Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

 
From my family to yours, I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Math Activities for December that WORK!

Teachers Pay Teachers is a great website for sharing lessons and activities for the holidays. Finding the right activity for your students can often be a daunting task. Here are some teacher testimonials of Holiday December activities and lessons that worked for others:

December NO PREP Math Packets {Click HERE for grades 3-8}
December NO PREP Math Packet - 4th GradeDecember NO PREP Math Packet - 5th GradeDecember NO PREP Math Packet - 6th GradeDecember NO PREP Math Packet - 7th Grade
"Good resource for my 4th grade challenge kids!" -L.L.T.
"This was great for my 5th graders! Thank you!" -T.C.L.
"Love it!" -James
"This was a great resource for the crazy week before Christmas. Thanks!" -Sara
"perfect for winter break!" -M.R.P.
"Thumbs up!" -April
"Just what I was looking for. :)" -H.M.
"Thank you! This was a perfect supplement for our math curriculum when we were ending a chapter and had a few days before break! Great review and challenge!" -Teacher
"Great resource. Thanks!" -Pamela
"Great resource for December Math!" -Jennifer
"Great variety!" -Gail

December WRITE THE ROOM with Math {Click HERE for grades 3-8

"This is great for reviewing math vocabulary- thanks!" -C.A.
"Love this! will do it the day before we get of for Christmas as a great review." -Jannique

Middle School Math Holiday Game Project {Reindeer Games}
Middle School Math Holiday Game Project {Reindeer Games}
"I used this in an after school program, and the students seemed to enjoy it. If we had the time during the school day, I think my students would enjoy it as well!" -Stephanie
"Great!" -Bonie

I hope these activities are helpful and engaging resources in your classrooms too! These December resources not only help bring in the holiday spirit of the season, they are also a great review of math for all students.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 9, 2016

December WRITE THE ROOM with Math - Grades 6, 7, 8

I love incorporating Math vocabulary into almost any Middle School Math Class. WHY? It's all for the student growth that teachers see when students put together concepts and vocabulary terms. That is FANTASTIC! I encourage you to check into my Math Vocabulary resources to help your students make connections in Math and TALK about Math more with the correct terms. When students TALK more about the Math, they are making connections, and mastering KEY math concepts.

This month I have created a set of vocabulary packets for Middle School students to work with their vocabulary with a holiday theme. Each packet contains grade level specific vocabulary. Check out the previews to see what words are in each grade level activity.


 
 
Get students moving, talking, and writing Math Vocabulary in your classroom with any of these sets of Math Vocabulary Sentences. The purpose of this resource is to help students with increasing their mathematics vocabulary. Students write the Math sentences on their paper with scaffolded practice. Students are provided a list of vocabulary words to use to complete the sentences. Students will be engaged and more confident practicing using math vocabulary.
 
I hope these NO PREP Write the Room vocabulary activities can be a success in your classroom too! It's a great way to bring in cheer and rigor during this busy holiday season.
 
 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December WRITE THE ROOM with Math - Grades 3, 4, 5

I love incorporating Math vocabulary activities into weekly lessons. WHY? It's all for the student growth that teachers see when students put together concepts and vocabulary terms. That is AMAZING! I encourage you to check into my Math Vocabulary resources to help your students make connections in Math and TALK about Math more with the correct terms.

This month I have created a set of vocabulary packets for Upper Elementary students to work with their vocabulary with a holiday theme. Each packet contains grade level specific vocabulary. Check out the previews to see what words are in each grade level activity.


 
 
Get students moving, talking, and writing Math Vocabulary in your classroom with any of these sets of Math Vocabulary Sentences. The purpose of this resource is to help students with increasing their mathematics vocabulary. Students write the Math sentences on their paper with scaffolded practice. Students are provided a list of vocabulary words to use to complete the sentences. Students will be engaged and more confident practicing using math vocabulary.
 
I hope these NO PREP Write the Room vocabulary activities can be a success in your classroom too! It's a great way to bring in cheer and rigor during this busy holiday season.
 
 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Holiday Middle School Math Activities

It's December, my favorite time of year, when all the students and teachers cheer the holidays are ALMOST HERE! It's also the time of year when I'm sick, so if you're like me and would like some fun Math activities to give your students during this busy time of year I have solution for you!

This is a fun and engaging packet full of math review for Middle school students. These Christmas Holiday activities are centered on an ELF theme. Each activity is engaging, using HIGH QUALITY graphics, word problems, puzzles, or just fun review for students.

There are 5 different activities as listed above. Each activity has an ELF theme. Included are Math activities with operations with rational numbers, operations with percents and decimals, operations with rates and time, operations with time, and operations with integers. All of these activites are a great review for any Middle School Math student for the holidays.

All of the worksheets have an answer key included. Also I have aligned these activities to fit with Common Core Benchmarks that you may be covering or reviewing for each grade level 6, 7, and 8.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS CHRISTMAS MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH ACTIVITIES PACKET

I hope these activities help to keep your students active and engaged in Math during this holiday season!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December NO PREP Math Packet {Grade 3}

Do you have fun and engaging NO PREP Math activities planned for your third grade students? Here is a packet of EASY, Print & GO, Fun & Engaging puzzles for students to be challenged with, review math skills, and have fun coloring too!

This December Math NO PREP packet that will keep your third graders engaged! This packet is just plain fun. Not only is it PACKED with third-grade common core math problems, it also gives students fun coloring, puzzles, and problem solving. Use this packet for bellwork, classwork, extra credit, fast finishers, or homework! OR Use this packet for the long Winter Holiday break for students to stay engaged in Math!

THIS DECEMBER NO PREP MATH PACKET FEATURES:
*25 different math puzzle worksheets
*Reindeer Theme

 *FUN activities and puzzles centered on reviewing math curriculum.

*Packed with 3rd grade common core math problems for review and practice.

*A “tracking” page - as they complete days in the packet, students will color a part of a winter picture until they complete the packet.

*An ANSWER KEY for each worksheet.

*Lots of coloring fun. I’ve intentionally designed this packet with lots of pictures and borders to color. A MUST: Using a set of crayons or markers.

Topics Covered:
-Addition
-Subtraction
-Multiplication
-Division
-Creating Pictographs
-Telling Time
-Measurement with Line Plots
-Comparing Fractions

Click HERE to view this packet. Also available for Grades 4 through 8.

I hope this packet helps your students have fun with Math while celebrating the holidays this time of year. Happy Holidays!
 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Sale

 
It's finally HERE! CYBER MONDAY!!!
 
Use coupon code: CYBER2016 to get an extra 10% OFF any purchase!
 
 
Happy Shopping!!
 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Math Center Activity Holiday Lights with Numbers {Pre-K & K}

 
I love creating resources for my son to complete and share with other teachers. This activity is Holiday {Christmas} themed with practice for number sense. This Math Center Activity is for Pre-K and K Math students to practice their number sense with a Holiday Lighting theme. There are three different scaffolded lighting activities for students to create using numbers.

Included in this packet:

-1 set of three different Holiday Number Lights #1-10

-1 set of three different Holiday Number Lights #1-20

-1 set of Holiday Number Lights Cards #1-20

-Student created

-HIGH QUALITY clipart

-Ready to Print & GO!
 
{Finished Product of Holiday Lights #1-10}
 
Included also are Holiday Lights #1-20 with scaffolded activities.
 
Also included are Holiday Light cards numbered 1 to 10 and 1 to 20. This card set helps students practice ordering numbers. {As shown here}.
 
 
 
I hope these Number Sense activities are enlightening and help bring holiday cheer to your students. Happy Holidays!
 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

5 Black Friday Teacher Deals for Any Budget


Every teacher loves a great Black Friday deal. I've compiled a list of some of my favorite classroom resources and tools that are on sale this Black Friday 2016.

1. iPad mini 2 at Walmart for $199: Great for the teacher to be mobile around the classroom with email, apps, and other interactive tools that make teaching easier. Or excellent for the students to be a center activity for them to interact with.

2. Black series entertainment project at Kohl's for $39.99: Terrific for teachers to use in the classroom to showcase interactive resources on the board for the entire class. An awesome tool for visual learners to view video and other resources to enhance instruction.

3. Swingline Thermal Laminator at Amazon for $9.98: Wonderful for teachers to print and laminate any teaching material to make it last longer. Seriously my favorite teacher deal for Black Friday!

4. HP ENVY All-in-One Printer at Target for $69.99: Fantastic for at home printing or color printing for teachers in the classroom at your fingertips. It's a 3 in 1 wireless printer so you could also print from your phone!

5. iCoffee Express Coffeemaker at Sears for $24.99: The perfect accessory for any classroom to help keep the teacher caffeinated and happy teaching! It's a single cup fast brew that will awaken the learning process in any classroom.

Here are the links for the deals:
Click HERE to view Walmart's Black Friday Advertisement
Click HERE to view Kohl's Black Friday Advertisement
Click HERE to view Amazon's Black Friday Advertisement
Click HERE to view Target's Black Friday Advertisement
Click HERE to view Sear's Black Friday Advertisement

Happy Black Friday shopping!

Friday, November 18, 2016

December NO PREP Math Packets {Grades 3 to 8}

It's that wonderful time of year! Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years!! Lots of holidays and celebrations are going on this time of year. I love to celebrate and let my students have fun with math. I created these NO PREP Math Packets to help students review Math skills, keep them engaged, and have fun all at the same time.

Here is the newest packet for December:
December NO PREP Math Packet - 4th Grade
This December Math NO PREP packet that will keep your fourth graders engaged! This packet is just plain fun. Not only is it PACKED with fourth-grade common core math problems, it also gives students fun coloring, puzzles, and problem solving. Use this packet for bellwork, classwork, extra credit, fast finishers, or homework! OR Use this packet for the long Winter Holiday break for students to stay engaged in Math!

THIS DECEMBER NO PREP MATH PACKET FEATURES:
*25 different math puzzle worksheets

*FUN activities and puzzles centered on reviewing math curriculum.

*Packed with 4th grade common core math problems for review and practice.

*A “tracking” page - as they complete days in the packet, students will color a part of a winter picture until they complete the packet.

*An ANSWER KEY for each worksheet.

*Lots of coloring fun. I’ve intentionally designed this packet with lots of pictures and borders to color. A MUST: Using a set of crayons or markers.

Topics Covered:
-Addition
-Subtraction
-Sequences
-Factors & Multiples
-Multiplication
-Division
-Creating Pictographs
-Telling Time
-Finding Area
-Measurement with Line Plots
-Comparing Fractions
-Adding & Subtracting Fractions

Click HERE to view the 4th grade packet.

Also I have updated the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade packets with new cover pages {if you choose to send this home over the winter break} and a new tracking page for students to color as they complete the packet.

December NO PREP Math Packet - 5th Grade  December NO PREP Math Packet - 6th Grade
December NO PREP Math Packet - 7th Grade  December NO PREP Math Packet - 8th Grade

Click HERE to view these packets in my TpT Store.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your students. This is a very busy time of year and I hope these packets help you to stress less and enjoy the holiday more!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving Math Center Activity: Turkeys with Numbers & Shapes {Pre-K & K}

I love creating math activities for my son. He loves to count and name shapes right now. Yesterday we made Thanksgiving Turkeys with shapes and numbers. I took pictures of the shape turkey since that is the one he chose to make. Here are the 3 easy steps to creating the NO PREP Math Center Activity of Thanksgiving Turkeys with Shapes.

STEP 1: Cut & Color each of the shape feathers.

STEP 2: Glue the shape feathers to the turkey.
 
STEP 3: Write the numbers of each shapes the Turkey has on its feathers.
{He was very proud of his Turkey he colored and glued by himself.}

This Math Center Activity is for Pre-K and K Math for students to practice their numbers and shapes with a Thanksgiving Turkey theme. There are six different scaffolded turkeys for students to create using numbers and shapes.

Included in this packet:

-1 set of three different Thanksgiving Number Turkeys

-1 set of three different Thanksgiving Shape Turkeys

-Scaffolded writing in Math with trace the number, write the number, or write the number and word versions

-Student created with different turkey possibilites

-HIGH QUALITY clipart

-Ready to Print & GO!

Click HERE for the product preview and more information on this resource.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Black Friday & Thanksgiving Middle School Math Activities NO PREP Packet



This NO PREP packet that will keep your sixth, seventh, and eighth graders engaged! This packet is just plain fun. Not only is it PACKED with grade level common core math problems, it also gives students fun coloring, puzzles, and problem solving. Use this packet for bellwork, classwork, extra credit, fast finishers, or homework.

Click HERE to watch the video tutorial of the Black Friday & Thanksgiving Middle School Math Activities

THIS BLACK FRIDAY & THANKSGIVING MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH ACTIVITIES PACKET FEATURES:

*5 different Engaging Math Activities

*FUN activities and puzzles centered on reviewing math curriculum.

*Packed with 6th, 7th, 8th grade common core math problems for review and practice.

*HIGH QUALITY CLIPART is included

*Topics covered: percents, operations with decimals, operations with integers


Activities Included:
-Creating a Black Friday Advertisement {with rubric}
-Mark that Price! {with answer key}
-Big Toy Purchases {with answer key}
-Find Sale Price {with answer key}
-Integers Number Puzzle {with answer key}

 -Updated for 2016-2017 school year!

My students always loved the Black Friday Advertisement project {with rubric included for easy grading}. It kept the last couple days before the Thanksgiving break fun and full of math content. I hope these activities are helpful in your classroom too! Click HERE to view the packet.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thanksgiving Bulletin Board {FREEBIE}

I love FREEBIES and this one I created in 2014 to share with fellow teachers that like to decorate Bulletin Boards for the holidays. I have many other Bulletin Board designs just CLICK HERE. One of my favorite things to do is create and design a beautiful bulletin board. Enjoy!
 
Thanksgiving Bulletin Board Ideas


This packet contains Bulletin Board Ideas for you to display in your classroom or hallway at school that promote friendship, thanksgiving, and gratitude. This packet is for the holiday Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Teaching Functions {Grade 8}

A fun Pre-Algebra topic to teach in eighth grade math is functions. Students have prior knowledge of numbers, expressions, and variables which helps them to be able to write and find functions.
 
I have listed here five activities to review and practice Functions. I hope these help jump start your lesson planning into Functions. The key to getting your students involved in the learning process is to include interactive, visual, engaging activities for them to actively participate in.
 
Interactive Math Notebook: Functions {Grade 8}
 
These interactive notebook activities are intended to help students understand how to graph proportional relationships, understand that a function is a rule that assigns one input to one output exactly, compare properties of two functions, interpret the equation y = mx + b, construct a function, determine the rate of change of a function, and describe the functional relationship between two quantities.

Included are:
-4 different Functions activities to engage students
-Teacher facilitated activity for 60-90 minutes of classroom time
-Activities include: Vocabulary, Completing a function table and graph from a linear function rule, Writing a rule from two points using slope-intercept form, and Writing a rule, completing a function table, and drawing a graph from a function word problem.
-Examples of Completed Interactive Math Notebook Activities are included
 
Math Stations: Functions

This math station activity is intended to help students understand how to graph proportional relationships, understand that a function is a rule that assigns one input to one output exactly, compare properties of two functions, interpret the equation y = mx + b, construct a function, determine the rate of change of a function, and describe the functional relationship between two quantities.

Included are:
-6 different stations to engage students
-Teacher facilitated activity for 60-90 minutes of classroom time
-Stations include:
1. Vocabulary
2. Technology (Need classroom computers & internet access to ixl.com)
3. Practice of Functions
4. Additional Practice of Functions
5. Real World applications of Functions
6. Word problems of Functions
-Student Station Guide helps students record their answers
-ALL ANSWER KEYS included

Graphing Functions with Tables, Graphs, and Equations
 
This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students are able to assess and graph functions in tables, graphs, and equations.Included in this lesson are:
-one formative assessment (pre-test) task
-card sort activity with concept development of functions
-one extension activity for students to deepen their conception of functions
-one summative assessment (post-test) task
-answer keys for all the assessments and activities
-how the lesson is tied to common core and mathematical practices
 
Analyzing Function Graphs
 
This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students are able to describe qualitatively the functional relationship between two quantities by analyzing a graph (e.g., where the function is increasing or decreasing, linear or nonlinear). Sketch a graph that exhibits the qualitative features of a function that has been described verbally.Included in this lesson are:
-one formative assessment (pre-test) task
-card sort activity with concept development of analyzing functions
-one extension activity for students to deepen their conception of analyzing functions
-one summative assessment (post-test) task
-answer keys for all the assessments and activities
-how the lesson is tied to common core and mathematical practices
 
November NO PREP Math Packet - 8th Grade
This November Math NO PREP packet that will keep your eighth graders engaged! This packet is just plain fun. Not only is it PACKED with eighth-grade common core math problems, it also gives students fun coloring, puzzles, and problem solving. Use this packet for bellwork, classwork, extra credit, fast finishers, or homework!
Topics Covered:
-Operations with Exponents
-Proportional Relationships
-Scientific Notation
-Graphing
-Equations
CLICK HERE to watch the video tutorial of the NO PREP Math Packets for November
 
Have fun with Functions! Find a creative approach and teach it. November is a short and hard time to engage your students. YET IT IS the perfect time to engage your students in Math and the rewards will be higher in the end of year!
 

Monday, November 7, 2016

TPT-iversary Gift Card Giveaway WINNERS are...

Last week I celebrated my TPT-iversary in a BIG way! Thank you to my supporters and TPT followers. Here are the lucky 3 TPT followers that just won a gift card!

1. Mary
2. Dodi
3. Sam                   

To get a heads up on the next giveaway just follow my TPT Store.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Middle School Interactive Math Notebook {Grade 7}

Do you use Interactive Math Notebooks? This is an engaging Interactive Math Notebook Bundle for Grade 7. Every Common Core State Standard is addressed in this Bundle. It is very versatile and easy to use for any student. 

This Middle School Interactive Math Notebook Bundle is a COMPLETE BUNDLE covering ALL 7th grade Common Core Standards! This Bundle is 20% OFF the original price of all total interactive math notebook activities. 
 

 
Each Interactive Math Notebook Activity includes 4 different activities {vocabulary, notes, practice, and applications} for that skill set addressed. These activities are easily teacher facilitated {as the teacher you give the instruction and the students then cut, glue, paste, and engage in the activities on their own with limited guiding}. You can use 1 or all 4 of the activities included to meet the needs of your students. Also included is the Middle School Interactive Math Notebooks 101 Guide. {Click HERE to PREVIEW}. 

There are over 300 PAGES of Interactive Math Notebook Activities for students to be actively participating in Mathematics with. All of the activities have students engaging in the learning process and making learning gains for themselves. These activities are rigorous and add depth to any Grade 7 Mathematics Classroom. As always, these are activities that I have used in the classroom and only share them with you because they WORK, are EFFECTIVE, and INCREASE student learning gains! Check out the Bundle HERE to see what Interactive Math Notebooks could do for your students.