Sunday, November 17, 2013

FUNdations support pack Unit 6, Level 1

Just wanted to check in quick to let you know that I've finished my support pack for Unit 6!  And since a few of you have been asking for then sooner than later, I decided to post the units as I finish.  When I have several finished I will also bundle them up!  

In unit 6 (-s suffix) I took the pack one step further and created dictation pages that can be sent home to help get parents involved in their child's learning.  I send the dictation pages home weekly in my homework packet and its great reinforcement and practice!  And parents appreciate knowing whats going on and having an opportunity to be involved.  

The first two people to leave a comment and become a new follower of my blog, will be sent the pack for free!  Leave me your email address!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Number Bonds!

I've made it a goal of mine this year to teach number bonds to fluency for ALL my kids.  I know that might not be a reality for EVERYONE but I'm going to try!  I'm sure many of you have already heard all the "reasons" and "hype" behind teaching number bonds instead of just straight forward fact families.  Its a big push with the common core and the foundation of Singapore Math.  Bonds helps students understand how numbers work!

After giving myself this goal a few weeks ago I'm now realizing this will be a HUGE challenge for me and my students.  I can't even recall how many time I've heard my students just flat out say to me "Mrs. Coster, I just DON'T get it!"  But I keep plugging along and teaching it in a new way, with new manipulative and new examples each day, because I truly believe in its value and that I will be giving my students the strongest foundation in "numbers" possible!  (And this is on top of all the OTHER math lessons I need to be covering!!)

To help practice my kids have been working with BOND BOARDS, which are basically Whole-Part-Part mats.  They practice with a partner on a number that is a challenge for them.  Every student in my class started with the number 5 and are working their way up to a higher number after passing a Bond Fluency Challenge!  Before we take the challenge they practice with their BOND BOARDS and it has been so helpful!  One of my "I just don't get it students" finally got it after about 10 different lessons and ways of explaining it and I was soo happy and excited for them!  So if you are up for the challenge or just want to expose your kids to number bonds these work boards might help you!

Just laminate the boards so they can be written on with dry erase markers and reused!  Give out counters to match the number on the board and have the kids play with a partners.  One partner hides one part while the other partner figures out the visible and missing parts and records them on the board.  Then partners switch roles!

I hope this helps!

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

FUNdations Support Pack!!

FUNdations is often not much fun at all, so I wanted to "spice" things up a bit by creating activities and worksheets that would be engaging, fun and supports the FUNDations curriculum.  So here it is!!
I'm finally done with my FUNdations Support Pack!!!  Yeaaaa!!  I've been working really hard to get this finished and have been trying it out with my first graders!  Its been such a big hit and my students are learning so much! 

I've been using the support pages for classwork right after a FUNdations lesson, during centers and for homework!  

The pack is broken down by units and then weeks.  Each unit has support for all weeks prescribed in the FUNdations curriculum along with an ADDITIONAL week of support work in case your kiddos need more practice or extra help.

The activities are NO PREP and just need to be printed and copied!  Save that prep time and color ink!!

Below are pictures of the pack in action in my classroom...

A Support Pack for Units 6, 7. 8 and 9 will be out soon!

The first TWO people who leave a comment on my new pack and become a member/follower of my blog will be sent the Support Pack for free!!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Sisters! And a Welcome Back SALE!!

Sorry for my looong absence from my blog, but I have a GREAT excuse!  In February our family welcomed a new baby girl!  She has added so much joy and love to our lives, we couldn't be more excited, happy and content!  

So along with my RETURN to my blog I'm throwing a WELCOME BACK SALE on Tuesday and Wednesday!  This sale is in addition to TpT's Appreciation sale!  Hop on over to my TpT Store and go shopping!!  Remember to use code TAD13 for the ultimate discount!



Saturday, January 26, 2013

APPR Evidence Binder Posted to TpT!!

I finally uploaded the template I used to create an Evidence Binder for standards 1 & 5 to TpT!!

This helped me so much through the NYS Annual Professional Performance REview evaluation process and I hope my LOTS of time spent can help save you some time!!

Check it out in my TpT store!

~Jillian COster

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Where Has the Time GONE!!! Holidays and APPR!

I can't believe it is the end of JANUARY already!  Time is just FLYING by!  I'm sorry I haven't updated and checked in recently.  It was a crazy busy holiday season at school and at home!

If any of you are NY teachers you are all to familiar with APPR!  Well, just before break I experienced my first round of observations under this new evaluation system and it was SOOOOO much work! 

I created a binder to keep track of how I meet each teaching standard and even though it took HOURS to put together and create, I know its going to be so helpful in the evaluation process and years to come!  I am working on posting a copy of my APPR Binder Template on TpT as soon as possible!  If you are involved in this new APPR process nad your school is using the NYSUT RUBRIC I highly suggest checking it out and saving yourself lots of time by using, changing and making your own out of what I've already done!

The Binder Template helps you organize and collect performance evidence, for your evaluator, for Standards 1 and 5 which are basically "UN-OBSERVABLE." 

Put the Standards templates, in sheet protectors, and then in a binder.  Behind each standard add all the "evidence" from your teaching that shows how you HIGHLY :-) met each standard!!