Guided Math So Far & a New Coins Exploraton Pack

I've already finished my first week of school...and things are going GREAT! (knock on wood! lol). While we were reading Guided Math & chatting about the structure of it in our classrooms, I determined to do 3 new things:
  1. Find a way to integrate our school-provided journals into our routine.
  2. Seriously amp up my math meeting/calendar board time.
  3. Move toward a new weekly format that is more in line with the one suggested in the book.
 So how am I doing?

I think we are on our way with most of it...& we'll keep on polishing it as we go. Here's what's up so far:
1. I took a look at the agendas & thought about what we could do with the. There's just not a lot of space there! I also thought about the skills my kiddos needed to work on. Time is definitely one of them. I decided to divide up the math meeting/calendar time...a little bit in the morning & a little more right before recess/lunch. Here's what I'm doing with their agendas: as soon as they come in, they stamp a blank clock face in their agenda & "make it look like the one on the board". After announcements, we write the time & indicate whether it's a.m. or p.m. We also code the date, write the number of days of school, record it in tens & ones, & decided whether it's even or odd. 

2. We've also been cruising right along with our calendar journals. We've not gotten up to getting everything done each day I said, we're still polishing! We'll get there!

3.  Something new to me when it comes to weekly routines is using Friday to create anchor charts & graphic organizers... I'm so excited about this! We did this on Friday & created MONEY anchor charts. I gave each of my kiddos either a coin or a label (value, name, etc). Then they had to find their matches. Once all the pennies, nickels, dines, & quarters were together, each group made a poster & practiced what they would say if they were teaching a first grader about their coin. I was really excited about how this experience turned out! I think it really helped several of my sweeties learn a bit more about coins. 

This week, we're going to extend our learning by making All About Coins books during math workstations. They'll do coin rubbings & add in information about each coin. 

I added this little packet to my TpT store. It includes everything you'd need to do this same activity. It'd also work great as a bulletin board in your classroom. I'd also like to give this away to the first 3 people to leave a comment telling me how you help your kiddos learn about money in your classroom. Don't forget your email!!!