Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Math Essential Standards - 1st Grade

Hey there!  Remember me?  I have had this blog on my mind for a while now, but man oh man, I swear life gets busier by the day! I'm not sure if it's the age of my children and all that they're involved in, working full time and being a mom to 4, the stress of keeping up on everything at school, including RTI, or what, but yeah, you could say I've been busy!
First of all, I just have to say how proud I am of all my cute little firsties.  They are doing so great with reading this year and the majority of my class is on grade level.  Thank you parents, volunteers and everyone else!!  I think for this reason, my focus lately has been geared more towards math and what I can help them with there.  We have done math centers every day this week and most of last week.  Yes, that can be a little bit more work, but I think the small group instruction is so much more valuable.
My first grade team sat down at the beginning of the year and mapped out what math essential goals we wanted our students to be able to achieve by the end of the school year.  We then broke down our goals by trimesters so the end goal would seem achievable.  Here's what we came up with.

Trimester 1
Students will be able to verbally count to 30, write to 30 (without any reversal and with neat handwriting), recognize the symbols +, -, and =, and be able to correctly use those symbols in a problem.

Trimester 2
Students will be able to verbally count to 70, write to 70 (without any reversal and with neat handwriting), add and subtract within 10.

Trimester 3 -
Students will be able to verbally count to 120, write to 120 (without any reversal and with neat handwriting), add and subtract within 20.

If you are a first grade teacher, you may be aware that the new goal for first graders is to be able to reach 120 by the end of the year, where it used to be 100.  We view our goals as "baby steps" towards reaching that goal.  It has been such a thorough thing to do and by doing this process has opened our eyes to a lot of things we assumed the students already knew, but didn't.  I am linking up to some activities I have come across that have been helpful in reaching our goals.  If there is something you feel could be useful also, please leave a comment below.

Trimester 1
Number Writing Practice (FREEBIE) from I Heart Teaching.
Roll the Dice from The Sharpened Pencil.
To review numbers 1-20 at the beginning of the year, Just Reed has made a FREE Number Review Book to download from TpT.

Trimester 2
Adding within 10.  Make 10 (FREE) Math Station from Mrs. Robbins.
Rainbow to 10 FREEBIE from A Cupcake For the Teacher.
Ways to Make 10 (FREEBIE) from The Linton Academy
So in actuality, this center could possibly create addition problems up to 12, but why not push the kids a little right?  This FREEBIE from Jessie's Resources is one that has been used in my classroom as a center and has also been sent home for extra practice with students who may be struggling with beginning addition.  It's easy to play and create, free and fun for the kids, so what's not to love?

Trimester 3
FREE 120 Chart from Mrs. Plant's Press (There are 5 charts with 5 different fonts to choose from.)

Adding within 20 from Kindergarten Lifestyle:
More FREE 120 charts and mystery coloring charts from First With Franklin

Mrs. T's First Grade came up with a fun idea for the students to work on number order and number recognition (1-120).  Download a 120 chart (on her blog) and have the students color in their charts.
 Have the students then cut their charts apart (by color) to turn it into a puzzle.  The students then trade their puzzles with a friend in the class and have to put the chart back together.

So what about you?  Does your grade also set math standards?  What are the ones your grade is working on?  I'd love to know what's important to each of you!

In the next few posts I am going to be writing about various math ideas (centers, games, activities, etc.) and then I will be moving on to teacher appreciation.  I have lots of door decoration ideas and gift giving ideas I am eager to share, so stick around...


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