Challenging first grade students

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  1. snoopy78

    snoopy78 Rookie

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    I have three students in my first grade working at second grade level in reading and math. I want to challenge them, but not give them "worksheets" to do. In the past we've been able to do reading groups either with an assistant or as a grade level, but are unable to do that with staff cuts. We are taking AR tests, but don't use Amath anymore. Any suggestions for projects they can do independently? Thanks!
     
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  3. ktdclark

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    How about having them work on a group project? Something related perhaps to their reading or investigation on a topic with guiding questions from you....
     
  4. pwhatley

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    Xtramath.org is a free website that you can set your kiddos up on - all of them! You decide what skills they will practice - addition, subtraction, addition & subtraction, multiplication, division, multiplication and division, you get the picture. They can access it at school or at home, and you receive weekly reports about your kiddos' progress via email! Last year, by April, I had a first grade student who had moved to division!

    My higher firsties always loved chapter books - Junie B. Jones - Magic Treehouse, etc. They also loved writing book reports/reviews.
     
  5. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    Do you have access to a computer in class? Could you assign them some sort of research to provide more in-depth knowledge of what you're teaching the others?

    Perhaps show them www.natgeokids.com and have them come up with something related to the science lesson you're doing.

    That way they could find some cool things for their classmates, and not be given busy work.
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    Don't forget to take time to check in with them. Even bright kids can get stuck on some odd little thing, and bright kids have no less a need than kids who are behind to know that they can get help when they need it.
     
  7. snoopy78

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    Yes, I have two computers. They are old and very slow. What are some good web searches? I may try research project on animals. Thanks!
     
  8. Roobunny

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    Thanks for this resource! I am setting my class up on it tonight. I love giving them opportunities to practice skills at home on the computer.
     

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