Do your kiddos need more practice with ordering and comparing fractions? My kiddos are getting better with it, but could still use the practice. So I made THIS bundle. It includes a fraction ordering activity with a recording sheet, a few fraction word problems and a fraction War Game. PLUS, it has a St. Patrick's Day theme that helps to get the kids excited! I think that my kids will really like the war game! ...
Spring is just around the corner...and that means that state standardized testing is just around the corner for my kiddos! Yikes! My next door neighbor and I decided to make our test prep into a baseball theme! So when the kiddos come back from Spring Break, we will be starting Spring Training! We will be practicing and strengthening our brain muscles as we get ready for game day. Everyone knows that players do better when they have a strong fan base that is rooting them on! So we are sending a letter home to parents and asking them to write a note to their child for each day of testing. We will tape the notes onto our students' desks! Here is what our note looks like...  And page 2 is where they write their notes... We have plans to teach our kiddos some basic test taking strategies. We decided that they needed someplace to record these notes and so we made them a Play Book! Do you want a copy of my play book? Download it for FREE here ! During the week's leadin...
I am really excited about my new Math Workshop that I started this past week! I team teach with my next door neighbor. She teaches the on-level/reteach group and I teach the enrich group. It's fantastic for both of us! (Although I may have the better end of the deal. Shhhhh! Don't tell her!) However, we only have an hour for math and it can be hard to fit everything in. I almost never have time for hand-on activities and I thrive on being a hands-on teacher! It was bugging me! So I thought and thought...and I came up with a plan! Here is what my math workshop looks like: 15 minutes: Whole Group Lesson 30 minutes: Students will complete 2 centers (1 a skill center and 1 a fact practice center) 15 minutes: Closing and going over the Side A of their worksheet (Sadly, we do Saxon Math.) I have 24 math students and I split them into 8 groups of 3. We have math class 4 days per week and they go to 2 centers per day. So I made 8 centers- 4 are for multiplication and divi...
I'm sure that every teacher feels like they are running a three ring circus from time to time! That is where the inspiration for my classroom circus theme came from! Several months before I was even offered a teaching position- I had planned out a circus theme classroom! If you have not already done so, take a tour of my classroom ! It is a continuous work in progress! Some of the decor in my class was bought from other talented teachers. But lots of it, I made myself! And I am super excited that my circus printables are FINALLY in my TpT store!!! Check it out HERE  or by clicking on the pictures. The bundle has 28 pages of circus cuteness! It includes: Binder cover Everything you need for a class job bulletin board Daily 3 and Daily 5 signs Desk name plates Classroom rules Labels for supplies, cubbies, book boxes, etc. Teacher directions I hope I have inspired more circus classrooms!...
I thought my kiddos had Base 10 blocks down...and then I gave an assessment. Oops!!! Some of my lower kids were still struggling! Since I am a firm believer in hand-on teaching- I made a set of 3 different games involving Base 10 Blocks! The games include War, Go Fish and Memory. I love that I only need to make the playing cards once and have three different games they can play with them! That makes it quicker and cheaper to keep my kiddos engaged in their math centers! But the best part about these games is that they are so easy to differentiate with! There are 18 cards that are 4 digit numbers. There are 18 cards that are 3 digit numbers and there are 18 cards that are 2 digit numbers. I can give my intervention kids different cards to work with than I give my enrich group! OR...you can use different cards at the beginning of the school year than you do mid-year!  Click HERE to purchase the set which includes teacher directions, student directions for each game and 56...
I have been hard at work today preparing for my class Valentine's Day Sock Hop this week! I thought I had  it all planned, and then yesterday I got crazy and decided that I needed 50's themed math and literacy centers to get the kids pumped up for the party on Thursday. Luckily, I found some great resources on TpT! I found a bundle that has great review activities for literacy, writing and math! We'll be doing Boogie Woogie Addition, Doo Wop Subtraction, Smokin' Synonyms and much more! Check it out HERE . After we do these fun centers, we will be ready for the big party! I have 4 stations planned: a soda shoppe (with floats), a match-box car race, hula hooping and dancing to 50's music. I got the ideas, signs and even awards for winners from THIS freebie!   Today I picked up some fun decorations. Now I can't wait to see how cute my kiddos look in rolled up jeans, slicked back hair, poodle skirts and pony tails! My class will also be working on a V...
I am very excited to announce that I have my first lesson for sale on TpT!!! It is a noun review flap book! My kiddos get so confused with pronouns, plural nouns, proper nouns and possessive nouns! Why do they all have to start with "p"?! So I made this flap book to help them review before standardized tests. Now they keep it in their desk folder so that they always have a resource to look up. I had the kiddos write a definition on one side of the flap and examples on the other side of the flap. It's simple but effective!!! If you are interested in this noun flap book, you can purchase it HERE . ...
Yesterday we had a very long assembly and so I ended up only getting an hour and a half with my kiddos. We used the time to learn a bit about Groundhog Day! We started by doing a Close Read of the Groundhog Day Legend. We have been learning about different kinds of legends in Reading so this fit in really well. The kids led their own discussion about whether or not they thought a groundhog could accurately predict the weather. Then they walked around the class taking a survey of the class predictions: Will the groundhog see his shadow or not? They used the bar graph from THIS lesson. Our class prediction was a dead tie! Next the kids made a cute little craft. It was super simple, which was good since we had so little time. They turned out cute. The kids colored THIS groundhog and cut it out. They glued them on craft sticks and we stuck them in a cup of dirt. I gave my fast finishers the fraction challenge from THIS lesson. We are starting a big fraction unit next week ...
My class had a BLAST this week celebrating the Super Bowl! I had parents email to thank me (which never happens!!!) and more volunteers than I have ever had. Plus, my kids were completely engaged and learning! I couldn't ask for a better week. The Reading Super Bowl was the biggest hit! The game was very close all week! But in the end, the 49ers pulled off the win! Here is my winning team with their medals! My kids read for almost 5,000 minutes this week!!! AMAZING! One parents emailed to say that her child never loved reading until this week and another said that her daughter insisted on bringing a book to the restaurant! And a bonus- they learned how to multiply double digit numbers this week when we were tallying their totals! The 49ers are excited to join me for a pizza lunch Monday to celebrate! The football themed writing was a lot of fun this week too!!! We started by making some boring sentences into scoring sentences. My husband made an adorable bulletin bo...