Category : Common Core

Christmas Math Puzzles

I love the holiday season especially Christmas!!! It’s probably my favorite holiday, at least after October 31st it is. I think it’s awesome if children can celebrate holidays in class without missing out on pivotal math topics. I’ve made a lot of different math and literacy for different holidays just for this reason.

One Christmas unit that I really love is Christmas math puzzles. There are several different types of puzzles. Most children love the math stories the most. It’s a fun way to let math dictate the story. There are also graphing puzzles, drawing puzzles based on math questions, number search and more.

The great thing about my math puzzles is that I’ve made them for first through 6th grade. This allows young children enjoy them, as well as, older children. Depending on the grade level, the math skills are practiced for that particular grade.

You can check them out here.

Teaching Tolerance through Teaching about Religion and Cultures

In today’s world everything is constantly changing. We as teachers have to ability to teach tolerance through teaching about different cultures and teaching about different religions. It’s not about trying to convert anyone, of course. It’s about to understand the differences between people’s religion. Many religions do have common threads and with these common threads we can teach tolerance and empathy to our students.

I know when I was young, I didn’t know anything about any other religions and just a little about a few different cultures in Europe and Mexico (I lived in Texas). I really didn’t learn much about these things until I went to the University of Texas in Austin. I learned some through the classes I took, but most from the people I met. I took lots of foreign languages because I was so interested in learning more about these neat cultures. I took Malayalam, Japanese, Russian, French, Czech and Latin. I guess you could say I was a little bit obsessed. I embraced learning about the differences.

Today with the dawning of the internet, we can teach our children so much earlier when their minds are open to learn about new cultures and religions. One of my favorite things to make for my students and Teachers pay Teachers are units on different countries, religions and ancient civilizations. I hope you can use some of these products in your classroom to help teach about tolerance! We all can help make the world a better place to live together!

Five Ways to Use Interactive Notebooks in Your Classroom

What is an Interactive Notebook?
I’m sure you’ve heard about Interactive Notebooks by now, but let’s just review a bit in case you haven’t heard about them yet. Interactive Notebooks are a way that your students can interact with the subjects you are teaching them. They can cut, paste, draw, expand and really experience the subject they are learning. No two interactive notebooks are created equally. Some may say they are interactive, but they aren’t. Some may have too much cutting and pasting, which will interrupt your lesson plans. The best way to judge them is to look at previews and read all of the details before you purchase one.

Five Ways to Use Interactive Notebooks
1. Review and Test Prep – A lot of the reasons I started making and using interactive notebooks is because if you have a printable you use with your students, the students finish it and toss it into folder never to look at it again. With my interactive notebooks, the activities are designed to have the students come back and review what they’ve just learned. There are flaps, envelopes, yarn, brads and more all specifically used to help your students redo activities for test prep and to show their parents what they’ve learned.

2. Confidence Booster – Using an interactive notebook, your students can keep all of the things they’ve learned throughout the year in one place. Students can look through all of the different things they’ve learned and feel achieved.

3. Introducing New Topics – You can use the activities in an interactive notebook to help students learn new topics. Sometimes students are scared about learning new things. A fun activity will help relax them and allow them to learn new topics (especially fractions which can be frustrating for students).

4. Assessments – You can use the activities to finish up a unit. Instead of or in addition to a quiz, you can have students do an interactive activity to make sure they understand the concepts that you taught in the lessons.

5. Spice Up Lessons – If your students get bored with a topic (you know it’s bound to happen), you can pull out an interactive activity and use a little art and interactiveness to spice up your lessons.

If you’re interested in looking at my interactive notebooks, you can find them here. They have the perfect combination of low prep and high interactiveness.

Here are a few of my best sellers, you can click on the picture to see more information and a preview about each:

Easter Color by Number

I love coloring and so do my kids. My Easter color by number printables are sure to be a hit with all of your students. The great thing about them is they are leveled for different grades. So, whether you are teaching kinder or teaching 6th grade the math problems will be geared towards your students.

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There are 12 pictures in each set. Enough to have a lot of choices for you and your students. You can use them as homework, morning work, for your subs or as a reward. The uses are unlimited!

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To find my Easter Color by Number Printables, click here.

Happy Easter! I hope you all have a wonderful spring and Easter season.

Taking the Stress Out of Halloween

Ever feel stressed during the week? My Halloween Stress-Free Printables are something you can use when you are feeling stressed and for many other reasons – something extra for your early finishers, when you need to have something prepared for your sub, for homework, for morning work or for a fun Halloween center.

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Here are a few comments I received about my Stress-Free Halloween Printables that I have available for 1st through 5th grades:

“Fun “filler” activities for keeping us busy during one of the wiggliest holidays!”
“Thank you! This is very useful for my 3rd grade class. It is directly standards based and is great because they think it’s a “fun activity” however they are reviewing or covering standards.”
“Simple – love the no prep. Bought this as extra work for my son.”
“This was fantastic for my fall break packet! Thank you!”

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These Stress-Free Printables are called that because there is no prep necessary. Just print and go!

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If you’d like to view my Halloween Stress-Free Printables, click here: Halloween Stress-Free Printables

Thanksgiving is One of My Favorite Holidays

Here’s a post for all of those overachieving teachers who like to have things planned weeks in advanced. Sometimes that is me, but mostly I’m a last minute sort of gal.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Although I know the point behind it is for giving thanks and honoring our past, I still love how it centers around food. I’m not necessarly a foodie, but I like to eat food that reminds me of my childhood and pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce fits the bill. Especially cranberry sauce that is like gelatin from a can and it comes out in that same can form. That to me is Thanksgiving – memories of my childhood.

My Thanksgiving color by numbers printables are just the way to get you ready for Thanksgiving and can be used throughout November. There are not only Pilgrims, but Fall color by number pages like acorns, pumpkins and gourds. These are available from grades kinder to 5th with all math problems appropriate for the specific grade level.

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If you’d like more information about my Thanksgiving Color by Number pages, click here: Thanksgiving Color by Number Printables

Autumn math scene

An autumn math scene for addition and subtractionA few years ago we shared this post, which featured a free printable where students could use their addition skills to add ornaments and other festive decorations to a Christmas tree. We received some positive feedback on that activity. Since the fall season is officially upon us, I’ve created a new math scene for autumn. Kids can use addition and subtraction to add various items to the scene.

I for one am excited about the season – the weather is already getting a bit cooler, and I’m looking forward to fun fall holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. We’ve already placed a few Halloween decorations on the lawn outside our house!

Here is the free download for the autumn math scene. I hope you and your students have a wonderful fall season.

Halloween Math Goofy Glyphs

I love glyphs! Students love them too! My best selling Math Goofy Glyphs are my Halloween Math Goofy Glyphs. We’ve just revamped them with new graphics too, so they’ll be even more enjoyable for students!

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Here are what some people are saying about my Halloween Math Goofy Glyphs:
“This activity keeps the students engaged in learning. Students forgot all about the math part to the assignment they were only concerned with creating the character in the end.”
“My students LOVE your glyphs! Great activity to keep them engaged and practicing their skills. Thanks!”
“This is such a great idea and a wonderful open-ended project that still offers a challenge!”
“I have downloaded several of these activities. I even get them for a variety of different grades because I work with special education, and my students often need practice with basic skills. This is an extremely engaging activity!”

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The best part of the glyphs are that I have them for first grade through algebra 1. The math is tailored specificially for each grade level. You’re never too old nor too young for my goofy glyphs!

For more information click here: Halloween Math Goofy Glyphs

Fifth Grade Interactive Grammar Notebook

If you read my blog you know I’m crazy about interactive notebook. I think I love them so much because my children love them so much! My latest interactive notebook is for 5th grade. It has all of the grammar (or language) common core standards for 5th grade. But, if your state doesn’t follow the common core, it’s not a problem, as these skills are useful for any 5th graders to learn.

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The skills that are covered:
Conjunctions, Propositions and Interjections
Perfect Verb Tenses
Verb Tenses
Shifts in Verb Tense
Correlative Conjunctions
Punctuation in Series
Commas and Introductory Elements
More Comma Usage
Titles of Works
Spelling
Structuring Sentences
Varieties of English
Context Clues
Greek and Latin Affixes and Roots
Reference Materials
Figurative Language
Idioms, Adages & Proverbs
Synonyms, Antonyms & Homographs
Domain-specific words

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My interactive notebooks are fun, educational and stress-free for the teachers! There is cutting, pasting and folding involved, but not too much, just the right amount.

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If you’d like to see a preview of my interactive grammar notebook for 5th grade, click here: Interactive Grammar Notebook for 5th Grade

Halloween 3D Math Art

Are you looking for something different to do for math to celebrate Halloween this season? My Halloween 3D Math Art really fits the bill! There are three different packets: Fractions, Multiplication and Addition and Subtraction. Each packet has two different levels so you can differentiate with your students.
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Each Halloween 3D Math Art packet has three different projects to work on. First they solve the problems. Then, they can find their answers on the picture. Next, your students will roll up the strips and paste them to the picture. When they are finished, they’ll have a wonderful 3D art project!

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Here’s a close up of the bat picture, so you can see how it’s put together. You’re students are sure to enjoy making these.

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If you’d like more information about my Halloween 3D Art, click here: Halloween 3D Math Art