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Use Your Old Cardboard Box for a Clever Bulletin Board!

I collect trash at times.  Sometimes because I always think, OH!  I could use that for something!”  Other times I collect trash for school projects.  In particular, I especially collect small cardboard boxes in which items are mailed to me.  One day, I had a brainstorm and the beginning of this bulletin board emerged.  Most of the time bulletin board ideas just come to me.  In this case I thought of this clever puzzle to put on the board using a box.  I used colorful tissue paper to put inside the box and hot glued it inside.  Next, I used different fonts of different sizes to make the words “Think” in different colors.  I attached these all around.  Now, what do you think this bulletin board says?

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You guessed it!  Think outside the box! 🙂

September TPT Giftcard Giveaway!

Happy September!  Here is a fabulous September giveaway to help you get going with your instruction in the new school year!

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher),

Co-hosts:   An Apple for the Teacher, Mickey’s Place, Just Ask Judy, Ms. K, ZippadeeZazz, GlisteningGems, La-NetteMark, and GrowingGrade by Grade.

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 9/16/16and is open worldwide.

Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller whowants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers!

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If You Teach 2nd or 3rd You Have Always Needed This!

Here is the tool you never knew you desperately needed!  I finally finished my classroom wall number line.  I measured it to be nearly 41 feet long.  When I put this together at home it went down my hallway and then some.  This number line spans from 1-120 and has base ten blocks underneath each number.  There are also gray half marks in between the numbers so that the teacher can begin introducing students to fractions while still talking about whole numbers.  This is sure to be a visual reference tool which will be useful ALL year long!

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You can discuss comparing numbers, greater than/less than, ordering numbers, rounding numbers, ten more and ten less, one more and one less, etc!

This number line has clear instructions for assembly, can be printed on card stock, and laminated for durability.

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Best Year Ever Back to School Sale on TPT! and GIVEAWAY!

TPT is having a back to school sale on August 1st and 2nd.  During these days, everything in my store will be 28% off.

Also, I’m giving away a $10 TPT gift card to spend.  Just register below to win :).  I will announce the winner Tuesday morning!

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Is Ladder Division Causing Your Students to Struggle? Try This!

When students struggle with ladder division, many times it is because they learned a procedure and haven’t made sense of the procedure for themselves.  In this case students haven’t had enough experiences with division problems that are near friendly numbers so that they can reason about the numbers. Try giving students some problems that are near friendly numbers first if you notice that they aren’t using number sense to form partial quotients.  For example, if students continue to subtract only small groups of ten and aren’t able to estimate a larger number for partial quotients, then try giving students numbers that are easier with which to estimate, like in the picture below.  Slide1In the above picture, I started with some students in intervention who started solving the problem using groups of ten.  2499 divided by 25 is obviously close to 2500.  Why not start with 100 groups and reason about taking away one group so that the quotient isn’t too large.  When students look at how they could estimate to solve this problem, they have a lightbulb moment.  Give them other examples like this to get students in the habit of solving problems with reasoning and number sense as opposed to a procedure.

Do You Have this Testing Secret Weapon?

Last week we began our state testing for our 3rd-5th grade students.  We started with the 3rd grade group since we have to rotate children through our computer lab to do online testing.  Sadly, many of the students were coughing and we used almost two entire Kleenex boxes of tissue by the end of the week.  Because of this I decided to bring in my testing secret weapon!

(Star Wars music playing in the background.  Enter: Diffuser and Young Living Peppermint Oil!)

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This helped students breathe better, freshened up the testing area, and best of all, helped kids focus on their test!  The proctors also mentioned how well they could breathe while smelling the Young Living peppermint oil! Since I have been made the testing coordinator this year, I needed a little happiness to help calm my emotional stress.  Peppermint helps me feel happy :), so I brought the oil for myself just as much as for my students!

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There you have it folks!  My testing secret weapon!!!

If you want to learn more about the oils I did another post here about them.  If you want to buy some peppermint oil go here.

A St. Patty’s Day Giveaway!

For several reasons I teamed up with Growing Grade by Grade and Reading and Writing Redhead to host a giveaway!

  1.  I reached 700 Facebook likes!  Hooray!
  2. It’s St. Patrick’s Day and Pi Day all in one work week!
  3. Cristina a Jamberry Consultant contacted me about doing a review and giveaway.  She is a New York teacher!

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Thank you to Glitter and Glue Designs, Pink Cat Studio, and Hidesy’s Clipart for the graphics above.

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This is my review of Jamberry nail wraps:  When they were on the next day I really enjoyed looking at my fingernails and felt very spring time-ish since I picked a pretty pastel pink with polka dots.  I figured that they would match the nude colored polish I wear most often.  I definitely couldn’t have pulled anything off like this with the polish I have at home!
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The reason I say that I liked them the next day is because when I first put them on, I probably needed to file the edges down a bit more and little wear and tear between days helped finish the edges off better.  This is the first time I had ever used these nail wraps.    I will see if the Jamberrys make it to their expected two weeks worth of wear.  Even if they make it to one week, I will be impressed. (I will post an update later.)

Now the drawbacks to the nail wraps.  They took me a long time to put on–more than an hour.  In fairness, I have never done this before so I don’t know if  this is normal or not.  If the wraps really last more than a week, then the extra time put in at the beginning will be worth the wait. The other problems I had with these is they didn’t fit perfectly in width to my ring finger.  From the side you can really tell.  I was surprised about this because I have generally small hands.

Overall, If I want to feel festive, the wraps are definitely a way to dress my nails up.  Just look at the possibilities.  I wouldn’t be able to accomplish any of these looks without Jamberry. Oh, and FREE SAMPLES PEOPLE…whoever wants a free sample just go here.

No Regrouping Needed!

Why does this alternative to regrouping work?  I have noticed an image similar to this on Pinterest/Facebook.

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The comments go something like:

  • Wow!
  • Cool, I’ve never seen this before!
  • How does this work?!
  • Why does this work?!

I thought I would take a moment to explain why this works.  A simple piece of ribbon gives us a chance to explore this concept.  Above I used smaller numbers to demonstrate.  100-88=12, but subtracting one from the minuend and subtrahend gives us the same answer.  99-87=12 also.  When moving the ribbon down the number line we can see how the distance on the number line stays the same because we took the same amount from both the numbers.  Hence, the ribbon remains the same size because the distance doesn’t change.

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The distance = the difference.  As long as the distance is constant between the numbers this will work.

Now, you tell me, will this work if, instead of subtracting one, I subtract five from the minuend and subtrahend?

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