Friday, October 3, 2014

Numbered Spoons Are Your Friend~! Tricks and Treats Blog Hop!

Someone tell me how October got here so quickly?  Before I even blinked, September was over.  While it feels great to know that I have 6 weeks under my belt, it stresses me out at the same time to know there are so many wonderful activities and learning opportunities out there that I can't wait to get to!!

I am soooooo excited to be linking up with Jessica over at Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten for a TRICKS AND TREATS BLOG HOP!!! WOOT WOOT!! My very very first one!! I am almost shaking I am so excited!! You won't believe the amazing treats and tricks that are in store for you as you travel your way through our blog hop! Trust me! Once you see how cute Jessica's baby Madelynn is, you won't be able to stop yourself from scrolling through each blog to see if you can find a cuter baby!

October in my classroom is one where I know my favorite Teaching Tricks are working and well under way!! We are a GLAD school, (Guided Language Acquisition Design) and one of our teaching strategies that we use is Numbered Spoons! Our students sit in teams of 4.  Before we start an activity, I will say, "Number Off 1 Through 4"  By now students know what to expect and are anxiously choosing their number. I grab one of my super inexpensive, super durable plastic spoons that are numbered 1-4.  I call out that number and then the task that I want that person to do.  Usually it is, put your heads together and Number 4 you are to report out 1 fact your group had about ways that rattlesnakes adapt to their environment. 

I use this strategy so often during the day, that my students are anxious to see which spoon I call and what they will be doing.  In order to keep the person you just called engaged, you put the spoon back into the container and the next time you call a number, everyone has to be ready and accountable to their team.  By far, this is my favorite hands down Teaching Strategy Trick!! Try it and come back and let me know how it worked for you! We even use it to number students for PE Teams... trust me when I tell you, kids love this and it makes for simple, no fuss, no muss division of work, assignments, tasks, and material gathering!

My students are totally into bats at the moment.  As you can see from my previous post, they are truly enjoying researching and learning all about BATS!! To celebrate this amazing Tricks and Treats Blog Hop, I have put the majority of my TPT store on sale this weekend for 20% off!! WOOT WOOT!!! Enjoy October everyone! Happy Blog Hopping! May you find a month load of tricks and treats ahead!!

I know their bat obsession will carry over into math.. We are just finishing up Powers of Ten so I am hoping that Batty For Base Ten Exponents makes their day complete!!

And a Halloween Freebie just for you!  QR CODE HALLOWEEN HAUNTED TALE STORY STARTERS! Students will love writing creative endings for the 6 haunted tale beginnings! Please take a moment to leave feedback!

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  1. "Bat obsession"; I love it!

    1. Gotta love those bats!! Thanks for stopping by Lori!

  2. Great quick and easy tip for group work, thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

  3. Thank you so much for the story starters! My students LOVE QR codes and it's a great way to get them invested!

    1. You are so correct! Anything technology related my students are ALL over it, regardless of learning style or ability! May you and your students enjoy the fun!

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