Saturday, July 21, 2012

BUILD and a Puff of Smoke

Okay, so my laptop literally died with a puff of smoke.  That sucker was dead!  I rushed it to Staples and they confirmed it BUT said my hard drive was still intact.  So, the next day (after getting a headache looking online at new laptops) I rushed back to Staples with my external hard drive I bought a few months ago (because I use my computer A LOT) and....well, long story short (I do need to talk math during this post)....$458 later and I have my files saved on my external hard drive and my laptop is winging its way to HP to get refurbished.  It was only about 3-4 years old (my husband said I wore it out!).

So, ironically enough, the next day, I went to school to work on my room, logged onto my computer to crank up Pandora....and I can't log in!  My first thought is I'm a computer JINX!  I call the office to check the status of the network, so they send our tech person (imagine my luck that he was in the building!) with a NEW laptop!  (We were getting them anyway for the "fall"....I'm the 2nd to get mine!).  Good thing - I'm having to learn Office 10 and Windows 7.  Yikes!

So, needless to say, I'm typing on my school laptop (hooray!)....and I have been wanting to share with you what I've been doing with BUILD.  If you read my earlier post, I promised to share what I've been putting took awhile, and then I was without files for several TA DAH!  Here it is! (Well, not on!).

My HUGE thanks to everyone who has ever offered a freebie either through one of the teacher's online stores or through their blog....all files have their original creator's names on them (if they're a photograph, see my Pinterest page).  I have also created a schedule of what center to offer which week, and which of the letters it falls under.  Some of the games mentioned on there are from Dollar Tree (there's a football one and one with a pyramid).  

Unfortunately, its too big to put on Google Docs, so please comment below and leave me your email  if you're interested in seeing this.  We do "Investigations" in our school, so the first unit is all about addition/subtraction/money (intro/review)/story problems.  Throw in ordinals, calendar, and a few other things to cover our standards.  However, it can probably still work for your classroom, since that's basically the first unit of any math series!

I also created visual vocabulary cards to use on my Math focus wall.  They're available at my TpT and TN stores.  Click on the picture below to take you to Teacher's Notebook, or click here for TpT.
 I'm excited to get my Math focus board done and show you!  Last year, it hid in the back of the room and honestly, I don't think the kids referenced it much.  Looking around my room yesterday, I had the brainstorm to go a little magnet crazy and post it on my metal cabinet.  It will be easier to switch out AND the added benefit that it will be more of a focal point for the kids!


Mechele said...

I would love to look at a copy of your schedule. We also use investigations.

Cindy L said...

Our district uses Investigations as well. I would love to see what you have worked on. Thanks.

Mrs. Youel said...

Thank you ladies! The original zipped file was too big, so I'm having to send you several different emails with attachments. I hope you find it useful! :)

Penny Gourmet said...

I would love a copy! Thanks!

Mrs. Youel said...

Thanks! Sending one your way (sorry for the delay...first week of school!).

izzynruss said...

Using investigations next year. Have anything to share? Insights, etc. Thanks.

Mrs. Youel said...

I have to admit, Tanya, it's not my favorite program. Then again, I'm not a huge fan of scripted programs. However, it does mean well and wants students to learn how to conceptualize, not just memorize.

Unfortunately, that doesn't always meet the standard. I think Investigations is a good program to use as a resource, but if you have things you've always done (maybe something favorite), work it in. For me, it's worked best this year to use it as more of a hybrid program, but then again, I teach the collaborative class (special needs) this year and they simply do NOT get the abstract but need the concrete.

The games in Investigations, I will say, are fun and do teach quite a bit. I don't like the fact that in second grade, they only go to tens for place value, but you can build on that.

The only other thought that comes to mind right now is fact fluency. Investigations defines that as repetition, as in playing enough games to "make 10" should help them know their facts. Also, their idea of fluency is that the students know different strategies to solve a problem.

Let me know if you need anything else! Just go into it with an open mind (I have a coworker who LOVES the program), but be prepared to supplement, if needed. :)

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