Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Telling Time!

Hi there friends,

We've been practicing telling time over the past few weeks and I wanted to share some of the things we've been doing!

We've worked hard building the times on our little clocks during small group-

We've enjoyed Annie and Moby's lessons about telling time-
We love Brain Pop Jr. in our classroom!!
We even had fun with these little snowmen-

I really want to share about a fun center game we've been playing!  It's Laura Candler's Monster Math Mix Up and my kiddos love it!  I taught it to one of my small groups on Monday and they had a lot of fun with it.

It's a group game where each kiddo has a monster puzzle to build.  They take turns pulling a clock card and if they can correctly identify the time- they get to spin the spinner!

I really like the fact that she included a spinner because it really kept the game interesting.  It would be too easy if they simply got to put a piece on after identifying each clock.  My kids were really excited to land on the 'Add 2 pieces' section and were quietly hoping (well, not so quietly) that their opponents would land on the 'Remove 1 piece' section!

They did a great job with the game and it was neat to see them really think about each card before saying the time.  According to our TEKS, we're only required to teach hour and half hour, but this group was more than ready for time to the 5 minutes and they rocked it!  I loved seeing them count by fives along the clocks and how excited they got when they got the right answer!  They even asked if they could play it again today, and of course I let them!  There's a answer key included for the clock cards, so I didn't have to facilitate the game at all- they did it all themselves and were totally sad when it was time to clean up!

The game also comes with a set of cards to the minute, if you want to check it out in her store.  I'll be adding the 5 minute version to our math center routine next week- they'll be so excited!

I hope everyone's staying warm out there!  We had our 2nd ice day yesterday and the driving conditions were just awful!  Our district waited fairly late to call the day off and lots of teachers were already on the icy roads to school when they found out.  Luckily, they made it home safely!  How's the weather in your neck of the woods?

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