Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March $20 TPT Gift Card Giveaway!


Don't forget that I'm GIVING away $20 TPT Cash this Friday March 3rd!

How do you enter?
1. BE a follower of my TPT store. Click "FOLLOW ME" here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kelly-Mccown
2. Check your TPT inbox on Friday March 3rd for the link to ENTER the giveaway!

It's that EASY!


Good Luck,

Friday, February 24, 2017

Students Need to Practice Math Vocabulary

 
3 Reasons to Start Practicing Math Vocabulary:
 
1. If you practice your Math Vocabulary, you will increase your Math reading comprehension.
       "Vocabulary is strongly correlated to reading comprehension" (Davis 1968; Fitzgerald and Graves 2005).
 
2. If you practice Math Vocabulary, your students content learning will increase.
       "Vocabulary is a predictor of students' comprehension and content area learning" (Espin and Foegen 1996).
 
3. If you practice Math Vocabulary, your students will act more positively towards learning new Math.
       "Lack of vocabulary knowledge can negatively affect learning content" (Fisher and Frey 2008).
 
 

 
How can you start implementing more vocabulary today?
 
A quick NO PREP solution is to try a WRITE the Room with MATH activity with your students. Practice and engage your students in Math Vocabulary. Students will enjoy reviewing and learning new Math concepts that will help their reading comprehension too.
  
 
      
One of the activities that always bring more depth, conceptualizing, and meaning to mathematics is any time spent on Math Vocabulary. It's important to learn and practice using Math Vocabulary in an appropriate way to extend the learning of Math concepts. These Write the Room With Math activities for March are a great way to get your students up and moving about the room with vocabulary.
 
 
Keep working with your students vocabulary and your efforts will pay off in the long term!
 
Bibliography
Davis, Frederick B. 1968. “Research in Comprehension in Reading.” Reading Research Quarterly 3: 499-545. 1972. “Psychometric Research on Comprehension in Reading.” Reading Research Quarterly 7 (4): 628-78. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/747108
Espin, Christine A., and Anne Foegen. 1996. “Validity of General Outcome Measures for Predicting Secondary Students’ Performance on Content-Area Tasks.” Exceptional Children 62: 497-514.
Fisher, Douglas, and Nancy Frey. 2008. Word Wise and Content Rich, Grades7-12: Five Essential Steps to Teaching Academic Vocabulary. Portsmouth, NH:Heinemann.
Fitzgerald, Jill, and Michael F. Graves.2005. “Reading Supports for All.”Educational Leadership 62 (4):68-71.
 
Cheers to Math Vocab!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Middle School Math Foldable Notes: Statistics & Probability {Grade 7}

One of my favorite ways to take notes is with Foldable Notes. This is an easy way to get students to create their own notes and develop the Math concepts in their own writing. I have two NO PREP Foldable Note sets for 7th grade Statistics & Probability. These are easy to print and go! You can use a scaffolded approach or just print for absent students. It's a great alternative to traditional note taking!!

This sets include:
-8 different NO PREP Math Foldable Notes to engage students in note taking
-Teacher facilitated activity for 15-20 minutes of classroom time each
-PRINT & GO foldable notes that are ready with NO PREP
-Directions for using Math Foldables in your classroom
-Options for scaffolding with blank templates

Middle School Math Foldable Notes: Statistics & Probabilit
Math Foldable Notes: Statistics & Probability
These math foldable notes are for students to be able to apply and extend understandings of statistics to gain information, use data and draw inferences, assess data, use measures of central tendency, understand probability of chance events, approximate the probability of an event, develop probability models, and find probabilities of compound events. 



Happy Note Taking!

Monday, February 20, 2017

FREE Math Test Prep Reference Sheets

Do your students need additional help on tests or exams?

Would your students perform better on tests or exams with the use of an instructional aide?

This FREE instructional tool is EASY to use and can be given with any Math assessment or exam.  


Included are:
-2 Pages of Elementary School Math Reference Sheets
-7+ Geometry and Other Formulas Included
-30+ Measurement Conversions Included
-Key Words and Symbols Included
-Covers 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Common Core Standards
-NO PREP, Print & Go for any test!

 
 
Included are: 
-2 Pages of Middle School Math Reference Sheets
-20+ Geometry and Other Formulas Included
-30+ Measurement Conversions Included
-Key Words and Symbols Included
-Covers 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Common Core Standards
-NO PREP, Print & Go for any test!
 
Happy Testing!

Happy President's Day!

 
 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Daily Detectives Math Work {Grade 3} Bundle

So excited to announce that the 3rd Grade Math Morning Work Bundle is COMPLETE! I love this set of 180 questions that are great daily practice for students to practice and analyze math concepts.

 
This Morning Math Work: Daily Detective Math Work Packet for 3rd Graders is for daily math practice and review. It is Common Core standards-based and sequenced in an order to review ALL CCSS for third grade.

This 3rd Grade Morning Math Work: Daily Detective Math Work for the 1st Quarter through the 4th Quarter of School includes daily math analysis problems for ALL 36 weeks of school. These problems can be used as Math Morning Work, Math Centers Work, Homework, Classwork, or for Early Finishers!!

Packets Included are:
Morning Math Work: Daily Detective Math Work Quarter 1 {Grade 3}
Morning Math Work: Daily Detective Math Work Quarter 2 {Grade 3}
Morning Math Work: Daily Detective Math Work Quarter 3 {Grade 3}
Morning Math Work: Daily Detective Math Work Quarter 4 {Grade 3}

Included in these packets are:

-150+ pages of Error Analysis Detective Work for Math

-36 weeks of Review & Error Analysis of Math Skills

-36 Different Detective "Case Loads" for students to solve

-3rd Grade Common Core State Standards Addressed

-ALL Answer Keys INCLUDED!

-HIGH QUALITY Detective Clip Art used

-All CCSS are covered for 3rd Grade

-Weekly Reflection after completion of each week's Detective Math case load
 
 
Happy Investigating!



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Middle School Math Foldable Notes: Geometry {Grade 7}

One of my favorite ways to take notes is with Foldable Notes. This is an easy way to get students to create their own notes and develop the Math concepts in their own writing. I have two NO PREP Foldable Note sets for 7th grade Geometry that cover ALL common core standards. These are easy to print and go! You can use a scaffolded approach or just print for absent students. It's a great alternative to traditional note taking!!

Both sets include:
-19 different NO PREP Math Foldable Notes to engage students in note taking
-Teacher facilitated activity for 15-20 minutes of classroom time each
-PRINT & GO foldable notes that are ready with NO PREP
-Directions for using Math Foldables in your classroom
-Options for scaffolding with blank templates

Middle School Math Foldable Notes: Geometry {Grade 7: Set 1}
Math Foldable Notes: Geometry {Set 1}
These math foldable notes are for students to be able to apply and extend understandings of geometric shapes with given conditions, use facts about supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles in a multi-step problem to write and solve simple equations for an unknown angle in a figure, and solve real-world and mathematical problems involving triangles, quadrilaterals, and polygons. 

Middle School Math Foldable Notes: Geometry {Grade 7: Set 2}
Math Foldable Notes: Geometry {Set 2}
These math foldable notes are for students to be able to apply and extend understandings of solving problems of geometric figures, drawing geometric shapes and finding missing measures, describing two-dimensional figures, knowing the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle, and solving real-world problems involving area, volume, and surface area of two- and three- dimensional objects.


Happy Note Taking!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

 
How to have a great Valentine's Day in the Middle School Math classroom.
 
1. Limit the candy consumption.
 
    Depending on your school policy for Valentine's Day and other holidays, error on the side of less is more. Students will have candy, students will bring balloons, students will want to celebrate the holiday of love. In preparation I would always buy a bag of candy or two for my students to celebrate success or good behavior.
     This is how I would start class on Valentine's Day, "Today's goals are ....x.......y ........z..., If you accomplish them then you will be rewarded with 2 minutes of candy time at the end of class." That two minutes of candy time always sealed the deal.
 
2. Book bags in the front of the room.
 
     Keeping book bags in the front of the classroom allowed students less temptation to get in their bag for more candy or other Valentine's items. Less behavior problems, less time talking about the book bags and other items, and more time learning.
 
3. Plan for a Valentine's Day activity.
 
      Your entire lesson plan does not have to be Valentine's based, but if you acknowledge the day with an exit slip or bellwork question, your students will remember it more. Creating an environment to celebrate and acknowledge fun holidays is always helping in developing rapport with your students.
 
 
Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine's Day NO PREP Printables for PreK & K

  
These Valentine's Day NO PREP Printables are for Pre-K and Kinder students to practice their alphabet, counting 1 to 20, and writing number 1 to 20. I created this packet for my Preschooler and HE LOVES IT! We did the "Count Valentines" and "Color my Valentine" last week and it was a hit! All I had to do was print and my preschooler was ready to go!
   
We used candy hearts as counters {as seen in the picture above}. We also used sticker letters as he is not able to write his letters yet. A great alternative for students who need alphabet practice too!
 
Included in this packet:
-9+ Pages of Number Practice
-6+ Pages of Alphabet Practice
-Spin Activities with a paper clip
-Rolling Activities with Dice INCLUDED!
-Engages students in being active learners
-Kid friendly text
-HIGH QUALITY clipart
-Ready to Print & GO!
Table of Contents:
Pages 6-11….. Rolling Hearts {Counting 1-20}
Pages 12-16….. Counting Hearts {Counting 1-20}
Page 17….. Count Valentines {Counting 1-20}
Page 18….. Color My Valentine {Counting 1-20}
Page 19-24….. Ready, Set, Spin! {Alphabet}
 
 
Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Middle School Math Foldable Notes: The Number System {Grade 7}

One of my favorite ways to take notes is with Foldable Notes. This is an easy way to get students to create their own notes and develop the Math concepts in their own writing. I have two NO PREP Foldable Note sets for 7th grade The Number System. These are easy to print and go! You can use a scaffolded approach or just print for absent students. It's a great alternative to traditional note taking!!

Both sets include:
-7 different NO PREP Math Foldable Notes to engage students in note taking
-Teacher facilitated activity for 15-20 minutes of classroom time each
-PRINT & GO foldable notes that are ready with NO PREP
-Directions for using Math Foldables in your classroom
-Options for scaffolding with blank templates

Middle School Math Foldable Notes: The Number System {Grad
Math Foldable Notes: The Number System Set 1
These math foldable notes are for students to be able to apply and extend understandings of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of integers, absolute value of their difference, and apply properties of operations as strategies. 

Middle School Math Foldable Notes: The Number System {Grad
Math Foldable Notes: The Number System Set 2
These math foldable notes are for students to be able to apply and extend understandings of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions, simplifying fractions, comparing fractions, solving equations with fractions, and apply properties of operations as strategies. 


Happy Note Taking!