Get Inspired! Math Manipulatives Before and After

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There I was wandering around cyberspace when I stumbled upon this cute little display of math manipulatives.
Here's what I loved:
  • the colorful green shelf
  • the (I'm assuming plastic) jars that housed the manipulatives
  • the pink lids
  • how happy and inviting and kid-friendly it all looked

I desperately wanted to see more of this teacher's classroom, but the photo was a dead link.

Lucky for me (and you), I am one heck of an internet stalker. Not only did I manage to track down the original site, but I did so even though the shelf was in disguise.



Turns out the shelf belongs to The Virtual Vine which is one of the pioneers in teacher sites. I remember stopping by there way back when I was teaching K/1.

The fact that this shelf had a before picture made me all the more giddy.

Y'all know how I love me a good classroom before and after project.

Now here's what I REALLY love...
It appears that over time Ms. Virtual Vine has:



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It's Not Easy Being Green - EARTH DAY IDEAS









Earth Day - Going Green - Recycling: My town has implemented some new rules to increase recycling and it is trickling into our school which is great. I created a writing packet.

Like all of my other writing packets it includes 15 printable pages to use with your K-5 learners. There are differentiated pages for each web, draft, and final copy which makes the project very easy for you to modify to meet the needs of all your students. I always use a combination of the different pages within my room.

This would tie in nicely with my Lorax Writing Project and Bulletin Board as it relates to protecting our resources.

I'll be using this packet to have my students write a persuasive piece about recycling. It would also be great for informational writing or process writing. Have your students explain how to recycle a specific item (jar, cereal box, etc.)

BULLETIN BOARD IDEAS:
  • Use recyclable materials (such as newspaper or cardboard) as your background and create a border by hot glueing actual items (cans, cereal boxes, paper, milk cartons) around the edge.
  • Take a photo of each student holding a recycling bin and display it with their writing.
  • Take a photo of each student wearing green and display it with their writing. You could either ask them to wear green to school or else purchase a Tshirt from a local craft store and have them put it on for the photo. Use a bright green Tshirt and a piece of dark green butcher paper or a sheet as your background.
  • Better yet...combine the two...have your students wear green and take their picture sitting in the recycling bin.



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Math Game Storage Idea - from Swampfrog's First Graders

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Heidi (from Swampfrog's First Graders) stores her math games in hanging file boxes. Here's what I like about that:

  • The bin is transparent so she was able to label it without risking the the label falling off.
  • The containers are uniform.
  • The games are sorted by skill. Storing items this way allows you to quickly access resources to target individual needs.
  • She uses hanging file folders to further sort like items within a container.





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Barrow's Hodgepodge Math Storage

I love Mechele's (from Barrow's Hodgepodge) Math Manipulative Storage and here's why:


  • It's in a cabinet.
  • The manipulatives are stored in clear containers. This makes it easy to identify what's inside.
  • She uses a collection of containers that are congruent. This presents visual order.
  • She fills the space well. It's chock full, but doesn't appear messy in anyway. She's really made use of the amount of room she has by selecting containers that fit well.

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Get Inspired ~ Math Centers

Since this week's Clutter-Free Classroom Project Challenge has you organizing your math materials, I wanted to inspire you with some math center eye candy. The following was originally posted as part of last summer's Setting Up Your Classroom Series.

Enjoy!




This post is part of my Setting Up Your Classroom Series.

I've been working on putting together some visuals on how my math materials are sent up and how I run math workshop to include with this post on storing math materials, but have come to realize it really is a post all it's own. So I'm going to post these great ideas for you now and will come back with the details from my own classroom and additional tips and ideas soon.





Mrs. Bond has won me over with her symmetrical math storage.

This homeschooling mom stores her sensory and math materials in clear jars. I think this is a great idea because it's organized, easy to see and jars are free and recycled. However, I would be hesitant to use them in the classroom if they are glass. Just a head's up.


Can you tell I heart Mrs. Rojas? This is a project she recently created and blogged about. And if you look carefully up on top you'll spot that adorable pen holder that I mentioned yesterday.



Mrs. Freshwater uses drawers to sort/store her math materials.


Kristen's math games are a must see. The two links under her picture are chock full of info.












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Awesome Resource!

I borrowed my principal's copy of the PRIM which stands for
I've seen the book at student study meetings. I knew it existed. It was my understanding that it offered tips and suggestions for specific student concerns. But, I never paid it much attention.

What I didn't realize was how amazingly awesome it was.

It's such a well-organized (which always makes my heart flutter) resource.

It has a table of contents with 12 categories listed (i.e. Mathematical Calculations, Speaking, Writing, Group Behavior, Motivation, etc). There are 219 specific learning and/or behavior problems that a student may exhibit listed under these categories with a page number to turn to. Upon doing so, you are presented with 15-30 intervention strategies to try.

I find this book so simple to navigate and the suggestions are easy to understand.

I had asked to borrow the book because I've been scratching my head about one of my student's spelling and wanted to see if there was anything in here that I hadn't thought of.

Well, I can't put this book down. I just keep thinking about each student, the goals I've set for them and any concerns I may have and then look up strategies that I can try.

I went to amazon to grab the picture about and provide you with a link. I was shocked to see how pricey it is ($59.99). I do think it's an amazing resource though. I would really suggest talking to your principal about getting a copy for you building for teacher's to access and share. It ties in so well with RTI.



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I Heart These - Storage Boxes

I've professed my love for clear bins.

I wrote about how I like to use cardboard copy boxes for long-term storage.

Well, if those two things got together and had a baby it would be these:

Aren't they just a happy medium?

I would also add a label, but I think we've already established that I'm a tad bit OCD.

Yet another reason to love IKEA.
Do you have an IKEA near you?

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