# Take a Look Back #72- Earth Day loose parts, Number line subtraction, STEM name coding FREEBIE, and more!

This past week we worked on subtraction using a number line, and finished up our Earth Day activities. We also challenged our students with a coding STEM activity that uses binary code (keep reading for a free printable). Our students practiced writing CVC words with different centers. Keep reading to see what we have been up to!

## Earth Day Loose Parts

We finished up Earth Day week with this loose parts center. We set up this table with different blue and green materials, and let students create what they wanted. Some students tried to create a 3D version, and others kept it flat.It was great to see how they used the materials.

## Hop Along the Number Line

Our students loved using these bunnies on the number line to solve subtraction problems! Giving them the manipulative helped them visualize the hops that they have to make on the number line.

If you would like to use this activity with your students, you can get it in my store:

## CVC Word Centers

Our students practiced sounding out and writing CVC words with different centers. We started off by linking the letters cards together to form the word, then attaching it to the picture card. This was great for fine motor practice too!

Next, we ‘fished’ for letters to make the CVC words with these magnet finishing rods I made. This was tricky, but they loved it!

For our last CVC word center, we used our letter blocks to spell the words. Our school bought us these a few years ago, and they are great for so many literacy activities!

We have also added the word cards, letter cards and plastic links to our sensory bin! If you would like a copy of this activity, you can find it in my store:

## STEM Name Coding

This STEM activity was a challenge! Students had to use binary code to spell their name, and translate it to a color code. Once they had coded their name, they strung beads to make their code. I thought this was going to be a struggle, but they surpassed my expectations completely! They successfully coded their name, and some even did their last names too. Such a great coding activity that works on so many skills, and our students loved it. Thank you to Mama Smiles for this great idea.

If you would like a copy of the recording page we used, you can find it in my Resource Library as a free download!

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