And the Tea-cher time giveaway winner is…(long three second suspenseful pause) Kimberly Malone!
Congratulations Kimberly! You will be receiving a wonderful package of specialty teas in the mail soon.
Readers, if you have a chance, read her great comment about fractions basketball here.
Be watching this weekend for lots of pictures of the fun…..
Do you know how they have those clearance buggies near the checkout at Wal-mart? Well, I just happened across these poker chips yesterday, and I got them for…get this…50 cents! YAY! When I saw them, they immediately reminded me of the money activities I created, and how I prepare students to count coin values first before adding real coins. Look how similar they look to the money sheet from my unit below. The only thing is that there aren’t chips that would resemble pennies, but I am still going to use these next time for their manipulative factor. Students can practice adding on 5′s and 10′s to 25′s. If you would like a free sample of the page below from my money activities, just click the download preview button on TPT!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my followers and visitors! There is something to be said about being thankful. No matter how successful or happy you are, being thankful reminds you of where you have come from and of what is really important in life. Being thankful keeps you humble and keeps you from taking things, people, and freedoms for granted.
I am thankful for all of you, visitors and followers. I remember when there were just a small handful of you! I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy your time with family and friends.
I will be working on uploading a new template for my blog today, so pardon the mess as I tweak everything.
Here is your chance to stock up on many fabulous goodies for your students on TPT before summer is here. I will be offering all of the items in my store for 28% off on May 6th- 8th. Also, many other sellers will be offering their items for 28% off as well. Just grab the promo code below as you check out.
Since I am my school’s math coach, all during the year I announce a problem of the week to the students at our morning assembly. Each problem of the week is a multiple choice released item test question. Students answer the question and explain how they know the answer, and then they place their answer through the slot in the answer boxes I have set up in the hallway. At the end of the week, I pull one answer from the box at our morning assembly and the winners get a prize. Since I have a question for primary kids and for intermediate kids, there are two boxes and I pull a winner from each box. The afternoon before I pull a winner, I check to make sure the students’ answers are correct, and I eliminate the wrong submissions and the submissions that are not explained.
In addition to having a problem of the day submission on a school wide basis, some teachers have created their own personal classroom problem of the day boxes to practice questions that are more often missed. They pull a name from the box daily and reward the winner.
I learned this tip from a fellow teacher. Pick the current heart throb or popular personality for your grade level. For example, if all of the kids have Bieber fever, then simply find an 8 x 10 or larger picture of Justin Beiber. Post Justin in an out of the way corner of your classroom. When students start pointing or blaming another student with their tattle, then simply say, “Go tell Justin.” More mature students will find this absurd while the usual tattlers will eventually feel absurd as well since their peers will think they look silly talking to a picture. For young children stuffed animals work as well.