Sunday, August 2, 2015

BTS In a Flash: Curriculum Must Haves

Whether you're back at school or still prepping your classroom between beach visits, you are probably finding yourself looking for great materials.  Thankfully, the BTS In a Flash Linky Party should provide you with some ideas.  This week's topic:  Curriculum Must-Haves.  

One Product I've Created
My students always need more practice with solving two-step story problems, so I've created a differentiated product that I've found VERY useful. 

There are sets of task cards with "chocolate" problems and "children" problems. Usually I use these in small groups (in my classroom or for interventions). They could also be used as a solve-the-room activity. The cards are differentiated. Some students do the one-step “chocolate bar” problems while other students do the two-step “chocolate cake” problems.  Sometimes I mix the chocolate bar and cake problems and have students use the generic answer key.  The same procedures are used for the "children" problems.  There's also a two-sided sheet with "chore" problems that could be used as homework, formative assessment, or independent practice. On a side note, I've created a freebie set of wolf-themed task cards.  Click here to read about them and grab the freebie. Click here or on the image above to find the Chores, Chocolate, and Children cards in my store

One Product I Use Every Year
When I taught second grade, I purchased this from Amy Lemons's store.  Click here on the image to see it.  Now that I'm in third, I don't use all of it every year.  I do, however, use the mathematician craftivity!  You can have students do it as a paper piecing project. See examples on Amy's blog here.  There's also the option of printing out the black and white versions and having students color. My daughter kindly made me a sample to share with you!  She told me her ideas about what mathematicians do, I listed them, and then she wrote her final copy.  The border was her own original design! In the classroom, I use think-pair-share to get students talking about what mathematicians do. I chart student ideas.  Then, students complete the craftivity. It makes a great bulletin board!

I don't allow my students to color over their words, but I'm a softy at home! What can I say?

One Product On My Wish List
I've purchased several sets of fluency task cards by Jen Jones from Hello Literacy.  My students love them! Jen's products aren't just cards either. She includes everything you need to set up a student-led fluency center that also addresses comprehension.  Two of her sets are on my wish list.  Click here or on the image to find the cards in Jen's store.  

Don't forget to visit Jamie from Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher, Layla from Fancy Free in 4th, or Courtney from Ramona Recommends.  Lots of people will be linking up to share their curriculum must-haves. You're sure to find something interesting. 

Tomorrow and Tuesday, August 3rd and 4th, my entire store is on sale for 20% off as part of Teachers Pay Teachers Love Back to School Sale.  Teachers Pay Teachers will give an additional 10% off when you use the code BTS15.  The big sale might be a good opportunity to get your own "must-haves".  

Thank you to Tales From a Very Busy Teacher for the lovely banner!

1 comment:

  1. I really like your differentiated task cards, all of the students need extra practice with two-step equations, I have added it to my list of items!