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 Kahoots, Math Games, Math is Awesome!

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..

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 $2.50 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.

If you like these cards or would like to see more fun math lessons, please check out….

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 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 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!

Posted in Kahoots, Math is Awesome!

Rounding and Comparing Decimals Kahoot

Kahoot Time!!  My students absolutely love hearing that.  They are usually very quick to get out their computers and log into Kahoot in record time.

If you have never used Kahoot! before, you can create them for about any topic or subject. The registration is completely free.  Click here to read my blog introduction to Kahoots.  Our students absolutely love them and love competing against each other.

As the school year starts to gear up,  I thought I’d share a couple of new ones that I found  that I thought were really great.  Looking forward to adding some new ones for my students this year.

Rounding Decimals  5th Grade rounding to the nearest whole number, tenth, hundredth and thousandth.  10 questions that are each set for 1 minute.

Multiplication Facts – This is a great one that I like to use for a warm up (to get their brains thinking about math and to generate excitement.)  This Kahoot has 17 questions that are all 10 seconds each, testing their multiplication facts.  I tell them the faster they answer with the correct answer the more points they win and they are constantly competing to try and make it on the leader board.  I will definitely use this one again this year.

Comparing Decimals – This is a good one that I would like to try.  However, I’m going to add a few more comparing decimals problems since there are more questions about naming the place value than comparing.

If you need a quick assessment tool or would just like to play a quick game, then Kahoot just may be for you.  All you need is a mobile device (computer, tablet, phone) and your children and/or students will love it!

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

 

 

Posted in 3rd Grade, Math is Awesome!, Task cards with QR Codes, Teachers Pay Teachers Store

3rd/4th Grade Place Value Task Cards

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3rd Grade/4th Grade Place Value Task Cards…

were created for my husband’s 3rd grade classroom.  These are great for when his students are working in small groups or in  individual stations around the room.

These task cards are designed to help students practice while he works with small groups in the back of the classroom.  Students can complete the work and then use the iPad or Chromebook to scan the QR codes.  The QR codes link the students to a picture with the answer.  If they make a mistake, they can try to figure out where they went wrong.  This provides instant feedback, even though the teacher is not right beside them.

Another good way to use these cards are to tape them around the room.  Students can then get up and walk around the room answering questions.

The tasks cards have students performing tasks such as finding:

  • Place value of a number
  • Value of a number
  • Expanded Form
  • Standard Form
  • A number and using place value to add or subtract to arrive at a new number.

The only prep and materials that are required are a printer, scissors and some lamination (optional).  I went ahead and  laminated them so that I can reuse these year after year.   If you would like to see them or use them  – click here to find them in my store.

For a free dice game that helps students practice reading fluency and comparing large numbers, please read my post Free Dice Place Value Game- Designed for 4th and 5th grades.

Posted in Kahoots, Math is Awesome!

4 Fraction Kahoots!

Kahoot Time!!  My students absolutely love hearing that.  They are usually very quick to get out their computers and log into Kahoot in record time.

If you have never used Kahoot! before, you can create them for about anything. The registration is completely free.  Click here to read my blog introduction to Kahoots.  My husband even created one for my birthday to test our family’s knowledge!  Our students absolutely love them and love competing against each other

The following Kahoots are a few that my 5th graders have used to assist with their fraction knowledge.

  • Least Common Denominator – This quick warm up was adapted from user SrR3ss and has 5 questions.  Students play this game to quickly practice finding the least common denominator.
  • Simplifying Fractions – This game has 13 questions in which students practice simplifying fractions.  Included is 10 math questions and 3 brain break questions.  For example, “Who is this lovable Disney character?” Feel free to make a copy and delete these or add to them.  This kahoot was adapted from user gretchenp.
  • Adding Fractions – This kahoot has 10 questions with 8 of them using math and 2 quick brain break questions.  This was adapted from user petty415.
  • Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers – This kahoot was used as a review before our quiz.  It contained 8 questions: 2 brain breaks, 2 word problems, 3 adding and subtracting with regrouping and 1 converting improper numbers to mixed numbers.

If you need a quick assessment tool or would just like to play a quick game, then Kahoot just may be for you.  All you need is a mobile device (computer, tablet, phone) and your children and/or students will love 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..