Saturday, February 7, 2015

Valentine's Day Goodies

Well, Valentine's Day is approaching quickly. We have two class parties a year, and Valentine's Day is one of them. In true Not very fancy style, I send home a note about a week before the party telling parents how many kids are in the class and to have their child sign their valentines and leave the 'to' part blank. I also tell them they are welcome to send a healthy snack on the day of the party. I usually have at least 10 kids bring candy. One time I had a mom send granola bars because she was trying to be healthy. During the party we pass out valentines and candy, then I let them choose 2 treats to eat in the class. We eat and I play some music or put on some videos. Lest you think they feel deprived, I'm often told it's the best day of their life. 

Before I tell you about my creations, did you notice my new blog button? Still made by me rather than someone who knows what they're doing, but I think it's an improvement. :)

I'm most proud of these Valentine's Problem Solving Task Cards. There are 3 sets of 20 cards with recording sheets and answer keys. I tried to include all the problem types identified in the CCSS, and I included some problems with money, but only dealing with whole dollar amounts. I just want them to get used to seeing how dollar amounts are written. This product is aligned to CCSS.

In the easiest set the numbers are pretty low. The first problem has them solving 6 + 6.

Here's the second set. Now the first card has them adding 9 +3, but everything else about the problem is the same.

This is a page from the third set. Now they have to add 18 + 18.

This little dollar deal has been pretty popular. There are two levels of difficulty for each skill. No prep! This product is aligned to CCSS.

And now for my FREEBIES:

Primary version:

Sort addition facts according to whether they are greater than, less than, or equal to 14.

 And last, but not least: a following directions activity:

Please leave some feedback. 
If I can get 20 comments on a freebie, I'll make the others free-for-a-day.

How does your class celebrate?

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  1. Hi Deb, My parties are never very fancy either. In fact, my party will pretty much exactly like yours. We'll decorate lunch bags to put our valentines in. I'll play music Maybe we'll have a dance party. I don't let them eat any candy at school. I tell them it all needs to go home. I didn't request any baked goods, but I'm sure some will show up! I have a student with an egg allergy, so I may just pick up something like Oreos that I know she can have. Have a great week! Have fun at your party.
    Laughter and Consistency

  2. HI Deb, I love your fact sort freebie and your following directions one, too. Thanks. Kahtleen Kidpeople Classroom


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