I am a HUGE Daily 5 fan! 
We spend much of the first 6 weeks of school becoming Daily 5 experts.
One of the cornerstones of the Daily 5 is creating anchor charts with your students. 
I am no artist and find it so hard to write standing up while writing on chart paper. 
Anyone else find that tricky?
So after I put the kids through my ugly charts for a couple weeks, 
I pop up these cute charts to stop everyone's eyes from bleeding! 

Grab them free here


Happy Spring!
We love building these adorable bunnies each year!
I had to share them with you!
All the template freebies are at the end!
Grab all the templates for this craft {here}.
Once our bunnies were complete we wrote 
about them on this "Find My Bunny" page. 
At our Open House the kids will read this to 
their families and try to have them find their bunny. 
There are two prompt pages for easy differentiation. 

Grab these {here}.

One last final peek at these super cuties!























I have been toying with and evolving Math Workshop in my classroom for the past three years or so. And I FINALLY feel like this year I have got. it. down! 
Teaching math in a workshop model with guided math groups has been revolutionary for me! 
I teach a short mini lesson on the topic we are covering and then the rest of the instruction is in small groups. I feel so much more connected to my student's learning having them in a small group each day. It's also helped me immensely with assessments and report cards because I am much more in tune with who is working independently and who still needs a little (or big) hand hold. 
We have a 90 minute math block and this is how it goes! 
 We have math right after lunch and recess.
When they come in from recess we do our Math Journals straight away.  
It really quiets and settles the crowd.
They are able to refocus their energy back into school mode.
My kids get a new Math Journal each month.
It spirals grade one Common Core math concepts to keep their brains fresh.
It also makes a great assessment tool! 
After we do Math Journals I will either check the journals individually super quick or we will do a whole class check, depending on the skills on the page they just completed.
This is 20 minutes.
After journals we gather on the rug for a briefest of brief whole group lessons.
We start out with a fun math warm-up.
This is most often a video, song or whole group game. 
Then we move into our mini lesson. 
We learn and review new skills and concepts by practicing on whiteboards, 
using manipulatives or working with the iPads. 
This is about 20 minutes.
My kids are placed in flexible ability groups.
I call them orange, blue, red and purple group.
I simply move the large sign at the top in between rounds.
We do between 3 and 4 rounds a day.
You can grab the pocket charts here.
When students aren't at my table with me they are doing;
Math with Technology
Math with Someone
Math by Myself
Math with Technology is done at one table.
Math with Someone and Math by Myself are in bins for the kiddos to make choices.
At the end of each round one student from the group with me rings a little bell 
to signal to the class clean and meet back at the rug.
This takes 45 minutes. We do three 15 minute rounds. That's what works for our class, but you may choose to only do 2 rounds a day. Or you may manage 4 rounds in a day. Whatever works for you! 
At the end of our rounds we gather back at the rug to review the days learning.
We often do a quick exit ticket here too!
This is just a quick 5 minutes.
Looking to grab my Math Workshop anchor charts and labels?
Pop over to my TpT shop to grab them for free!  
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