Monday, December 2, 2013

Winner!!!! Cyber Monday Sale!

We have a winner!!!! Kelly Malloy
My entire store is 20% and be sure to enter the code (CYBER) to get an additional discount (total of 28% off). 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Number Comparison Game & Problem-Solving FREEBIE!!!

Sorry folks, I've been gone awhile, but I've been busy with my newest game.  A few teachers asked me to come up with a center activity that would be easy for students to do without much help, and yet challenging enough to peak the interest of those GT kids.  We all know number sense is the key to success in math, therefore I play games all the time that focus on number sense.  Here is the skinny

1.Game play is ideal for two players. 

2.Players shuffle the cards (face down).

3.Players equally divide up the cards (face down).

4.Player sitting on the left is the player representing "less", player sitting on the right represents the "more" player.

5.Both players turn over their top card in their stack and lay it on the blank squares on the game board.

6.Players determine together the comparison symbol.  If the cards are equivalent, they get shuffled back in each players set that is yet to be played.

7.One player rolls the di to determine if “Less” or “More” wins the set.

8.Players stack the cards on the side that won the set.

9.Player with the most cards at the end, wins.
The best part about this game is that it is completely customizable.  I've included numerous representations of numbers, including pictorial, numeric, and word form of all cards.  There are over 400 playing cards, which I continue to add to daily.  Here's some pictures of the endless possibilities.
Number Lines
Challenge those smarties!
Some are just word form for my intermediate grade levels.
As you can see the possibilities are endless.  Here's a preview.  There are over 400 playing cards, the preview has an example of each type of card.  Click on the preview picture to get your copy!  It will be on Sale on Cyber Monday!  Until then, enter to win a copy!

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My teachers have asked me to put our math problem-solving guide on paper.  We use it daily, but I needed the break to add some sparkle to the little guy.  Worst picture ever :( no that's not laundry on my floor
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Friday, November 1, 2013

The Beauty of Math

I'm working on a couple of freebies for my fellow teachers.  I'll be posting the links once I get them uploaded.  But....I wanted to share this video that I LOVE

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I Got This! Token Behavior Contract Giveaway!

I bought some peppermint mocha creamer and I just couldn't wait till morning, so I am enjoying a cup of decaf with my holiday creamer.  I LOVE this time of year!  The weather is cooler (sometimes - I'm in Texas so it changes daily).  I really need to get my girls to the pumpkin patch.  My sister brings her kids too and we do it ever year, but we better get there soon before the time gets away.  I have been under the weather recently and had all sorts of tests that my doctor wanted to do since I could not beat my chronic fatigue.  I am feeling like a new woman since starting some of things she suggested.  For example, I started taking a multivitamin and a B complex.  I need to take something for my memory because since I had my girls, I cannot remember anything.  Oh...yeah....that reminds me that I need to get back on topic. 

I had a teacher request to make a behavior contract for a preK student in her class who hardly speaks.  His parents speak Spanish primarily but mom speaks English, as well.  Seeing that my background is intermediate grades, I had to draw on my mom experience.  Since my oldest is four, I thought about what would work with my girls.  I am also a super organized person (anxiety will come on like a freight train if it's not organized) I went to Target and bought a little tub and the lid locks on, it's made be sterlite
Not sure why the picture is not rotated correctly, it is when I upload it.
I wanted the chart to be a half a page so I could print two on one page, gotta save paper
I brainstormed as many rewards as I could and even asked my daughter what she wanted.  The thing with behavior contracts is that you have to find the student's currency, what will they work for?  This could change every week or daily, therefore this contract has numerous rewards to work for. 
The student first decides what they will be working for be sure to take out any rewards that you are not willing to give (example: painting or playdough).  The student attaches their reward onto the reward box

This example shows the student is working for a reward of taking their shoes off.  I chose to use a signal so that I would not have to stop teaching to tell the student they earned their token.  I use a thumbs up symbol.  When I give the student the signal, they add their token (lego with Velcro attached)
When they earn five tokens, they get their reward.  For some students, they may need to be earning tokens every five minutes, whereas others could earn all five in one day.  The key is the reward must be immediate when they earn it and that you never take a token away.  If you plan to use it on a student who needs many reminders, every time they earn their reward - they begin again. 
1.  They choose a reward (it may be the same as the last one, or completely new).
2.  Earn tokens 
3.  Reward
It's currently on sale in my store.  Click on the picture below to go directly there and grab yours today!
Or enter my giveaway to win a copy! 


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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Behavior Contracts

I apologize for being so absent lately. I have been exhausted. Shocktober can be that way. I have a list of requests to work on from some of my rock star teammates. I just finished up a behavior contract for a preK student. I've used this type of contract with about 5 kids within the last two years. I need to finish up my description and upload it (hopefully this weekend), but here's a sneak peek

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sharpen Up Your Vocabulary Skills! I have been in a few classrooms and I've watched students copy words from the glossary of the book. Success in Math depends on if the natives speak the language. You know math is its own language. Well, let's not kid ourselves
So my goal was to make vocabulary more engaging and to make something I could use throughout the year to spiral back in my stations.  I also realized that many vocabulary words are covered repeatedly.  I also wanted to incorporate how I utilize my math journal to help with vocabulary. here's the skinny
I created sets of 3 cards, which include the word, definition, and visual example.  I color-coded them to help kids narrow down the choices and to help my ELL kids.  There are 138 words in the file, which covers vocabulary from 2-5 grade.  Included are odd/even, prime/composite, sum/difference/product/quotient, divisor/dividend/quotient/remainder, graphs, geometry, measurement, etc.  If there are words you can think of that are not included, let me know and I'll add it to the file, but I think I have thought of almost ever word.  Here's an example of a set of three
This is how I recently utilized them.  I print out the cards that currently go with my curriculum.  Right now, place value is the big idea.  I cut and laminate them.  I give every student one card for this set.  They then have to find their partners (word, definition, and visual picture)
Sorry it's so blurry.  Then we add these to our math journals.  First we fold blank paper into four long strips.
Then we cut them and fold them in a tri-fold or z.
We then add the word to the first section
Then the definition behind the word and example on the facing side to the definition

Glue is last
Here is what a page in our math journal looks like
The kids love these.  I do have some already printed, which I give to my sped and dyslexic students who have trouble with transfer. 

As the year goes on, I spiral back to the vocabulary.  I put the previously learned vocabulary in my stations.  First, I do matching the word and definition
Then to increase their application skills, we match word and visual example
I thought I might put them on a ring by my door and also use them as a question out the door. 

Here's a preview, but it's so big you can't really see all 138 words.  Click on the preview to get your copy today, it's on sale!

Since I am so excited about this newest addition to my store, I am doing a giveaway!  Friday is Fair Day (I'm off!!!! Woohoo!!!), the giveaway will end on Friday!

Good Luck!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

You Say It's Your Birthday. Well, It's My Birthday Too!

Since my birthday is this week (Saturday), I decided to celebrate I wanted you to get an opportunity to win some awesome prizes!  YESSSSS!!!!

I have some very generous friends to Thank for their donations, who have donated over $75 worth of goodies - and most will let you choose from their store.  How cool is that?

The giveaway will end on Saturday evening and I'll announce the winner on Sunday!  You can earn up to 15 entries! 

Good Luck!
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