Saturday, April 28, 2012

New Toy and a Measurement Idea

There's a new addition to our classroom that has us all in smiles...

our new Smart board! Yahoo!!
Now I need you to direct me to the best sites for Smart board activities. I've never used one so I'm very new to this, but very excited!

In math we've been working on measurement. One of the activities my kids loved was measuring tape that I put on the floor around the room. This is an Investigations lesson if you use that math series. We discussed different ways that we could measure to find out which tape is the longest or shortest and I let some kids come try to measure one piece (that I have placed in our meeting area). They're funny because sometimes they tried hopping or scooting one foot instead of just taking steps (and some will want to measure with their fingers or whole body). We decided on a few rules for measuring (by taking steps, heel to toe, and what to do if there is part of your foot hanging off the end) and then they went around the room measuring and recording alone or with a buddy to help with balance.


Here's a recording sheet if you want to do this activity. We also went back later and measured each tape with other units. It's great for getting the kids up and moving and would be fun during these last few weeks of school.

I also had to share what our awesome room mom whipped up for Earth Day. So cute and yummy too! I can't turn down a snack=)

Lastly, I just posted the Daily Data/Question of the Week morning work(or however you want to use it) packet for May. It's got 5 weeks of questions and activities using 3 overlapping hoops and incorporating tally marks, equations, and fractions. It's on TPT for $2.00, click below to preview or purchase.


  1. I wish we had smartboards!! We aren't as lucky as you! Congrats!!

  2. Thanks for the recording sheet. Nice Smartboard!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. Smart Exchange has a ton of teacher made lessons for the smartboard. I've also found a bunch on teachers pay teachers. Have fun with it!

  4. Congrats on getting your Smartboard. I've had one for a couple of years. One place to look for lessons is the Smartboard Exchange. You can search by topic and grade level. You can preview lessons before downloading them. It's a great resource.

  5. You are going to love your Smartboard! Cute measurement idea! My kids will love that!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  6. I've always wanted a smartboard. So exciting! I just found your blog and now follow it! I'm glad I found it. Come check my very new blog at

    Lohren Nolan

  7. Melissa, Love the measurement idea! Thank you! I have had a Smartboard for about three months. I have downloaded things from the Smart Exchange, but double check these lessons first. Some are great and some not so. I love that you can preview them. I have also purchased several items from TPT. I love the Smartboard lessons created on TPT by Lisa Rombach. She incorporates videos and game links into her lessons.
    An Open Door

  8. Love your ideas. I have some DVDs with oodles of Smartboard Activities to get you started. Check them out. They can be easily modified to fit your classroom and give you ideas for your own activities when you become familiar with the Smartboard. You won't know how you ever taught without it.

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  10. We just got smartboards this year. You will need to use smart exchange. I've found tons of great resources.

  11. I love the tape idea! Simple, quick, and cheap! I have joined your blog. I hope you will check mine out- I am also a 1st grade teacher.

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  13. I love the tape measuring activity! I'm busy compiling a unit for measurement Olympics and will include this idea!

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