Friday, 15 September 2017

3 Easy and Fun Ideas to Get Kids Excited about Multiplication Facts!

Here are three of my favorite ideas to use to get kids excited to learn the multiplication facts!

1. Make a multiplication craft! Kids love to have a little art project in math! Use Hawaiian Leis (found at party or craft stores), pipe cleaners and the number strip cards (from my resource) to create this fun visual for kids! Directions and details in resource. Students love wearing these home and  using it to practice their facts! Click on picture for link to resource!

2. Use jokes to get kids excited about math! My students LOVE to practice facts if they end result is solving a joke! Here is the link to the Multiplication Mega Bundle (jokes for the year...keep them smiling and multiplying all year long!) Click on picture for link!

3. Use games like Multiplication Bump! Just add dice and game boards and you're ready to go!Click on the picture for link to resource! 

I hope your students enjoy these ideas as much as mine do! Happy Multiplying!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

#1 Best Lesson on Measurement (and lots of fun, too)!

Use literature to relate to math! Here is an example lesson to tie reading to measurement using the book, Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy.

1. Read the book, Measuring Penny, by Loreen Leedy to the class and discuss.

2.  Explain to the children that you are going to assign the same measurement homework assignment as the teacher in the story.

3. I’ve attached lots of examples of parts of student’s work that my classes did for this homework assignment. You are welcome to display them for your students as examples.

4. If your students have computer access and parents willing to help them, then it is fun to have them create power points for the assignment. Then they could send you the Google link or Dropbox link to the power point so you could  to show it to the class. However, it is ok to have them make a paper poster instead if technology is an issue.

5. Tell them they can measure anything. Some children get upset if they think they have to measure a pet, like in the story, and they don’t have a pet. I’ve had students measure their siblings, a stuffed animal, hockey stick, really no limit!

6. This is such a fun way to introduce or reinforce measurement using a real life experience and getting parents involved!

Here are some examples from my students! Have fun! I'd love to hear how this lesson worked with your class in the comments below!


Sunday, 3 September 2017

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TEACHERS!!!! Labor Day is a day we want to THANK YOU with a ****GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY**** We have teamed up with other talented teacher authors to give away 2 AMAZING prizes to 2 LUCKY teachers! The prizes are $100.00 to Teachers Pay Teachers, and $100 to Amazon!!! Enter below:
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This giveaway ends Sat. September 9th at 12:00 PM EST and our TWO lucky winners will be announced on Sunday, the 10th.

Several of these author's stores will be holding sales on Labor Day as well! Check them out. My store, Believe to Achieve by Anne Rozell, will be 20% off for ONE DAY ONLY, Labor Day! Yes, even BUNDLES will be on sale!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

#1 Tip to Prepare for the Best School Year Ever!

Be organized and intentional about having lessons ready to go for the year. When you plan ahead and have resources at your finger tips, then you will feel confident and ready.

For example, check out this video that I made sharing how I use my "3rd Grade Monthly Math Bundle" to be prepared for morning work, homework, and/or sub plans! I explain in more detail in the video.

Here's the link to the video:

Friday, 25 August 2017

"Smile File" - #1 File EVERY Teacher Needs 

What is a "Smile File"? 
Several years ago a teacher friend shared with me the idea of a "Smile File". She said to get a folder, write "Smile File" on it and keep all of those special notes from students, parents, teachers and administrators in it. I did and it has really been one of the best things I've ever done in my career! 

Benefits of a "Smile File":
1. An easy way to keep up with all of those special notes!
2. Source of encouragement when days get tough teaching ( or it's rainy day recess for the third day in a row!)
3. If you're looking for a new job or nominated for an award then use some of the kind words from this folder.
4. Reflect mid-year or end of the year, or as the years go by on individual people who brought sunshine into your life!

What do you need to create a "Smile File"?
1. A file folder
2. A cute cover
3. I have a FREE set of covers to choose from in my TPT store. They are editable so you can add your name, school, year, grade, etc.  You might want to make a new on for each school year! Just click on the picture:

Here are some examples of the kinds of items I've kept in my "Smile File":

I hope you take time today to create your own "Smile File"! I think you will be so happy that you did!

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017


I hope you are doing well and looking forward to a new school year! I'm participating in the TPT Site-Wide sale on August 22! AND...I'm extending the 20% off my store for August 23! 
I wanted to share with you that I'm having a 20% off sale (YES, EVEN BUNDLES) in my TPT Store, Believe to Achieve by Anne Rozell, from August 22 -23! This is a great time to stock up with some new ideas for a new year!

Something special....If you sign up to receive my e-mails, then I will send you EXCLUSIVE FREE resources (not available in my store) and tips from time to time! I promise not to flood you with e-mail! The sign-up is located at the top of my blog!

Here are two resources that I wanted to share! Would you love to be ready for unexpected meetings, headaches, change in schedule, holidays? Would you like to have something ready to go? Are you looking for something new for morning work, homework? Well, check out this 3rd Grade Math Bundle! 30+ activities for each month! (They are sold separately by month, too! )

Here are just a few testimonials from teachers who have used this resource:
✎"Wonderful resource that allows students to practice multiple concepts. Thanks!" Brianne E.
✎"Thank you for this! This will be a life saver when checking that my grade threes really "get a concept". They are made to be cute too! Will be using these VERY often, thanks again!" Trenna B.
✎ "I can't wait to use this!" Anita S.

This second resource is "hot off the press" and it includes 180 days of Daily Math Morning Work! Each day is nine problems that spiral through third grade skills! This resource could also be used for homework!

Here are just a few testimonials from teachers who have used this resource:
✎"I'm so excited to integrate this into my math program. I love the layout and the variety of questions. I know this will help my students improve in their skills too!"
✎"This will get their brains turning in the morning. Thanks!!" Amber M.
✎"Spiraled math is fantastic! Thank you for your time and creativity. This will help my children master 3rd grade math!" Susan W.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

HUGE Giveaway!

I'm giving away a $25 TPT Gift Card AND a FREE resource from my TPT store (value up to $42) to one lucky winner!

To enter: Sign-up for my e-mail! Sign up box is located a the top of this blog! That's it! So simple!

                I will choose a winner at 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) on Tuesday, Aug. 22 and announce it here!

Have a blessed day,

Thank you all for the wonderful participation! The WINNER is..
         Robin G.
* I will contact Robin via e-mail with her gifts!