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Engage NY First Grade Math Resources

I have gotten a ton of questions on my visual plan posts about how I utilize Engage NY in my classroom.   For those of you not familiar with the math program, you can check it out and download the whole program for free here.   The truth is that I am still trying to figure out how to fit it all in and what I can afford to skip.  My suggestion is to really read the lesson from the module.  Everything is right there.  Yes, the lesson would take you a SUPER long time.  Do what you can.  I try to alternate what I skip from the program and sometimes we do fluency practice at the end of the day.   I do always skip the exit ticket.  We do this because we use the exit ticket problems to create mini-topic assessments; the end of module assessments are just way too much.  My colleague, Janine Every and I will be working on creating our own assessments to possible post on TpT over the summer.  This past summer we focused on revamping our phonics program, with our Words of the Week packet.

I have made a few resources to make using Engage NY a bit easier.   I have included the link for the free download at the end of this post.
 I placed the modules in separate binders and divided the topics with dividers.
I have included the math module binder covers and spines in the download at the end of this post.

One of the lessons we did this week required the students to use a number path.  It is similar to a number line.   I felt the students needed number paths they could reuse and created these.  You can download these number paths for free at the end of this post.

 Another option would be to have the number paths on a work mat.  I have created a few versions of these work mats.  Use what works for you and your students.   I laminate the mats first.  Another option would be to place the sheets in page protectors.

Another useful mat to have, is this number bond mat.

Engage NY does not utilize Ten Frames but I feel they are useful.   I like to use ten frame work mats and counting chips for "Make a Ten to Add" lessons.   I also bought these ten frame stamps from Really Good Stuff.  I use them on the math pages where a ten frame could help the students.

I also love these ten frame paddles.   I got these from Amazon.com.  Here is the link.

I made these double ten frame mats.   They are included in the download. 

I got to planning ahead a bit and added this Tens and Ones work mat to the download.

Click the image below to download the resources from Google Drive.  
If you don't know how to download from Google Drive, check out Rachel Lamb's post {HERE}.   DO NOT click REQUEST ACCESS.  Those just go to spam. 

Here are a few videos I have in a folder on YouTube to help you.  I usually go to my teammate Janine Every with questions about the fluency activities.

An Instagram follower shared his districts homework help site with me.  Click the image for the link.

I hope this post helped you!  I will continue to create and post as I progress through the Engage NY Math Modules with my students. 

First Grade Visual Plans for October 27th - Halloween

Aren't you glad Halloween is on a Friday this year?   Here are my plans for the week.  

Click the images above or below to download my visual plans. 

I am linking up with Deedee again here:

Here are the packets I will be utilizing this week.  Just click on the images to check out the packets. 

I just posted this Magic e packet in my store and plan on utilizing it next week. 

I hope you have a Happy Halloween!

Visual Plans for the Week of October 20th - Bats!

Click the images to download my plans!
If you like my format, check out this packet:

I am linking up with Deedee Will's Peek at my Week.

This week we are diving into a bat themed science unit. 

I have updated the packet above to include interactive notebook files!  Please, redownload if you have already purchased.  If you have not purchased, check out the packet by clicking the image, I am listing it at a reduced price for today only.  

If you want to check out a freebie from the packet, click the image below.

Here are some of the read alouds I am utilizing this week. 

Here are some pictures of a few of the activities from my packet:

Last week we finished up our pumpkin unit and we dissected a pumpkin to label the parts.  The guinea pigs enjoyed the treat!

We shared the other half with Mocha the rabbit next door.  Then she stopped by to visit.  She is so sweet and soft. 

The computer lab was closed on Friday, so I did this cute number line activity from Cara Carroll's FrankenFun packet with the kiddos.  First we watched this cute little video about Frankenstein. They loved it. 

Story: Frankenstein read by Greg Vaughan for... by speakaboos

Then we did Cara Carroll's Frankeline activity.  How cute are they?!

This weekend I went to a Great Gatsby themed Gala for Southside Hospital.  I rented this dress from Rent the Runway.  I will definitely try them again!  They send two sizes and you get $25 off on your first rental.  Click {HERE} to check them out.

Have a great week!

October 14th Visual Plans - Pumpkins Continued

Click the images above or below to download the plans with clickable links. 

For my plan book format, check out this packet:

I am linking up with Deedee Wills for her Peek at the Week.


We are using my Short o Literacy Centers this week.  As well as the Words of the Week packet and Spelling Homework Menu.

Our science theme is still pumpkins.  I updated my pumpkin packet about four times last week!  So if you purchased, please check to see if you need to redownload.  I updated it because I am getting observed this week for math centers and I wanted math centers to go with the standards we just covered with Engage NY.  I am no expert on the Engage NY program, so please don't ask me for advice.  I honestly don't have any advice.  Maybe just to make sure to get math centers in somehow so that the math is not so dry for the kids.  Maybe by next school year I can be more of a help.  I am just trying my best to figure out what parts of the program to include.  There is no way I could fit all that they have in for a day into my day.  You can check out Engage NY for free online.

Here is a little post for my focus wall.  You can snag it for free by clicking the image.

The "Number Bond" math center above meets the standard: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.B.4 
Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem.  This center is from my Pumpkin packet. There are two versions of the number bond recording sheet to promote differentiation.  If you notice, for this version, the equal sign is not always positioned last.  I told the students that was to keep them on their toes and focused and not to let that trick them. 

 The "Ways to Make Ten" Center above meets the standard: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.C.6
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10.  This center is actually part of my Halloween Math Center packet.  I found these erasers at Target in the Dollar Spot!  I also have a version of this available in my pumpkin packet.  The version in my pumpkin packet also includes a "Ways to Make Ten Number Bond" recording sheet for early finishers. 

This "Is it True" Center meets the standard: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.D.7 Understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false.  I originally included a work mat without the space to use manipulatives and some of my students could do the adding in their heads.  However, most of the students couldn't, so then I updated the packet to include the work mat you see above.  The pumpkin counters are mini-erasers from Target's Dollar Spot.  

In addition to pumpkin themed centers this week, I picked a center from my Domino Math Center Packet.  I noticed Engage NY was using dominos and thought this center would help reinforce the skills taught in the math lesson.  I also have varying levels of this activity to promote differentiation

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