Monday, April 16, 2018

FREE Spring Math Vocabulary Bingo

It doesn't look or feel particularly springy today in the Northeast, but I'm here to share a spring FREEBIE I created anyway.

There are so many math vocabulary words for students to master, and this math bingo game will provide practice with several of them!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond
1. April is National Jazz Appreciation Month. Are you a fan? If so what's a favorite you'd recommend to someone new to jazz listening?

I'm not really a jazz-listener. I wouldn't say I dislike it. I've just not given it a chance!

2. Mandolin, ukulele, harp, accordion or banjo...which would you be most interested in learning to play? Or do you already play one of the instruments listed?

I don't have the patience or the desire to learn an instrument. I LOVE to hear other people play, though. I guess if I WERE going to learn, I'd like to learn the banjo!

3. Do you judge a book by it's cover? Elaborate. You may answer in either/both the literal or figurative sense of the word.

Goofy cover art bothers me, but if I know I like the author I'll read a book with less-than-stellar cover art. If a book cover looks sleazy, violent or scary, I just pass on by. There are certain things I just don't want to read. 

I certainly try hard not to judge people by outward appearance, but I think most of us have done it a time or to without even realizing it. It's something to always be careful of, for sure.

4. According to a recent study the ten most nutritious foods are-almonds, cherimoya (supposed to taste like a cross between a pineapple/banana), ocean perch, flatfish (such as flounder and halibut), chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, swiss chard, pork fat (shocking! but I don't think they mean bacon), beet greens, and red snapper. Are any of these foods a regular part of your diet? Any you've never ever tasted? Which would you be most inclined to add to your diet?

I eat almonds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds regularly. My family has started eating fish more frequently. I think I'd like beet greens and cherimoya!

5. Besides a major holiday what is the most recent thing you've celebrated with your people? Tell us how.

We haven't really celebrated anything lately, but my anniversary is coming up soon! 

6.  Insert your own randomness here.

I'm loving that it's light out later! Even though we've still been getting snow flurries and cold temps here in the Northeast, it's been warmer at least SOME of the time! I'm hoping to enjoy the outdoors with the family this weekend! It's supposed to be in the 70s and sunny on Saturday. Perhaps I'll read on the porch in the sun, too!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond
I'm home early today, which gives me extra time to link up with Joyce for the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Stop by From this Side of the Pond to join in the fun. The reason I'm home early is that we had an early dismissal. Another snowstorm is on the way! Happy 2nd day of spring everyone! 

1. On this first official day of spring tell us something (besides the weather) you're looking forward to in this season of the year.
Hmmmm... Besides the weather... I am looking forward to getting state standardized testing over with! I love teaching 3rd grade, I love my students, and I'm not totally opposed to tests. However, SO MUCH TIME is spent testing and prepping that it feels overwhelming. The day that testing is over I can teach and teach and teach! That'll be a good day. June is going to rock!

2. When it comes to spring cleaning would you rather wash windows or wash baseboards? Clean out closets or clean out the garage? Dust ceiling fans or dust bookcases? Wipe down the patio furniture outside or wipe down the light fixtures inside? Any of these tasks recently completed?
I'd much rather wash windows than baseboards. Definitely closet over garage! Light fixtures! We haven't started any spring cleaning yet. There's still too much snow! We're starting to get that spring cleaning urge, though. My husband has created his to-do lists already.

3. Your favorite thing to make/eat that calls for cream cheese? Sour cream? Whipped cream?
Cheesecake calls for cream cheese, and I love a nice piece of cheesecake. My husband makes beef stroganoff. That's my favorite thing to eat with sour cream. Whipped cream? I like it on lots of things! Rice pudding.... Pie...

4. I read here a list of commonly mispronounced words. What is a word that gives you trouble when it comes to pronunciation?
Surprisingly enough...onion! Silly right? I always want to say /un-yung/. I grew up saying it like that and have to say it the correct way on purpose!

5. What's a song you love with the word 'rain' in the title or lyrics?
Kevin Prosch is one of my favorite artists. He's not everyone's favorite, but I'm really blessed by his music.

The lyrics are from Hosea 6:1-3.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Snow is pretty and all, but I'm ready for spring. My daughter found a flower in the yard the other day. So, even though more snow is on the way, spring is ALMOST here!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge...On Saturday!

I'm late to the party but happy to be linking up with the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Thank you, Joyce, for hosting! Visit From This Side of the Pond to join in the fun. 

1. Best place you've been lately?
Home. Always. We aren't really travelers, and that's probably because home is our favorite place to be. I especially like hanging out in my recliner with a book and the cats.

2. What's something we should say yes to today? Or this week? Or even this year?
Joy and gratitude. It's so easy to be fearful or to let the cares of this life weigh us down. Being grateful helps. There's so much we could be afraid of, but when we can trust in Him he gives us "peace that surpasses understanding" (Philippians 4:7). That makes life worth living. 

3. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form? If so tell us how. In Western cultures the color green is typically associated with jealousy, nature, good luck, and growth. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'green'?
We don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I've been know to wear green though! And I do like to use St. Patrick's Day themed materials in my classroom. 
My daughter made this "outfit" for her stuffed animal out of a piece of green felt. Apparently he's going to wear it on St. Patrick's Day.  She informed me that this outfit could also work for spring or Christmas.
Nature comes to mind when I think green. As I type this, it's snowing. There are at least 7 inches out there, and it's not supposed to stop snowing until tonight! Ack! I'm looking forward to NO more snow and lots of new spring growth.

4. What's a product or service you love so much you'd happily be their spokesperson? Tell us what makes you such a fan.
Smart Wool socks!  I am a picky sock-wearer. I don't like slouchy socks or socks that don't fit right. These socks are warm and non-slouchy, and they wick away moisture. My husband often buys them for me for birthdays and Christmas. 

5. March 14th is Pi Day. How are your math skills? What's the last thing you did that required math of any kind? And most importantly do you like pie? What's your favorite kind? With ice cream, whipped cream, or please hold the cream?

My higher-level math skills aren't awesome. I'd have to relearn algebra in order to help my son with his schoolwork. (Fortunately, my husband helps him!) I'm pretty good at teaching 3rd grade math to my students!

Cherry pie all the way! With whipped cream. I also like a nice chocolate cream pie.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Come on, spring! Last time I linked up with the Hodgepodge, I shared that some flowers were starting to sprout. Now, the poor things are absolutely covered with snow! I must admit, though, that the snow is certainly pretty. 

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your week. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I've discovered a new link-up, and I'm so glad. Connecting with other bloggers is just fun. Thank you, Joyce, from This Side of the Pond for hosting!

1. Are you currently operating at 100% capacity? If not, what % are you? What's keeping you there?
I'd love to say that I'm operating at 100%, but that wouldn't be truthful. 93% is my best estimate of where I'm currently operating. My family, my amazing colleagues, my students, my friends, and my relationship with the Lord are what keep me doing well. 

2.  Have you done your taxes? Planned/booked a summer holiday? Thought about or started your 'spring cleaning'? Besides what's listed here, tell us one task that needs doing before spring rolls around.
We do our taxes as soon as we can! We never really take vacations, but a friend and I take our kids camping each year. You can read about our trips in past posts here, here, and here! The stories are full of mishaps and entertaining anecdotes.  Another thing we always do in the summer is head to the beaches on Long Island. 

We haven't started spring cleaning yet, but BOY is it needed! We are considering painting our kitchen too.  Very soon I'll be working on report cards and preparation for our school's annual read-in.  My classroom will have a beach theme. Since we go to the beach so much, I have plenty of beach towels and chairs to bring to school!

3. What's a favorite food from your part of the country?
I'm from the Northeast coast, so seafood is a big hit. I don't personally care for seafood, though! I've heard white clam pizza is popular but NO WAY am I eating that. Pass. We live really close to Rhode Island and coffee milk is a big deal there. I WILL drink coffee milk! 

4. This isn't a leap year, but let's run with it anyway...look before you leap, a leap of faith, grow by leaps and bounds, leap to conclusions, leap at the opportunity...which phrase might best be applied to your life currently (or recently)? Explain.
Unfortunately, I have a tendency to leap to conclusions. It's one of my least flattering character traits. It's something I always have to be careful about. 

5. As the month draws to a close list five fun and/or fabulous things (large or small) you noticed or experienced in February.
1st - I saw some shoots poking up out of the soil today! Eureka! Spring IS getting closer.

2nd- It was still light out when I got home from work at 5:45 yesterday. 

3rd - My students have so much more confidence and stamina when they're solving problems. They are maturing right before my eyes. 

4th- My family has been on a Scrabble kick! We play one or two games every night after dinner. 

5th- My class participated in a Valentine exchange with 21 other classes around the country. We've enjoyed getting valentines and letters. We still haven't read them all, and tomorrow is March 1st!

6. Insert your own random thought here.

My son was listening to a song while he did the dishes called Christmas Everyday. My husband said, it would be better if it was Thanksgiving everyday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Potato People and a St. Patrick's Day FREEBIE

Seasonal activities keep students engaged, right? We all know that's true. So, I'm sharing a few ideas, resources, and a FREEBIE just in time for St. Patrick's Day. 

Potato People
Have you ever thought of using potatoes in the classroom?  Students can craft potato people then write about the characters they created. You could up the rigor by requiring students to create potatoes that represent people from history or characters from books. 

Lisa at Second Grade Stories has created a product that works perfectly for this. You can find it by clicking here or on the image below. 
If you'd like a literature tie-in, I suggest this retelling of a Chinese folktale by Cynthia DeFelice. It's set in Ireland.

Assorted Seasonal Items & Trinkets
Foam shamrock shapes become an instant hands-on item when you write =, >, and < on them.

St. Patrick's Day Themed Learning Materials
I've created some FREE math review task cards for 3rd grade. These would also work well for review in 4th grade. Just click here or on the image below to download.

In my Teachers Pay Teachers store, you can find more St. Patrick's Day practice materials. Just click on the images to see them in my store. 

Here's a peek of some at the materials! 
My guinea pigs children tested them out for me!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Teaching the Distributive Property to 3rd Graders FREEBIE

When I first learned that I'd need to teach the Distributive Property to 3rd graders, I was apprehensive and a little bit ticked. Seriously? That's what I thought. Now, it's one of my favorite things to teach. Read on for some tips and a FREE resource.

What is the Distributive Property of Multiplication?
I explain it to kids simply: You can split apart a tricky fact into smaller facts. For example:

Why the Distributive Property?
Working with this property builds a deeper understanding of the concept of multiplication. And at the same time, the students get the practice they need with facts. Writing the equations also strengthens the students' understanding of what the equal sign really means. The expressions on each side of the equal sign must have the same value.

Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract Approach
As with any math concept, starting with concrete materials is usually best. Have students build arrays with objects and then split them into two smaller arrays. Have students write equations for each array. Through guidance and modeling, explicitly teach students how to write an equation that models the connection between the smaller arrays and the original, larger array. 
When you move on to the pictorial stage, it helps to use arrays cut from grid paper. The kids split the arrays by cutting, then write the corresponding equations.
Students can also draw arrays and split them. 

One product I use every year was created by More Time 2 Teach. The kids always LOVE it. You can grab it from her store by clicking here or on the image below. 

Once students have grasped the concept, move them on to the abstract stage. 

At this stage, you can really stretch kids who are ready by applying the Distributive Property to more difficult facts..
The image below cracked me up. It was a quiz question that my student felt compelled to comment on. Apparently he found answer B ludicrous and had to tell me so. 

My students cut these sheets in half, completed them, and glued them into their math spirals.  I hope you find them useful! Click here or on the image below to download the pages.

Thanks for visiting!