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Hi friends!

I know it's been forever and I'm so sorry about that. Last school year was so busy that blogging just took a back seat. Please be patient with me. I really want to make it a priority this year. I'm in the process of finishing up a few new products that I'm really excited about including:

* Number Sense Intervention Lessons for Numbers to 20 (8 weeks worth of lessons)
* K/1 Historical Figures Unit
* K/1 Text Features Unit
* ABC Task Cards

I'm hoping to get these up on TpT in the next few months. My Number Sense Unit is almost ready to post so you should be seeing a blog post about that soon! :-)

I did want to ask for some feedback from you guys. Is there anything you would like to see me create? What are you looking for on TpT that you can't find? Please comment below if you have any suggestions for me!

Hope everyone is having an amazing summer...I'm already back at work! BOO! JK. ;-) Having a shorter summer is hard this time of year but when my Fall Break rolls around I'll be as happy as can be. Enjoy your time off though! You deserve it!!!
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If you haven't heard, there is a crazy hurricane hitting Texas right now. I hope everyone in Texas and Louisiana is staying safe and dry!  I've been stuck inside all day due to the rain so I've been finishing up a new science unit! 

One of the things I miss the most about being in the classroom is teaching social studies and science! My coworker asked me to make a unit about space that was appropriate for first graders. I was so excited to make it and I think it turned out great! I included activities about the moon, constellations, the planets and astronauts! Click the picture below to check it out!!



The first two people to comment with their email will get a free copy! :) 
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Well, it's been awhile guys. As always, I apologize!! I had big plans to create tons of resources over the summer and update the blog, but obviously that didn't happen. Hope you all had a wonderful summer! I have actually been back to work since mid-July!! Don't feel too bad for me because at the end of September I will get a two week fall break! WOO!

Now that I'm back in the classroom I've been inspired to make some new stuff to share with you! As an Interventionist I work with students both for Reading and Math. I work with first graders right now and my main goal is to strengthen their skills in number sense. We are working on identifying, writing, counting, comparing and composing/decomposing to 20.

To start each group, I like to do a warm-up or number of the day activity. I have used several in the past that I have liked but there was always something missing or activities I didn't like so I decided to make my own. I introduced it this week and the kids are really enjoying it.

Each student gets their own numbers book:


Each page focuses on one number starting with one and going through twenty. Students trace the number and number word and try to write it on their own. They have to determine what numbers come next and fill in a ten frame. They are asked to draw a certain number of shapes, circle fingers and find all the numbers. 

 




 In addition to a student book, I created some fun number puzzles. Students are asked to match a number with the word, a ten frame and correct number of bears. Today we worked together to complete the puzzles up to ten. In a couple weeks we will do them all the way to twenty!







Please click on the picture below to check out this product in my TpT store! First three people to comment with their email will get a free copy!!



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Welcome to my first Math Monday post! I'm hoping to post some math ideas or strategies to use in your classroom every Monday. Up first is number patterns and skip counting in first grade! 

As an Interventionist, I work with students who are struggling in Math and need extra support. In first grade, students are expected to be able to count forwards and backwards to 120 (starting from any number) and skip count by 10's 5's and 2's. They should also be able to identify 10 more, 10 less or 1 more, 1 less than a given number. 

In my math group last week, we focused on the counting standards. I like to have lots of hands-on games so the students are practicing these skills in different ways. Of course, we counted orally every day. Sometimes we would count all together and sometimes we would count in a circle where each person took a number. 

To help my students see the numbers they were counting, I created number cards (counting by ones, twos, fives and tens) for them to put in order. We then would count aloud using the cards as a guide:




We used the counting by ones cards a lot to practice counting backwards. I would have a student use my pointer and we would count together:


In addition to number cards, we used different math manipulatives and tools to skip count. To practice counting by tens, we used ten sticks:


 

I created a matching game with tallies so my students could practice counting by fives:

 



Finally, we also created our own hundreds charts by filling in the missing numbers. Last week we filled in the numbers counting by tens. Later we will create one counting by ones, fives and twos:



All of these activities and more are in my new math unit about number patterns. Check it out by clicking on the picture below!



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