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www.galaxyofpixels.com

Today we launched our first store on Shopify- GalaxyofPixels. We have an Etsy store but after a couple of years, we wanted to branch out a little on our own. We are a little nervous as my family enters this new phase but are super excited. If you get a chance, please come check us out. (We have both stores now operating)

Geeky fun pixel art, jewelry, picture frames, framed artwork, vinyl decals and more. Easy to find birthday, anniversary, or teacher presents with new items uploading weekly. Hope to see you soon! We appreciate all of you.

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Distance Learning with Edpuzzle

This year has been a crazy year for everyone, especially for teachers. One of the hardest things I have ever had to prepare for in my career is being a full time classroom teacher as well as a virtual teacher at the same time. Some of my middle school students come 2 days a week while others come 5. Keeping them around the same pace requires me to use a lot of videos and this is where Edpuzzle comes in.

For those of you who have never heard of Edpuzzle and are teaching through videos, I highly recommend it. Edpuzzle is a way for you to track your virtual or classroom students to make sure they are actually watching the videos that you assign and hold them accountable for that learning. Whether you are pulling a video from YouTube or making one yourself, Edpuzzle uses Google Classroom to keep track of students’ progress and prevents them from skipping ahead in the video, thereby losing valuable information. This provides you a way to make sure that the students have actually watched the video that you have assigned.

It is also interactive! Edpuzzle will stop the students at particular points, that you have chosen, and ask them either a multiple choice or open response question. This is a great way to keep students engaged while watching the video. You select the place in the video to stop, then type in the question that you want to ask the students. It is super easy! The video won’t play until they have answered the question. If it’s multiple choice, you can even select an answer and Edpuzzle will grade it for you. My high school children even like it. They say it prevents the boredom of watching just a lecture or video.

Edpuzzle is free to use for up to 20 videos. If you refer teachers or use my referral link below, you will get 3 additional videos. There is also a paid plan that allows for unlimited videos but the free version is great for anyone who wants to try it out. Another great feature is that you can find tons of videos already made. For example, if I am teaching adding decimals, I can simply search adding decimals and lots of videos from Math Antics and Khan (plus many many more) come up. These videos are already made, meaning other teachers have already added stopping points and questions. This helps especially when I’m in a rush and don’t have time to make my own.

I have found it to be a fantastic resource this year for distance learning. It adds accountability as well as a quick check for understanding for all of my videos. If you would like to try it out, sign up for the free version and use the referral code https://edpuzzle.com/signup/teacher?rc=58031x – This link will start you out with 23 free video slots in your library instead of 20. I am also adding an example of a video here – Introduction to Decimals from Math Antics if you would like to see an example of how Edpuzzle works.

I really hope you enjoy it as much as I am this year.

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Spot the Error Math Fails – Can You Find the Mistake?

10 real world math fails, mistakes, math errors

Round 2 – These are so much fun for my students, that I had to put together another group of 10 Real World Math Fails. I tell my students daily to check their answers- does their answer make sense, especially in the context of their problem? The following pictures are some examples of people who have not checked their answers in the real world. My students love seeing these, finding the errors and laughing at the mistakes adults made.

Click the pictures to take you to the original site that I found them. If there isn’t a link, it was just a picture or had a dead link.

Walmart Rollback - Math Error
Walmart Rollback Sign! Not sure I want this “sale”
Math pricing error- Students find the mistake
Math Fail- Real World
Math Fail?
Math fail, math error, real world mistake
Whose job was it to make the sign?
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Umm…..I’m a little worried.
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Poor Jessie! She forgot to line her numbers up by place value.
real world math mistake, math fail, find the mistake
Forever 21 Mistake
real world math mistake, math fail, find the mistake
Again, whose job is it to make these signs?
real world math mistake, math fail, find the mistake
Not sure this is a sale….
real world math mistake, math fail, find the mistake
I would have to really want a banana to pay this much!

Bonus: Not real world but I love it!

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Super Sonic and the Chaos Emeralds Perler/Artkal Beaded Framed Art

Super Sonic and the Chaos Emeralds made from Perler/Artkal Mini Beads

This is a super fun project that my son and I made together. We used some sky paper that we found at Hobby Lobby and mini Perler and mini Artkal beads to make Sonic and the Emeralds. Added a glass frame and the finished product is above. We feel that it turned out pretty well. (Side note- if you haven’t discovered Artkal beads, they are amazing. They melt great with Perler and they have so many more colors. I have linked their site above. I was skeptical at first, but now I love them! I have only used the mini beads but I’m sure the regular size would work as well.)

We made several of these and I have hung one of them in our gaming area and another in my classroom in my reading area. They should be some great conversation starters with some of my students. Feel free to use our pattern above to make one for yourself or you can click here to go to my Etsy store to purchase to purchase one already made and will arrive to you through priority mail in just a few days. They are perfect to add to a classroom, library, living room, den, family room, kids room or practically anywhere.

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Classifying Angles Digital Picture Sort

Digital Picture Card Sort- Students see a pile of picture cards off to the side. Next, they drag the cards into the correct categories.

Digital Sorts! These are great for classrooms that don’t have a lot of time to spend cutting pictures but still would like to sort and classify things based on similarities and differences. (One of Marzano’s High Yield Strategies). I personally love to do sorts in my classroom; however even with 5th graders, it takes so long for them to cut the sorts out. Currently the alternative to them cutting the cards is if I cut them out. With 28 students per class and cutting multiple sorts out, it still takes way too long and the cards get lost in the shuffle of multiple classes. This is why, for me, I am embracing Digital Sorts.

Digital Sorts use Google Slides which makes it super easy to assign students a sort in Google Classroom. Perfect for a quick check practice or review. You could also use these sorts as a whole group activity, for example, a whole group SMART board or Promethean board activity.

To use, students simply open the sort and use the mouse to drag the cards into the right category. The cards are found on the left side of the sort in a stack. No cutting or paper required and the students are still sorting based on rules, similarities and differences. This takes a fraction of the time that it used to take. The video preview below shows just how easy this is to assign this to students and to see what it looks like.

Currently this sort is available on the following sites for $1.25 USD…

Angles Digital Picture Sort

This resource comes with 1 digital sort in which students can sort pictures of different angles into categories. These categories include Reflex, Right, Acute and Obtuse angles. See screenshot and Video above. I have also included two videos with step by step directions that will assist you in using these with your classroom if needed. Once payment is cleared, I will send the document via email. Thank you!

$1.25

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Digital Word & Picture Sorts – No Paper or Scissors Required

Digital Sorts! These are great for classrooms that don’t have a lot of time to spend cutting pictures but still would like to sort and classify things based on similarities and differences. (One of Marzano’s High Yield Strategies). I personally love to do sorts in my classroom; however even with 5th graders, it takes so long for them to cut the sorts out. Currently the alternative to them cutting the cards is if I cut them out. With 28 students per class and cutting multiple sorts out, it still takes way too long and the cards get lost in the shuffle of multiple classes. This is why, for me, I am embracing Digital Sorts.

Digital Sorts use Google Slides which makes it super easy to assign students a sort in Google Classroom. Perfect for a quick check practice or review. You could also use these sorts as a whole group activity, for example, a whole group SMART board or Promethean board activity.

To use, students simply open the sort and use the mouse to drag the cards into the right category. The cards are found on the left side of the sort in a stack. No cutting or paper required and the students are still sorting based on rules, similarities and differences. This takes a fraction of the time that it used to take.

With these being super easy to make (there are lots of “how to” videos out there), I am looking forward to making lots of these this year.

In the images above, I have included two sorts that my husband and I will be using in our classes this year and can both be found on both of our Teachers Pay Teachers and TESS stores. The Living vs Nonliving Sort is a freebie that you can get to test out digital sorts. Students can sort both pictures and words into living and nonliving categories. My husband will be using this with his 2nd graders this year. It can be found on TPT here and on TESS here. The polygon sort has students sorting shapes into polygon and non-polygon categories. It can also be found on both stores (TPT and TESS) for $1.00. With both sorts, I have included links to how to videos if you need help assigning this in Google Classroom or making digital copies.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mini Perler Beads – Keychains, Magnets, Earrings and More

TMNT- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Earrings & Keychains made from mini beads.

These super fun keychains and earrings are a throw back to the old 80’s style TMNT or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I used to watch this show every morning before school so it was fun showing my kids.

Perler pattern for TMNT

I used mini Perler beads with a few mini Artkal also. What I love is that when you melt them with a more pixalated look, you can’t tell which is which. The mini size also works perfect for keychains, magnets, or dangle earrings.

Perler pattern for TMNT

Mini Perler can be found at perler.com or on Amazon. Artkal beads can be found at a artkalfusebeads.com or also on Amazon. Perler is generally my favorite bead but when it comes to the mini bead size, Artkal wins out in my opinion. There are a ton more colors and you don’t have to buy the entire tray to just get one or two colors.

Please use the patterns above to make your own or you can purchase some cute ones already made at my Etsy store here. Any 3 items purchased across my shop ships free!

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Learning Math While Coloring? Sweet! Fun times with Polygons!

Since its summer time, I have a little more time to look around and add resources to my math class line up for this fall. I found some neat color by numbers (some call it color by code) activities that looked great for the younger grades but not many that would fit my curriculum and level. I thought it would be great to add some of these to my classroom as a review or “if you are finished” kind of thing. Since Geometry is my first unit, I figured that was a good place to start.

First I found some color sheets (they have a commercial license attached) that I could buy and modify with whatever I wanted. My kids had fun and helped me color an answer key. With that completed, I went back and added some numbers, created a worksheet for polygon review and the finished result is here!

Inside this resource I have made a practice polygon worksheet that has my students naming or classifying polygons, both regular and irregular, by the number of sides. It also has a color key which relates the question number with the code on the color sheet. For example, if number 1 is a hexagon, and the key says hexagon = yellow, then the students will color all of the 1’s yellow!

I am hoping this will be a great review for some of my students who are trying to remember their shapes from previous grades. I will either let my students work on this independently at a station, as individual or partner practice, or as a “What do I do when I’m finished” fun activity. Even middle school kids love to color!

If you would like to make your own color by numbers, there are lots of places to choose from. Several on teachers pay teachers have made these that you can modify and sell. If you would like to purchase this polygon resource, it’s currently on sell for $2 or less at both my Teachers Pay Teachers store and my Tes store. Links below. Happy coloring!

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Harry Potter Mini Bead Fun- Sorting Hat Quote

Sorting Hat Quote- Framed Vinyl with the Houses made from Mini Beads

This is a super fun project that my daughter and I made together. This is one of my all time Harry Potter quotes from the sorting hat.

It is OUR CHOICES that show us what we truly are, far more than our ABILITIES.

We used some sparkling paper that we found at Joann’s (Amazon has similar here but not exactly the same kind that we used) and used our Cricut machine to cut the vinyl (black and holographic sparkle blue for a few important words). We used mini Perler and mini Artkal beads to make the houses and added a glass frame. The finished product is above. We feel that it turned out pretty well. (Side note- if you haven’t discovered Artkal beads, they are amazing. They melt great with Perler and they have so many more colors (See Gryffindor house above. I have linked their site also. I was skeptical at first, but now I love them! I have only used the mini beads but I’m sure the regular size would work as well.)

We made several of these and I have hung one of them in my husband’s classroom and another in my classroom in my reading area. They should be some great conversation starters with some of my students in the fall. Feel free to use our pattern above to make one for yourself or you can click here to go to my Etsy store to purchase to purchase one already made and will arrive to you through priority mail in just a few days. They are perfect to add to a classroom, library, living room, den, family room, kids room or practically anywhere.

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Discovering Mini-Perler Beads with Avengers

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Avengers Magnets made with Mini Perler Beads

MINI PERLER BEADS!!!! I have recently discovered these little gems and they are super cute and awesome!!! You can still build your characters and other designs out of the classic Perler beads, however these Avenger pieces are only 2 ½ cm high compared to the classic Perler beads which would make them 5 cm tall. (see Iron Man below)

Kandi Patterns is great for discovering or making your own patterns.

Just to give you some ideas on the difference in size between the classic Perler beads and the mini Perler beads…

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Iron Man- made with both mini & classic Perler beads to show the difference
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Perler Bead Pegboards- Mini Version and Classic regular version

The official Perler site has a great selection of both the classic and mini bead versions. Amazon has 4 trays like the one here, and they have a variety of color selections. The small pegboards are super cute but they do take a little getting used to. The tweezers are definitely a lot sharper and have more of a needle nose look to them. However, I had a blast playing with all of the designs and creating the smaller versions. These smaller characters are super easy to put on a key chain, magnet or a backpack clip and they won’t take up too much space.

The little magnets that I have created above are on my new Etsy store if you would like to purchase a character or a set already made, then please go there. I also have Do it yourself kits which have the beads needed or whole kits that have the beads, a pegboard and an ironing sheet so you can make your own.

However, If you were going to do lots of the mini bead creations, then I definitely recommend buying bulk from Amazon or Perler but if you want to get your feet wet with these mini beads, then the set on my Etsy store may be the way to go. The only thing not supplied are the tweezers.

Either way you do it, the mini versions are super cute. You can try making some of your previous creations with the smaller versions and see what you think. Hope you love them as much as we do!

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