# I Hope MY Teeth Don’t Fall Out!

I am pretty sure that we are up to tooth #16 lost in Rm. 202! And yes, I’m starting to get worried that MY teeth will start falling out!   This week has been especially fruitful in the tooth-loosing venue, and yesterday was no different.  C.J. lost one during Read Aloud and so got to join the Lost Tooth Club in the Nurse’s office!

And you know, I’m expecting to hear about another one from the weekend–Amelia was working really hard on a loose one today (big bites in her apple at lunch!).  CRAZY stuff in first grade these days!  I’d forgotten how exciting being 7YO is!!

# First Grade Math Warm-Ups: Week of February 23-28, 2015

More addition this week, friends!  We’re still working on choosing efficient strategies (which actually makes me think of a blog post I need to write about the strategies we’re focusing on!–stay tuned!), so these will look similar to warm-ups we’ve had lately.

Monday

The benchmark for subtraction this quarter is the same as last (within 20),  only we’re hoping for kiddos to have some more solid strategies for how to do that subtraction effectively and efficiently.  Using strategies they already have been using for adding (like counting on by 10s or splitting 10s and 1s) can be helpful as they work more on subtracting.  Helping kiddos see the connection between addition and subtraction is also a goal here.   Tuesday

Wednesday

One strategy some kiddos have been working on is compensation (in short, it’s moving numbers around to make an easier problem that can be done with very few steps or even in your head).  Even though some kiddos aren’t yet “there” as far as using it independently or correctly, it’s good for all to see/hear the possibilities for putting numbers together.

Friday

We have been working with “bare” problems for a bit now, and I wanted to throw another story at them.  I know, this one’s easy. 🙂

Ok, friends, as I finish up, I have a math question that my team and some others have been chewing on this week: is it important that kiddos know the names of the strategies they are using, or just that they understand how those strategies work?  And if the strategies are to be named, does it matter if all kiddos (like in a grade level, for instance) use the same names?  I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂

# Jokes of the Day–Week of February 23-27, 2015

Lots of funny ones this week–and a couple that were submitted by kids!  Hope they get your weekend started out on a happy note. 🙂

Monday

Why was the broom always late?

He over-swept!

(joke courtesy of Ellentv.com)

Tuesday

What do you get when you cross a cocker spaniel, a poodle and a ghost?

A cocker-poodle-boo!

(joke courtesy of Ellentv.com)

Wednesday

This joke was courtesy of Ellen, but in honor of my friend C.J. who I KNEW would laugh at it!  He did, and so did many other friends, including my 7YO.  Gotta love it when I can make those kiddos snicker–they’re hard nuts to crack!

Why shouldn’t you shower with a Pokemon around?

They might Pikachu. 🙂

Thursday

Peyton submitted this one, and when he told it to us, he even used an accent!  Great delivery, kiddo!

What did one cowboy say to the other cowboy?

Yeah.

Well you better go catch it!

Friday

Lauren got in on the action today:

What did one duck say to the other duck?

We better get “quackin’!”

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that we start our days around here with a giggle.  Sets the tone for a great time together. 🙂