Monday, February 23, 2015

"Don't Worry, Be Appy" Monday ~ Linky Party!

I am excited to be linking up for this fun App Linky Party!  I can't wait to see all of the apps everyone else is posting!

What is the best kind of app?  FREEEEEEEE!!!

I have one that is simple to play and it is contagious to first graders.  In fact, I downloaded it and played it for quite a while.  It is my "sitting and waiting" game that I play to make time pass quicker.


Here are two screenshots:

Click the picture to go to the website


Be the first player to get all ten of your dice to show the same number.


(2-4 players.) Each player chooses a set of dice. Players hold all ten dice
in their hands. Someone says “Go” and everyone rolls at the same time.
Quickly look at your roll and decide which number you are going to go
for. (For example, if you have more 3’s than any other number, that’s
what you want to go for.) Put all your dice with that number aside,
collect the remaining dice and quickly roll again. (You do not have to
wait for others to roll again. Everyone rolls together only on the first
roll.) Keep rolling until all ten of your dice show the same number.


The first player to get all ten of their dice to match (ten 3’s, for example)
shouts out “TENZI” and wins the game!

Thanks for stopping by and leave some appy love in the comments!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Another "BRIGHT IDEAS" Blog Hop! It's ALL About TIME!

It's that time again to do another "Bright Ideas" blog hop!  Come and join us and get ready for some fabulous teaching ideas!

My first graders are doing fine with telling time to the hour.  When it comes to teaching them about the half-hour, I know what's headed my way.  It always confuses them when the hour hand is in between two numbers.  So we made up this little rhyme to help them know where to look.  I taught them to look where the hour hand is and if they don't know which hour it is, then go to the lowest number.  So we reduced it to: "If you don't know, go low"!  

I use the website "Stop the Clock" and you can click below and go see it.

 Stop the Clock

We start with using the site practicing time to the hour.  I give them a sheet that we use to write down how many seconds/minutes it takes them to get the analog and digital clocks matched. 

Then, after we have mastered telling time to the hour we move on to the half-hour:

 Stop the Clock

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tricks and Tips for Teachers: Dots for Sanity!


I am linking up with Becca at Foxwell Forest for a fun linky!

Here is a quick little tip to keep your sanity with any age group of students.  Put colored dots on the corners of the desks (see pic below).

This can be use for organizing so many things such as grouping kids together, taking up papers, and moving students from one location in the room to another.  The possibilities are endless...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wordless Wednesday February 4th - Are You Busy?

Hi All!  This week I am linking up with Miss DeCarbo over at Sugar and Spice blog!

We have been crazy busy this week in first grade learning about "measurement".  My kids are getting it and a big "thank you" goes out to Reagan Tunstall for her wonderful unit I have been using!

Click the pic above to see the product!

We are having fun!