Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Freebie!

I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is only a week away!  Time seems to be flying by so quickly. If you're like me...the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to fly by too! I like to get a head start and get Christmas stuff ready before Thanksgiving so I'm ready to go for the whirlwind before Christmas break. Last year I came across a great Santa behavior incentive chart which my kids really liked. I can't remember where I got it and can't find it anywhere. So...I made a new incentive chart with a Christmas theme to help my kids keep on track these next few weeks.

I print out the Christmas tree and hang it up on the board. I also laminate (so I can use them more than once) the ornaments and have them ready to go. Every time my class is on task or gets a compliment, I hang an ornament on the Christmas tree. Once they have 10 ornaments on the tree, I let them pull an incentive out of a paper bag I have. I included some of incentives I've used in the past but also left some strips blank. My kids have also enjoyed creating their own incentives (with my approval of course) and adding them into the bag to be drawn. We normally get a couple of incentives in before the break and the kids get really excited about being on their best behavior...a plus for me!

This is FREE for download on my TPT store. I hope you can use it to help you with the craziness of the holidays! Don't forget to follow me on TPT because I'll be adding several Christmas games and such this next week or two. :)

Let's Round It!

It's that time in math that I sometimes dread...teaching rounding. We use the cute little chants and songs and do a lot of hand on practice but some kids just struggle with rounding and need that extra help. I created two games you can use when working with rounding numbers. These games can be used as a whole group, with a partner, or individually in tutoring. They can also be used as take-home games for kids who need a little extra practice. Each game has an answering sheet included so kids can check answers when finished playing.

The 'Round It!' game focuses on rounding to the nearest ten. It includes both two-digit and three-digit numbers. It can be downloaded on my TPT store and is half off right now. :)

The 'Round To Hundreds!' game focuses on rounding to the nearest hundred. It includes three digit numbers and rounds numbers to nearest hundred all the way up to 1,000. This game is also available on my TPT store at a discount price.

What ways do you practice rounding in your classroom? Feel free to leave a comment and share with others!  Happy rounding everyone!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Multiplication Time!

It's about that time when we start learning our multiplication facts. I have those boring $1 flashcards from Walmart but I decided it was time to add a little fun. I've made a set of multiplication fact cards for 0-12 that are colorful and inviting. The set I made includes a whole set of cards with small answers (students can cover the answers with their thumb while figuring out the problem). I also made a complete set of cards without any answers and included a one-page answer sheet that has all of the problems and answers on them.

I like to use the cards with answers in partner activities. My kids love quizzing each other on their multiplication facts. You can either have students use all cards, or introduce the cards one family at a time. We normally start with 0 and 1 and then move onto 2s, 5s, 10s, etc. I also like to print off the blank cards onto cardstock for students to take home and practice the facts they are struggling with. I used to have them make their own cards on cardstock or index cards but it's always taken soooo much of our class time that I think it'll be better to copy the cards onto cardstock for them. :)  All sets are bundled together and available on my TPT store. Thanks for stopping by!