Monday, 22 May 2017

Fidget Spinner Math Games (with NO Fidget Spinners needed!)

Fidget Spinners are all the "craze" now and they might be driving you "crazy" in the classroom! Well, I've developed a couple of fun ways for students to enjoy this "craze" to practice math skills but NO Fidget Spinners needed! The first one is practice with multiplication arrays on task cards! So colorful and fun and great practice! Click on the picture for the link:
The second one is Multiplication BUMP games 2's to 12's with NO Fidget Spinner needed!Just copy, laminate, grab a couple of dice and let the fun game practice begin! Click on picture for the link:

Friday, 21 April 2017

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

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Could you use a little "spring lift"? Well, check out these FREE TPT spring resources to help from some of the best TPT authors!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

3 Quick and Easy Steps to Keep Student Work Organized and Save Your Sanity!

Hi everyone,

I wanted to share 3 tips that I've used to organize student work and save my sanity! I hope they are helpful to you, too!

Here they are:

1. Look at your class list (hopefully it is already in alphabetical order). Anyway, let's say Amy Bell is number one. Tell Amy Bell that her class number all year is #1 and you want her to write that number on the top right corner of all work that she turns in. (I would still have her write her name on the paper.) Repeat for each student.

2. Collect student work in number order. Or you can put any stack of papers in order super quickly by numbers. This way you can see who is missing work at a glance. This  will make it so much easier to enter grades in your grade book,too! *** One problem I've run into with this system...what to do when you get a new student. If it's early in the year then I put the student in alphabetically which may mean re-numbering some students. But, if it is later in the year, I just add the new student to the end of the list.

3. Put absent student's work in Absent Folder. I have made some cute covers for Absent Folders in link here:

 Hope you enjoy these tips! Believe me, I wish I had started this system the very FIRST year I taught!


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Is teaching Elapsed Time a topic you dread teaching? Well, I've got some examples of how to use the Mountains, Hills, and Rocks Strategy to help students with this tough concept. A teacher shared this strategy with me several years ago and I've been using it every since. I have been amazed at how it is simple and yet helps students "see" the problem and find the correct solution! I hope this is helpful to you! Here is the first example:
Here is the second example:

Here's a resource you might want to check out with elapsed time word problems on task cards! Great problems to have students practice this strategy!
 Elapsed Telling Time Task Cards

Saturday, 25 February 2017

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Recycling is Fun to Teach!

Are you looking for a fun way to introduce recycling to your students with little prep? Well, I'd love to take just a minute and share with you a lesson that I've used with lots of success!

I start with a class KWL chart  (What you know or think you know), (What you would like to learn) and at the end of the unit (What you did learn).

Then I read a short book about recycling and discuss with class. I like to read, Where Does the Garbage Go? by Paul Showers.

Then I use the lesson I've posted for FREE in my TPT store! Here's the cover with link:


I hope your students love this lesson! 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

February is right around the corner! I've asked some of the best TPT authors to share their FREE resources for February with you! Check them out below!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Welcome to 2017! Are you looking for some fresh new ideas to try in your classroom? I've teamed up with some of my favorite TPT authors to share them below! Take a peek!