Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday Mathness!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: the amazing gallon land sheet shown in this post, that many of you have asked about, is not originally mine. I apologize if I made it seem like it was. This printable was found on pinterest, original creator-lessonplandiva. Check her out for more amazing ideas. Like I mentioned in my other post, I find my printables online and from our curriculum CSCOPE, which unfortunately I cannot share. 
Our Math "toolbox"
The composition book, who knew such a common school supply item could be so useful? Our class has what we call our "Math Toolbox", it holds our notes, key words, diagrams, definitions and any math related "tool" that could help us learn our 3rd grade material.

Rounding with color coding :) 
This gives us a place for all those math reminders that come with our curriculum but most importantly student created definitions, diagrams and hands on activities that will allow them a connection with the material. Below are a couple of pages from our toolbox. Check it out!
Visual of Base Ten Blocks- Vocabulary to go along with Place Value (Simplified definitions created by students)

More rounding reminders-Making "friendly numbers"

Patterns (Each student drew their own at the bottom)-2D Figures Definitions
3D Key words and visuals of each
Our Favorite Colors in a variety of forms (Data collection)
Our "Land of Gallon" story for capacity Unit 

Visual reminder for capacity

Updates I plan on doing for next school year:
  • Table of Contents with page numbers for easy reference
  • What do you think? Suggestions? Comments?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

TGI...Th! (+, - Game)

Thank goodness it's Thursday!!! I have survived my first week of summer school (ok ok we only went 2 days this week but still!) I am really enjoying it, the kids are so sweet and excited to be learning "3rd grade material" before all their other classmates :) Some of these students will end up being my kiddos next year so I am very excited about getting to know them, I have to admit that's one reason I truly enjoy teaching summer school.

 Most of these students are aware that we learn multiplication facts in 3rd grade and boy are they eager to start! During summer school I like to focus on addition and subtraction facts and strategies. The better fundamental base they have of these the better they will do in multiplication and division.
Ok time to share!! Today we played a game called "Off the Grid". It is a very simple, adaptable, and competitive game that covers both addition and subtraction. I will be no means take credit for the idea, I came across it on pinterest. It took me to this amazing blog that explains the game further. I did modify it a bit to fit my students needs...and my budget ;)

# grid game
This is from that amazing blog-not my adaptation. I forgot to take pictures of mine but will soon.
 I did not use a cookie sheet or magnets. I simply got a couple hundreds charts from an amazing kinder teacher willing to share (she printed and laminated). For markers I used clear colored counting chips, this allowed my students to see the number even when their piece was on it. For dice I used another pinterest idea; dice in a little clear container to keep the dice from rolling all over the room and driving me crazy. 

Picked these cute little containers up at Staples for $2

I apologize for not having original pictures of my adaptation, I will make sure to get some on Monday and update. I really liked that this game allowed them to add and subtract in one game. Since the game was just introduced today I only put one number die and the add/subtract die per box. This allowed them to add or subtract up to 6. Monday I will substitute the # die for a "friendly number" die (a die that has 2, 5, 10). I will eventually end the game with two # dice so the students have to add their dice first then add on the game board. I think this makes it easier to adapt for students depending on their level :) The kids really seemed to enjoy this game and asked to play it several times. Check it out!

Chips and 100 chart I used.

Sunday, June 3, 2012



It's finally here! Time to relax, relieve stress, chill by the pool, soak up the sun and...PLAN FOR NEXT YEAR! :) 

Don't kid yourself, you know you've started throwing ideas around in your head, or in your classroom. 

I have no choice but to buckle down and get as much done as possible as soon as possible. Remember, baby Arianna will be here in July. I have taken this weekend to relax as much as possible, I will work on nursery a bit Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, I am back in teacher mode! So hold on!! 

I will begin teaching summer school Wednesday and working on my room as well (ok not going to lie I already kind of started lol). I will post pics of progress and things I come across I believe are worth sharing...

please don't give up on my blog, promise to continue sharing ideas! Keep the comments and ideas coming!