Sunday, November 29, 2015

Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Smile Sale Nov. 30 - Dec. 1


In case you hadn't heard, the TpT Cyber Smile Sale is coming soon (11/30/15-12/1/15 EST)!  I'd love for you to check out my shop and see if there's anything you think could help you in your classroom or homeschool.

Don't forget to enter the code: SMILE at checkout to save 28%!  

Get those wishlists ready and earn credits by leaving fair feedback on past purchases. (My wishlist is now five pages long-I can't wait!)

Happy teaching!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Relating Multiplication and Division Interactive Notebook


It's finally finished!  This interactive notebook was so much fun to create.  Your students will love how engaging and challenging it is.  I have always loved teaching multiplication. It's one of those rights of passage as a third grader, and my students have always enjoyed it.

So let's check it out!  This interactive notebook has nine different activities to meet all of the Operations and Algebraic Thinking standards for grade 3. I included a cute little notebook cover, a table of contents for students to fill in as they go, a work in progress envelope for loose pieces, and a visuals page to help with set-up.

I've also added anchor charts to help with key concepts.  I just go ahead and paste those alongside students' output, so they can be referred to when necessary.

Sample anchor chart
Sample anchor chart
Sample anchor chart
Also part of this resource is a handful of "Think and Write" questions that encourage students to think about challenging concepts more deeply.  Simply paste the question in the notebook and students can respond below it.

"Think and Write" questions allow for reflection
I tried to keep the cutting and gluing to a minimum.  I eliminate extra flaps by having my students trace around the flap so they know where to write their answers in their notebook (so answers don't overlap underneath flaps).  It makes for a little less mess.

Trace around flaps so students know exactly where to write their answers.

The vocabulary I included in this set is array, associative property, commutative property, distributive property, dividend, divisor, equation, factor, product, and quotient.  I like my students to draw pictures, label, give examples, and include definitions with their vocabulary.  Writing on the back of the flap, as well as underneath allows room for this.

Multiplication strategies
Word problems are my favorite!
Find the missing number
Here are some of my favorite read-alouds when teaching multiplication and division.

If you'd like to try this resource out, here's a little freebie for you!  It includes the student notebook cover, vocabulary, multiplication and division strategies interactives; as well as the literature resources.  Click on the photo below:

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Thanks for taking a look at my newest creation.  I hope you have a great time teaching multiplication and division concepts.  I would love for this interactive notebook to be in your classroom too!

Happy teaching!

Monday, November 16, 2015

One is a Feast for Mouse and a Being Grateful Freebie

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying November, parent teacher conferences are behind you, and your Thanksgiving turkey is in the freezer, ready for next week.

Today I'd love to share a fun little read-aloud that I just found at the library.  It's called, "One is a Feast for Mouse:  A Thanksgiving Tale", by Judy Cox.  It is a story of a mouse on a mission for just one tiny pea that was left over from the Thanksgiving dinner. However, when he spies the array of scrumptious tidbits left behind by the humans, he is determined to stack more than he can carry back to his hidey-hole (even though a lone pea would suffice).

After the mouse retrieves his pea, he sees a cranberry and three olives.

His pile is starting to get a bit out of control.  How will he ever get this feast back to his house?

Uh-oh.  Trouble has arrived.  After the cat destroys his hopes of getting his treasures back home safely, he spots one single pea in the corner.
"One is a feast for me!"
This is a wonderful conversation starter about how much one really needs to be happy, what's truly important, and to be thankful for the little things in life.  It can also be a good reminder for our students to be grateful for what they have, and how it is important to show gratitude for those things.

If you'd like a free printable to help your students focus on the real meaning of Thanksgiving, you can grab it by clicking the image below.  Have a great week!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

A Fun Week's Worth of Halloween Activities + FREE Math Task Cards!

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend. I love how the leaves are finally changing colors even though it's 90 degrees out today!

I just wanted to share with you that my newest Halloween resource is finally posted. Yippie!  I'm really excited about it because there are so many activities to keep your little 'monsters' engaged for the entire week leading up to Halloween (which is no easy feat sometimes).

This resource is chock-full of fun activities such as a reading passage with interactive vocabulary, QR code math task cards and a story problem game, two science experiments, two art projects, and lots of graphic organizers to write an awesome narrative about a haunted house. Sound like fun?  Let's take a closer look.

The History of Halloween reading passage is slightly differentiated (two levels) and has five vocabulary terms (in pocket chart cards and a pumpkin flippable), a main idea/supporting details graphic organizer, and three text evidence questions. (I love that little monster-so fun!)

Your students will love writing a narrative story about their time in a haunted house with these graphic organizers. Also, review adjectives and onomatopoeia to improve word choice.  A rubric is also included; all you need to do is add in your point system if you choose to use it.

Your math stations will be so engaging this week with this review QR code task card set (place value, addition and subtraction with regrouping, graphs, relating multiplication and division).  There is also a Halloween themed story problem math game. (Note: These math activities are aimed towards third graders, so they will be a review for fourth grade and remedial for fifth.)  The pumpkin printable will also help review related multiplication and division facts.  It's color by product or quotient, so it's also good to reinforce those key terms.

Let you kids practice their observation and predicting skills with two outrageous science experiments!  "Disappearing Pumpkins" will have your students predicting which of four liquids will dissolve candy pumpkins the most rapidly.  They will be amazed at the changes taking place.  You could discuss physical and chemical changes as well. (This experiment was adapted from Lemon Lime Adventures.)

The second, "Bouncing Eyeballs" lets your pupils make their own bouncing (eye)balls. So cool, right? The first part gives students directions to make the balls, and then have them make predictions about how high they might bounce.  (You will want to put down plastic or cloth to catch any glop and have hand wipes or a towel nearby.)  Each person records his/her observations while a partner holds a yard stick or ruler to measure the heights of each bounce.  The second section (which I encourage be done whole group or over extended sessions) asks students what they think will happen if they change the amounts of the three main ingredients.  For example: If I increase the amount of borax, the ball will  _______.  Students will record and test the three hypotheses and then write about their findings.

For a tie-in with the reading passage about Samhain (the precursor holiday to Halloween), there are two different art projects related to The Day of the Dead. There can be a discussion about the similarities and differences between these two holidays if you wish.  The first project has pupils look for the missing details of kids dressed in The Day of the Dead style, then decorate.  The second, is for students to cut out and create 3-D calaveras (skulls), and then decorate.  I recommend using clear tape or a glue stick to adhere the tabs.  These would make great decorations for your Halloween parties.

What do you think?  I've included literature resources and answer keys as well, so it's a bit easier for you.

As a thank you for taking a look at this product, please head to my TpT store to download the QR code math task cards FREE! These would make a great review math center or fun around-the-room activity.

I'm also linking up this freebie with Teaching Blog Addict's Freebie Friday. 

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Have a great week! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fun Halloween Reads for Grades 2-4

Hello Everybody,

I just wanted to share with you really briefly some of my favorite classroom reads for the month of October.  Most of these are quick reads, one of them is nonfiction, and one is based on a true story.

Fun reads for October

1) The Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson is a classic, quick read. When the mayor cancels Halloween for the town's children because the Herdmans always cause havoc, a school party is scheduled instead. The children are saddened that they won't get to go trick-or-treating, but plan lots of mischief for the party instead.

2) Bones by Steven Jenkins is a nonfiction read that showcases the body's skeleton and how its bones work together. Your students will be fascinated by it and learn from all the pictures for sure.

3) The Case of the Graveyard Ghost by Michelle Torrey stars Foyle and Dossey as two junior science detectives out to solve four different mysteries using their science knowledge. Fun activities/experiments are included in the appendix.

4) Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke is for the older kids in this group, and not for the squeamish.  It stars a young boy named Jon who is sent away to boarding school after his mom's new boyfriend takes up much of her time. At first, Jon doesn't care for his new surroundings, but after three ghosts on horseback appear out his window, he is determined to find out what is going on. Great for Harry Potter fans.

5) Magic School House: Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve has Merlin the magician asking Annie and Jack what has happened to the haunted castle and the people who used to live there. As they try to find the stolen Stone of Destiny, they are in for one spooky adventure.

6) Scooby Doo:  The Haunted Halloween Party is a goofy tale of Scooby and Shaggy who are off to a Halloween costume party.  When they arrive, they are scared that the party is in an actual haunted house. (Or is it?)  A quick read you could do in one sitting.  Definitely for the younger ones of this group.

7) Horrible Harry at Halloween by Susan Kline has room 3B wondering what Harry will wear for his Halloween costume this year.  His costumes are always the best!  However, this year he comes dressed as a detective and gets to work trying to solve the mystery that is haunting his classroom.  Another read for the younger ones.

8) Geronimo Stilton:  The Hotel is Haunted, is a mysterious ghost story.  Geronimo and Hercule must try to figure out who the ghost is that is haunting and scaring all the hotel guests. For the younger set; a fast paced read.

9) Hank Zipzer: My Dog's a Scaredy-Cat by Henry Winkler is about a boy named Hank that invites the well-known school bully over to his haunted house on Halloween to try and scare some sense into him.  However, Hank's dog Cheerio thinks the house is too haunted, and now he can't be found anywhere.

10) The Pumpkin Runner Marsha Arnold was inspired by a real Australian farmer who ate massive amounts of pumpkin to help fuel him while running a incredibly long race.  This is a simple read-aloud with tall-tale characteristics.

Thanks for checking these out. Let me know what you think about them.  In the meantime, here's a monster-themed main idea/supporting details graphic organizer you can use with these reads.
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Have a great day! 

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bully Prevention Month Free Classroom Poster

If you are searching for a unit to help start conversations about what bullying looks like, how it makes others feel, and how to be a good friend; check out my Anti-Bullying/Friendship resource. It's ON SALE through this weekend. It has a bulletin board banner and craftivity, posters, writing prompts, discussion prompts, and a game with several task cards to get conversations rolling. Helping our students feel safe in our care is so vitally important in order for learning to take place. Click on the photo below to check it out.

Here's a little freebie for you. 
Print it out with the poster setting on your printer to enlarge it and hang in your classroom.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Halloween Literacy, Math, & S.TE.A.M. Fun!

Hello Hello,

Today I'm happy to be linking up with some amazing TpT authors: Principal PrinciplesJust Reed, and Brooke Brown, for their BOLO linky party.

I'd love for you to be on the lookout for my new Halloween resource that should be available in the next week.  Here's a little preview!

My Halloween Literacy, Math, & S.T.E.A.M. resource (for grades 3-4) is filled with fun activities for that crazy week leading up to Halloween. This year Halloween is on Saturday (woohoo!), but we all know that won't squash our students' excitement. 

It includes a History of Halloween differentiated reading passage, with vocabulary cards for a pocket chart, an interactive vocabulary pumpkin, main idea and details graphic organizer, and a provide your evidence question set.

It also has two brainstorming graphic organizers to review adjectives and onomatopoeia.  These will be a part of the haunted house narrative writing prompt.  There is even a writing rubric provided. You just need to fill in the point system you would like to award for each category.

Sixteen math task cards with QR codes (check out those cute monster graphics) are also part of this set. They include questions on graphs, relating multiplication and division, rounding, and place value.  Great for review in math rotations or a round of SCOOT .  There's also a color by product or quotient pumpkin that incorporates a bit of relating multiplication and division with art. Who doesn't love to color?

I can't wait for your students to enjoy the two science activities included:  "Disappearing Pumpkins" and "Bouncing Eyeballs".  Both will have students think up predictions, record their observations, and have them write about their findings. So much fun!

Finally, there is an easy art project that revolves around The Day of the Dead (which you could compare and contrast with the holiday Samhain (from the reading passage).  Students will need to complete the missing details from the picture, and then decorate it.  Lots of creative possibilities here.