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## Geometry Student Friendly Standards

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This was a handout that we gave to our students when we started our geometry unit. Everyday we would revisit this and the students would color in the standards that we met. They had to help us decide what should be colored in.

This was a great handout because it helped the students gain an understanding of the concepts they needed to master becasue it is written in a kid friendly way. They were also really excited about the picture that it made. As the lessons went on they would continually point out that the rocket was made up of two triangles, two parrallellograms, and five rectangles. They would remind us daily that we needed to color in our chart.

This is something that I will use in the future with my class because i want them to see the standards that we are working toward and this provides a great resource for students to see how shapes can be combined to create different images.

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My teacher had a whole bunch of worksheets like this and we used them as morning work for the students. I think that this is a great way for the students to engage in math without really realizing they are. The students were more focused on the fact that they were coloring, that the math started to become second nature for them. It was a great practice activity for the students, without having to use minute math worksheets and other things of the sort.

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## 2D Shapes I Know- (song for kids)

2D Shapes I Know- Focusing on: circle, triangle, square, rectangle... As a note to teachers, obviously there would be the natural follow-up of mentioning the...
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We love songs in first grade! This is a great way to open up the geometry lesson. Student normally learn the basic shapes in kindergarten so I think that this would serve as a good review for them to really think about the properties that they each have, and then explain how they can find shapes in their lives. Again...a real world connection.

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## Fun in First Grade: Another Week Done...Getting Back into the Routine

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Love this idea for teaching geometry! In our class we used a number line on the white board at the back of our room and each day a student would get to solve an addition word problem using the magnetic from "hopping" above the number line. I think that having the students actully hop along a number line would be so much more fun, and they would learn so much more because they are physically engaged in the learning. Our students do a lot of singing and dancing when we are learning new concepts so if they could do this in a daily 5 math rotation for math with someone, they would stay on task and get the practice they need.

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## First Grade Spies: Geometry Fun

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As I have mentioned in other comments, I have not had the chance to teach much geometry since our unit was so short. This would be a great activity for students to complete as a center. When I have my own classroom I would like to use Daily 5 Math rotations and I think and activity like this would be great for math by myself. Having students engage in hands on activities and seeing the shapes in front of them (so they can move them around and alter their size) will help students understand shape properties better. Not to mention it is fun!

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## Adding and Subtracting Song- (Add means put together... Subtract means take away!)

Add means put together... Subtract means take away! Plus means put together... MInus means take away! Hopefully this is a fun one to have the kids watch/sing...
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This is a great video to play when introducing subtraction to the students. It's from the same channel that made the adding doubles song. This students are always engaged when we play their videos!

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## Marvelous Math

FREE! Addition and Subtraction Word Probelms with QR code checks
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How Neat! We have an ipad in our classroom, but I have never thought of something like this being used in the classroom. This would be a great way for students to check their work without having to raise their hand and ask the teacher. It could be used for daily 5 math rotations! I love the use of technology here. Brilliant idea.

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## Throwback Thursday with Miss Poly Gon - Tales-of-a-First-Grade-Teacher

Im linking up with Cara again at The First Grade Parade.Miss Poly Gon has been my most Pinned...
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How adorable! This blog has two really great ideas. The first is to create Miss Poly Gon. This is something the class can do together and it will really test their knowledge on shapes and their properties.

The second idea is creating a shape zoo. The teacher created a really large poster that was titles "Shape Zoo" and then there were three boxes: house of three, house of four, and house of more. This would be really fun for students. You could have each student create their own shape animal and then put them in the shape zoo too. This could be connected to writing by having the students write a story about their animal, or how they created their animal.  Or you could have each student pick a shape, doecorate it and then add it to the zoo (though there might be repeat shapes).

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## How We Can Help First Grade Students Understand Addition & Subtraction

First Grade curriculum standards in most states include subtraction and addition facts for sums up to 20. Children need to make real world connections in order to strengthen their understanding of ...
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We talk so much about making math relevant for students; giving them that real world connection. I think that this is a great way to put math into our student brains without them realizing it. The first suggestion given is putting a number line outside, in a spiral or some other fun design, with numbers from 1-20. Then you have the students walk on the number line giving them directions (i.e. move forward eight steps. Where will you land if you move three more steps?). I could easily do this at recess and the students would love it because they would get a chance to interact with me while still enjoying their time at recess.

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## Shape Dominoes

These are shape dominoes to help students learn to identify and match shapes. Great for English language learners and visual learners.
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I originally pinned this on pinterest because it reminded me of an activity that we did with our class. We gave the students domino cards that were a little bit different than these ones. Each side of the domino had a different shape on it and the students had to figure out how many of one shape fit into the other. An example of one is a triangle and a parallellogram. The students had to use shapes in front of them to figure out that two triangles equaled a parallellogram.

This was fun for them because it was both challenging yet hands on. I believe that challenging the student in an achievalbe way is the most effective way for students to learn. If it is fun and not too easy, the student will be successful.

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## Addition Song and Gesture FREEBIE

I created this addition song and gesture to help my students better understand the basic concept of addition. I love using songs and gestures in my classroom!
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After doing the fun adding doubles song, my teacher played the audio for this addition song and the students didn't seem as thrilled with it. This was more of a song that actually required real singing so they didn't join in with it and a lot of them weren't able to read the lyrics so they couldn't follow along. The idea of having part + part = whole is very important for them but I think that the visual for this was a little better than the song for our first graders. Here is a link to her video on the song that goes along with this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JXAG-ZrjpY

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## Doubles! Doubles! 6-10 version

Doubles Doubles I can add doubles It's no trouble for me to add doubles 6+6=12 7+7=14 8+8=16 9+9=18 10+10=20
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This is a song that we used during our math period. We played the first video of it, and then played this sequel and the student's loved it. They loved the little aliens that showed up and they were all singing along by the end since the words are repetitive. It was an easy way to get them to internalize the math facts, without having to use a worksheet. Since it is so short, we were able to play it two or three times without having it take up too much time.

As the year has gone one we refer back to this song a lot. Everytime we complete a problem where someone is adding doubles the whole class will chant "doubles, doubles, I can add doubles." I like how it is being used over and over and am surprised by how well the students have remember it.

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