Drinking Straws, Shoelaces and Fine Motor Skills
Cut straws to make DIY counters ~ So many uses! I am thinking tens and ones…..
Gaming the System.
Sometimes I lie to Ali. I say things like, “I’ve got a game for us to play today!!” When the truth is that I’m banging my brain against the inside of my skull trying to hurry up and concoct an idea to make school into a game while she asks repeatedly, “What?? What is the game??” Sometimes I
If you are like me, you have a number of students in your class that still don't know their math facts. They didn't know them last year. They didn't know them the year before. They think they are "bad at math" because of their inability to quickly retrieve these basic facts. Don't get me wrong--fact "fluency" is important...and it sure makes "big math" an awful lot easier! The key is that students maintain perspective on the role math facts play in the big picture--and once THEY know that…
Monday Made It
I am excited to be linking up with 4th Grade Frolics again for Monday Made It! Of course my project is for school again! I actually made a couple other things, but they haven't been photographed yet. So stay tuned! I am super excited about my new math vocabulary display! I purchased a couple of yard sticks and some clothes pins. The clothes pins were spray pained and then glued on to the yard stick. They will hold the words we are currently working on. The words that we are not using are on…
Multiplication Tables Game | Activity | Education.com
Practice multiplication facts and geography at the same time in this fun third grade math card game.
Factors & Multiples: Flap Books & Online Games
Although factors and multiples are a 4th grade focus*, they are definitely something that we fifth grade teachers like LOVE to review. ...
Common Core Number and Operations Fractions Activities
Are you ready for Common Core? If you are nervous, please don't be. A variety of teaching ideas will be posted to make the transition to Common Core much easier. This blog post provides fun hands-on ideas to teach the Common Core Math Standards and most particularly the Common Core Number and Operations Fractions section of the standards. CCSS.4.NF.A.1, CCSS.4.NF.A.2, CCSS.4.NF.B.1, 5.NF.A.1, and more standards. Many of the Common Core Standards want students to be able to understand math…
Number Line Jumping
This is a fun way to add and subtract simple numbers on a number line. This idea originated from the activity that goes with Hap Palmer's "Jumping to Add and Subtract" song (see below). Create a number line on the floor by writing the numbers 0 through 9 on cards or dessert-size paper plates. Use yarn or electric tape to create the number line, and place the number cards or plates about 18 to 24 inches apart on the number line. To add, have the child stand on the number 2 or 3. Then add a…
7-Up Vocabulary Practice - The Brown Bag Teacher
Today I wanted to share about about using 7-Up to introduce new vocabulary. This is a quick and material-free way to engage students with words they are learning! When introducing a new word to students, our school follows Jan Richardson’s method. Then, we throw in a little 7-Up twist. It looks something like this –...
FREE App: Learn Fraction Comparison with Visual Help
Oh No Fractions is a free math app for school age kids to learn fraction comparison with intuitive visuals, making it easier to understand fractions.
Throwdown Linky - Post It Note Division
Update 11/28 For more information on this strategy and a Flash Freebie, (sorry! Flash Freebies are over like that!) please check out my latest post and store. Thank you! ******************************************************************************* Happy Thursday everyone! It seems like it should already be Friday. One three day weekend and I get so spoiled:) Just in case you didn't check back in on Monday's post, Gus was found safe and sound! While I was cruising through the weekend linky…
T-Chart Factors - Teaching With Simplicity
I have been teaching factors for a long time now, and it wasn’t until I came across a picture on Pinterest that I had an Ah-ha moment! The T-chart! Why have I never thought of this before? I have always modeled finding factors by listing them horizontally. Today, I used this with my 4th grade […]