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Old 08-02-2010, 08:58 AM
 
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I have seen people mention using Drops in the Bucket for morning work. What are opinions on it? What levels did you order? Someone has also mentioned subscribing to Education Creations which has similar warm-ups. What are thoughts on any of this? I appreciate your help!


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I use Drops in the Bucket. I ordered the first 3 levels and used only the middle level. It is a good review for the kids. I don't start it until mid-year. I use it for morning work.
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I haven't used it yet - mine just came in a couple days ago - but I bought just the math one, Level A. I've flipped through it and it seems appropriate for my students, knowing what they've learned and will learn in Everyday Math.
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I have used it for many years and I love it! I do use it for first thing in the morning while I am doing attendance, etc. We always go over it together. I give the kids fine line black markers to correct (over the pencil) any mistakes. They love using the fine line markers and this way they look at the question and answer twice. Also, I don't have to correct it! I start with Level A. I like the reading one the best.
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Would this work for homework?


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Charl,

I don't think I would use it for homework, since it's not really practice on what you are currently teaching them. It's more of a review of concepts that you don't want them to forget. Sort of a like a spiral review maybe.

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I found the first level suitable for the beginning of the year, but then I'd move up a level. The first level is pretty easy for first grade.
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Can somebody please explain this program? I've never heard of it before. Is it similar to the Daily Math and L.A. work from Evan-Moor?
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I love the DITB!!! I have both books for Math and LA and I have multiple levels. I think it is a wonderful use of daily review and I love all the skills it incorporates on each worksheet. I have given it for homework a few times, but not until the middle of the year when I know that the kids can do it completely independently because they don't have much for written directions on them. I love that the layout or format is VERY similar from level to level and I have been able to challenge some of my higher kids with the level up, when the rest of the class is working on level and the other kids don't even seem to notice. Just my input! Here is the link for the poster who didn't know what they were:

http://www.frog.com/drops/index.html
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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Do you just have to buy the book and then make copies from that? How many levels do you usually buy for the year?I made up morning work last year, but I think I'd like this better.
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2nd half of the year
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I use it the 2nd half of the year for morning work. I think it's level A- one side math, the other side language. They can't really do it independently until the 2nd semester.


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Level A is for typical 1st grade students. I used Level R for kindergarteners....the Reading one in Level R is for students who aren't able to read yet.
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Thanks!
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Thanks for all the great tips. I'm going to give it a try this year.
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I love Drops in the Bucket!
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I start them on the first day of school! I start with Reading and Math level R. This is the Kindergarten level but I feel it provides a good review for my students. It also helps me see who did not get all of the skills they need to be successful in First Grade. I complete them together as a class for the first week of school and then they are able to complete them independently.
When we finish level R we move up to the next level.
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I've used Drops in the Bucket as weekly homework and it's such a great skills review for the students! I give a sheet of math and a sheet of reading on Monday, and the students have until Friday to complete it and turn it in. It especially challenges those above average students, but it's extremely student-friendly for ELL's and lower than average learners too.
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