Saturday, October 6, 2012

Another GREAT Swapportunity

Hi, Friends! How are ya?! Well, today’s THE day! Another great chance to swap and share! That’s right…the wonderful Mrs. Jessica Stanford is hosting the 2nd Product Swap  and I’m happily joining in the fun!  


Through a wonderful stroke of luck I was paired with the sweet Laura from Peace, Love & First Grade this time.  Her blog is just the cutest and she’s been teaching for 21 years, mostly in first grade!!

Peace, Love, & First Grade

Her products are fun and colorful.  Simple to put together, include great directions, and are easy to use! I loved the product that she shared with me and it was very timely as we’re currently working on addition in the classroom.  It’s perfect for my little classroom of Texans too!  Can you tell why? =)

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As I prepared this activity for the classroom, I used my own little Texans to help demonstrate its use! Poor teacher’s kids…do they ever really get a day off?

Laura provided two options for this little Add Em’ Up packet.  One was to post the cards throughout the room for students to find and record their answers.  The other was for them to complete it as a sort {and record activity}.  I’ve got 2 kiddos at home, so each chose a different option to demonstrate for you!

The first one pictured is sums of 8 and 9.  My daughter chose to sort them and record her answers.  If I were using this in the classroom, I might provide a pocket chart or tape off a grid using the floor tiles.

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She created two piles, one for sums of 8 and the other for sums of 9.

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Sorted by sum…

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Then recorded her answers, neatly…

My son, chose to “Read to the Room”. So, I posted the cards in different places throughout his bedroom.  It’s not as big as a classroom, by any means, but you’ll get the gist. (And this happy mama snuck in some math facts practice!)

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He worked with sums of 6 and 7.  There are several differentiated options for recording learning included in this packet as well.

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He searched his room to find each math fact. 
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…and recorded them as he found them! I can just imagine the delight on my firsties faces when we do this in the classroom.  Letting them get up and move works wonders for when its time to sit and settle down some too!

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And…that’s it! Sweet, simple and to the point! *LOVE*.  Before you go, don’t forget to head over to Laura’s blog to check out the little goodie from my TPT shop that’s she’s reviewing.

To add in all the swapportunity fun….if you like what you saw here or at her blog, consider becoming a follower! Following is a REALLY good thing when it comes to blogging, so that you don’t miss out on any freebies, fun or sharing!

There’s a freebie in it for ya! Choose either or both of the options below and I’ll pick a winner to post on next Saturday.  The prize?  Any two items you’d like from my little TPT shop! Whoo hooo!

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Thanks for stopping by and happy blog hopping!


  1. Absolutely adorable set and pictures!! Thanks for joining for the swap :) I hope you'll sign up for the next!

    ✏ Mrs. Stanford's Class ✏
    Enter Product Swap #3

  2. Sure did! Now to find a buddy! Thanks for the fun swapportunity! You're the best! =)


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