Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Teachers Pay Teachers Sale - February 27th and 28th!

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a site wide sale to celebrate 3 Million Teachers Strong! Everything in my store will be 20% off and TpT will take another 10% off (use promo code TPT3) for a total of 28% off your purchases!


Many children enter my classroom in September with a dislike for math. It can be a struggle to get these students to let go of their math phobias and enjoy math class. That's were my math games come in.

My Fraction Bundle contains three of my most popular math games. Clicking on the picture will take you to my TpT store where to can check out a preview of these items.

Click here and check out my other items that are on sale Thursday and Friday.

Join me in linking up with Pinkadots Elementary for the big sale.

I currently have 78 items on my TpT wishlist. This site-wide sale gives me a great excuse to finally purchase some of those items. 

Do you wait for a sale or do you just buy items when you see them?

Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tried It Tuesday - Adding Fractions

As we are making our way through our fraction unit I have been trying to come up with some different ways for the students to practice. So I am linking up with Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for her Tried It Tuesday.

The other day I decided to have the students work in partners. This is what I came up with.

I gave each student an index card with a fraction on it.

I then passed out this sheet.

The border on this worksheet is from Creative Clips  and the font is from Teaches Third in Georgia

The students were then instructed to get up and find a partner. The only condition was that their partner could not have the same denominator as they did. (Since we were working on adding with unlike denominators).

When the student were done,  I used my document camera to project their work and the students shared their thinking with the rest of the class. 

I love how these two showed their work. You can see the list of multiples to assist them in finding the least common denominator.

I have been stressing how the students should show and label their work. I love how these two made it a point to label the LCM. Makes me feel good that they are listening!

These two went above and beyond to show two ways to find the solution. They were the only group to draw fraction tiles to illustrate their solution.

This example also gives me a opportunity to point out a common mistake that students make. Here is their mistake...
3/5 x 2/2 = 6/10 + 3/10 = 9/10 
      6/10        9/10       =     9/10

3/5 x 2/2 = 6/10 not 6/10 + 3/10. Students make this mistake all the time. The students still arrived at the correct answer and some of you might not consider this a huge issue but it can cause a lot of problems when the students take Algebra. Breaking them of this habit now will cause less problems later. 

I was hoping that we would have enough time for the students to find a second partner. I was interested to see if their work would change after seeing other examples. Unfortunately it took longer than expected and each math class ended with only completing one pairing.

How do you mix it up in your classroom?


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Multiplication Dice Games - Flash Freebie!

I have been in a creative slump lately when it comes to creating new TpT products. I can't just crank them out. There needs to be a reason for me to create and I need to be inspired. Most of the time it is my children - the ones I gave birth to or the ones in my classroom - that fosters the need and inspire my creative juices. 

My son has been working hard to master his multiplication tables. I created these multiplication dice games especially for him. A fun way to practice.

This adorable snowman came from A Sketchy Guy

This activity pack contains a total of seven games: 
Four Roll and Cover games - two that use six-sided dice and two that use ten-sided dice. 
Three Bump games - one uses two six-sided dice and the other two use a single ten-sided die.

This penguins are from Math in the Middle
The digital paper and frames are by Theresa Lewis

This Bump game concentrates on multiplies of eight.

You can check out a preview of all the games here.

Now for the Flash Freebie!

If you are one on the first three people to leave me a comment letting me know that you would like this product, I will send it to you for FREE! Don't forget to leave your e-mail!

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