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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?
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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.
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Forever 21 Mistake
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Again, whose job is it to make these signs?
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Not sure this is a sale….
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I would have to really want a banana to pay this much!

Bonus: Not real world but I love it!

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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!

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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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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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Classifying Triangles (Sides & Angles) Task Cards

Classifying Triangles by Sides & Angles for 4th-6th grade

I created these task cards to be used with my 5th graders for our Geometry unit. However any grade can use them for enrichment or review.  I use task cards quite frequently and my kids love them.

Usually, my students will use these cards to practice at their table groups while I work with small groups in the back of my classroom. However, you can also set these up as a Math Workshop station or as a Scavenger Hunt around the room or hallways.

The QR code ensures that my students are not practicing incorrectly. Each task card comes with a code that students can scan on iPads, phones or computers. The QR code immediately pulls up the answer. Students can check their work and figure out if they made a mistake or not. There is also an answer key included that students can use without using the QR codes.

This version contains 28 task cards designed for 4th -6th grade but can be used as a review or enrichment in different grades.

  • Task Cards #1-8 Students classify triangles by their sides – includes a list of choices
  • For Task Cards # 9-16 Students classify triangles by their angles – includes choices
  • Finally, for Task Cards #17-28 Students classify triangles by both sides and angles (no choices)

The choices allow students to practice classifying them correctly with assistance before giving them the card that do not have each of the types of angles/sides listed.

The best part about the QR codes, is that if the students make a mistake, they can figure out where they went wrong and correct their mistakes. This provides instant feedback, even when the teacher is not right beside them.

The only prep and materials that are required are a printer, scissors and some lamination (optional). I also have a set of these in black and white that I have cut out and glued to colored paper since our printer at school is only black and white. I usually laminate everything so that I can reuse them year after year.

If you are ready to use them, please check out my store at teachers pay teachers or I also have them available through TES found here.

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10 Real World Math Mistakes – Perfect for students to find the mistake!

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Real World Math Sales that don’t exactly scream sale… 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. There are a couple that have no mistakes but still don’t add up to a “sale.”

The following are a few that I have used in my classroom and are some of my students’ favorites. Click on the pictures to go to the original sites.

Real World Math Errors and Fun for Students



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Free Place Value Online Math Games – Grades 4-6; Games with links and descriptions

Finding a good list of games that my 5th graders can play is exhausting. Most of the games I have found have dead links or some are way too easy/hard. This year, I have decided to make my own list of games that my students can play for the last few minutes of class. These games can be played by any level but are best suited for students in grades 4-8.

place value, grades 4-6, math

If you have some other good ones that you find, please comment and let me know. Would love to add them to the list.

  • Math Snacks Gate
    • “Shadows are corrupting the land. Restore the balance of nature using number operations and place value.”
    • Students use the skills of decomposing numbers (in whole and decimals) to build the correct number to win the game and restore the balance of nature.
  • Place Value Hockey
    • Place Value Hockey is a fun educational game for kids to practice place value. There are 2 modes of play and 3 levels of difficulty.
    • Modes of play: Identify Place Value & Type Numerals Difficulty:
      • Level 1: ones to hundreds;
      • Level 2: ones to millions;
      • Level 3: ten thousandths to millions
    • The game will show the percentage each player gets correct and players get to take penalty shots to score points for their team when they get five correct in a row.
  • MathMan- Expanded Form
    • This one was a good game to introduce my expanded form unit. It is best designed for grades 2-4 but my kids loved it.
    • In this game, a version of pac-man must eat the ghosts in the correct order by expanding a number in the hundreds place by its value.
    • For example if the number is 641, students look for a ghost with 600 + 40+ 1 on him. They must eat him before the other ghosts eat him.
  • Comparing Decimals Fruit Shoot
    • Fun arcade style math game teaches decimal comparisons
    • Compare decimals by shooting fruit that has the or = sign to make the inequality true.
    • Students can choose between 4 modes and 3 levels. Each level has a timed mode slow and fast fruit, and a relaxed mode with slow and fast fruit.
  • Scooter Challenge- Rounding Decimals
    • Students help Jimmy earn enough money for his paper route by delivering papers to the correct house
    • Different levels of play. Students start off by rounding 1.377 to the nearest tenth place. Each of the houses have a number on the garage doors, and the student must throw the newspaper to the correct house. This will help him or her earn lots of money for his new scooter.
  • Rounding Decimals – Shark Attack
    • In this game, students will work on their rounding skills by rounding decimal numbers to the nearest hundredth place.
    • At the bottom of the screen will be a sentence with a number to be rounded and your goldfish friend. (“Fish are friends not food” – thanks Nemo)
    • Find the shark with the answer and click it to blow it into pieces before the the sharks reach your goldfish friend.
    • The students must be careful because if they pick a wrong answer, the shark will get to the goldfish quicker!
  • Funbrain – Spell the Numbers
    • In this game, Funbrain will show you numbers on the check in standard form.
    • Your task is to spell the the words that make the number (word form)
    • You can choose different categories from 0-10, 0-100, 0-1000, and 0-10000)
    • You can also do this in reverse order. Students are given word form and must write the numbers in expanded form.
  • Funbrain – Place Value Puzzle
    • Students use their knowledge of place value to find the location of individual digits within a larger number.
    • Each correct answer unlocks a piece of puzzle.  9 correct answers show the entire puzzle.

 

More will be added as I find some other good ones. Enjoy!

 

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Base 10 Exponents/ Powers of 10 Kahoot

Powers of 10, Base 10 Exponents Kahoot 5th gradeKahoot Time!! My students absolutely love hearing that and competing against each other.

If you have never used Kahoot! before, you can create them for about any topic or subject. The registration is completely free.

This was a Kahoot my intern created which has 11 questions about powers of 10 or base 10 exponents. In this Kahoot, our 5th grade students practiced naming base 10 exponents in standard, word and exponential form. They used white boards, when needed, to write and calculate the different forms.

Click here to play – play.kahoot.it

If you’ve never used a Kahoot before, please check out my Kahoot Introduction. If you would like to see some other kahoots, I have several with different topics that I made under menu, Kahoots or just click anything below..

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Place Value Whole Number and Decimal Task Cards- Standard, Word and Expanded Form

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Place Value Task Cards for 4th-6th grades

I created these task cards to be used with my 5th graders last week.

My students use these cards to practice at their table groups while I work with small groups in the back of my classroom. However, you can also set these up as a Math Workshop station or as a Scavenger Hunt around the room or hallways.

The QR reader ensures that my students are not practicing incorrectly. My students complete the work and then use the QR reader from my Ipad or the QR Reader on their Chromebooks to check their answers. The QR code links the students to the correct answer and appropriate work if work is required. .

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The best part about the QR codes, is that if the students make a mistake, they can figure out where they went wrong and correct their mistakes. This provides instant feedback, even when the teacher is not right beside them.

These task cards have students performing tasks such as finding…

  • Place Value of a Number
  • Value of a Number
  • Expanded Form of a Number
  • Standard Form of a Number
  • Word Form of a Number

Of both Whole Numbers and Decimals to the Thousandths Place.

The only prep and materials that are required are a printer, scissors and some lamination (optional). I also have a set of these in black and white that I have cut out and glued to colored paper since our printer at school is only black and white. I usually laminate everything so that I can reuse them year after year.

If you are ready to use them, please check out my store. The free version has 4 cards while the full version has 28 cards. (You can get those for $2.50 on my TPT store or on Amped Up Learning Use the code MATH10 to receive 10% off any purchases from our store on Amped Up Learning.

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