Posted in Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Cookie Safety Bingo

Each cookie selling season we go over safety rules for selling Girl Scout Cookies. The following Bingo Safety game is great for younger girls who are beginners in selling cookies and as a great review for our older girls who are now pros. This is one of the best ways we have found to teach cookie selling safety and is a free resource on Little Brownie Bakers.

Safety Bingo is an awesome way to go over safety rules in a fun way. The directions are found on the Little Brownie website and look like this.

For our girls, we printed out each of the cookie bingo cards – found here in color and on cardstock so they will be more durable (they look like the one at the top of this page). – There are 20 different cards. Every scout gets her own card as we discuss each of the safety rules.

To call out the safety rules, there are colored signs that the leaders can use. They are found here. We just printed out one copy and went over them as the girls covered their picture icons. You can use about anything as Bingo markers. I used the flat glass beads that you can get at Dollar Tree that are flat on one end.  Amazon has them as well. We have also used colored buttons in the past.

The best part about this game, is that each icon is located on every card, just in a different place. This is great for the Daisies and Brownies. By playing multiple games, we are enforcing each of the rules. The girls love it!

Click below to check out some of our other cookie games that we have used…

Or.. If you would like to check out a few Girl Scout Cookie Recipes, click on Menu at the top or just click one of the links below..

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Posted in Math Games, Math is Awesome!

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.

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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!

 

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 Math Games

Decimal Dice Game For Grades 4-6

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Decimal Dice Game – A game involving place value, adding and comparing decimals to the thousandths place

Last year, I was fortunate enough to attend a NCTM (National  Council Teachers of Mathematics) conference in Minneapolis, MN.  One of the booths that was represented was a booth from Box Cars and One- Eyed Jacks.  (Their website is located here)

I bought some of the coolest place value dice.  They were about 50 cents each and you can buy them online also however the shipping is expensive.  I also found them on Amazon located here for decimals and whole numbers. Each of the dice had a particular number on them -see the picture below.

 

So when I got back home, I tried to think of something to do with these awesome dice.  At the time, we were working on adding and subtracting decimals so I made the worksheet above.  In it, the kids received one each of the tenths, hundredths, and thousandths dice.  Their job was to take turns rolling the dice and then adding them together. Once they got their numbers, they had to compare it to their partners.  A colleague of mine suggested that they could compare their numbers and determine which had the largest decimal therefore hitting not one, but multiple common core standards at the same time.

The kids had so much fun with these dice.  I bought several of the larger place value dice as well.  My next task is to develop some additional games or worksheets for students to write numbers in standard, expanded and word forms with those.

If you would like a copy of the worksheet above that I made, click here and you can print your own copy.  I also have a store at Teachers Pay Teachers that has some more awesome math stuff.

If you would like to see some other awesome games I use in my classroom, click any of the links below, or go to menu, Math is Awesome, Math Games.

Posted in Undertale Birthday Party

Undertale Theme Birthday Party – part 1 (Grillby’s Burgers, Spider Cider, Ketchup & Timmie Flakes)

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Grillby’s Burgers – small burgers on Hawaiian Roll bread

This year my 11 year old wanted an Undertale Themed Birthday Party.  Now with teaching and kids, I had heard of Undertale but had no idea anything specific enough to throw into a themed party.  This immediately prompted my son to begin showing me the game and all kinds of interesting food that went along with the game.

One of the first things we came up with was Grillby’s and apparently he serves burgers and fries.  We didn’t use the fries but we did make some super cute mini- hamburgers/cheeseburgers using meat and Hawaiian Rolls as bread!

 

 

 

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Timmie Flakes- AKA Frosted Flakes with a sign

Another treat that we found was something called Timmie Flakes – one of the boys literally grabbed one and ran shouting, “Timmie Flakes, Timmie Flakes.” We just used small containers with lids (found at Wal-Mart or at Amazon here) and loaded them full with Frosted Flakes.  Printed a sign from Google Images (again any will do) and put them on a tray.  Super super easy!

 

 

 

 

 

For some drinks – we made Spider Cider and Ketchup.  (I have no idea but apparently it’s a thing).  For Spider Cider – we just poured Apple Juice into a jug and added some Halloween spiders to float around inside.  Ketchup was made using Hawaiian Punch which is so much better to drink!  Added some Google image signs and we had some drinks!

For more Undertale Party ideas, please click on menu at the top, birthday parties, Undertale.  Or Just click below…

 

Posted in Math Games, Math is Awesome!, Teachers Pay Teachers Store

Free Dice Place Value Game- Designed for 4th and 5th grades.

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Place Value and Large Numbers – both give some of my students anxiety at the beginning of the year.   We usually spend a couple of days reviewing previous knowledge of large numbers to the thousands place, while moving that knowledge along to the millions, billions and trillions.

This game was designed for my students to play while in small groups.  The goal is a fun way for them to review and practice reading and comparing large numbers.

In this game, students take turns rolling dice.  Each dice roll, gives the students a number to be placed in one of their empty place value positions.  They can then put this number anywhere they want while also trying to figure out where it would give them the smallest or largest value, depending on the variation of the game.

Included in this game are directions for three different variations; partners competing to see  who builds the largest number, smallest number or reads it correctly.  There is also a score sheet at the end.  

In round 1, student each roll the dice 4 times, trading turns between each roll, to build a number to the thousands place. If the teacher tells the students to get the largest number, the student whose number has the largest value will win the round and receive 1 point while their partner earns 0 points.   As an added bonus, I tell my students they must also read their number out loud correctly to their partner.  This helps my students build up their fluency of reading large numbers.

The rounds are designed to increase in difficulty as the game progresses.  In round 1 students are playing to the thousands place, however rounds 4-10 they are playing to the millions place.  My 5th graders loved it this year and it provided a great way to review those place value skills.

This is a free game on my teachers pay teachers store. All you need to do… Add dice!

Perfect for 4th & 5th Grade and that extra challenge to the those 3rd graders who need it! Enjoy!

Dice Place Value Game Free at Teachers Pay Teachers 

For another great place value activity, please check out my post 3rd/4th Grade Place Value Task Cards

If you would like to see some other awesome games I use in my classroom, click any of the links below, or go to menu, Math is Awesome, Math Games.