August 7, 2017

4 Great Ideas to Teach Graphing!

4 Great Ideas to Teach Graphing

1.  Engage Students with Literature

A sure way to get students interested in a topic is to use literature!

Tally O'Malley by Stuart J. Murphy is just one book that can be used to peak interest in your students.  Most schools have the Math Start books in their library and if not, they are not expensive at all to purchase - if you are like me, and like to have your other words, I don't like to share  :).  I love these books because they are always a hit with my kiddos and they have a page at the back to spark ideas for activities in the classroom.

The link below has a huge list of books to use when teaching it!

2.  Task Cards for Centers

Students HAVE to be able to move around, work with friends and talk!  There is no better way to do this than Math Centers.  If you don't have an official Guided Math time in your worries!  You can incorporate task cards anyway!  The set below is a super easy way to do this.  All you have to do is Print and Cut and these cards are ready to go!

This set also includes 3 No Prep worksheets that would be great to send home with students!  Parents love to see what their sweet babies are doing in school.  :)

3.  Manipulatives

This might be my very favorite way to teach graphing!  First of all, it basically is no prep!  And really, who has time to prep (Ha,Ha!)  Anywhoo...pull out some colorful buttons, math links, color tiles, colorful bears, pattern blocks, the list could go on forever and you are ready to go!  

Have students scoop out some manipulatives and sort them (according to color, shape, sides, etc.) and then graph the results.  They can create their own graph on manilla (or as my sweet students call it 'vanilla' paper) or butcher paper.  Or they can use a blank template.  Here is a link to a free template and ideas of what students could graph.  LOVE it!!!  Who doesn't love free!!!

4.  Technology

Do you want instant engagement?  Pull out some technology!!!  I love the Kahoot app.  It's free and you can use games that other teachers have already made or you can make your own games.  I'm a fan of using stuff that's already made (Some would call that lazy, I call it resourceful!)  It's super, super easy to use.  Basically, just search for the content you want to work on and you get a game pin,  Students enter the game pin and go!  (I mean...there are a couple more steps, but really it's easy!!!)

It's back to school time for my district.  In fact, today was the first official day back.  We all know that we've been working all summer, but this was THE day we actually had to set the alarm!  And I don't know about y'all, but I love a new school year!  We get to start over with a clean classroom, organized desk, and new plans.  I always think, this is the year that I'm going to have a super organized classroom.  I'm going to pick up my classsroom every afternoon and sharpen those pencils after school so my babies will be ready to go....I mean, that never actually happens, but maybe someday it will!!!

Happy Teaching!!!

May 22, 2017

Are we there yet?

We've all been there, right?  It's actually really funny, but just not this time of year!  Truthfully, nothing is funny this time of year.  We are tired, the students are tired of each other and us.  Parents are tired of making lunches and in my case, trying to wake up my teenager for school!  Oh the joys of a teenager....but that's another post.

Actually, I might have to go into that for just a minute.  Someone please tell me why my teenager has a review for most of his class finals last week, but hasn't studied ONE SINGLE BIT!!!!!  ARGHHHH.  Obviously, it drives me insane, but I'm reflecting back on the wisdom of an article I read on Facebook that said (loosely) to not do everything for them-so I'm interpreting that as: just remind them, but not nag.  Who knows if that's right.  All I know is I do a lot of praying!!!

But I digress!!! 

In the school district where I work, we have 4 more days with kiddos and then 2 days of professional development.  I will be presenting 2 sessions for this and I keep thinking about what I would want to learn as a teacher right now.  HUMMM....I really want to learn how to cook chicken without drying it out, or how to get a great tan without adding to the sun damage I already have, but since I don't think that either of those topics will meet our District Improvement Plan, I needed to come up with something else.  So...we are going to learn and PLAY games that can build Fact Fluency without having to do fact tests!  Stay tuned for more, I'm just in the planning stages pressure, it's 5 whole days away!!!  Haha.  (I work better under pressure.  Maybe that's what my teenager does too...doubt it, but I guess it's a possibility.)

May 10, 2017

Oh My Gosh!!!!  I can't believe I am jumping into this whole BLOG thing!!!  I have started several, but seem to stop and never post!  So finally tonight, I thought....just do it!  Just jump in and post one that you have started.  EEEEKKK!!!!  So - for starters, I promise that all my posts WILL NOT be just my products!  But, to get started and get my feet wet, this blog is going to feature some of my products.

This time of year, students (and teachers) are counting the days until summer!!!  I have to confess, I did the same thing today.  :)  So keeping the students engaged is a HUGE challenge.  I found that if I can use learning games, my kiddos are much more likely to actually do the work and still practice skills without even fussing about it!

One of my favorite types of games to review basic facts is called Magic Squares.  I have them for
ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION, and MULTIPLICATION.  That way I can really differentiate my games!

These games are SUPER easy to get ready.  Basically, copy on cardstock, laminate and cut out.  Don't worry, there are only a few straight cuts and BOOM, your game is ready to go!

Once cut, put them in a baggie and center time, here we come!!!  You can even have your kiddos record their answers on a recording sheet, for accountability.  OR for those 'I'm done, now what' kiddos, have them create their own MAGIC SQUARES!

The goal of this activity is for the students to take the small squares and match them up to create true number sentences and make one BIG square.

The blank recording sheet is included in both sets, so they can record their answers.  After the students get the hang of this I like to make it a competition, to see which individual or group can put them together the quickest.

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