Thursday, April 28, 2011

More Money!

My students are absolutely loving our money unit (who doesn't love money?) We have been playing some awesome games! Here are just a couple things that focus on counting coins and mixed coins. Next week we are turning our math lesson into a corner store! The students will all earn a budget throughout the week and be able to "purchase" things from our corner store with the money they earn. I am so excited!

Counting All

I have cut and laminated these boxes out. During our math money centers, students will match the value to the coins.

Counting Money

Please share any tricks and great activities you are doing for money!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Money Bingo

Tomorrow we are using these bingo boards to practice identifying coins and their values. I printed, laminated, and then cut the boards. My kiddos are playing with a partner!

I cut up a game board to have the exact names and picture of the student boards to pull from a hat as the bingo caller. 
Money Bingo

Monday, April 25, 2011

Money Honey!

Get your money honey!

We are starting our study of money. Our focus is to identify a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter by name and value of the coin. Then, students need to know how to count mixed coins up to 25 cents.

Here is the beginning of our unit! We started with a coin poem I am sure everyone knows! We read it as a shared poem and highlighted the coin names and their value. Here it is...
Money Poem


These worksheets focus on identifying coins and their values. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More Bucket Filling...

After starting bucket filling last week, I still had some questions... here are some of my tips that are helping to make bucket filling successful.

How do you manage bucket filling?

  • Only 1 students at the buckets at a time.
  • Buckets can only be filled when your "jobs" are done.
  • Find a "good time" (not in the middle of instruction)
Bucket Fillers?
  • I made a certificate to send home with the students to share our bucket filling with their families.
  • The certificate is in place of ALL rewards for full buckets or bucket filling.
Bucket Dippers?
  • If someone's bucket was dipped by disobeying our classroom rules (hands and feet to ourselves) then, I use our stoplight system behavior plan to address the incident.

Below are my writing piece I did with my students to kick off our bucket filling life, my home-to-school connection piece, and my title for our bucket center in my classroom! Enjoy!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Attention Bucket Fillers!

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
Okay.... last week was a CRAZY CRAZY week in my first grade class. I feel like my students have really been struggling with peer interactions with kind words, helping each other, and controlling themselves. After a violent incident in the lunch room, I decided to take action. We are now BUCKET FILLERS! Check it out....

I grabbed this book and stopped my instruction for a bucket emergency! I began by reviewing our classroom rules (thanks for our fabulous PBIS program in my school). I pulled all of my materials out and my class worked together to make a section in our classroom for bucket filling. For each student, they traced their hand and we took an oath to follow the classroom rules. 

Then, I read this FANTASTIC book to my class. It's a MUST READ!

We acted out what it would look like to be a bucket filler and dipper. My students did VERY WELL with acting and identifying if it was bucket filling and dipping and why. So there is hope...

I used a hanging shoe organizer to hold everyone's bucket. Also, I found small children's cups in the dollar section of Target months ago and bought enough for my chart. To fill our buckets, we are using pom poms of all shapes and sizes!

I need your help too!!!
How do you manage bucket filling?
How do you celebrate when a child has a full bucket?
What happens to our consistent bucket dippers?
PLEASE share all and any of your great ideas!