Tuesday, May 31, 2011


This is a great site for creating graphs.  One of the parents in my room cleaned out her Beanie Baby collection.  Each child got a stuffed creature to take home.  Before they got packed into backpacks, we decided to make a graph based on the animals' groups (mammal, amphibian, reptile, insect, bird and fish).  We used this online graph site to make a bar graph and then a pie graph using the data.

Common Core Math Standards

The sunny state of Arizona has done a wonderful job aligning the Common Core Math Standards with Explanations and Examples.  Check out your grade level to give yourself a quick tutorial of the standards.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Math Resource Site

This is a great math site.  It has games and printables.  I especially love the Parent Teacher Section.  I can download the articles by Marilyn Burns right to iBooks app on my iPad so I can ready them later.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Place Value-Mini Tutorial on Using Base Ten Blocks

This site actually has a mini tutorial for showing children how to use base ten blocks to make numbers and add/subtract.

Patterns-Good Book to Introduce

This activity comes from the blog Love2Learn2day.  I like the story she uses.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Math Workstations Study Group

Check back throughout the next few months for information on Debbie Diller's book.  A group of teachers are going to be posting their favorite lessons and math workstations using the format of an online book study.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Math Misconceptions

This is a great blog by Maria Miller that has a good post about math misconceptions.

Parent Resource-Math Facts Online

This is a new website one of our third grade teachers told me about.  You may want to check it out and see if it is a good one to recommend to your parents.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tally Marks

Here is another good resource from Dr. Nicki Newton.  This one is for using toothpicks to teach tally marks.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Even though this is a kindergarten classroom, there are great pattern activities.  The blog is called Kindergarten....kindergarten.  Check it out!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Number Sense-Dot Card and Ten Frame Activities-Subitizing

This is a good resource to help us in the beginning of the year to build subitizing for both Perceptual Subitizing (recognition of number patterns) and Conceptual Subitizing (recognition of number patterns parts to the whole).  When you use the dot cards with students you should ask "What do you see?" as opposed to "How many?"  It gives the children the opportunity to think about the dots as different arrangements of numbers. (Dr. Nicki Newton)

More cool subitizing resources: MovieMakers.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Common Core-1st Grade Number Activities

WOW!  This site is awesome!  It has examples of activities that correlate to each of the Common Core State Standards.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Fractions and Spring Insects

I like this activity because the children are making insects (which could go with our science unit-habitats) while learning about fractions.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Geometry-Pondering Polygons and Virtual Geoboard

Here is a virtual geoboard to use on your computer.  The next resource is by Laura Candler and it is Pondering Polygons.  I like this page because it has the students pair math with writing.  They are given a shape and asked a question about the shape.  The student has to answer yes or no and give a reason for the answer.