Thursday, February 14, 2013

And This Is Why I Teach!

Today was one of those days that helped renew my love for teaching.  I walked away from the classroom with a smile on my face and a heart full of love for every one of my little owls.  My little owls rocked this day like no other.  This is one proud teacher!

We have been focusing on making 10 in math.  My little owls are doing really well with it.

I made a ten frame on our carpet with masking tape and we have been using that for our making 10 activities.  I am going through this slowly with the whole group to really guide them in the right direction.  My little owls really need this extra support and slower pace this year and I'm working with them where it is comfortable.  Yesterday we used foam conversation hearts to make 10.  We start by rolling a die and then adding that many hearts.  We then figured out how many more we needed to add to fill in the ten frame or to make 10.  We used the below recording page as evidence of our learning.

The adoreable clipart is from Giftseasonstore on Etsy.

Today we went back to that masking tape ten frame and worked on making 10.  This time we used "us" as the objects.  Let me tell you, I have never seen them so engaged and eager to participate.  It was wonderful!  Here are a few feet shots to see what our learning looked like.

Hope your Valentine's Day was filled with hugs!

~ Erin


  1. Do you talk about "friends of ten?" My cooperating teacher talked about this in student teaching. We haven't really talked about this year and the curriculum in my district doesn't support this, but it was a great way to get students to learn the factors of ten.

    1. No, I do not. I have actually never heard of that. How does it go exactly?

  2. Cute idea! :)

    Thanks for linking up with me on FB today! :) Glad I found you. I look forward to reading more great ideas! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you found my little blog here in the blog-verse! I loved your idea on FB. What a fun way to introduce others to a variety of new and wonderful blogs!

  3. I just got tile in my room, so I've been playing around with what tape will work best. It needs to withstand the cleaners, but not be hard to pull up or leave residue. I've gotta find something though, what a cute idea and I just know my kiddos will learn using this method.
    Ms. Solano's Kindergarten

    1. On tile floors, I have found that electrical tape works best. It does leave a little residue behind after you pull it off, but the wax and cleaning products they use on the floor takes it up easily.