Friday Flashback: 7 More Fridays :)

Not that I'm counting or anything. ;)  Actually 8 more, but only 7 more with students....and 7 sounds better than 8!

I was not very good at taking pictures this week.  At all.  Chalk it up to getting back into the swing of things!

In math we worked on Money, Money, Moneyyyyy - MONEY!  I use this little flipbook to introduce coins.
There's a page for each coin and students have to write the amount with a cent sign, a dollar sign and using words.  This lets me see what students need to work on.

Then students make "coin rubbings" - I'm always amazed at how many have NEVER done this - they think it's magical. ;)  Finally, we record the images that are on the heads/tails of each coin.

Once students can identify the coins and their values, we move on to counting sets of coins.  After teaching this, we play LOTS of games to practice.

We played coin match, I Have...Who Has, Go Fish!, and Show Me the Money this week.  They have GOT IT!  I don't even have any students who have to rely on "hairy money" this year!  Whoot!
In the above picture they are playing "Show Me the Money" in group of 3.  One person is the "salesperson" and he/she flips over an item for sale and announces the price.  The other two take coins out of their bags to show that amount.  The first person to "show me the money" wins the item and becomes the salesperson next.  They could play it all day.  Once they get the hang of it, I have them make sure they use the fewest coins possible to make the purchase or else the other person gets it!

We also dove right back into our Matter Unit.  Can I say how ready I am to be over this unit???  My class is sweet this year.  Just precious.  But, oh my word - they are so silly and immature.  EVERY time they hear the word "gas" they bust out in uncontrollable giggles.  It's not funny.  It's not.  I'm over it! :(

But, we're plugging along anyway.  We started out with a very simple experiment to illustrate the matter takes up space.
After learning about the three states, we began observing their properties.
Solids - pretzels, marshmallows, and gummy bears
Liquids - juice, maple syrup, and ketchup

And we played LOTS of games to identify the types of this one....

Next week, we'll start exploring how matter changes.

My highlight of the week was POETRY.  I L-O-V-E writing poetry, teaching poetry, reading poetry.  And, so do my kiddos!  They're poetry books are going to be AWESOME!  Unfortunately, I didn't snap any pics during poetry this week, but trust me we had a ton of fun writing acrostics, haikus, and even limericks!

We focused on RHYMES this week during word study and it helped so much!  They are finally understanding rhymes - even tricky ones....chalk it up to ALL the rhyming games we played!! :)  This will help a ton as we progress through poetry. 


  1. 7 more Fridays! YAHOO!! We are right around that, too! Our last day with students is June 7th, and ours is the 10th! It's coming so fast! :) i LOVE matter unit. I don't teach Science, but I'm totally sharing this freebie with my teaching partner :) Thanks for sharing!


  2. We are counting down the days as well :) I'm tired and the kids are tired. We have major testing coming up though so we have to avoid feeling tired as much as we can!

    Your matter unit is incredible!


  3. 6 more for us!! Yippee!!! Happy Friday!
    ideas by jivey

  4. This is my first time linking up with you! :) I'm too scared to count how many Friday's I have left...I still have a lot to do!
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  5. We have seven-it's bitter sweet though because I love my class! Can't wait to see your poetry pictures!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  6. I love your matter activities! We have 10 Fridays left!! That seems like such a short time when I put it that way. I love watching how much the students have grown by this time of the year:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  7. I can't wait until we have units in math next year. We are switching math curriculums from Saxon ( no units, all spiral) to????? Not sure yet. But I know all of the ones on the table we are considering have units. Then we can really focus on one topic ( like money) and our station time will go SO much easier. I love your matter unit too. We are going to need to review that before the end of the year.( Didn't do so well on that the first go round.) I will have to check that out.
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

    1. Also, did you see Adam Levine is on Jay Leno tonight? I will be watching ;)

  8. Your matter activities look great! I love activities involving food and of course, so do the kiddos! I don't want to think about how few Fridays we have left because there is still so much to cover!

  9. You have such creative ideas! I like your ideas for teaching the states of matter. Thanks for this linky party!
    2 Peas and a Dog Teaching Blog


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