Sunday, January 27, 2013

FACT POWER Giveaway!!!

     Look! Up in the Sky! ~             It's a Bird . . .           It's a Plane . . .
No-
It's FACTMAN !!!
Fact-Who? 
Huh?
Friday happened to be "Superhero Spirit Day" at school. It was also the day our math lesson was titled, "Fact Power"...Sometimes we just cannot plan things better ourselves! 

We have given ample warning about needing to memorize our addition facts in first grade. Yes, it is developmental. And, no not every child is ready for the abstract world of numbers and symbols. But, exposure is important, and we've found with a little shove nudge to practice, practice, practice most kids are able to demonstrate their FACT POWER in no time!  We share this with parents at Back to School Night at the beginning of the school year, and even purchase them their own set of no excuses flashcards for home. You can read about it and grab free flashcard box labels for yourself {here}.

A few weeks ago, our So Cal Bloggy Buddy Kate over at Second Grade Sparkle shared a fabulous review game that she's used for years with her class. This little game can be used for anything! She explains it in great detail {here}
This week, we tried it with our class and they loved it!  Students were given flashcards with equations on them. They could walk fly around the room and tell a friend, "I am 2+5. I equal 7. Who are you?"  They continued flying from friend to friend, repeating their equation and answer at each stop. 

After a few rounds, we switched cards with a friend and got a new equation.  In true Super Villain Teacher fashion, we then switched it up and had them greet their fellow Factman or Factwoman with, "I am 2+5. Who am I? Their friend would have to Save the Day and supply them with the answer. We even threw our own capes on and had a card of our own for friends to come introduce themselves to us. We tried to destroy their superpowers by "accidentally" saying the wrong answer just to keep them on their tights toes. We were taken down...They HAVE the Power (He-man anyone?). 

Once they felt totally invincible, we introduced them to our Big Fish Math program. 
You know the Villain never really goes down the first time...
We give timed addition tests to our class twice a week. This is about all we can handle for grading purposes...We're weak in that superpower...
We've created a class set of folders for use year after year. 

Though everyone starts off at +0, they work at their own pace through the facts from there. This is where the folders maintain their privacy. Nobody needs to reveal their own Fact Power. 
We set the folders up on our desks and give one minute to complete their quiz for the day. If they pass, they earn a "Bubble" on their "Big Fish Math Board". 
 
If they do not pass, they continue to practice and retake the test until they do. We send home another set of flashcards for extra home practice, and provide opportunities for learning in class by providing them with manipulatives, number grids or whatever other superpower they need to be successful. 
If they really struggle, we modify the tests for them by cutting or folding them in half. 
There's lots of different ways to stay organized, but this little box has worked great for us. We created tabs for each set of tests. There are both A and B versions for kids who sit next to each other and may have X-Ray vision during their facts quiz.

The orange dots are placed on every 5th tab. This indicates that they earn a little incentive!

 It absolutely doesn't have to be food, but we find something thematic keeps them motivated to learn their facts! We let them eat during class. They really feel like they HAVE the power! 

We're using Big Fish Math in our class this year because it goes with our ocean theme, but we've also created thematic Timed Math Programs for Baseball, Circus, Pirate and Bubble Gum Themes. 
Once your kiddos have mastered addition, we have subtraction and multiplication programs too!
*Click on the picture below to check them out* 
Enter our Rafflecopter Giveaway below at a chance to win your very own "FACTMAN TRAINING GUIDE" 
(aka your choice of one of our Timed Math Units from our TpT Store) 
Choose from Addition, Subtraction or Multiplication.

We will pick 5 winners.
Giveaway Ends Thursday at Midnight- Cali time. 
That's when us "Wonder Twins" will activate the winners! 
Be sure to fly by on Friday to check your Super Hero Status.

Good Luck Friends!

 

19 comments:

  1. Such a cool idea! Love the "Big Fish" theme!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  2. Too cute! Love all those superheros! I donned a cape last week, too. But mine was a Super E cape. :) I love making learning fun!

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  3. Great stuff! We just finished a school play called "Mighty Minds" which involves educational super heroes...so this was right up our alley!
    Amy

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  4. Love this! Just started the timed tests in my 1st grade class! What a great way to motivate and keep track of it all!

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  5. Super creative and well organized, ladies! LOVE!
    And...I'm having a 400 follower giveaway and would be thrilled if you entered!!
    Growing Firsties

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  6. this looks fabulous! I always love hearing about your products~

    Kelly Brown
    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  7. Awesome post! :) I really like that you have the facts grouped with the same number, like, all the 3s, 4s, etc. I think that is such a smart way to learn facts! :) Thanks for the shout out!!!

    Kate
    Second Grade Sparkle

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  8. I love the superheros! So cute and such a neat connection :)

    Catherine
    The Brown-Bag Teacher

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  9. Oh man! I could really use these!!! Who couldn't!?!?

    Just entered, and I'm crossin' my fingers!

    Marie
    The Hands-On Teacher in First!

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  10. I'm new to your blog, and I love, love, love what I see! Your "Big Fish Math" pack "hooked" me (haha!) right away, and I couldn't wait, so I headed over to TPT to download it right away. Thank you for your great ideas!

    Susie
    www.shafersshenanigans@blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Susie and welcome! We hope your kids "take the bait" and learn their facts! OK we could pun our way into next week :) Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Christy & Tammy

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  11. As always... I LOVE it all.
    We DEFINITELY MUST HAVE a super hero day at my school. How cool!!!

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  12. Love the folder idea for the timed tests - we're always looking for ways to change it up since we have our students for more than one year.

    Valerie

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  13. I just love the big fish math. I bought right now, because I couldn't wait another second to start setting it up. Thanks!

    Wallis
    First Grade Wolves

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  14. I follow your blog. Wow I love the Big Fish Math...the Fact Man...Bubblegum Math...ok I LOVE it all!

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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