Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!



Welcome to 2014!
Great things are going to happen this year!






Friday, December 20, 2013

Multipliying by 8 math game...and it's free!

Hi everyone,

If you are looking for a great multiplication Math game, here it is and it is free!

 Multiplying By 8 is a 26-page math package focusing on MULTIPLICATION, one factor at a time. This engaging math game package has 5 different multiplication activities that students can play to practice and reinforce multiplication.


This package includes 5 Math Games:
✔ Multiplying by  
✔ Match It Up!
✔ Concentration
 ✔ Multiplication Bingo  
✔ Flash Card Bingo

ALSO INCLUDED:  
✔ Homework Black Lines  
✔ Timed Tests  
✔ Score Graphs

Reproducible black lines included in this package: -A variety of games
-Complete game boards and game cards
 -Activity black line masters  
-Assessment  
-Activities to send home
-Easy to use teacher’s guides
 -Easy game assembly


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.
This game is available in English and Spanish to use with your ELD and ESL students.  Use our bilingual multiplication math games to reach and teach all your students.

Click here for your free download of this great game!
Happy Teaching,

Monday, December 16, 2013

Math Games for Kids!

Hello everyone!

I love math games to engage children in a variety of math concepts.  Recently I came across a great blog post that lists a variety of commercial math games that are perfect for kids.  

http://makezine.com/2013/12/10/playing-with-math-games-for-kids/

 

This list includes some of my favorites like SET and KRYPTO.  Click on over to Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka's blog and read about some of her favorites!

Happy Teaching,


Monday, December 9, 2013

The Video Math Tutor

Hello everyone,
I just love the Video Math Tutor!

If you haven't seen his great videos take a minute and see what you have been missing.





Sunday, December 1, 2013

Math Curse

Hi everyone,

Math Curse – written by Jon Sciezka and illustrated by Lane Smith is one of my favorite math books.  Published in 1995 the book tells the story of a boy who sees math everywhere in life.  This book brings math alive for elementary students and it can be the opening for a myriad of math lessons.
Enjoy this great video!
 





Math Curse from Jessica Carlton on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Smarter Balance is on its way!

Hello everyone,

I was recently on the Smarter Balance website.  Smarter Balance is creating assessments that are aligned to the ELA and Math Common Core State Standards.  These assessments will be both summative and formative.

Below are the key Dates taken from the Smarter Balance's website.  Great to keep us on track!


Key Dates for Teachers
  •  Spring/Summer 2012—Teachers help write Pilot items and tasks, review for alignment with CCSS, and check for bias/sensitivity
  • Winter/Spring 2013—Pilot testing of assessment items and performance tasks
  • Summer/Fall 2013—State Networks of Educators evaluate formative assessment practices and instructional resources; professional development cadres meet
  • Fall 2012–Fall 2013—Teacher teams write Field Test items and tasks, review for alignment with CCSS, and check for bias/sensitivity
  • Spring 2014—Broad participation in Field Testing of summative and interim assessments
  • 2014-15 School Year—Implementation of assessment system and launch of digital library
Happy Teaching,

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thanksgiving Math!

Are you looking for some fun ideas for Math and Thanksgiving?

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics might have just what you are looking for!

Follow this link to find lessons involving food and math for the season!

Fun, fun, fun!

Turkey & Math: Both on the Menu for Thanksgiving!

turkeyLooking for something different in the short week before Thanksgiving Break? Spice up your lessons with these seasonally themed ideas for your classroom.
Elementary School






Happy Teaching!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Teaching Elementary Students the Magic of Math

Hello everyone,
I just saw this on Edutopia!  Check out this short video about a school in Roseburg, Oregon making math part of every subject, every day!

Happy Teaching!





Sunday, September 15, 2013

2nd Grade Math Vocabulary

Hi everyone,

Granite School District's has a super math vocabulary resources and 2nd grade Math Vocabulary lists that was updated in March of 2013! 

Back to HomeTheir Math Vocabulary lists are aligned to Common Core State Standards and have definitions.  Here is a sample:

English 2nd Grade CCSS Vocabulary Word ListRevised 6/3/13


making ten
measuring tape
meter
meter stick
metric system
midnight
minute
minute hand
money
more
more than
nickel
noon
number
number line
number names
numeral
odd number

That is not all they do!

Granite School District also made great word wall cards you can print out.  

 

 

 

 

  Each word has 3 cards:

 

Word

Word and visual

Word, visual, definition 

  1.  Granite School District's website also has Parent Guides to the common core, curriculum maps, assessments and more!

Click on over to this great website and start downloading your math vocabulary words today!

Click here!

Happy Teaching,

 




Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hi everyone!
I found a new app for iPads...it is an illustrated glossary of mathematics terms in English and Spanish.





This is a great app for  middle school and up, or for teachers, and parents that need a quick definition they can make kid friendly to younger students.

Here is what MathTerms said about themselves:


Description
MathTerms is an illustrated glossary of mathematics terms in English and Spanish. The app includes almost 1,000 entries for middle- and high-school mathematical concepts. Millions of students have had access to this glossary, and its colorful, annotated illustrations, for over the past five years. It is now available as an iPad application with permission of The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin and Agile Mind, Inc.

Features:

* Free with NO advertising

* Almost 1,000 entries about Middle School Math, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Precalculus, Calculus and Statistics

* Colorful, annotated illustrations

* Complete sentence-based definitions in English and Spanish

* Toggle display of English and Spanish terms

* Alphabetical indexes

* Search function in English and Spanish

* Toggle display of Spanish definition -- enabling "Flash card" function

* No internet connection required for use


Check it out and let me know what you think!

Happy Teaching,
 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Strategies for Teaching Mathematics to LEP Students

Hi everyone,

As we all look forward to heading back to the classroom many of us will be preparing to teach second language learners.

Teachers want to include the instructional strategies that will increase comprehension in second language learners. Here is a list compiled by Virginia Department of Education Division of Instruction back in 2004.  These are tried and true methods that still hold true today.

  •  Integrate the four language modes (listening, speaking, reading, writing) into mathematics class.

  • Model the process. Talk aloud while solving problems on the overhead or chalkboard to show the thinking process and common errors.

  • Have students explain their thinking process aloud to a classmate while solving a problem.

  • Integrate reading and writing through the use of journals, learning logs, poems, literature, etc.

  • Give explicit instruction and practice in reading and writing word problems. Teach students to identify key words in word problems that indicate a certain mathematical operation.

  • Begin class with warm-up activities using mathematical language to give students practice in sentence construction.

  • Write a cloze exercise (a short paragraph with key words missing) or sentence starters (i.e., Perimeter is the…) on the board for students to copy and complete when they enter class.

  • Give students a computation problem to solve, and then have them write the steps they used to solve it in complete sentences.

  • Post labels and vocabulary cards around the classroom on completed word problems, number lines, rulers, fraction diagrams, and/or objects in the class.

  •  Have students paraphrase and write complex concepts in their own words (individually, pairs, or whole class).

  • Review mathematical vocabulary and concepts using games such as TIC TAC TOE, BINGO, Concentration, Charades, etc.

Use a variety of modes of instruction

  • Design multi-sensory lessons (visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic).

  • Use visuals whenever possible to reinforce auditory instruction (i.e., charts, graphs, manipulatives, diagrams, models, real objects).

  • Use graphic organizers to visually represent mathematical concepts.

  • Design hands-on activities.

  • Vary groupings throughout the lesson (i.e., independent work, pair work, small groups, whole class).

  • Use real-life problem-solving situations to teach new concepts.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Back to School Parent Resources

Back to School Parent Resources

Explaining the Common Core Standards


Welcome back to school everyone!

 Like many teachers, I want my student’s parents to understand the Common Core State Standards.  I am planning to send home a ‘Back to School’ letter, which will start my Common Core Parent Awareness Campaign for parents of English Language Learners (ELLs) at my school.    

My plan is to distribute this information over the next few months.  By sending home monthly “Common Core Information Letters” I hope to make sure parents understand the standards that are connected with each elementary grade level and add some tools they can employ at home to help support their child’s education.

Below is a list of resources I found that are available in English and Spanish.

Who:  National PTA
What:  Grade level Parent Guides in English and Spanish

The National PTA provides a wealth of information!  Click on over to this site for K-8 and High School parent guides for English language arts and mathematics (English and Spanish).  They developed these guides to help parents become familiar with the expectations for student performance at each grade. The guides include “talking to the teacher” and activities parents can do with their children at home.

The following description is taken from their website:

Parent Guides

Two-page Parents' Guides to Student Success (Color)
Color versions of the two-page Parent Guides
Four-page Parents' Guides to Student Success (Black and white)
Black and white versions of the four-page Parent Guides
Four-page Parents' Guides to Student Success (Color)
Color versions of the four-page Parent Guides


Who:  Council of the Great City Schools
What:  Parent Letters in English and Spanish

This informative resource in English and Spanish is from the Council of the Great City Schools.  The guides at this site offer parents roadmaps to the Common Core.  The roadmaps cover what K-8 students learn in English Language Arts and Math.  The menu on the left hand side offers these “roadmaps” in Spanish.





Who:  Education Northwest
What:  Parent information letters in English and Spanish

Education Northwest produced a series called “Spotlight on the Common Core State Standards”.  One of the issues in that series aims to inform parents on what they need to know about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how the standards will influence teaching and assessment. 

The following description is taken from their website:

Spotlight on the Common Core State Standards - What Do Parents Need to Know?  A series published by Education Northwest to keep regional stakeholders informed about the Common Core initiative.


http://educationnorthwest.org/resource/1547

Let me know what resources that you use to keep your parents up to date with the Common Core!

Happy Teaching!

 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

2 day TPT Back to School Sale

Hello everyone!

It is that time we have all been waiting for!

BACK TO SCHOOL...

 

I wanted to let you all know about the super Back to School 2 day sale going on now at Teachers Pay Teachers.  Teachers pay Teachers is having it’s quarterly site wide sale today and tomorrow.  

2 Days ONLY - 8/12 & 8/13 

My entire product line is 28% off!  Use the code TAD13 at checkout to receive 10% off of your total purchase.  I have added an additional 20% off in my Fun To Teach Store on all products, for a total of 28% off any purchases made today and tomorrow.

Don't miss our:

Freebie Multiplying by 8 - Math Games and Lesson Plan

This fun and effective freebie math game,Multiplying by 8 - Multiplication Math Games and Lesson Plans is a 26-page package focusing 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!
*Concentration
*Multiplication Bingo
*Flash Card Bingo

ALSO INCLUDED:
*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 get this great freebie!
 

I love to shop, hope you do to!

Happy Teaching

 

 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Free Common Core Standards eBooks - Teachers Pay Teachers

Hello everyone,
Are you ready for free ebooks packed with Common Core lessons?
Here it is!

Tons of great grammar units...many free and many pay items.

check it out!

Free Common Core eBooks for Grades K-2

These are compiled by TpT Teacher-Authors Deanna Jump and Rachelle Smith.

Free Common Core eBooks for Grades 3-5

These are compiled by TpT Teacher-Authors Margaret Whisnant and Wise Guys.

Free Common Core eBooks for Grades 6-12




Free Common Core Standards eBooks - Teachers Pay Teachers



Free Common Core Standards eBooks - Teachers Pay Teachers

Happy Teaching!
Lori

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Overview of the Common Core State Standards Initiatives for ELLs


Hi everyone!
I was cruising the internet looking for articles that related to ELD and the Common Core State Standards.  I found this publication from TESOL titled:
Overview of the
Common Core State
Standards Initiatives for ELLs
A TESOL Issue Brief
March 2013
This article includes a brief history of the Common Core movement.  It goes on to cover the development of the Common Core, ELL demographics, CCSS shifts and the expertise teachers will need to teach ELL.  English language proficiency development Standards and the Common Core are discussed, as well as, ELPA 21,the role of ESL and Bilingual teachers, and TESOL’s role in the implementation ot the standards for ELL.


Happy Teaching,


Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Activities!


Summer is here! 
Are you looking for a way to connect with students and their parents over the summer?  Mailing off a list of summer activities that promote literacy and math during the vacation months might be what you are looking for. Many times parents ask us for ideas of things they can do at home with their children during the summer, but lose the list as summer sets in.  Mailing them a checklist of summer activities connects you with them.   
Here is a list of great weekly activities parents can choose from:
·      Library Time!  Go to the public library once a week

·      Old and Young! Visit a senior center once a week and read someone there a book.

·      Estimate It!  Keep an estimation jar and have your kids guess the amount once a week!  Make sure they count the beans, rocks, etc. to verify their estimation.

·      Clean Up Day.  Choose a local park to visit weekly.  Pick up any trash you find and then have a picnic!

·      Journal Time.  Once a week have your child write in a summer journal.  Orally review the week together and then give your child time to write about the events of the past week.

·      Wrap It Up! At the beginning of the summer pick out 8 to 10 books that your child wants to read. Wrap them up in gift-wrap and once a week let your child chose the book he/she will read for that week.

·      Game Day!  Reserve one day a week for game day.  Gather together several games and let your children choose which game they want to play.  Young children can build math skills by playing go fish or concentration with a simple deck of cards.

·      Research It!  Catch bugs and research them with you kids!  Great fun and builds investigation skills in your children.

·      Put on a Play!  Once a week read a play with your children.  Dress up and act it out.  This is a great way to continue literacy during the summer.

·      Local Museum.  Call your local museum and ask when they offer free hours. In the summer many museums offer free hours and days.

·      Lemonade Stand!  Teach your child about money and responsibility by having a lemonade stand once a week during specific hours.  Shopping, counting change, and determining profit are all great Math skills for your child!

·      Keep in Touch! Let your kid write a family newsletter once a week.  This is a great way to learn about summarizing as they describe the weeks activities.  Kids can type up the newsletter, add photos and send them out to all the grandparents.

 What are some of your favorite summer activities you send home to parents?

Happy Teaching!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Kindergarten Math Vocabulary Word List and Definitions

Hi everyone,

Back to HomeI have blogged before about  Granite School District's super math vocabulary resources and they recently (5/17/13) updated their Kindergarten Math Vocabulary lists! 


Their Math Vocabulary lists are aligned to Common Core State Standards and have definitions.  Here is a sample:



English Kindergarten CCSS Vocabulary Word List
Revised 5/17/13

above      A preposition that indicates location of an object.
add         To combine; put together two or more quantities.
addend   Any number being added.
alike       Same size, quantity, or amount.
and        To combine; put together two or more quantities; plus.
attribute A characteristic of an object such as color, shape, size, etc.
behind    A preposition that indicates location of an object.
below     A preposition that indicates location of an object.
beside    A preposition that indicates location of an object.
between  A preposition that indicates location of an object.
bigger     Larger in size.
by           A preposition that indicates location of an object.
category  A collection of things sharing a common attribute.
circle      A figure with no sides and no vertices.
classify   To sort into categories or to arrange into groups by attribute.
compare   To decide if one number is greater than, less than, or equal to another number. Can also be used to tell how shapes are alike or different.
compose   To put together basic elements. (e.g., Numbers or geometric shapes.)
cone         A geometric solid with a circular base and curved surface.


That is not all they do!

Granite School District also made great word wall cards you can print out.  Each word has 3 cards:

  1. the word

  2. word and picture

  3. word, picture, definition












Click on over to this great website and start downloading your math vocabulary words today!

Click Here!

Happy Teaching,

 




Monday, July 1, 2013

Graph-a-Week...and it is free!

Hi everyone,
Teacher's Clubhouse has an incredible give away going on now for a few more days.  
 
Check out this 315 page freebie!
 



Here is what they say:

Our FINAL freebie of our six week birthday celebration is available NOW! Download our new 315-page Graph-a-Week: Bar Graph Edition Unit at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Graph-a-Week-Bar-Graph-Edition-749757. While you're there take a look around and stock up on resources with our 20% off sale that is going on through July 3! Click "share" to let other teachers know about our final freebie and sale!


 
 
I downloaded mine!
 
Happy Teaching,
 
 
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