Sunday, January 15, 2012

Non sequitur

Oh wow!  The response to the Be My Valentine Exchange has been UNREAL!  Since Friday, we've had so many people sign up to participate in the gift exchange, class exchange, and sponsor a giveaway.  In fact, we have more than 14 sponsors!  This means we will be able to give away more than 1 fun prize each day from February 1st through the 14th!  You guys have been so incredibly generous by donating items for the giveaways.  Because the response has been so overwhelming, we are going to close the sign ups for sponsoring a giveaway on Wednesday, January 18th.  This way we have plenty of time to get in touch with everyone and get things organized.  So...head over on over and sign up if you would like to sponsor a giveaway!  Sarah and I are so excited; this may be more fun than Holly Bloggy {could that even be possible?}!

In other super fun news...Diana from Cole's Little Pups and I are ready to have lunch with our friends in Western KY/Southern IN!  We are planning a lunch date for Saturday, January 28th at 1pm.  Email me at for all of the details.  We hope to see several of you there!

Last week I started teaching bar models to my 2nd graders.  Wheweee....some of them totally get it, but the rest of them are having a rough time!  I asked you guys for some help and some of you pointed me to some great technology resources.  But I still couldn't find any great centers or hands on activities.  So, I've been working away this week creating some bar modeling activities.  Here's a little freebie/preview!  I hope to have the whole shebang up in my TpT store by tomorrow.

Students read the problems, use the bar to create their bar model, then sort based on whether the problem is part-part-whole or whole-part-part.  We LOVE sorting activities and this really helps them to understand what kind of relationship the bar model is demonstrating so they can choose the correct operation.  Grab your copy here.

Hope you guys have an awesome day off tomorrow!  I'm so excited about having another day to sleep in, blogstalk, and watch Lifetime movies!  We ended up having a snow day on Friday, so I'm enjoying a four day weekend.  Be jealous.


Unknown said...

Thanks for the bar model freebie. I have been working on some, too, and hope to share them soon. My kids are beginning to "get" using the model.s

Lisa at Fourth and Ten said...

Thank you so much for the freebie! While I don't use the bar method, we are starting double digit addition and subtraction again this week and this will be a perfect resource! :)
Stories From Second

Kristin said...

I am way jealous. :)
I can't wait to hear about your meet up!

Anonymous said...

You have a great blog! I just had so much fun looking through the Christmas Exchange Photos. What a fun idea.
I am your newest follower :)

Deb said...

We must be on the same wavelength! I was going to create some model drawing problems for my kiddos for this week, too!

I've downloaded your set. Thanks!

Oh My Little Classity Class

Jamie (2nd Grade Stuff) said...

We are using Math in Focus which is Singapore Math in our school and WoW are those bar models tough for my second graders! I have searched and searched for some good resources out there, but they are few and far between. Thanks for creating this and I will definitely print it out and use it in my classroom! If I have any ideas, I will post them on my blog as well. Hop over and follow me :) Thanks again!

Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff

Kelley Cirrito said...

What math program do you use at your school?? It sounds similar to mine..

Ms. Preppy said...

We use Math in Focus!

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