Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rainbow Facts

Hey yall!
I can't believe tomorrow is Friday....3 day weeks are the best! :)
I have been SUPER productive this week {most definitely because of the short week} and have been trying to get ahead on my lesson plans & copies. The great copy debacle is still going on at my school, so I've been taking trips to my graduate school to make copies there. We have a $25 copy account at the school, but if I keep having to make these trips, that will be gone in just a few weeks!
So I have been trying to get around having to make a ton of copies. Some things are easier than others, like math. We do a lot of hands on math activities, so I don't really have too many problems with copies there.
Where I have been running into an issue is with my centers. Even though all of my centers are interactive and hands on, I still like to keep my kiddos accountable. In the past, I did this by having them complete a recording sheet at each center, but now....
What do I do??? I've tried having them just record their answers in their reading notebooks, but its not realistic for me to check. I've tried making them accountable to each other, and having them check each other's work but that doesn't always work out for the best either.
Any ideas???
Okay moving on...
My littles have been working on addition, and this week we have been concentrating on compliments of 10. Well, I was already planning on introducing this activity from Ms. Van Orman over at The Sharpened Pencil, but I wanted to take it one step further.
I knew that I had a rainbow craftivity that I purchased last year from the creative Teri over at A Cupcake for the Teacher. Why not use those to make our rainbows? Perfect!
Cupcake posted about how she had introduced the same concept to her kiddos, and even had a freebie to go along with it! I mean, could the timing have been anymore perfect??? I am pretty sure I squealed with delight :)
Click on the picture to visit Teri and get your freebie!
We started by making a little anchor chart.
Then they made their own rainbows and wrote the compliments of 10.
They did soooo good with this! As an extension, we started talking about subtracting from 10 and they were on it! Talk about proud teacher moment :)
We are going to use Teri's freebie tomorrow as a check-up. Um seriously, what would I do without all these amazing teacher bloggers out there to make my life easier???
TGI*almost*F friends!


  1. YAY - it's almost Friday - I couldn't agree more. I love your rainbow math cute and motivating for your kiddos. Enjoy your weekend...I just wish it was another long one. LOL
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  2. Wow, that really was great timing!! :) I love the idea of using the rainbow craft for this concept!! They turned out super cute! {PS: thank you for the shout-out!!!}
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  3. We use Rainbow facts here as well, love them. I had a thought Natalie about accountability for your centers. Could you make up an answer sheet and pop it into a plastic sleeve for the students to be able to check their own or other students work. I know it may be a little extra work to begin with but even if it is handwritten then it will give you a bit of breathing space. As I said, just a thought. Enjoy your Friday

    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings


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