Sunday, September 15, 2013
Place Value Perfection
What a week! This is going to be one crazy year if last week has any indication!! Let's just say that both Heather and I have characterized our week as "teaching first grade." Yes, first grade. This isn't the typical first graders coming to second grade and we just don't "remember" what they're like at the beginning of the year. This is like kindergarteners coming to first grade. It is B-A-D y'all. Now, trust us when we tell you that we were warned from the first day of school LAST year by all of the first grade teachers that "they were coming". I have spent all of this week reviewing short vowel sounds. Well, back up. I have reviewed what a vowel is, and then what sound they make when they are short. YIKES! Toward the end of this week, we began analyzing our words their way lists. I have the full spectrum of ability levels. I have two who know NO sounds and will be beginning on the picture lists. Then I have two who made it all the way through the primary list and 3/4 of the way through the elementary list. So they are on the final 3 spelling skills and all in between. My grandfather grew up going to school in a one room schoolhouse. I spent three weeks with him this summer and we talked a lot about that one room school house. He truly believes it is the best way of learning. I thought a lot about those conversations this week. Even though I don't have different ages like he did in a one room schoolhouse, I do have all of the levels of one. It is exhausting. I am tired. However, more than ever before in a school year I see my PURPOSE for these children. It is clear as day. I will not let the negative get the better of me on this year. I will see the good in everything and be the best I can be for these little ones who have SO MANY NEEDS!!!!!!! So that brings to me to place value. They don't know it. So this weekend I hopped on the place value train and started making some games. I think we are going to need them and I am hoping that you will too! There are two card games with levels of all sorts. Use them all. Use what you need. Use it throughout the year as they improve. It includes a value challenge game which is played like war. It also includes a concentration game with numbers in standard form, expanded form, base ten model, and number word. I hope it helps your classes build that number sense that is so vitally important! First comment gets their own copy free!
Building place value perfection!