Summer is a good time to reflect about what worked well the year before and what needs to be tweaked. If you did some reflection this summer you are probably looking for new ideas.
Calendar numbers are one of my V-8 moments - why didn't I think of this earlier? I tape the numbers everywhere - or so it seems - when I organize my classroom at the beginning of the year. I tape them:
- Mailboxes (see picture above) where students gets notes for home and graded work
- Above coat hook
- On the floor to show students where they line up
Popsicle sticks are one of my go-to manipulatives. They are cheap, small, and easy to store. They can be used for:
- Math counters
- Math - make geometric shapes
- Early finishers - keep a cup of these on your tables. Students can create pictures with them.
Testing your class at the beginning of the year is an extra challenge because your students do not know all of the procedures yet. How do you give one-on-one tests and keep the rest of your students engaged? One way you can do this is with an activity like the one in the picture above. Color by code is fun and a good way to review skills. The math themed printables in the picture are free.
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