Posted in Thinking Day

Jamaican Rice & Trifold Decorations for Girl Scouts Thinking Day- Jamaica!

World Thinking Day, formerly Thinking Day, is celebrated annually on 22 February by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. … It is a day when they think about their “sisters” (and “brothers”) in all the countries of the world, the meaning of Guiding, and its global impact.” – Wikipedia

Over the past couple of years, our troop received the Philippians, Ghana, and most recently Jamaica.  Troops can go as travelers or set up a booth for a particular country.  Girls do all the research, make costumes, food, swaps and can also learn a dance or  song from the country.  Our girls have learned a lot about Girl Scouts in other countries over the past few years.

This year, the girls and one of our leaders dyed rice to sprinkle on our Jamaica table.  The girls added non-cooked rice in a gallon size Ziplock bag.  Inside the bag, they added a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and a couple of drops of food coloring.  Mix well in the bag and then pour on a cookie sheet to dry (usually takes about an hour.)  Turned out very bright and colorful!

Jamaica Flag Colored Rice for Girl Scouts Thinking Da

The girls also prepared a centerpiece of information about Jamaica.  They used a black trifold board and cut out/wrote facts about the country.

Jamaica Posterboard of facts- Thinking Day Girl Scouts

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Posted in Math Games, Math is Awesome!

Remainders Wanted- Free Long Division Game

This game is a great game that I found free on Teachers Pay Teachers – (game here).  My 5th graders had so much fun with it, they really didn’t pay any attention to how many long division problems they were working.

Remainders Wanted Free Long Division Game 5th grade

To play, each student should have ten counters.  Students take turns covering a number on the game board with a counter, rolling the die and dividing the number covered by the number on the die.  The  remainder is the student’s score for that round.  – From Game Directions

The neat thing about this game is that you can roll a single die for students to divide by one number or two dice to divide by two numbers.  Since we were working on dividing by two digits,  I used these amazing dice found on Amazon.  They are dice in a dice!  My students loved them!

My students rolled the die and came up with a two digit number.  They then covered a number on the game board and on the back of their score card, they completed the long division problem.  You can use any type of counters you would like, my favorite are the bean counters from Learning Resource.   One student is the red side and the other is white side.  They are super easy to put in a ziplock bag and students can count out how many they need.

Remainders Wanted - Free long division game
Look at how many long division problems are on the back of his paper. They did so many practice problems and didn’t even complain once!
score card from Remainders Wanted
Since the remainder is the student’s score, they had to add up all the scores to determine their sum in order to determine a winner.

So currently, this game has over 70,000 downloads and I can totally see why.  I love how simple and effective it is, but most of all I love that it is free!  The link is in the first paragraph above.  I will definitely use this game again next year.  Who said math practice had to be boring!

If you would like to see a few other awesome math games, please click on a few others that I use in my classroom.

 

 

Posted in Perler Bead Patterns, Undertale Patterns

Undertale Party Decorations – Flowey, Fisk and Napstablook -Perler Beads

Flowey and Fisk Undertale Party Decoration Canvas

Undertale Party Decorations- Flowey Fisk Canvas

This canvas is going in our Undertale Party decoration box and will be hung on the wall in our next Undertale party!  We used Perler beads (aka Hama or Melty beads) to design the mound, Flowey and Fisk.  Next we painted a 12 x 12 canvas black and hot glued the designs onto the canvas.  The result is above!  To make the decorations,  our patterns are below.

Flowey

Original pixel art- Kandi Patterns.  Made with green, black, white and yellow Perler beads.  You can also use Hama Beads or Melty Beads.  It took 6 grids to make.

Fisk

Original pixel art by Kandi Patterns.  Used dark brown, blue, black, peach, and purple Perler beads.

Napstablook

This little guy will be placed on the food table.  Going to tape a couple of bamboo skewers onto his back and place in a painted foam block.  This will make a cute decoration!

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Posted in Perler Bead Patterns

Faygo Cotton Candy Bottle turned into a Perler Bead Project??

One day, my son, his friend and I were all sitting at the table creating Perler Bead projects.  My son’s friend had this drink with him and said it was one of his favorites.  The result- a Perler Bead Faygo Cotton Candy project of course!  Below is his design.  Unfortunately, I forgot to get a melted picture of it, but it turned out pretty great!

Beads used:  white, glitter white, glitter blue, pink, cranberry, blue, and light blue.  You can get all of these colors at your local craft store or at Amazon.  You can buy them by individual colors or a mixed bag.

Cotton Candy Faygo Drink Perler Hama Bead Pattern

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Posted in Math is Awesome!

Rubik’s Cube Mosaics

For the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to sponsor a great group of kids in Rubik’s Cube Club.  I use the You Can Do The Cube guides to teach the kids how to solve the cube.  You can get them free from their site – youcandothecube.com.  Once the students learn how to solve the traditional 3 x 3 cube, they can move on to advanced cubes.  Amazon has some great designs and is usually where I purchase mine.

Twice a year, You Can Do The Cube, sponsor a mosaic building challenge in which students are encouraged to build pictures (mosaics) out of Rubik’s Cubes.  You can even check giant sets out for free from their site, however shipping is really high.

The students have a lot of fun planning their designs.  They can use graph paper or the computer to grid out what their picture will look like.  A few of the ones that they designed are below.

  1.  Super Mario’s Bob-omb – Made with 51 Rubik’s Cubes

Super Mario's Bobomb made from Rubik's Cubes

2.  The American Flag – made from 61 Rubik’s Cubes

American Flag  made from Rubik's Cubes

3.  Space Invader- Made From 42 Rubik’s Cubes

Space Invader made from Rubik's Cubes

4. Face?  Made from 57 Rubik’s Cubes

Face from Rubik's Cubes

 

Posted in Christmas, Christmas Parade

Christmas Float Candy Lights and Gingerbread House

 

For our last parade float, our younger Girl Scouts voted on a Candy Land theme float.

To make super cute candy lights, the girls poked a hole into two plastic cups, strung the lights through the cups and wrapped them in tissue paper to look like a piece of candy.  The result is above.  They turned out fantastic all around the sides of the float.

Candy Land Gingerbread House Christmas Parade Girl ScoutsThe girls also built a Gingerbread House.  They  used a refrigerator box that we got from Lowe’s, hot glued paper plates (for the roof shingles) and added some candy decorations from Hobby Lobby.

Our girls really wanted to go inside it but we had it sealed so they couldn’t go in.  It made a neat little house that was on the back of our float.

More pictures to come later….. But please check out some pictures from our Whoville Float…

Getting Ready for our Girl Scout Christmas Float

Posted in Kahoots, Math Anchor Charts, Math is Awesome!

Multiplication Strategies – Math Anchor Chart, Kahoot and Game

Last year I noticed that I had several of my 5th grade students struggling with multiplication facts.  It wasn’t just that they didn’t know them, but several of them couldn’t even skip count.  Some who were still drawing out dots and groups to count, would get so tied up with figuring out what 8 x 7 was that they couldn’t remember what step they were on in long division or fraction computation.  It was getting to be a little crazy.

I started researching strategies and found this handy anchor chart.  (This year,  it was the first anchor chart hung in my room!)  I tried researching where the original idea came from but there were at least 25 variations on Pinterest and the web.  I took out some of the facts that I felt my kids should know like 0s, 1s, and 10s and left the rest.  I’m hoping that if I get this out early enough this year and teach from it, that it might help those students who are struggling.  Chart Paper and Sharpie Markers are the best- I usually laminate all of my charts so it is super easy to pull out each year.

5th Grade Multiplication Strategies Anchor Chart

I also found this great little Kahoot called Multiplciation Facts by Jordan Manning that I love to use.  I started using that about midyear last year as a warm up to get our brains thinking about math.  I found that the kids loved competing against each other and for those who kept missing the same facts, I had them make flash cards on index cards to help them study. I plan on starting this a lot earlier in the year than last.

 If you’ve never used a Kahoot before check out my Kahoot Introduction.  I have several with different topics that I made under menu, Kahoots  or just click here.

Another game,  I like to use to help with fact fluency, is a game called Multiplication War.  The only item needed is a deck of cards. (Amazon has 12 packs and 2 packs)  In this game, students deal out the entire deck of cards, then turn over two cards.  Each player multiplies the two cards together while the highest product wins the cards.   In case of a tie, players flip again – this time winner takes all the cards turned over.  Aces are worth 1, Jokers are 11, and Jacks, Queens and Kings are 10.  The students use the cards that they won to continue playing until one person has all the cards or time is up.  This year, I played it the first week of school and gave my students a multiplication table to look up the facts if they didn’t know them.  As the year progress, I plan to slowly remove that handy chart.

http://www.multiplication.com also has some amazing games that the students love to play!

Hopefully, starting all of these games and strategies at the beginning of the year will help solidify some of those crazy facts that the kids need to survive secondary math!

Posted in Undertale Birthday Party

Undertale Party Part 3 – Pet Rock Cake, Snowman Piece, Doughnuts and More

As we wrap up our Undertale Birthday Party, we found a few more photos and ideas to share.   My son and friends had a great time with this party and I had a great time preparing it.  Anything linked below links to Amazon or if we didn’t come up with it, the original idea.

Pet Rock Cake

Undertale Birthday Party Pet Rock CakeFor this cake, we made a circular cake and tried to shape it similar to a rock.  We added chocolate icing and sprinkles to make it look like the Google image (Really hope it’s from the game- kids didn’t seem to mind either way.)  Printed that same Pet Rock Google image, made a table tent and done!  A very easy cake! Pet Rock original idea here.

 

 

 

 

 

Undertale Birthday Party Spider Donuts

For this idea, we tried to recreate Pretty Cake Machines‘s idea but had a hard time.  (She also has a version of the Snowman Piece below). Our result is above.  For the recipe, we used store bought doughnuts instead of  made from scratch. It made the recipe a lot easier but didn’t look as neat.  Once again, I turned the Google Image into a table tent and Spider Doughnuts were done!

Undertale Birthday Party Snowman Piece

For our version of the Snowman piece, we used wedding cookies.  We dipped them in extra powered sugar and added a couple to each cupcake liner.  It was super simple and was one of the last things I put together.

Undertale Birthday Star Yogurt Parfait

For this recipe, I used an idea from Jaybug Jimmies.  The link is a dead link but I found the pin here.  For this idea, I used a Star cookie cutter, small cups and vanilla yogurt.  I added some yogurt into different bowls with a few drops of food coloring.  Once mixed, I added each color by layer into the cups.

Undertale Birthday Party Flower Decoration

Undertale Birthday Party Flower

For this decoration, we used yellow butcher paper to cut out a flower shape.   My friend and her amazing drawing abilities sketched the face onto white copy paper using a black sharpie.  Leaves were cut out from green paper and green streamers made up the rest.

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Posted in Undertale Birthday Party

Undertale Party Part 2- Straws, Banners, Labels and More

For this part of my party planning, I turned to a little site called Etsy.  This party kit was made by Susaneda Printables in Granada, Spain.  It is an instant download and I’m not sure of the current price but I paid $13.71.    Once I downloaded the pdf, I was able to send the pages that I wanted to Office Depot for color copies printed on cardstock.  It was a great success and I highly recommend it.

This kit allowed me to do all the following for his party.  For the banners, I just used twine from the dollar store and tape.

Undertale Birthday Party Straws

Undertale Birthday Party Straws

Undertale Birthday Party Happy Birthday Banner

Undertale Birthday Party Happy Birthday Banner

Undertale Birthday Party Candy Bowls

Undertale Birthday Party Candy Bowls

Undertale Birthday Party Water Bottle Labels

Undertale Birthday Party Water Bottle Labels

Undertale Birthday Party Hershey Bar Labels

Undertale Birthday Party Hershey Bar Labels

Undertale Birthday Party Character Banner

Undertale Birthday Party Character Banner

Undertale Birthday Party Cupcake Character Labels

Undertale Birthday Party Cupcake Character Labels

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Posted in Math is Awesome!

Classroom Decorations in Math

This year, I decided, was going to be the year that I add some more color to my classroom.  Being in a middle school math classroom, I was afraid this wouldn’t be very easy, not like in those cute elementary school classrooms anyway.

Luckily I found these two super cute decorations at Hobby Lobby.  For the Welcome to Math Class Sign, I used Command Hooks  and some cute sticker letters to write Math on the chalkboard middle and hung it outside my door.  The other one I put on the inside above the pencil sharpener so the kids could see it.  I loved the extra color, the cute designs and… the 40% off coupons from Hobby Lobby!

Classroom Decoration

Classroom Decoration Math

While looking through Pinterest and other sites, I came across this math blog by Sarah Hagan, a high school math teacher, Math = Love and she had some amazing ideas.   On her site, I found this little gem which she had already typed using the super cute font and had it ready to download.  All I had to do was print, cut, glue and laminate.  If you would like a copy of this, you can access her site from here.   This went up outside my classroom door above My Welcome to Math Class Sign.

Classroom Decorations Mathematicians

Like me, Sarah Hagan had read a great book called Mindset, The New Psychology of Success.  Over the last couple of years, I had begun teaching the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.  This I believe  is especially important in math as I have heard from numerous students and parents, “I’m not good at math”  and “I can’t do math.”  I’m thinking she may have heard things like that also as she had a neat board called “Change your Mindset, Change your Words.” On this board, she had several sayings both in a fixed mindset and growth mindset.  What’s even better, is that she had these ready to download free of charge.  You can access her site here.   Using her site, I was able to download the posters and create a board of my own called “Help!!”  In my classroom (and others around the building,) my students aren’t allowed to say “I don’t get it” without saying the word “yet”.  Also sayings like “This is too hard” and “I give up” or “I quit” aren’t allowed.  If this is heard, my other students usually quickly jump in to correct them and help is given but they must keep trying.

Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset Bulletin Board classroom decoration

Using the growth mindset has really changed the way the students learn.  They are looking at something challenging in a more positive way without giving up.  As the year progresses, I’m looking forward to adding more great anchor charts, more additions to the growth vs fixed mindset theme,  and additional math decorations to the walls throughout the new school year.