Engage NY Math is quickly becoming a hot topic across the country. NY Department of Education developed curriculum to support Common Core and published it online for free. Our district has adopted the math portion. I would like to play devil's advocate and see what everyone thinks about Engage. Pros:
~It is free online
~It dives deep into numbers, both composing and decomposing and makes our kiddos think differentlyCons:
~It is only available online which means everything must be printed, no materials can be purchased pre-made
~ Each lesson is an hour long of direct instruction
~ The first grade lessons include a lot of papers, typically three double sided pages each day if you do the homeworkQuestions:
~ Does it say anywhere that it is research based?
~ Why hasn't a publishing company picked it up? Post your thoughts in the comments.
Choose A Time
Choose which subject you would like to integrate art into and what day. In my classroom, this is Math on Friday. I am not a "crafty" teacher by nature. My teaching partners are much better at including art projects into their plans. I decided on Fridays, after our lesson we would do a math related craft instead of meeting with small groups. Friday is an easy choice for me because it is jeans day, it's relaxed, and we are wore out from a busy week.
Create A Subject Overview
I created an outline of our math that includes the month and the topic for the week. This way, I knew that I needed a place value craft for October and a shape craft for December.
Pinterest is your best friend! I saved ideas that I found to a Pinterest board so that I could reference them later when I was ready to create or download if a template was available. Think of a variety of terms, to search for and sometimes less specific is better. Halloween Place Value Crafts m…
I have 19 Halloween Math Centers available. The picture above is a preview. $1 each or $15 for all 19 centers! (Over 130 Pages!)
Greater Than/Less Than
First Grade Common Core
Above you will see samples of my Common Core packet. I have created editable checklists for your classroom, 16 different mini math assessments, and "We Can" signs for all of the Common Core standards. 60+ Pages - $5! First Grade Homework
This idea was from The Lesson Plan Diva As you will see in her post, she was not able to post her document because her whole team created it. I saw the picture and ran with it. 32 Weeks of homework. One page of literacy homework and one page of math homework each week. Simple, easy to follow format.
65 Pages - $5! Boggle
It's pretty straight forward. 37 pages - $3 Bump or Roll and Cover
Some people know it as Bump others call it Roll and Cover. Either way it's a very popu…