Posted in 3rd Grade, Math is Awesome!, Teachers Pay Teachers Store

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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Posted in classroom, Perler Bead Patterns

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 or my store on Ebay 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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Posted in Math is Awesome!

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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Posted in Math is Awesome!, Task cards with QR Codes, Teachers Pay Teachers Store

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 $2.00 on my TPT store)

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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.

Posted in 3rd Grade

3rd Grade- Open House Picture Frame for Parents and Students

3rd Grade Back to School Parent student Frame!

This is a neat idea my husband came up with for open house. Parents/caregivers and students can get their picture taken during open house as an introduction to 3rd grade. However, this can be used for any grade.

Frame was bought at Hobby Lobby (clearance aisle, yay!!) for about $4.00 and we used a glue gun and ruler to glue each crayon in a pattern around the frame.  We used 9 boxes of crayons!

He used apple clip art to create the apples which he colored and glued on yellow card stock.

The top of the frame was made with items from the Dollar Tree.  The cutout designs came in a package and we just added the poster board letters.  To hold the signs on, he colored 3 clothes pins with sharpies and glued the pins to the frame.  This way he can use it for different events and years just by simply changing the signs.

Overall it turned out really great!  Can’t wait to use it for open house!