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I thought I would share something I made for myself a few weeks ago.  If you are a TPT seller then you can use this, too!  I put this in a clear view binder with my Teachers Pay Teachers notes.  Pink is my favorite color, so this makes me happy when I look at it :) !  Click here if you would like to have this binder cover too!

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I hope you enjoy it :) !

Are You Taller Than a Third Grader?


With the combination of special programs and snow days, our time to teach all of the standards before our 3rd graders’ PARCC test is running out.  With this in mind, I made a graph to help third grade out using the data from the whole 3rd grade with a fraction line plot.  This type of  graph and fractions are not as familiar to third graders because they haven’t been exposed to line plots in earlier grade levels.  I put the graph in a central location where other grade levels could see it.  That way other students could experience measurement and interpreting graphs as well.


I started out with an area by the water fountains for repeated exposure to student traffic.


Next I put up a strip of this amazing ruler like tape that I got at Office Depot when they had all of their special masking tape at back-to-school time.  The tape counts every 12 inches.  So in the picture below, I marked off every twelve inches with little triangles that mentioned that each 12 inches was 1 foot.  Next, I marked off the fractions of an inch with stickers.  I marked off the halves, thirds, and fourths so that students could easily see the relationship between the graph and the tape measure.Tape

Then I had students come a few at a time and measure themselves to the closest fraction of a foot.  Students recorded their X’s on sticky notes.  The only reason I had them record their X’s on sticky notes is because this ensured having them all the same size.  Line plots can make data look skewed if students don’t draw their X’s the same size.  Plus on the PARCC assessment when students drag X’s on the line plot graph questions, students drag the X’s into little boxes which makes test question boxes resemble sticky notes.  Students got to initial their X.  Also, if students in the least bit chuckled about anyone else’s height because they were short, I immediately told them they wouldn’t even get to put an X on the graph.  After I graphed most of the students from two classes, I only had two students who didn’t get to put their X on the graph because of this reason.

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Using Number Sense with Larger Numbers and a Freebie!

Thanks to the snow day (or shall I say ice day), I finally finished these number charts!  Back in the fall I had the idea for this product because I was working with a group of intervention children and they just weren’t able to tell me what 1,000 more or less than a number was when the number had more than four digits.  After the second grade standards, there are no standards that have children count past 1,000.  I think somewhere, someone who wrote the standards just assumed that children would be able to pick up on these patterns, but many times they aren’t able to see these patterns without explicit teaching.  That is what these number charts are meant to help teachers do.  In celebration of a snow day (2 snow days now), and over 600 fb followers, I made a free product with charts counting by 500.




Here is the main product that has number charts counting by 100, 500, and 10,000.  There are charts that count to 10,000; 100,000; and 1,000,000!  These will help students begin to see the patterns of larger numbers and help give you a basis for discussing rounding.  Not only that, but they increase in difficulty giving you a way to either scaffold or differentiate for your students!  Here is a peek at the complete set of number charts….

Number Charts to Million

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Number Chart 3

You might also be interested in these fill in number charts with smaller numbers:number charts 1200 3.36.36 PM


This Helped a SPED Kid Learn Subtraction Regrouping!

I posted earlier about a strategy that helped a struggling SPED student add with regrouping.  Now, I am sharing the strategy I taught this same child to learn subtraction with and without regrouping.


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Above there are two examples.  One of the examples is with regrouping and the last one is without regrouping.  This strategy will work both ways.  I admit I have been using the rhyme that a couple of teachers have gotten from Pinterest…”More on top, no need to stop.  More on the floor, go next door, and get ten more.”  I have kids recite this first.  The rhyme works very well so I use it.  Anyhow, I have the kids always circle the number on the bottom in subtraction.  The circle represents their head.   Then they make dots to count up until they get to the top number.   The dots are like their fingers.  To get the difference they count how many dots they drew.  Simple, easy, and if kids can make the jump to use their fingers, they can go ahead and don’t have to draw dots.  I did this because I found some students don’t know how to effectively use their fingers to count up yet.

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Family Math Night Fun!

Well, I have been scurrying around like a squirrel hiding nuts (and maybe going nuts) these last few days getting ready for our Family Math Night.  I usually plan this as close as I can to our 100th day of school, which happens to be this Thursday!  While getting ready for this event, I have thought about a game I recently made, which first grade really enjoyed!  This game is called Bubble Gum Pop and is centered around adding and subtracting 10′s and 1′s on the hundreds chart.  The game is already differentiated and would be wonderful as a take home game for parents to enjoy with their children!  There is very little prep to this game other than gathering some game pawns and deciding which way you want to use to make a spinner.  There is even an extra engagement factor if you decide to use real bubble gum (flat pieces) for game pawns!

Here is the fun spinner!  Kids place five pawns on the board to start with (scroll farther to see the board).  Then they move those pawns down one square if they land on +10, up one square if they land on -10, to the right one square if they land on +1, and to the left one square if they land on -1.  If students land on the wild space they can move their pawn anywhere on the board.

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If students bump into one another, then they  automatically knock the other pawn out.  Also, if students land outside the perimeter of the chart, their opponent is out.  The object of the game is to knock your opponent’s game pawns off of the board.  Below you can see a sample game in action.

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Here is a look at the game board.

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I will be posting pictures of our Family Math Night soon if you are still needing ideas to help plan yours.

This Helped a SPED Kid Learn Addition Regrouping!

After you sit a while with a child who is obviously trying to figure something out and having little success, you try other strategies.  I was sitting with a sweet little 3rd grader who has had a difficult life.  She has eyes full of hope, and I know her eyes well because last year that is all I knew…she had to wear a face mask all year.  A liver transplant had required her to wear a mask to prevent infections.  She is such a hard worker and that makes me really want to do so much for her.


Ok, so back to the math strategies!  When I would work with this child, she would have a hard time keeping track of which number to put in her head and which number to count on her fingers.  She would forget when to stop counting on her fingers.  This was a lot for her to manage.  Finally,  I thought about having her draw to represent her head and fingers so she could keep track of it.  I know this doesn’t look like rocket science and there is probably already something similar out there, but this worked for her (and me).  I told her that she was to look at the two numbers in the column and choose the larger one.  Then I asked her to circle that number.  I told her the circle represents the number that you keep in your head.  After that, I instructed her to draw dots beside the smaller number to be pictures of her fingertips that she would count up on.  She did this successfully and remembered this the next day.  This will even work with more digits.  Next week I plan on trying a similar strategy for subtraction.  I hope maybe this can help some of your SPED kids out there who you just aren’t sure what to do with :) .

Happy New Year 2015!!!!!!!

I know, I know, I am a little late in my New Year’s greeting!  I hope you had a restful time from the normal day to day bustle.  I managed to catch up on some family visiting and some cleaning for sure.  The cold weather kept me from feeling like super cleaning woman so I refrained in several cleaning areas :) !

I know that many of you are concerned about the upcoming PARCC assessment or similar assessment.  For those of you taking the PARCC assessment in paper and pencil, these items are already posted on the website now here.

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Further there are now more helpful sites emerging that are helpful for PARCC practice.  One of these such sites is Illustrative Mathematics.  This site has practice items that are very much like the performance based questions on the PARCC assessment like below.Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 6.06.40 PM

The best site of all is a practice test site called Ten Marks which gives students digital PARCC like questions with multiple choice and multiple response answer choices.  Students can be assigned questions with the click of a common core standard.  These assignments can then be taken on the computer or iPad.  The results are immediately made available to the teacher.  If students miss a question they are given the opportunity to watch a video about what they missed while they are doing the assignment.  The program is free and so easy to use however, you must pay a fee for the best version.  This is definitely worth taking a look at and the teachers L-O-V-E it.

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I hope these few ideas help you get a head start on the upcoming testing season!

Merry Christmas!!!


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