Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Freebie!

 Hello everyone!
It is Friday and time for a freebie!

This is our Multiplying by 8 - Multiplication Math Games and Lesson Plans and it is free!

This 26-page package focuses on multiplying by 8. Teaching elementary students to multiply is quick and effective when students practice their multiplication facts with these fun and engaging reproducible multiplication games, lesson plans and activities.

This package includes 5 Math Games:
*Multiplying by 8
*Match It Up!
*Multiplication Bingo
*Flash Card Bingo
*Homework Black lines
*Timed Tests
*Score Graphs

Each multiplication game includes game boards, cards, practice sheets, a 5 minute-timed test and graph for efficient assessment.

Also included are 5 black lines, which can be used to differentiate your instruction, as seat work or sent home as homework. Flash cards also come in this packet.

These games are effective ways to reach and teach your English language learners and at risk students. Differentiate your elementary instruction with this great 26-page multiplication game and activities.

click here to download your free game packet today!

Happy Teaching,


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Great site for Math Vocabulary!

Hello everyone,
I have written about this great site, but wanted to remind everyone about it.  This is an awesome site for Common Core Math Vocabulary.  They continually update it!

Granite School District in Utah has some of the best resources for Common Core Math Vocabulary and they are ready for you to download and print for FREE!

They have a great website that includes vocabulary cards that are kid friendly.  Each word has 3 cards. The first is the word only, the second includes a graphic representation, and the third also includes a definition.

This site is packed with resources for building math vocabulary including
 games such as this one:

Talk a Mile a Minute

Materials: Word lists, timer Instructions:

1. In this game, students are given a list of 6 words that have been organized into categories. One player will give the clue words while the other player tries to guess the word on the screen within a 60 second time limit.

2. Divide the class into pairs. Player 1 and 2 sit together facing each other. One player faces the screen and the other player has their back to the screen.

3. The player facing the screen will be the “talker” and is provided with a list of words on the screen. The talker tries to get their partner to say each of the words by quickly describing them. The talker may not use gestures, rhyming words, or any variation of the word on the list.

For example, in the first list below, the talker must not say the word shape when giving the clues. For the word square, the talker might say something like, “It has 4 equal sides, AND 4 equal angles.”

Rectangle Square Circle Triangle
Right Triangle Trapezoid
Units of Measure
Inches Meters
Hours Square Yards

4. The talker keeps giving clues until their partner identifies the first word in the category. The talker then moves to the next word in the category until all words have been guessed the set time ends.

5. Players change places and a new round begins with the other player now designated as the talker. 

If you are looking to add to your instruction of Math Vocabulary...this great site has it all.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Math Awareness Month Sale!

Hello everyone!

April is Math Awareness Month!

I got together with some of my friends and we are having a sale to promote Math Awareness Month!

Come join in the fun!
Happy Teaching! 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Fraction Video

The video math tutor has another fraction video that I like.  Great visuals and some humor make this video a winner.  It is a long one over 27 minutes, but take a look and use part or all of it as another method to make your fraction content comprehensible for all students! 


Basic Math: Lesson 6 - Clip #1 - Understanding Fractions 



Let me know what you think of the video math tutor! 

Happy Teaching! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

Fraction and Decimal Video

Hi everyone,
This is a fun and informative video I thought you might enjoy!

The music to this video is performed by Rythm Rhyme Results whose website is   Check them out for more great learning songs! 

Great fun!

Happy Teaching,

Monday, February 9, 2015

Towns & Cities

My name is Peter and I am one of the co-founders of Towns & Cities Hip-Hop English Mobile App.

I’d like to thank Lori for providing us with an opportunity to talk about Towns & Cities. Lori is working hard to provide original resources and a community to discuss ESL and math instruction that is both innovative and effective and it’s an honor to introduce what we do.

Towns & Cities is a hip-hop English language mobile app designed for iPhone and Android. The app works as a supplemental language-learning tool for English learners around the world – of all ages - and uses original hip-hop music as its main channel for communication and engagement. Towns & Cities provides resources for strengthening grammar, conversation, pronunciation, and listening comprehension.

Feel free to preview a few of our songs on our Soundcloud account: Feel free to use any of these songs in your classes or with your students! "The inspiration for Towns & Cities comes from various experiences drawn from our combined educational backgrounds as teachers, learners, and researchers, along with our creative pursuits in music and art."  We originally established our educational paradigm of “Hip-Hop English” in a primary school outside of Madrid, Spain. While working as a language assistant in 1st to 6th grade classrooms, I was approached by my lead teacher with a proposal to collaborate on a hip- hop track to use as a teaching and learning tool. After some initial in- class interactive performances with 2nd grade students (along with subsequent edits and tempo changes!) the first song turned out to be a hit. That first song eventually grew into what Towns & Cities is today.

We are aiming to expand this collaborative effort and idea to a global platform of English language learners at all age groups and proficiency levels. The music is all original music that we’ve created, and the lyrics aim to reinforce learning through rhyme, rhythm, repetition, storytelling, and other mnemonic devices. Additional content for each unit includes auto-correcting, interactive visual worksheets, written worksheets, and flashcards. Towns & Cities is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Our first version includes 18 units, and we’ll be uploading new batches of content throughout the coming months. "For updates 
follow us @townscitiesapp on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Soundcloud for info and updates."

Please feel free to contact us by email at We are happy to discuss the app with anyone who is interested in using it or would like to suggest new ideas.

Thanks again to Lori and to you for taking the time to learn about Towns & Cities!

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