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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!!!



  1. This packet looks amazing!

  2. Sorry forgot to add what I do in my classroom - we practice the poem I found on pinterest

  3. I found the cutest rhymes on Pinterest. We learn them and say them quite often. I refer back to them when we study money too. We made a play wallet with the coins and words, too. As part of our morning meeting we add a penny every day and gradually learn about exchanging money. Cute set!
    You alight Be a Firat Grader...

  4. We have money on our Mountain Math board.

    Thanks! Looks great!

    1. I used Mountain Math during student teaching and bought Mountain Language for first grade. I've been thinking of getting Mounting Math lately. I liked it a lot.

      You Might Be a First Grader...

  5. The anchor charts look great!! I can wait to get back into my school....we don't start until September 4th!
    Thinking of Teaching

  6. I have to tell you how great my math focus wall looks with the beautiful pieces I won from you! I've let people know where to find it because everyone loves it! We don't start until after Labor Day, so I'll let you know how our routine is going later on. I do plan to integrate our agendas into our daily routine too! Thank for everything! Have a great school year!

    1. So glad to hear you like it! Thanks for sharing my site with others! Yes...definitely let me know how your routine's going!

  7. These money anchor charts are super cool! I love that the kiddos were so involved in the process :) Great post today!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory