Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friday Freebie Costume Party

I'm late. I'm late. For Freebie Friday, but I'm not a white rabbit. Who Am I? Check out my newest unit Costume Party for a Who Am I? reader, costume party write the room, writing, and write the math rooms. I love to do write the rooms for vocabulary. We're also using smaller cards in the sensory table with holiday colored streamers torn into different lengths. The preview on TPT includes a freebie.

Check out my other Halloween items as well. We are using Candy Corn sorts in workstations next week. Can't wait.
Freebie (in the preview) looks like this...

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Why is Your Graph Upside Down?

I love to throw in a graph or two Science, Social Studies, Language...and oh yeah Math. We take surveys and graph, count objects and graph, spin and graph....we graph.
I decided this year to change the traditional roll and trace the letter activities I had to a spin and graph. I designed the pages in PPT so that the spinner was on the page. I made them with Capital letters on the spinners and lower case letters to trace and with initial sound pictures on the spinners. I put them in my workstations....and wondered why the kids were struggling to graph from the bottom up.
 Then as I was giving directions on it, it hit me. Here I am saying start the graph at the bottom and start at the top for the letters. 
All the time, I remind the students to write top down left to right and here they had to keep that idea and learn graphing from the bottom. We aren't going to change how we graph - but we can change to a horizontal graph. Click on the pictures below to try the new horizontal graph. Now when one bar reaches the right side, we can answer the questions. What a difference a little thing makes.

Have a great weekend.

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