Saturday, January 19, 2013

Place Value Boot Camp and a FREEBIE!

Happy, happy, happy long weekend!

Before I start this post, I must introduce you to my inspiration for all this. It was my first year teaching when I discovered the hilarious Teacher Tipster. I must admit, I had (okay, fine... HAVE) a huge crush on this man! Nothing melts my heart more than a guy that is SO good with kids - and he is seriously a creative genius. After you watch this video, head over to his site and check out all the other amazing tips he has to offer!




This little video inspired our yearly ritual of PLACE VALUE BOOT CAMP!

My teaching bestie, Lindsey, and I take our kids outside and get them amped up for boot camp! Lindsey uses her whistle often and I have an excellent yelling voice ;) so we make quite the team. We sing the same song as above except instead of saying "add all the babies onto the end" we say "add all the little ones to the end." 
Remember my little army lover from this post.... can you guess which little guy it is?!
Also, don't mind my face in all these pictures... I was yelling... a lot :)
We had our kids sit with a partner and write down the number they saw on a whiteboard so we could do a quick-check of who was getting it and who still needed some practice!

After 2 days of outside boot camp, we took our littles inside for a place value scavenger hunt!

Lindsey and I put little cards all around the great room and covered them with sticky notes. With a partner, students had to walk around the room and try to find all the place value cards, count up the tens and ones, and record on their sheet.
(note^^^ it was "crazy hair" day - she doesn't normally have purple and red hair)

To mix it up a little and keep the boot camp vibe, we added in some exercise cards for the kids to do!
Push ups by the trash can?! We are so mean.
The kids had SO much fun with these place value activities and called me Sergeant Moran all week long. I highly recommend this boot camp procedure! It will get loud and it will get a little wild... but it'll all be worth it in the end - I swear!

I saved the scavenger hunt and I am offering it as a freebie for you in case you want to try it out!
Just click the image above to snag your copy.

I am off to a bridal expo for the day and then I have the PATRIOTS tomorrow! Woooo!!!!!

See ya later this week and enjoy your extra day off :)


31 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing!! This guy is my new favorite person!!


    Jenna
    Just Diving In

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    1. I seriously love him!! His ideas are genius - I use them all the time in class!

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  2. LOVE this Susan!! So fun and engaging!!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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    1. The kids love it too! Thanks for stopping by Nicole!

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  3. What wonderful ideas and it looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Love this! Trying to figure out how to adapt it a little for hundreds place value.

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    1. Hmmm... I wish I was musical at all to help you!! I am sure there is a fun way to add it in!

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  5. Teacher Tipster is hilarious. I use lots of his ideas. Have you seen how he teaches even and odd with the shoe signs? so funny. Your boot camp is a must try!

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    1. YES! I love it... I am pretty sure I have seen all his videos!

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  6. Found this on Pinterest and TOTALLY love it! Thanks for sharing, I will re-pin :)

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    1. :) Thanks K., it is so fun! I hope you try it!

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  7. Your creativity + Teacher Tipster. . . PERFECT combination. I love, love, love this idea. Thanks for the freebie, PINNING!!!!!

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

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    1. hahaha you are SO welcome and thank you for always coming by and being the BEST!

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  8. This looks like soooo much fun! Great ideas! Found Teacher Tipster this year...I've watched a lot of his videos and tried some of his techniques. They are always a hit!

    Crystal
    Teaching Little Miracles

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    1. They are always a hit! The kiddos just eat it up!

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  9. Thank you for the freebie! I love your ideas for place value and will be using them with my own kiddos!I can't wait because I have a good yelling voice too :)
    Erin
    Sample’s Superstars

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  10. I just love everything about this post... and teacher tipster too (just love him!)
    Can't wait to do this next week!
    Thanks so much for the freebie. :D
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

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  11. This looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing because I can't wait to do this with my class.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  12. I love Teacher Tipster! Thank you for sharing. The place value hunt is awesome. I love that you added in some exercise/movement activities.
    Teachin' First

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  13. I want to be in Teacher Tipster's class. It always looks like so much fun!

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  14. Thanks for the freebie! I love the idea of adding exercises into the scavenger hunt, even without a boot camp just to mix it up! :)

    Katie
    Smiles from 2nd Grade

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  15. Thank you for the freebie! We will definitely be doing this in the near future.
    Alyce

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

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  16. Loved doing this last year with the kiddos! Super idea :) I blogged about the bridal show...hehe! Also sorry about the Patriot's loss :(

    Michelle
    from Well, Michelle?

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  17. I am loving this idea (and the Teacher Tipster guy is hilarious)! I wish I could go back and teach my place value unit again! Thanks for sharing!

    Aimee
    Primarily Speaking

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  18. Thanks for sharing the Teacher Tipster! What log have I been hiding under? :)
    Growing Firsties

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  19. I am adding this to my place value unit! I bet your kids love it! Thanks for sharing!
    Kim
    TheVeryBusyFirstGraders

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  20. What a great idea! I'll be pinning this! Thanks for the freebie too!
    Shibahn
    Mrs. Landry’s Land of Learning

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea! We just finished doing place value camp this week and the kids loved it! They seemed to have a better understanding of place value when we finished. YEAH! Stop by sometime and check out our pictures. Teaching Little Miracles

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  22. Thanks so much for the awesome inspiration and scavenger hunt. I'm hoping this will help my firsties this year!

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  23. Nothing melts my heart more than a guy that is SO good with kids ... ikidsboots.blogspot.com

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