Saturday, June 29, 2013

Owls anyone?

I woke up on this rainy Saturday morning with ... no voice!  If you knew me personally you'd know that I love to chat, so this is a problem (for me, not my husband).  He thinks it's WONDERFUL!  I plan to use this day QUIET day to work on a unit I have in the works and share my newest mystery picture with you.

I've had some requests to make some pictures that go beyond the 100s chart so this one includes numbers up to 120.  This was a HUGE challenge for me, because I could not, no matter how hard I tried get all the numbers to solve on one page, which I thought was necessary.  But, I think I have made it work.  You'll notice there are some questions under the blank chart, but it works!

On the student pages I did not put any owl clip art so it should be a complete mystery for the students as they solve it.

Students need to solve the number of hundreds, tens and ones to find the number.

1 hundred 0 tens 4 ones 104

This is a great whole class activity, but is also perfect for a math station.  If you are using it as a station you can find an "I can..." card HERE.
I have posted this activity at my TPT store on it's own, but I have also included it in my Mystery Picture Bundle. If you already own the bundle, just head on over to your purchases at TPT and redownload - it's as easy as that!
Would you like a copy of the Owl Mystery Picture? I'll send a copy to the first 2 followers who comment on this post.
Happy Saturday!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Are you thinking about back to school?

I haven't posted in awhile but I have a REALLY good reason ... my oldest graduated from high school last week (*sigh) and it was the last week if school.  Need I say more?

So, I have come back with a freebie!
 Students work with a partner or small group to use this activity.  They roll one die, double the number and cover the number on their playing card.  They won't even know they are working!  I plan to use this early in the year when I introduce doubles. You can pick up a copy at my TPT store.

If you like this activity and are looking for more I have a set of 10 Back to School Math Stations.

I used these last September and already have them ready to go in the new school year.  If you would like a closer peek click here to find them at my TPT store.

I'd like to send a copy of these back to school math work stations to 2 followers.  before I head to bed tonight, I will randomly choose 2 from comments left on this post.  Be sure to leave your email!

UPDATE:  I'll be sending the unit out to comments #5 and #9.  These numbers were chosen by my daughter :)

Monday, June 10, 2013

I'm DONE, a new math station and a freebie

I'm DONE!!!!  My report cards are DONE!!!! Now, just to get through the next 9 days :-)

We've got a little ice cream theme going on because I've sort of promised my students an ice cream party next week.  If you saw my post last week you know that we have been working on choosing between addition and subtraction.  My students are getting better and enjoyed the strawberry math station, but it was time for a new one.  So, here's what I came up with...
Students roll 2 dice then decide if they want to add or subtract the two numbers to get a number.  Then they cover the number on their card and take turns with their partner.  As you can see, I have included 3 "I can..." cards.  One is in color and the other 2 are black and white.  I LOVE using colored pages, but the option to print in black and white is nice too especially on colored paper :).  Why 2 black and white "I can.." cards you ask?  I added one to give the option to color the ice cream scoop rather than cover. 
I'm using both this color and black and white this week.  I've got a class set of black and white ones copied to introduce the game and play in small groups as a whole class and a colored version in a math station drawer.
Now for a little freebie...
I thought I would use this as a little assessment page.  Who knows maybe I'll need to change a comment or two on those report cards.  Let's hope not!!!!
You can pick up a free copy by clicking on the picture.  Enjoy!
If you're like me, you LOVE freebies.  You can find many more by heading over to Manic Monday.
If you are working on this skill and would like a copy it is available in my TPT store.
As usual, I'll send a copy to the first two followers who comment on this post.  Don't forget your email :)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Add or Subtract? The choice should be easy...

Last night I mentioned that I was working on a math work station with those adorable strawberries from Graphics From the Pond

Well, here it is...

and here's the story.

Last week for a warm up I was asking students to roll two dice and tell me whether they would need to add or subtract to get a certain number.  One word ... FAIL!  (for many, not all) so I created this math work station to reinforce this skill.

To play this game students work with a partner or a small group and roll 2 dice, decide if they want to add or subtract the numbers and cover the result on their playing card.  I included an "I can..." card to build independence.  I included both color and black & white so you can decide which is better for you.

I have this printed, laminated and ready to use tomorrow.  Would you like to use it too?  It is available at my TPT store but I'll send a copy to the first two followers who leave a comment on this post.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Student Autograph Book Freebie

Have you missed me? 
I've missed you!!! 

I'm knee waist deep in assessments, report cards and all those end of year things that have made it onto my to-do list!  I keep telling myself that everything always gets done, so I'll just keep plugging away!

I've heard that some of you are already on summer vacation.  Say what?  I have 15 more days.  I am sure that they are going to fly by, right?

On the last day of school each year I give the students a little book and some time to gather autographs and phone numbers.  I was thinking of updating the one I've been using and then I came across some adorable strawberries by Me at Graphics From the Pond so I just had to share it with you!

I copy the cover, which is half of a letter sized paper and then add blank pages in the middle.

I have created a black and white version:

and a color version:

Aren't these strawberries the cutest?  (I've got a new math station in the works - it should be done in the next day or two).

If you would like a copy to use with your kiddos click here to download a copy.

On Monday Charity's Manic Monday post will go live and you'll be able to head on over to find lots more freebies.  Enjoy!!