Saturday, August 12, 2017

What's My Number?

What's My Number? is a game I've played with my students that improves their number sense and allows for time to practice reading multi-digit numbers.

Every September I would make it a point to start off the year by making sure that my students could read a multi-digit numbers correctly. You would think by 5th grade that this would not be an issue. But it IS! It's not just an issue for 5th graders. Watch the news on any given night and you can hear a news anchor read a number incorrectly. The most common mistake in reading a multi-digit number - saying "and".  How many times have you heard someone say "one hundred and one" for the number 101? It drives me crazy!!! (By the way, 101 is read "one hundred one")

It's important to get your students to understand that they should only say "and" when they come to a decimal point as in one hundred and one tenth (100.1) or one hundred and one hundredth (100.01).

My favorite way to practice this concept is by playing "What's My Number?"

Here's how it works: Each student gets a game sheet. The teacher rolls a ten sided die and calls out the number. The students must then write the number on one of the nine lines. Once the number is placed it can't be erased/moved. The teacher continues rolling and calling out the numbers. The object of the game is to create the largest number. This is where the strategy/number sense comes in. Most know they should put the 8's and 9's as far left as possible and the 1's and 2's on the right. But what about the 4's and 5's? It is great to see how their strategies change the more we play. When all nine numbers have been called, the students check their number with the other students in their group. Whoever has the largest number stands up. The teacher then asks one of the students standing to read their number. (I usually also write the number on the board.) If the number is larger than the number held by the others who are standing, those students sit down. It someone has I  higher number they remain standing and read their number. Continue until the student with the highest number is discovered. Remember - to win, the student must read the number correctly - no ANDS!

I love this game because it can be easily modified. You can use a six-sided die or only use six lines. I have also changed it up and had the students create a game board in their notebook. It looks like this. Notice I had them put a decimal point in this time.

For each round the students just draw nine more dashes. 

Would you like a copy of my "What's My Number?" game board? You can get it for free here.

Do you have any games you use to help your students with number sense and/or place value? I would love to hear about them.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Classroom Freebies Too!

If you are like me, you are always looking for ways to change it up in the classroom. When you are excited about a new activity, your students will be too.  It's a win-win situation.

For new ideas that won't break the bank, check out Classroom Freebies Too! Several freebies are posted each and every day.
My "Be the Teacher" freebie is featured on there today. You can check it out here.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Turkeys - A Math Craft

Bulletin Boards are a big thing in elementary school. Last year I focused on Keeping It Simple with bulletin boards. I made it a point to display items that could stay up for several months. You can check out those posts here and here. I did not alway have a keep it simple mantra. There were many a year where I changed out my bulletin boards every month.  These turkeys were a particular November favorite.

As my district embraces the guided math model in grades K - 8, I am reevaluating all of my lessons/activities. Although this turkey activity would not be considered a traditional center activity, I see no reason why it couldn't be used during the week leading up to Thanksgiving. 

When we created these turkeys, we were learning about order of operations. But you could use them for just about any topic. You could put a fraction on the body and equivalent fractions on the feathers. You could use it during a measurement unit. Have the students write a number of meters on the body and the equivalent centimeters, kilometers, etc on the feathers. The possibilities are endless. 

Then instead of hanging them up, send them home. What better way to show parents what their children are learning than to send home a craft that highlights the current math topic. These turkeys could also be used as a formative assessment. They clearly show each child's level of understanding of the order of operations. 

Do you use seasonal guided math centers? I would love for you to share below.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday - September 20

I am excited to be joining Stephanie from Forever in 5th Grade for her Show and Tell Tuesday.
It's been a long time since I have blogged. At the beginning of the summer I applied for a job within my district. A job that would take me out of the classroom. I found out just before school started that I got the job! 

So this is were the majority of my classroom supplies ended up.

All my school stuff that I didn't throw away or leave for my replacement, ended up in the storage space under my kitchen. Ugh! Now what do I do with it?

Don't forget to head over to Forever in 5th Grade and check out what everyone else is up to.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Keep It Simple: Classroom Door Display

Last summer when I was searching for some inspiration on Pinterest, I found this adorable door display.
(click image to go to original pin)

I knew I just had to do it. 

I put this display up before Open House and kept it up all year.  This picture was taken at the end of the year so the flower had wilted a bit. I laminated the saying so I could use it again.

Our team is departmentalized so I teach math to all the fifth graders. I had each student decorated a hand print on the first day of school. They could decorate it any way they wanted. My only requirement was that they put their name on the front.  Prior to the last day of school, I had a student helper take down all the hand prints and return them to each student. The hand prints were a nice souvenir of our year together.

Do you decorate your classroom door? What is your favorite display?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday - June 22nd.

I am happy to be linking up again with Stephanie from over at Forever in 5th Grade. Her Show and Tell Tuesday is so much fun. I love getting a peek into what other teachers are up to in and outside the classroom.

After our first round of state testing I had my students take a break and make some play dough. We talked about how kneading the play dough can help relieve stress and tension from testing. I wasn't sure if my 5th graders would buy into it. Not only did they love it but also several parents commented on what a great idea it was and how the students would use it at home.
The recipe is very simple. Two parts cornstarch to one part conditioner. Any cheap scented conditioner works great. I added a few drops of food coloring to the bottle of conditioner to make the color a bit brighter. I students loved it and the classroom smelled amazing. That's a win-win in my book.
For a more detailed recipe description go here.

That's all I have this month. It has been super jam-packed and I have not had a second to think about taking pictures as I go. I hope to be better next month.

Don't forget to check out all the other show and tells over at Forever in 5th Grade!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Book Shares

Looking for a quick and easy assignment that is sure to get your students excited about reading? Head over to Focused on Fifth and check out my post on book shares.

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