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!

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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!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A New Way to Think About Teacher Appreciation

Hi, Teaching Friends!

We have this little magnet at our house.

Its message, as you can probably guess, is to remind my husband of how much I love him, and how perfect we are for each other. We are so blessed.

I was looking at this magnet today and realized that it also makes me think of my relationship with my students over the years. Not in an unhealthy, over-the-top way (okay, maybe a little over-the-top, sometimes ... Type A personality stuff, Overworkers Anonymous, etc.). 

Despite all the stresses of teaching today... students have been the cheese in my macaroni,  when we giggled together at one of their silly jokes.

Like mine, your students are the flip in your flop when you teach a great lesson and every one of them is right there with you.

They're the glaze to your donut when you hear them teaching each other and they sound just like you, right down to your favorite expressions and tone of voice.

They're the spring in your step when they work really hard to understand a new concept - and they get it!

They're the cherry to your sundae when one of your sweeties says she wants to be a teacher when she grows up ... just like you.

They're the twinkle in your eye when you and your littles share an inside joke that no one outside your classroom would really get.

Actually, they're the twinkle in your eye almost all of the time. They're the reason that you call them "my kids", even if you do have children of your own at home.

People don't get love and laughter like this in just any old job, you know.

And so, as Teacher Appreciation Day approaches, you might be swamped with gifts and sweetly scrawled love notes. Or you might not.

It doesn't much matter in the long run, really, because you  know that what you already have is something very special.

You might want to think about Teacher Appreciation Day in a whole new way this year.
This is the year to think about how much you appreciate the privilege of being the one who teaches, nurtures, guides, challenges, encourages, loves, gives wings, and changes lives... and the one who gets SO MUCH in return every day.

Appreciate being a teacher.

Please enter our giveaway! Then scroll and click to find out what some of my favorite teachers have to say on this month's I Teach K-2 Linky!

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Happy Teaching!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Scoot: Five Ideas, a Giveaway, and a Freebie!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

If you want a game that keeps your students up and active and learning the whole time, teachers all know that you can't go wrong with Scoot!  I've been working on revising and expanding my set of Scoot Math Cards. Hang on alllll the way 'til the end of this post ... there just might be a Scoot freebie for you! Meanwhile, let's talk about getting the most out of your Scoot games by finding new ways to use them!

1.  Print your Scoot cards on cardstock, cut apart, punch a hole in the corner and put them on a ring.

Because of the novelty, kids LOVE using these! They can use them for independent practice or with a partner. You can use the shoebox-size plastic containers to store a bunch of math rings in your centers, and another box for reading rings. Hint: Dollar store flashcards are a great to quickly build up a supply of ring sets.

2.  Use your Scoot cards for a class game. Divide your students into two teams, each seated on the floor in a line in front of your interactive whiteboard. Display a card on your document camera. The two players at the front work to solve the card. The first to solve the card correctly earns a point for his or her team. Variation: Display two cards at the same time, a different card for each team.

3.  Use Scoot as a end-of-unit review before a test. If you do this a few days before the test, you'll have the opportunity to do some informal assessment while your students are scooting. Then you'll know exactly which skills need a bit more work, and who to pull for your small group instruction before the big day.

4.  Tape your Scoot cards up on the inner frame of your classroom doorway.

Now you're ready for instant review, every time you line up your class to leave the room. Just choose a card (or even better, have a student choose one) and solve it before you go.  I love having students solve these "out of context" to keep their brains sharp - who'd think the teacher would ask a math question when it's not even math time, right? ;)

5.  Use Scoot cards with any board game you have.  Before a player gets to roll the die or spin the spinner, they have to solve the card. Whenever practice is in the format of a game,  it seems like students are willing to practice again and again and again! If you call it a game, then it's a game!

Now that you've been reminded how versatile Scoot cards can be, maybe you'll be looking for some new sets for your students.  As I mentioned above,  I've just finished revising my math scoot games resource, so if you already own it be sure to download your free update by going to your "My Purchases" page at TpT. The fonts have been updated for greater clarity, AND the set now has two new games, one for missing addends and the other for telling time to the hour and half hour.

If you don't have this Scoot set yet, you can purchase it this Sunday and Monday at my TpT store for 50% off! Regularly $7.50, the set of 12 games is now $3.75. Games for addition, subtraction, geometry, adding and subtracting ten, place value, and more!

Or, ... you could win one of the three sets I'm giving away!

Giveaway closed! Congratulations to Lisa, Gina, and Charlotte!

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You didn't think I'd forget your freebie, did you? Head over to my TpT store to download Equalities and Inequalities Scoot, for lots of fun practice with greater than, less than and equals symbols!

Happy Teaching!

Friday, April 1, 2016

30 First Grade Math Games - Win Them NOW!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

This giveaway has concluded, but you can still buy this set at half price ($5.50) until the evening of Monday, 4/4. Congratulations to Becky, Allison, and Anita!

It's spring (yay!!), summer's coming (double yay!!), and it's time to tie up all those loose ends and be sure that your little darlings are ready to send on to the next grade.

I've just finished up a set of 30 partner games for math to help first grade teachers as you plan your end-of-year review lessons. {Were you thinking I was just sitting around eating bonbons during the past six weeks of not blogging? Not hardly ;) }

These one page games are easy-prep. There are no cards to print or cut apart. Just print, add dice and markers, and they're ready to use!

The topics covered in these games are...

* Addition through 20
* Subtraction through 20
* Mixed addition and subtraction
* Three addends
* Combinations of ten
* Adding and subtracting ten and multiples of ten
* Place value
* Fractions

Here's another sample.

Each of the thirty games comes in both color and grayscale. The grayscale versions are great for sending home as family homework ... and there's even a parent letter included to make that simpler for you!

These aren't even posted in my store yet, but you can win them here. {Insider Scoop: They'll be posted late Saturday, and they'll be 50% off until Monday night!}

This game set is now posted in my TpT store, and you can buy it here at 50% off through Monday evening!

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Happy Teaching!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Movin' on Up ... Multiplication Riddles!

Dear Teaching Friends,

Are you looking for another way to keep the fun in your math centers and small groups? Try math riddle task cards! They're a great way to provide your students with lots of practice with math skills in a novel format.

Faithful readers know that I've been all about creating math riddle task cards lately. Although most of my resources are K-2, the latest in this series is movin' on up to third grade  - multiplication riddles! Here's a sample.

Here are some ideas for using riddle task cards:

*  For whole class review, use a card with your doc camera

*  In a math center for individual or partner work

*  To focus attention at the beginning of your math lesson, these make a great activity, again with
    your doc camera

*  For a fun skills review rotation, have your students move around the classroom ala "Scoot!",    solving clues either individually or with a partner

* Solve a few cards together as part of a small group lesson

*  Use as morning bell-ringers

*  At the other end of the day, use for exit tickets

*  A fun no-prep activity for tutoring

*  Keep the riddle cards handy for early finishers

I think you'll find this set will be a fun and useful addition to your classroom!

Happy Teaching!

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