Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shapes and Fractions

 Whenever I begin these math units I realize how close we are to the end of the year.
AmAZinG ... how quickly the years go!!

I posted many geometry freebies here... if you're looking for bits of shape stuff ;)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jelly Bean in an Egg

We had  a fun, colorful math review... inside an egg ;)
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Goal Motivation for Kids

Today, I’m excited to be part of a blog hop of great ideas- 
not products, not freebies, but just fantastic teaching ideas!

My topic is one that is simple, inexpensive and surprising motivating for the students.
Each term, we set reading and math goals to achieve.
All term long we complete our Student Driven Data weekly.
This shows the student and parent the progress towards each goal.

We fill it out Monday ... it goes home in our homework folder... is signed by the parent and returned in the homework folder on Friday.
This keeps the connection between school and home
 and eliminates surprises at the end of the term.

At the end of each term (usually at SEP Conferences w/ parents) we bring my little green bucket out.  Inside are colorful pony beads to match the term task card.

Individually we meet and discuss their progress for the term.
For each goal they accomplish, they get to put a bead on their ring.
(Each child has a large silver ring on their chair with their initial shown in beads)
We go through each and every goal (task) and the kids announce if they made the goal or not... high fives were given, pats on the backs were shared... and sadly ... for the students who had to say 'no'... goals were set.
This really affected parents ... many asked... what can we do at home to ensure "Suzy" earns this bead next term?  (not goal... but bead ;)
The goals could be ANYTHING... the beads could be more EXCITING than pony beads.
I  have loved it (along with  my 3 co-workers).
SIMPLE and in-expensive but MOTIVATIONAL and visual.

Students have no idea... but
At the end of the year, we plan to have a celebration!
They are excited to just receive the beads ;)
We will fill 20 (5 beads x 4 terms)  little buckets with various awards...
 (erasers, pencils, stickers, treats, books, gum to chew for an hour, extra recess etc). 
Students with 1 bead can have the item in bucket #1.
Students with 6 beads can have the item in bucket #6... and so on.
(Bucket #1 will be the smallest.... gradually getting larger and better to Bucket #20)

I noticed those that didn't get all their beads in term 1...
improved for the other terms.  
Parents recognized the visual representation that their student wanted... 
not just to achieve the goal... but add another bead to their ring.
Colorful and fun with lots of progress!!!
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for more great ideas. 

For more bright ideas from 150 different 
bloggers, please browse through the link-up 
below and choose a topic/grade level that 
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Easter and Earth Day

 Such a busy month of fun and EOL test reviewing... 
Here are a few fun ideas to share with your kids.

A snack size package of SKITTLES to complete this math review.

A small, plastic egg full of jelly beans and 30 minutes...

A small baggy of marshmallow bunnies for this one...

Earth Day is April 22nd.
Decorate with a simple banner...

Day full of stations for Earth Day (banner included in this  ;)

  Here is a freebie to use in your classroom!!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Easter Basket of Goodies... Giveaway and Freebies!!!

It's April!!! 
It's SPRING!!  
It's TERM 4!!
I'm celebrating with an Easter Basket of Goodies GIVEAWAY!!

Leave a comment to win this basket of April goodies.
Inside you'll find:
-Print It April Printables
-April Literacy Centers
-Jelly Bean In An Egg Activity
-April Math Stations
-Old Lady Swallows Chick Day of Fun

In the mean time... click here to download all of the above for free!!

Winner will be chosen Friday the 4th!!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Easter Bingo Freebie

Easter Bingo from years ago...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale!!!

Spring Cleaning SALE SALE SALE!

Check this out!!!!!!

Yipeeee! We are all having a Spring Cleaning SALE so get ready to

Click the image below to head on over to my
TPT Shop to take advantage of my Spring Cleaning Sale!

for the COOLEST Sale Picture EVER!!!!

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