Thursday, April 20, 2017

Odd and Even... Win It Before You Can Buy It!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

At this time of year, when little minds are out on the playground or thinking about tonight's t-ball game, we have to work extra hard to keep our students focused and excited about learning.

Have you tried using riddles to increase engagement?




This new set of riddle cards for odd and even two-digit numbers will let your second graders stay active while still reviewing skills.  Because each of the 24 odd-answer and 24 even-answer cards has just two clues, they're quick to solve - and that makes them perfect for Scoot and Solve the Room! Two formats of student recording sheets (and answer keys!) are included for use with these games.


Here's a closer look.



As you see, the first (unstated!) clue is whether the number will be odd or even. The graphic will be their clue, adding a bit of extra thinking into the solution process.

Having one of those days when you're needing a quieter option? Sometimes we just need those kiddos to sit down for a while so we can all breathe a bit! Try putting partners together to solve a few cards, or use the Odd and Even Solve and Sort partner game that's included in this set.

This set will be coming to my TpT store this weekend, where it will be 50% off for the first 24 hours.
This set is now in my store, and will be half price through Monday morning, 4/24. See it here!

Would you like to win this set before it's even posted?  Here's a quick giveaway - three copies!  As usual, I've thrown in a few quirky options for entering. Have fun!  ;)

Giveaway ended! I loved reading all of your fun entries! Congratulations to Tanya, Julie, and Lynn! 
Please check your email.

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Happy Teaching!











Thursday, March 30, 2017

Put Your Old Markers to New Use with an Earth Day Project

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Do you have bins full of mostly-worn out or really-should-be-tossed markers? I didn't know this, but markers can't just be put into regular recycling. Although the cap and barrel are recyclable, you'll need to remove the tip and reservoir first, and talk about a tedious job ... no, thank you!

Here's a solution that will make recycling markers simple, and let you include lots of learning along the way, right in time for Earth Day.




Crayola has an easy recycling system called CrayolaColorCycle, which is available to schools in the US and parts of Canada.

In a nutshell, here's how it works:

1. Get your administrator on board with participating.

2. Set up a collection box, or even more than one.

3. Pack all of your markers in a cardboard box, and print out a shipping label from the
   CrayolaColorCycle site.  

4. FedEx Ground will pick up your package, with Crayola paying all the shipping charges.


How simple is that?!? There are directions at the site that will walk you through the process.    
Crayola also provides some standards-based lesson plans that will help you turn this into the perfect project for Earth Day.

But... you don't even need those plans to easily integrate this project with math and literacy.
Just think of the possibiities!

* Brainstorm places to promote the project. Family newsletters? PTA? Posters around the school?
Teacher mailboxes? Your students could work independently or with partners to write/edit/publish these.

* Label the boxes, with student-created artwork and captions.

* When the boxes start to fill, the math learning opportunities are abundant! Counting, bundling by hundreds/tens/ones, sorting and graphing by colors, ...  If you give each classroom in your school a container to fill, you could even introduce some competition with a big wall graph in your hallway, completed by your students, of course! Could your students use a marker as your unit for measuring length?  How about writing some word problems about the markers? 

Here's a set of four math task cards, just to get you started! Click on the picture to download yours.





* After the project, write thank you notes - to Crayola, to parents, to others who've lent support to the project. If your students are young or time is short, a chart paper note created with shared writing and signed by all is a great alternative to individual notes.
    

All brands of markers are accepted for recycling, not just Crayola, and you can even send them highlighters and dry erase markers.

Have fun with this project. I'd love to hear how it goes for you!

Happy Teaching!










Monday, March 20, 2017

Who's Ready for a Rae Dunn Giveaway?

Hello, Teaching Friends!

Are you a fan of Rae Dunn pottery? It is The THING right now (too bad you can't get these at Target or they would be The THING of All Things, right?). These pieces have such great uncluttered design, they're sturdy, they're uniquely hand shaped, the sayings are fun - they have it all! Trouble is, they're pretty hard to find in the stores.

So, would you like this great set delivered FREE to your door?



My friend Bex at Reading and Writing Redhead has put together a wonderful giveaway of 10 Rae Dunn pieces PLUS resources from the TpT stores of nine teacher-authors.  Wouldn't it be nice to refresh your home AND your classroom resources all at once?

Head over to Bex's blog to see the details (including more about those nine free teaching resources!), or enter right here! Good luck, and happy teaching!
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Need New Math Games? Try These Gold Coin Task Card Freebies!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

There's a new holiday on the horizon, so it's time for some new math games!





I'll bet you already have a stash of these deliciously engaging gold coins. What kid can resist them, right?  If you don't have them, you can buy bags of 30 at Dollar Tree at this time of year. Two or three dollars worth will go a long way with these games.  Plus, you can use your gold coins again in September for pirate games on Talk Like a Pirate Day.


All your students will need to play these games is gold coins and dice - no game boards, no cards!  A few of the games also require a whiteboard and erasable marker or just paper and pencil. If you'd prefer not to use the coins, two-sided counters are a perfect substitute!


Here are the games in this free set:

* Roll and Give - addition, sums through 12

* Roll and Take - addition, sums through 12

* Shamrock Toss and Tally - counting, tallying to 50

* Away with the Coins - subtraction from six or less

* Toss Ten  - combinations of ten

* Roll, Tally, Stack - addition sums through 12, tally marks

In this free file, you'll receive a task card/directions card for each of these games, as pictured here.





If you're looking for a wee bit more St. Paddy's Day math practice, here's a set of riddle cards for two-digit numbers. Can your students find Lucky's Magic Number?  See the details at my TpT store, and download the preview for four free cards!






Happy Teaching!









Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Need a Quick Freebie to Celebrate Reading? Try These!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Are you part of this week's huge celebration of reading? What a wonderful reason to celebrate - reading changes lives! The door to the future opens when a child begins to read, and how honored we are as teachers to be privileged to help that door swing open!




I made these bookmarks to give to the students in the classes I'll be reading to on Thursday.  When I
put a photo on Instagram yesterday, a reader wondered whether they're in my TpT store.  Great idea- I'm delighted to share these!

Just click here to get your free set of Superhero Bookmarks!

Happy Teaching!




Sunday, February 12, 2017

Try These Free Kindergarten Math Riddles!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

If you're looking for an engaging way to build number sense with your kindergarteners, try riddles!

Yes, I'm back again talking about riddles, but I'm sold on the value of using all sorts of riddles in your teaching!  If you have any doubts, the next time your class is unfocused, off task, or cranky (it happens to the best of them...), just say the word "riddle" and watch them perk up!





These free kindergarten riddles will bring that kind of enthusiasm to your classroom! Here are a few ideas for using them.

* Start a math lesson by solving a riddle together.

* Tie riddles to your number line  and sequence of numbers lessons. These riddles have lots of clues that require your students to locate a number/s on the number line, along with using words like "more than", "less than", and "between".

* If you ever have a spare moment to fill (it's been known to happen, really...!), solving a riddle is a great way to keep the learning moving ahead!

* Riddles are an awesome way to squeeze in some spiraled review of math vocabulary.

* Riddles are a great way to build a foundation for comprehension skills like identifying key details, making inferences, and drawing conclusions.

* Once you've practiced solving a few riddles, try writing one together. Morning Meeting is a wonderful opportunity for this. Write a riddle for 6 on the sixth of the month, for example. Bring math into your shared writing lesson!


Okay, kindergarten teachers - this freebie is for YOU! Just click on the picture to try this set of 8 riddles.



If you'd like more, the complete set of 100 riddles is half price at my TpT store until Monday night (2/13/17).  It also includes an answer key, themed hundred chart, whole class games for recording progress with the riddles, and two class graphs based on the riddles. Bonus: also includes 35 number sequence strips (1-100) that you can just print, laminate, and cut for an instant math center! Click here to see it.


Happy Teaching!











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