Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Diving into a short week...

Our Spring break is coming to an end! We will have a short week this week and I always seem to find those a bit hard to plan for.  It seems easier to me to plan for one entire week at a time! So since our upcoming theme is focused on ocean life I'm using this short week as an opportunity to grab some of my ocean themed literacy/math center activities and dive on in. These are simple activities I already had in my closet (which I REALLY need to clean out soon) and activities that I put together quickly before leaving for our break.  Since we live in the middle of the country the ocean is something many of my kids have never seen.  I usually wait until after we've completed a few activities and read a few stories before I see how in depth I get with this topic.  Some of my  past classes could have spent weeks learning about the ocean and others are just not interested. This class is very inquisitive and creative so I can't wait to see how they respond! Such a fun group to have. I'm also including a few pics of some of our other literacy centers that are not ocean themed.  Have a great rest of your week!
                                                                Mrs. M

Our new guided reading pointers!

This is a fun matching activity for the name center. They love to not only match their own name but find the matches for their friends! You can easily make this with any fish pattern or the kids could even make their own. 

Here's a cute little Carson-Dellosa addition game.

On weeks when I'm in a hurry or it's a short week I love to be able to grab some easy to assemble center activities. I found these in my closet but haven't used them for some time. I'm hoping to do a major closet clean out soon...who knows what I'll find!!

Speaking of cleaning the closet...when I located my first/last name fish pictured above I had several fish/bowl sets left over. I also found some cute fish stickers and made this math center activity.  

The kids choose a fish bowl and use counters to cover the fish that need to be taken away. Once they find the matching fish for their bowl they can check the equation on the back to see if their answer is correct.  


  1. Hi!!!

    I love your blog! You have some fantastic center ideas. I'm amazed at how well your kiddos are writing! WOW!!

    Maureen :)

    1. Thank you!!! So sweet....I'm glad you stopped by!

  2. Following you back! Thank you so much :)

  3. I'm glad I found your blog. I love your fish bowl math idea. Do you mind if I copy it.

    1. Feel free! I'm glad you stopped by...thank you for following! =)


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