Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Two for Tuesday 7/29: Interactive Fraction Games and a Freebie

It's Two for Tuesday Time!  I'm linking up with those awesome bloggers over at the Teaching Tribune and offering two of my products for HALF OFF today!
I know many of you are getting your classroom's Back to School ready.  I'm so jealous of all that beauty.  It's not quite time for me to do that yet, but one thing I have been looking at lately are my Interactive Notebooks.  I seriously CAN NOT teach without them!  Their versitility is amazing for all learning types.
Today I'm offering my Fractions Bundle at 50% off.  That is a mere TWO DOLLARS for Matching Cards,  Interactive Notebook Foldable, and an Interactive Game... seriously, you cannot beat this deal.  Even if you don't teach fractions until later in the Fall or Winter, this great deal is perfect to purchase and put away for later.


The second product that I'm offering is my Fraction Pop-Ups Game.  This Interactive Game is perfect for reviewing Fractions.  Students work can work on simplifying fractions, adding, and subtraction skill building.

Purchase and print this whole group or independent game, and cut out the laminating while you're still lounging and catching up on your DVR'd shows... Seriously, are you still?  I have been binge watching television lately! LOL
Here are a few more snapshots of this game:

Can't bear to print in color?  The game comes in a Black and White version, I simply printed the popcorn in the above picture on yellow cardstock.
A formative assessment practice page is also included, or you could have students complete the task in their Interactive Notebooks.
Speaking of Interactive Notebooks, you can also download this {FREEBIE} from my store
I place this in my Interactive Notebooks at the beginning of the year to help my Smarites practice good Conversation Skills.

By the way:  Don't forget to  leave FEEDBACK on products.  When you leave feedback you earn credits towards future TpT products, and you know the Back to School Sale should be coming up soon!  Stop by the Teaching Tribune for other Two for Tuesday products!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Using Task Cards in your Interactive Notebook

Interactive Notebooks are a known staple in my classroom.  Every subject that I teach uses one in a variety of forms.  Today I wanted to show you how I use Task Cards in my Interactive Math Notebook.


I use Task Cards in a variety of ways.  I create center work when I need to be in a small group, I set them up as an Around the Room activity when my students get fidgety and need space, and I use them as formative assessments in our Interactive Notebook.
I print a set of 4 Task Cards and have my students put them into their Notebooks only gluing or taping down the tops.  SHHHHH don't tell Erin over at I'm Lovin Lit that I use tape in my notebooks!  Sometimes we need to move things around, and glue doesn't always work for me <hee hee>

With some of the groups we underline and annotate key words.  This might be as simple as the operation, or I might have students mark information relating the fractions to the benchmark fractions they have learned.  This is added practice in estimating the size of a fraction.  
I have students work their problems under each question in the notebook.

I always have students write the CCSS at the top of each notebook page, and then write the information in the table of contents.  When students need help with Spiral Review pages, or review for an assessment, they know to look for the corresponding CCSS.  I teach this at the beginning of the year as part of our Reflective Data Learning.
When I want to do a quick formative, I have students grab a crayon or colored pencil and color in a set number of problems under a specific standard.  In my example below an Orange crayon was used and the student colored in 2 problems he would like me to formatively assess.
It's a quick way to check and make sure a student is on track for mastery, and I can also check for patterns and challenge my better math students to choose problems that are leveled for them.

The examples above are from my Wacky Wordies Fraction Task Cards which I have recently updated.  They cover Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.  There are 8 cards for each operation.  The answer is provided on a QR code.  There is also a printable answer key for Center or Around the Room work.  You can go {HERE} and check them out or redownload if you have already purchased them!
I would love to hear how you use Task Cards in your classroom.  Leave me a note below and share.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: {7/23} and 50% off a Wish List Item- Salt in His Shoes

Hello friends!  I've been a little MIA this week.  I've been dealing with this:

Moving is not fun my friends, Not fun!

But I'm trying to put the party back into my life, so I've put one of my most wish listed items for sale at 50% off through today.  If you have to introduce Character Education at the beginning of the year my
The story is written by Deloris Jordan, Michael's mother.  She writes about how Michael uses determination and perseverance to become successful at basketball.
I've included a class set of reflective writing quotes for writing. 

These would make a great character ed bulleting board to start your school year, and build a classroom of positive traits.  The pack is only $1.50 through today. You can't beat that!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vegas.. Classic Fun and Friendship

Phew!  I think I've finally recovered from my weekend in Vegas!  Last week was pretty crazy with a long road trip, and then a quick flight to Vegas.  I think I was crazy trying to do so many things!
Vegas, my friends, was an AMAZING time.  I loved meeting so many people, sharing thoughts and ideas about TpT, but more importantly TEACHING!  I learned so many things, and had such a fabulous time.
I had a great time meeting up with some of my BBBs.  Diane from Fifth in the Middle was my roomie!
We are laughing in this photo, because we had just been photo-bombed by Erin from I'm Lovin Lit.
Sorry that one is blurry, I just couldn't resist!

We started the day with a keynote address by some of the behind the scenes people at TpT;  including the founder, Paul, who was so kind and friendly, and Deanna Jump.  She shared a really heartwarming story about why she started sellingon TpT, and I loved the prayer that she shared with us:  "God, if you show me the way, I will do the work."  It was really inspiring to see what a group of amazing minds can put together and create.

I was eager to start the sessions, with such an inspiring start to the day!
By far, my favorite session was Erin's from I'm Lovin Lit.  Even though I've known her for awhile, and we talk frequently, it was great to finally meet her.  She is funny, and amazing, and her husband is too. Her session was informative and I really went away with quite a few things to think about.  I know I will continue to learn from her.  

Here are a few of my BBBs at the Teacher's Happy Hour that TpT hosted.

 
Finally, it wouldn't be Vegas without the wonderfully weird, and wacky!  Check out this 80's rocker:  
I called him the Light-Bright Guy.. 
Plus I had a chance to go with Joanne {Head over Heels for Teaching} and Holly {Fourth Grade Flipper} to see Shania in concert... FABULOUS!

Stop by and visit A Burst of First and check out all of our Vegas fun!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Vegas Bound! Check out this giveaway for an EC Gift Card!

Las Vegas is less than 1 week away and I'm beyond excited to meet so many other teacher bloggers who I've stalked, admired, and become friends with!
If you haven't heard, some of my bloggy friends and I are meeting up after the big Teachers Pay Teachers conference. Over 50 of us will be meeting {let's hope The Bellini Bar is ready for us}.  If you haven't RSVPd, there's still time here.
Not only are we meeting up for drinks and getting to know each other in real life…we're throwing a HUGE giveaway at the meet up.  Don't worry friends who won't be in Vegas, we're having a HUGE GIVEAWAY for you too!!!  So you won't have a fear of missing out, we're giving away amazing resources that will make teaching even better!

As most of you know, Erin Condren is the goddess of amazing planners and organization.  Plus, she wears adorable teal glasses and always looks to be having so much fun!  I bet she'd be a blast in Vegas!
She creates the prettiest teacher and life planners, calendars, and stationary.

Erin and her team have graciously offered 2 $50.00 gift cards to shop at her online store.
Her teacher planner is amazing because everything is in one place.  No more carrying separate folders back and forth.

The planner comes in gorgeous box.

The planner is so sturdy and well put together.  The book mark is great to keep your place.
 All of the divider tabs are easy to read {this planner covers everything}!
 The "Year at a Glance" section will make any teacher's heart happy.  Teachers are such planners and this just may be my most favorite section!
No more need for a desk calendar because you've got one here!  Like I said, I love having everything in one place.
The check list is great for keeping track of permission slips, important notes sent home, and anything else you need to keep track of.
 How precious is this little folder.  When you turn the page, there's one on the back as well to store your important papers.
 It's a bit blurry {silly iphone}, but you get the point!  There's a clear pouch to keep pens and pencils and a laminated calendar to use as a reference.

I can't wait until I get my school calendar to start filling this in.  Here's a full look into the planner
The amazing team at Erin Condren has offered to giveaway 1 $50.00 gift card to the teachers attending the Bellini Bar Meet up and 1 $50.00 gift card for those of you who won't be in Vegas.  How amazing is that!  We've also teamed up with these amazing teachers to bring you some amazing products as well.


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Friday, July 4, 2014

Educents Fourth of July Sale

Happy Fourth of July!  Enjoy this wonderful day with your friends and family.  Before you load up the car and head to the beach, picnic or park, check out this great deal from Educents:
You get the great deal listed above by using the code FIREWORKS1COFFEE 
when you check out.
I'm totally getting this book:
I'm planning to use it during my Geometry unit next year when we talk about full scale drawings.  I have another similar book which helps students recreate the pyramids of Giza full scale, as well as the Statue of Liberty.  They really thought this was cool.  It's a total bargain at $3.00 and if you use the above mentioned code (FIREWORKS1COFFEE) you get an additional 10% off.  This is a great way for your students to practice their measurement skills and really get a balanced idea of how large some of the animals really are.  There is one for the Blue Whale in the book.. I know tons of teachers who teach the Ocean.  So many possibilities once it's drawn.. how many students fit in the Blue Whale?  How many books?  How may smaller fish? etc.  My class would love this!

There are of course tons of other great deals for ALL subject areas.  I've just highlighted one here, but the possibilities are endless! Don't forget to use the code to get the extra discount!

If you find you are too busy to snatch up this great deal, no worries, the above code is good NOW- through MONDAY! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Don't Forget! Amazing Giveaway in Progress!

I wanted to send out a quick reminder and a super congratulations to my BBB Christy over at Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road.  She is celebrating 1,000 Followers on Bloglovin, and is having an amazing giveaway that will be ending TOMORROW!

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!  Enjoy the fireworks, and celebrations with friends and family.
I'll be at a softball tourney all weekend!

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