Sunday, June 26, 2016

It's Shark Week!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

As promised in yesterday's post, it's here, and it's going to be jawesome! Welcome to the Shark Week Blog Hop!

You're on the trail of a great bunch of freebies that will bring the fun and excitement of sharks to your own classroom ... without the, um, you know, terror. :O  Many thanks to Jenny at Luckeyfrog's Lilypad and Matt at Digital Divide and Conquer for organizing this annual event!

Here's my shark freebie!

Keep your little learners happy and busy as they solve this set of math riddle cards to discover the shark's secret number! When they use these task cards, they'll get lots of practice with addition, subtraction, using comparison signs, adding and subtracting tens, and even counting coins. You know, the kind of practice they can really sink their teeth into! Sorry, irresistible shark pun. ;)  Click here to get your copy!

Ready to swim on to the next stop on the hop? Click to see what Brenda at Primary Inspired has for you!
                                                            Primary Inspired

Then visit my teaching friends at these blogs to see the delightfully shark-y freebies they have in store for you!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Getting Ready for Shark Week with Some Preview Freebies

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Earlier than ever this year, it's almost time for one of Discovery Channel's most popular annual events.  Yep, Shark Week is on the horizon!

I'm going to be participating in a huge blog hop with loads of free shark-themed resources for you {details at the end of this post}, but in the meantime, just to get you started, here are a few old and new freebies to whet your appetite!

Here's a set of shark number cards that you'll find lots of use for.  Better yet, you'll also find eight great games to play using them! Click to see it at Teaching Blog Roundup.

If you've been working on contractions, try this resource for some extra work on those tricky "not" contractions!

Here's a brand new writing resource, perfect for your summer writing centers! All you need to do is print this one page writing activity card and supply your students with one die. Roll and write!

Tomorrow is the first day of the annual Shark Week Blog Hop, sponsored by Jenny at Luckeyfrog's Lilypad and Matt at  Digital Divide and Conquer ! Be sure to come back right here tomorrow morning to begin your adventure on the trail of a boatload of shark freebies that your kiddos will love!

Psst! I'll have a special set of shark-themed math riddle cards for you that you won't want to miss!

Happy Teaching!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Place Value Resources Half Price!

Hello, Teaching Friends!

Happy First Day of Summer! Hope you're all enjoying your summer break ... and if you're still hanging from the ledge by your fingertips, it can't be much longer! You can do this!!

For those of you ambitious folks already printing and prepping for next year, have you heard about #2forTuesday at TpT? It's a great way to scoop up some great deals, whether you want to try something new, fill in some gaps in your materials, or sample something from a new teacher/author.

Many thanks to Cyndie at Chalk One Up for the Teacher for organizing this event each week! Search #2forTuesday at TpT to find all of the bargains in one place!

You can get lots of great deals on Tuesdays, many as much as 50% off, including these two I'll have on sale tomorrow.

Both of my items are for place value this week, and are perfect for use with high second through fourth graders.

Here's a closer look at the place value monster games, which will be $2.00 for #2forTuesday.

My other featured item this week is this set of 50 riddle cards for three-digit numbers. The set also includes a board game and four task cards that use the riddle cards. #2forTuesday price - $2.75!

*My version of  #2forTuesday pricing goes like this: My sale prices run from just-before-I go-to-bed-on-Monday to as-soon-as-I-get-up-on-Tuesday. ;)

I've been posting two items each week. If you want to get a heads up on these deals each week for the rest of the summer, please follow me here on FB, or look for me on Instagram at primaryinspirationlindanelson. Thanks!

Click here to link to more TpT stores who are participating in #2forTuesday!

Happy Summer, and Happy Teaching!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cars and Trucks for Math, Plus a Truck Freebie!

Hello, Teaching Friends!

Making your manipulatives motivating goes a long way toward getting them used again and again and again ... and eventually toward deeper understanding and greater automaticity of the processes involved, whether they are math or literacy! Trucks and cars are hugely motivating for lots of our students, so today I thought I'd share some great ways for using them as part of your classroom games and centers. Ideas courtesy of Pinterest, of course!

First up, from Samantha at Stir the Wonder, here's an easy-prep giant floor game that uses toy trucks as playing pieces. It's a winner because it's BIG (and we all know how our kiddos like THAT!) and because it's so versatile. Samantha suggests playing this as a simple roll-count-move activity for younger students, but notes that it can be extended to practice with operations by using two dice instead of one. Another thought would be to have your students correctly answer a question or solve a problem before they roll and move their truck ahead. What a great way to use flash cards or task cards for whatever topic you are currently teaching!

If you're working on estimation or measurement, check out this neat idea from Amanda at The Educator's Spin on It.  Begin by measuring just one or two toy trucks or cars at a time. Have your students find cars and combinations of cars that they think will be lighter or heavier than the first ones they weighed.  Then move on to having them gather a collection of cars that they think will equal exactly one pound.  Check by weighing, and then record the results (great use for a math journal page!).  Don't you just love this idea?

Amanda suggests this activity for preschool, but I can definitely see it being a hit in K-1 math centers!  Working on measuring length? Imagine the fun of measuring around the classroom using a toy truck as the unit of measure! Then some estimation: How many trucks long is one foot? How many trucks will it take to equal the length of one yard?

Finally, from Marsha at A Differentiated Kindergarten, take a look at this ABC Parking Lot, a great way to keep the fun in learning while practicing the skill of matching uppercase to lowercase letters.
It's a free download at TpT! The same idea could easily be extended to other skills. Wouldn't this be great for matching visually similar sight words, for instance all those crazy confusing words that clog up the t- and w- sections on your word wall? How about math: match the numeral to the domino, match the number model to the sum, match the missing addend to the number model, etc.

It's summer! Spend some time accumulating a great collection of little cars and trucks - search the Dollar Spot, dollar stores, and best of all garage sales. You'll be ready to roll with these great activities when school starts!

If you have some little learners who are in love with trucks of all kinds and could also use some extra practice with addition and subtraction, here's a freebie that has just what you need!

As you see, this set includes an activity for basic addition and subtraction and another at a slightly higher level, adding and subtracting multiples of ten... making it good for K-2, and easy for differentiation within one classroom or by math specialists! Click here or on the picture to download your copy!

If you're looking for more activities for your little learners who love cars and trucks, here are two you'll like!

Happy Teaching!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Still Teaching!! Linky Party

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Are you watching your fellow teachers finish their end-of year countdowns when it's too early to even start yours?

Are you teaching hard to keep your kiddos focused when they've already moved on to staying up late every night splashing in the pool and roasting marshmallows?

Are you looking for ways to keep your little learners productively occupied through the mountains of assessments that still lie ahead?

Well, we haven't forgotten you, and we're not about to leave you defenseless in the trenches!

Background image by Janiel Wagstaff at TpT.  Thanks! :)

A lovely bunch of my friends and fellow resource creators have linked up an assortment of paid and free goodies to help you as you make the hard push through your last days.
In this linky you'll find what you need for your end-of-year themes, plus summer activities and some plain ol' easy-prep activities that will keep both you and your little guys happy!

* Are you a resource creator who'd like to share?  I'd love you to link one free and one paid resource that will help our K-2 friends who are still teaching! Please mark your paid resource with a $. Thanks!

An InLinkz Link-up

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Easy Prep Math Game Freebies!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

The Great Divide is showing up all over social media ... teachers with flipflops enjoying a lemonade / teachers still knee deep in the great push to complete end-of-year assessments and paperwork while still teaching and trying to keep kiddos motivated.

No matter where you are in this annual teaching saga, I figure it's about time to share a few freebies from one of my favorite recent teaching resources. After all, those of you already enjoying vacation will be heading back while it's still summer, right? And who couldn't use a few new easy prep games at the busiest times of the year?

Here's a closer look at Lilypad Leap, one of the two games in this free pack. As you can see, there's a higher level of instant recall of addition and subtraction facts needed for success in this game. (I'm kinda sneaky/obsessive that way - I like to keep the kiddos on their toes!)

Why do you need these games?

* They're great for end-of-year review in first grade or beginning-of-year startup in second. Of course, you'll find lots of use for them in year-round schools or summer school, too!

* They are truly easy prep - there are no cards to print and cut, and each game is just one page!

* They are not just pencil and paper work, which means higher engagement from your students and no papers for you to mark!

* They are versatile! Each game comes in both full color and blackline. You can have your kiddos color the blackline as an ink-saving alternative. Or, print them in color to use in your math centers and then send home copies of the blackline as part of your summer learnng packet!

* They are games, which means they're hidden learning that your students will want to do again and again!

Click on either picture or here to download your free games!

If you like these games and are interested in the full set of 30 Spring Into Summer Partner Games for addition, subtraction, place value, and geometry, you can find it here.

Happy Teaching!

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