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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fast 5


Here are my fast 5:
I am not awesome at technology...but I have a computer geek hubby and I have learned a lot from him.  I also have learned a lot in 1st about technology, because of my awesome coworkers.  I have learned from being a blogger as well.  In learning how to post various pics and has forced me to learn things I normally would have no idea how to do.  So, my wheels started turning.
I have seen so many posts about people who have ipads/tablets and/or smart boards in the class (very jealous).

Well, this made me think of my own daughters travel items...tablets.  We have all sorts of academic games on them (for my kids) but we only use them for long travel.  Otherwise, they sit gathering dust.  So, I decided to bring them to school for some fun.  I decided, I would start with the tablets in a math center.  This way they would have "teams" or partners.  They would solve problems together.

So here's how it worked....

I set up the tablets at my U shaped table where I usually have reading group or small group instruction.

I set up the game Math Attack and showed them how to navigate the game.  I set them up to use only subtraction and addition, although it can do a variety of math problems for older children.

The game had single and double digit addition and subtraction problems.  It's satisfying for them to get the answer right, because it dings at them to tell them it's right.

Each center was limited in time today- as we had just finished up a math unit test.  So, they did not have tons of time to work on the tablets....but they were crazy excited anyway.  I was glad I finally became a bit more techy-ish today!


One of my sweet students brought me flowers- just because!!!


Here are my new flagged pencils for April.  I gave the old ones to the students.  They like using the flags to track their reading.


The ladybugs in our room are growing and getting ready for the pupa stage.  The kids are very excited.


A lot of things have been going on in my personal and work life.  I have been very busy.  The whirlwind should calm down soon.  But until then, my posts will be limited.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.


  1. How do your students use the flagged pencils to track their reading?

    Blooming In First

    1. They flip their pencil over, lay it flat on the page, and track the words in the story by putting their flag under each word.
      Thanks for dropping by!

  2. I did the same thing with our kindle...brought it to school so the kiddos could use it. We are getting IPads after break and I think a technology center is a GREAT idea.
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  3. Awww...that is so sweet that your student brought you flowers! :)

    Adventures in First with Mrs. Key

  4. Linked up through Farley's We just a Nook for our room and I'm trying to find out who can add books and apps for it. I think it would be a fun center. I'm your newest follower.
    First Grade by the Sea