Tuesday, April 14, 2015

100 Riddles for the Hundred Chart - 3rd Grade Free Sample!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

If you're a regular visitor here, you know how much I love using riddles in teaching. In addition to their ability to hold kids' attention and keep them begging for more, riddles are a great way to...

* review vocabulary
* model identifying key details
* model inferring and drawing conclusions
* refine listening skills

In other words, in addition to being lots of fun, riddles are totally Common Core, too!

Today's freebie is designed for use in third grade, but would also be great for math coaches and tutors. It's a set of twelve riddle cards for third grade math skills. Here's a peek!

Click here or on the image above to get your free sample set!

The complete set includes a riddle for every number from one to 100, along with an answer key to make this set perfect for independent use in math centers. If you'd like the complete set, which also comes with a solve-and-color activity, printable number grid game, and suggestions for use, click here or on the picture below to see it at my TpT store.


Happy Teaching!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Cleaning and Giveaway for PreK & Kindergarten!

Hi, Teaching Friends!


If you are a creator of classroom resources (and really, what teacher isn't?), the words "spring cleaning" take on a whole new meaning. It's time to make some fresh new products, but it's also a good occasion to go back to some "seasoned" items and give them a good scrub and shine!

So, that's just what I've done with Swing Into Spring: Math and Literacy Activities for PreK and Kindergarten.  New fonts, rearranging, taking out "over-coloring" (my apologies to those of you who printed a few of those pages before ... uh, I'm trying to live and learn...), new cover, better preview. And now I can happily say, I LIKE it again!

Here it is!

You can find it at either my Teachers Pay Teachers or Educents store.

There are a dozen hands-on math and literacy activities in this set. Here's a free little taste for you, a game for counting and filling ten frames.

Would you like to win the complete Swing into Spring set? I'd love to share a few sets! Three ways to enter, three winners!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Just a reminder - it's not too late to enter the giveaway for Educents Bucks, right here!

Happy Teaching!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Big Day is Here - Welcome to Educents Marketplace!!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

If you've been on Facebook, Pinterest, blogs, etc. in the past few days, I'm sure you're curious about The Big Announcement! Well, today's the day! The Educents Marketplace is now open! In addition to the already amazing deals that are offered daily, you can now purchase directly from sellers' stores. Why is that big news? Because more than 500 sellers have already created their stores, which are now officially open and ready for you to explore! 

To celebrate the launch, many sellers are joining together to bring you a sneak peek at a freebie being offered in their stores, and are also hosting a giveaway for $50 worth of Educents Credits.  If you've visited Educents before, you know that that much money can go really far with the great deals they offer!  Because there are several groups joining in this giveaway adventure, there are multiple ways to enter and win!

I've put together an Educents-exclusive freebie ... you won't find this one anywhere else!

Ten frames are an amazing math tool! This set includes ten frames featuring adorable kitties from Teacher's Gumbo, plus two board games and an assessment page to use with them! Your students will practice addition and subtraction facts 1-10, as well as complements of ten.

Just click on either picture to visit my store and get your Kitty Frames freebie!
After you visit my new Educents store and get your forever freebie, I'd love it if you'd take a moment to  click on the heart at the top of the store page to become a follower!
Would you like to win an item from my Educents store? Look through to find a resource you'd like for your classroom. Leave a comment below with your choice and your email!  I'll choose a few winners when the Educents Launch ends on April 12th! More comments = more winners, so tell a friend!

Here's your chance to win $50 in Edubucks!

Educents Marketplace $50 in Edubucks Giveaway #10 - Kinder & First Grade Stores

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Book Study: Similes, Metaphors, and Classroom Community

Hi, Teaching Friends!

This week's topic for the Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites book study is "Metaphors, Analogies, and Similes".

A metaphor is a great way to give your students a word picture that will deepen their understanding. Even before you formally teach the words metaphor or simile, I'll bet you use them in your classroom. Do you teach your students the Goldilocks Strategy for choosing books?  That's a metaphor! By working from something they already know (too hard, too easy, just right), you're giving your students a memorable, useful tool that they can pull up and use a whole lot faster than most other ways you can teach book selection.

{If you don't know about the Goldilocks Strategy, check out this great article!}

I had an "accidental metaphor" that developed after we read Kevin Henke's Lily's Purple Plastic Purse.  In the story, Lily brings a purple plastic purse to school for show-and-tell, but is so excited about it that she just can't keep her hands off it, or stop shaking it to hear the coins jangle inside it.
Have you ever had a student like that? Pretty much every K-1, right? :)

Shortly after we read it one year, somebody had her hands in her desk fooling with something brought from home. The student next to her said, "Is that your purple plastic purse you've got in there?"

Now, that cutie knew how to use a metaphor! That phrase quickly became part of our classroom culture, a quick way to address a distracting behavior in a low-key way.

This teacher's no fool ... I know a useful metaphor when I hear one, so every year after that I'd casually introduce it as needed after we read Lily's story. I also came across a cute purple change purse at a garage sale. After a while, I could just point to the purse (sometimes even just look at it!) to redirect the behavior without disrupting the flow of instruction.

So, that's got to be my favorite classroom metaphor.

What's yours?

You can visit the linky party at by The First Grade Parade  to read what this chapter's host Cara Carroll has to share, and then follow the links to read what other blogger's are saying about similes, analogies, and metaphors.


Happy Teaching!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Book Study: Manipulatives, Experiments, and More!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

I'm back on track with the Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites book study. Talking about the material in our current chapter is just preaching to the choir! In the primary grades, our days are (hopefully!) filled with "Manipulatives, Experiments, Labs, and Models".

Every chapter in this book has a set of "Theoretical Framework" quotes. Here's my favorite from this chapter. It says it all. There is no downside to having students learn by touching, feeling, modeling, and getting real with the real stuff!.

A few years ago, a district I was teaching in was gifted, blessed, granted or let's-be-honest, burdened with a new science series. Science materials for the lower grades had previously been sparse and dated. But this new series, well, we were going to love this one, we were told. [Have you ever been told something like that? Be suspicious. Be very suspicious.]  The materials we received were extensive. Written materials, that is. Multiple kinds of workbooks with not enough space for first graders to write their answers. Huge hardcover text books with several hundred pages in them. It took forever for some of my students to find the right page and then if they let go of the book for a second it would flip shut. The books were too big and too expensive to leave in their desks, so we stacked them on the windowsill. When we wanted to use them, no student was strong enough to lift more than two or three books, so passing them out became yet another procedure. To their credit, the books were very pretty - wonderful pictures. There was virtually nothing hands on for us to use.  Wow, let's get excited about science, right?  So sad. By the way, the entire series and all of its burdensome components have since been resold to the publisher. Whew. But what a waste of time and money.

Sorry to rant, but that experience was a perfect picture of what learning in a primary grade classroom shouldn't look like! There's a time and place for texts, and written responses and evaluations, and very definitely for read-alouds and curriculum-based craftivities. But keeping The Real Thing first and foremost is the strongest route to creating learning that lasts.

So, gleaned from Pinterest, here's a mini-album of what hands-on science learning might look like in your classroom this spring. Some of these are projects that have been around a long time, but consider that may seem been-there-done-that to us is often something that your little learners have not yet experienced, but will always remember. I've focused on plants because so many of us teach about them in the spring. I'm taking the route of The Lazy Linker on this post ... you'll find all of these ideas on my First Grade Science board.

Just for fun, plant in unusual containers, like this ice cream cone. Other ideas for fun and economical planters: empty egg shell halves (plant with grass seeds and send home at Easter), empty egg carton sections, empty Keurig cups (also a good starter for a discussion of recycling!), or an old CD case. This is also super easy for kids to carry home, unlike plants in cups, which I fear often end up upside down on the floors of school buses. :(

Or, just put the dampened seeds in a plastic bag and tape them to your classroom window. This teacher used beans, which is a great choice because of their fast growth.

Create little greenhouses for your plants. The beads of water that will form on the walls of the cup will introduce the topic of the water cycle.

Fruit and veggie scraps will often re-root ... no extra costs for you! This post has some ideas about pineapples, avocados, and green onions...

... and here's more, this time using carrots, sweet potatoes, and a few others. Planting in water is a great way for students to observe root growth.

Observing root growth is a great segue to learning about capillary action. I've done this experiment with celery, daisies, and chrysanthemums, but how cool this is with cabbage leaves! The "wow" factor is right there your face, and it's the kind of learning that keeps students begging for more.

In all of these mini-experiments and projects, the students are right in there doing the work ... and when they're the ones doing the work, they're also the ones doing the learning!

I hope that you've found something here to inspire you to keep your teaching fresh and interesting with manipulatives, experiments, labs, and models. Thanks for stopping by! This chapter of the book study is being hosted by Mrs. Jump's Class. Head over there to read what Deanna has to say, and to link up to lots of other bloggers who are also sharing their thoughts!

                                    Mrs Jump's class

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Are You Teaching Place Value, Matey?

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Number One on the agenda today ... let's give away a bundle of riddles! Congratulations to Mary, the winner of the Riddle Round-Up giveaway!

Thank you, Mary, and all of you who entered! Thanks especially for the wonderful ideas you suggested for new riddle sets - look for some of them in my store over the next few months!

Secondly, just in case you may have some students who could use some extra practice with place value, specifically adding and subtracting tens and multiples of tens, you'll be interested in this sale at my Teacher's Notebook shop.

This set of seven games and center activities is $3.50 today and tomorrow, 30% off the regular price of $5.00. Click here or on the cover to see the details!

Happy Teaching!

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