Sunday, March 20, 2016

Area/Perimeter Practice & Fun Bugs

My spring break is hours from coming to a much coming up with state testing and the end of the school year will be here before I know it!  I am popping in to share some great activities we did the Friday before our break started.
The first was a GREAT area and perimeter activity I found and had pinned from a great lady that I can say I have met and is a friend, Meg from The Teacher Studio.  This activity was a post she shared on the All Things Upper Elementary blog.   I'll let you go to her blog post about the complete description of the activity HERE.  She explains it all very well.  Basically you give the students rules to create 3 different rectangles.  Once they do, then they literally make them with strips of paper and then glue them onto a bigger sheet.

The final product is really fun to display and the activity itself is wonderful for review of practice;)
I used neon Astrobrights paper for the strips.  They are going to look so neat hung up!
Another thing we made were symmetry bugs.  I have done this before and the kids just love it!
These turned out really fun too!  Great little fun lesson before break!  Complete directions for this are HERE if you are interested!
Hope you can use one or both of these activities:)  If you haven't visited Meg's blog, YOU NEED TO!  It is FULL of amazingness and she has some fab math activities that I will be using in small group this week and next as we prepare for the state math test!
Have a great week!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Made It - February

Eek!  As I sit down to type this, I realize that the last time I posted was last Monday Made It....ugh.  Life is cray, I will try to get better!

I did get a few things made for Monday Made It and I think I will be back later this week to link up to my own linky with a one or two more;)
My first made it is a fun little idea we did a few times last week....not sure why I didn't start this sooner.
I had these name tags from the Dollar Spot at Target sitting around so I decided to cut them down a little smaller and make them into math facts.
As the students came in in the morning, I stuck a sticker on them and told them that was their name for the day.  Throughout the day, if I pointed to them, they had to tell me "their name".  Also, anytime they talked to another student, they had to use the product of that student's fact.
They loved this and I plan to do it a lot more.  The next time I try it though, I am just going to put the math facts on computer labels...the Dollar Spot ones I used didn't stick really well and started to fall off after a while.  I am also going to make up sheets so I can just run the labels through my printer.  If you would be interested in something like that, let me know and I'll post them in my TPT shop as a freebie once they're done:)
Another thing I made were for my kiddos for Valentine's day.  My group this year LOVES, LOVES to read so I made them some bookmarks:)

Sorry my pics are kinda bad...I was in a hurry and the lighting in my house is terrible.  One of these days I will have a light box Monday Made It;)
If you would like a set of these bookmarks, they are a freebie in my shop:)  You can get them HERE.
I have seen so many cute planner, bible clips on Instagram so I decided to try and make some myself:)

These two clips are the jumbo paper clips:)

Last little project, some little cards (not done) that I have been working on thanks again to IG inspiration:)
and that's all I've got so far.  Hoping to be back later this week with some more Valentine's day goodies:)
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Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday Made It - It's Back!!

 So apparently I can't multi-task...meaning do holidays and Monday Made  Well holidays are done and I am back with Monday Made It.  Thank you for your patience...I had several sweet emails asking when Monday Made It was going to happen.  I don't have a lot to share but here we go and I'm just gonna put this out there now....2 of my 3 made its are NOT school related, so if you are going to have a problem with that, please just stop reading now....hurtful and rude comments are not necessary.  Ok, now on to my made its:)
My first 2 made its are for my home:)  For Christmas, my daughter and her fiancĂ© made me a beautiful bulletin board out of pallets.  I just love it!
You can't really tell from the pic but it's huge!  I wanted some fun tacks for it so I found these old looking metal flowers at Hob Lob and just glued tacks on the back:) 

I love them....I'm going to pick up some more flowers and glue magnets on too:)
This made it is a major work in progress!!!  I recently started journaling which then led to finding Illustrated Faith and a journaling bible:)
Here are a few of my pages:)

then I saw bibles with wonderful tabs so I decided to make some of my own....
This tab punch I got at Hob is awesome!  You can make tabs for everything!!!

Then, since I don't like my handwriting, I printed up the tabs labels on clear labels with fun different fonts:)
Almost done with the Old Testament...taking a long time but will be well worth it and I LOVE how they are looking!
Finally, these little buggars have been on my to do list for a long time!!!  I saw these adorable little guys on IG on a few accounts.  I just loved them and had to make some for my classroom.
They are Quiet Critters. (I think...don't quote me...that the original idea came from Relief Teaching Ideas)  You need pom poms, felt flowers and wiggly eyes.

They turned out so fun and my kids are going to flip!!!  They love little things like this and believe me, little things can make a BIG difference!
Well, that's all I have for ya today!  Feel free to link up any time this month.  The only rule I have is that you don't link directly to your store.  If you want to link up a product, blog about it and link from there:)  Kind comments are always welcome here and everywhere you visit! 
Thanks for popping by!!


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Minutes in Math Make a Difference

I don't know about you but I am constantly left feeling like there is never enough time in a day to cover all that I want/need to cover....and because of this, I know that every minute counts and is really important.  One thing I added to my daily routine a few years ago was my Morning Math meeting.  I have posted about this several times so if you want to read more details about it you can check out this link:) HERE 
In a nutshell, I set up my little board with a mix of all kinds of math...some review, some new that we haven't even gotten to, ALWAYS multiplication...the kids come to the carpet and sit and solve on their dry erase boards, then we go over the answers.  They look forward to this EVERY day. 
-  it's a great way to spiral in all kinds of skills
-it gives me a quick little assessment of who has it and who doesn't
- it's quick practice
One thing I have found really eye opening is that if a student misses one of the problems, most of the time they are able to explain why, once we have gone over it:)  The best thing about this???  The whole things takes about 10 - 15 minutes.  We do this every morning at the beginning of our math block. 
Some of the MOST valuable minutes in math are right here, on this carpet, in front of this board.
Another little activity I started and wanted to share was our post it challenge.  Every morning I write a word problem on the board.  When the students come in, they unpack, do their morning routines and then get started on this.  I supply  a little stack of post its.  Once a student solves it, they post it on the board and continue with their morning routine.  This is all done BEFORE the bell rings:)  As soon as we are done with Morning Math meeting, the kids return to their seats and we go over the post it challenge.  Again, just minutes, but really valuable ones:) 
Hope one or both of these ideas are something you can use.  If you do something different that just takes minutes, I would love to hear about it:)  Comment below!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Stay Merry and Bright the last week of School:)

Who's in the last week countdown?  I am!!  I am teaming up with some awesome upper grade teachers to bring you some tips  to help you keep that last week before Christmas break a MERRY one!!  AND, one lucky person will win a fab Winter Prize Bundle!!
Stay consistent with "sprinkles" of Christmas/Holiday fun mixed in here and there.  This may sound like a no brainer BUT it has kept me merry and my kiddos calm this past week and I know it will help even more next week.  I don't know about you, but the weeks leading up to Christmas break tend to get a little "off track" from our normal routine, structured days that kiddos thrive in get changed or interrupted....testing, Christmas programs, Holiday store, activities, sing-a-longs....just change.  Now, change can be good but at times it can lead to a little unraveling and some not so merry days.

I do most of my math and reading in a workshop format...I have kept that format but added little bits/activities  and sprinkled a little holiday magic here and there in their rotations.  The consistency of keeping our "routines" keeps my kiddos focused and jolly and their teacher a happy camper.  

Some of these "sprinkles" have been:
- making ornaments for parents (not done yet) 
- I've handed out Elf tags 
- We have had daily fun with our kindness elf making cards for a nursing home, letters to firefighters, delivering Christmas pencils to another class just to name a few

In the plans for next week:
Snowflake QTip Angle Snowflakes
Candy Labs from The Science Penguin with Crystal Snowflakes, Cookies and Milk experiments and Elf potions:)
Another tip I have for you is to make sure your have a little pack of "thank you" notes and even a pack of Christmas cards in your bag or desk.  Then you can write notes as you need to and not forget anyone:)

Be sure to visit my other teacher friends and read about their tips and make sure you enter our Winter Prize Bundle giveaway!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Character Traits and Kindness Elves

So this year a kindness elf showed up in my classroom!  I got this fabulous idea and wonderful little tags from Erica at Erica's Ed-Ventures!  If you haven't already, you must pop over there and read all about how she incorporates kindness elves in her classroom!  (Click Here)

I am absolutely thrilled with the response our kindness elf has gotten from my kiddos!  We have cleaned up trash, picked up toys at home, collected clean blankets and towels for an animal shelter,
written letters to the local fire department and are working on cards for a local nursing home.
I am absolutely loving how it's making the kids think of others:)  They are so excited each morning to come in and see what the kindness elf has for them to do!!  

On another note, I wanted to share a little activity we did wasn't planned or in my lesson was one of those last minute ideas.  I don't know about you, but sometimes those are the best;)
Last week we worked on character traits and motivations, and this week we are working on explaining a setting in depth:)  We are also working on working in cooperative groups with our learning (that's a whole other blog post...we have a rules poster they came up with and everything), anywho, I broke the kids up into 5 different groups.  I gave each group a Christmas themed book.  Each group had to read their book and then make a tree map.  

The tree map had to include the main character and 2 character traits for that character along with evidence to support that.  
They also had to include the setting including details about that.  Finally, they had to tell one character motivation and the evidence for that.....THEN each team presented.  They did great with their presentations and I love the traits they came up with as well as the evidence they used to "prove it".   Reading a story, synergy with group work, thinking maps, and presentations....I'd say that's a Win-Win!