpkin vine QR codes {Ordering numbers} --> CCS 1..NBT.B.3
3. Independent work printables --> 1.OA.C.5, 1.OA.C.5
4. True and False spooky sorts --> 1.OA.D.7, 1.NBT.A.1
5. 3 CGI Type word problem mats --> 1.OA.A.1
6. Fact families scoot --> 1.OA.C.5
7. Classroom shape hunt booklet --> 1.G.A.1
8. Independent work printables --> 1.OA.B.3, 1.OA.C.6, 1.NBT.A.2, 1.NBT.B.3
9.Popsicle teens --> 1.NBT.B.2.B, 1.OA.C.6
10. 3 CGI Type word problem mats --> 1.OA.A.1
11. Missing number in addition and subtraction scoot --> 1.OA.C.5
12. Sums of 10 sorts --> 1.OA.C.6
13. Independent work printables --> 1.OA.C.5, 1.OA.D.7, 1.NBT.B.3, 1.OA.B.3
14. Wicth Mathtivity --> 1.G.A.1, 1.G.A.2
15. 3 CGI Type word problem mats --> 1.OA.A.1

Take a look st some pictures:

Fact families!

Place value that will help your students practice understand that a "teen" is made out of one ten and some ones.

Oh the importance of the number 10!

Practicing missing number in addition and subtraction situations.

 Ordering numbers... using iPads or any device with a QR code reader.

Hunting for shapes in the environment!

Last but not least...  CGI word problem mats!!

You can purchase this resource from my TPT store.
You may also buy the growing bundle of BUILD math centers for first grade and save! Click HERE for the bundle!

Thank you for reading teacher friends! Until next time!

Math Sorts for 2nd Grade

Hello everyone!

As I get more acquainted with the 2nd grade standards, I am more certain that I made the right choice by moving from 1st to 2nd grade. I love how mature my students are, and how much they still love the little things.
One of my absolute favorite things to teach has definitely been math. As the year goes on, I am always looking to create activities and resources that can help me move my students forward with intention  and precision. I want to support and challenge them all  without ignoring those high order thinking skills!

Sorting  increases the thinking process because it grows in complexity and it requires my students to engage beyond simple recalling or naked operations. Also, there is a lot of construction of meaning that goes  beyond instructional communication.
I know I sound like a textbook.
Ha! I love to go beyond a worksheet.
There is no other time in which my students are more engaged than when I create an activity that involves high order thinking skills. One of my 2nd grade teammates told me that some of her students have a hard time cutting and pasting. So instead, she has them highlighting according to the categories in the sort. How clever!

These are some of the sections in this fun and engaging resource:

This geometry section has the students classifying between quadrilaterals and not quadrilaterals, shapes with parallel lines, 3D and 2D shapes and so much more. Tons of academic vocabulary and concept development here, if you ask me!

Telling time to the hour, half hour, 5 minutes. Coins and values, sums with coins and coin names. Measurement tools, the Metric and Customary systems and so much more.

Number Sense and Place Value:

This is my absolute favorite!  Students need to have the ability to understand different concepts to be able to sort and classify these activities. They need to understand their tens and ones, greater than-less than, and the equal sign. With these sorts, students will also start digging into the world of estimation! Such an important skill for third grade!!

Operations Math Sorts:
With these sorts students will have to solve in order to classify!  They will sort between even and odd sums and differences. They also add and subtract with and without regrouping.

These sorts can be used for many things:

  • Math centers
  • Exit tickets
  • Morning work
  • Small group lessons
  • Assessment
  • Enrichment for high performing first graders
  • Intervention for third graders
How to purchase these math sorts:
If you wish to purchase these math sorts, you can buy them from my TPT store. Make sure to download the preview to get a set of free sorts so that you can judge and decide!
You may also be interested in my grammar sorts too!

Until next time teacher friends!

BUILD Math Centers in the Primary Classroom

Hello there teacher friends!
The school year has started for most of us, a new group of little faces, time to build new relationships, and if your are like me... then you are striving to provide your students with a wonderful experience during this school year!

I personally have many favorite parts during our instructional day. My two favorite parts are guided reading and guided math. They are my favorite because when I meet with my small groups I KNOW that I am meeting my students needs. I KNOW that I am moving them forward with intention and precision.
What  are the other kids doing while you meet your small groups? 

Today my friends, I wan to write about math specifically.

In order to have a strong math workshop you need to take the time to establish routines prior to releasing the students on their own.
I always take the time to discuss points like:

*intentional math talk
*how do collaborative partners work
*what do I do if if am done with my work.
*and  the overall expectation of each BUILD math center.

I first learned about BUILD math centers a number of years ago when I first started teaching 1st grade. I have done them ever  since and I have never looked back.
They are that awesome!
BUILD math centers are the ultimate management system. They allow me to conduct my small guided math groups without any hassle, and they provide my students with a meaningful routine that allows them to practice, review, and work on many important math concepts and skills in a fun way.

Look at the graphic for a peek of how BUILD math centers work:

Each component of the BUILD math centers will target a different mathematical dimension:

*Operations and algebraic thinking
*Geometry and measurement
*Word problems
*Number sense

To sum it up --> for peace of mind.

That's right. After I started doing BUILD math centers in my classroom, things just went smoothly. My time is spent TEACHING and not exercising crowd control. Honestly.
The kids just simply know what to do and how to assist each other.

In a future post, I will explain how I structure my math block. But for today, you only need to know that after our math mini-lesson, I aim to meet with at least three small guided math groups a day. While I am meeting with my FLEXIBLE small groups, the kids are working on BUILD.
They have a small contract per round of BUILD. The contracts look like this:

This contract is from my March BUILD math centers for 2nd grade. With this contract, my students keep track of what they have accomplished. They work on one BUILD station a day. When they are finished, they may make a choice like:

*Completing another BUILD math center
*STEM mats

After the children leave every day, my time is consumed by looking for  math and literacy activities that will meet their needs and enhance their strengths independently.   I always tell myself:

Some of the activities that I provide are aligned to 1st grade standards for those students who need the foundation or the refresher. Some of the activities I design to challenge and extend:

If you are interested in learning more about the power of BUILD math centers you may click HERE for the 2nd grade math centers bundle or HERE for the 1st grade math centers bundle.

Next week, I will be back with more information about how I structure my math block.
Hugs and best vibes,