Monday, March 28, 2016

Math Activity Item Updates!

I am so excited about these updates! 

Every once in a while you need a craftivity in math, right!? I know I always need a little break from pure content to do something that is content - related...with a bit of fun! 

If you already own these items, just go to TpT to redownload the new version! You don't have to purchase it again! :) Yay!


You can purchase the bundle of all of the math activities together, or you can purchase the activities separately, as needed :) The table of contents below goes through all of the items in the bundle (all are also available separately).

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1. Factor Tree Craftivity



In the Factor Tree Craftivity, students will use given numbers they cut out to color and create their own factor tree, also giving the prime factorization. This could make a really fun center, which is something I really like about this project! I used this at a center in my class for a week. The students worked on it for about 10-15 minutes per day that week. I was able to collect it at the end of the week, giving me a quick and easy assessment of their prime factorization, and a really cute craft to bring home for their parents!

Colored sample of the tree the students will create:


2. Place Value Find Me!



This is one of my favorites! I use this every year, guaranteed! 

This activity is very similar to what you would normally see labeled as a "write the room" activity. I did not want to call it that, because you can also simply sit the cards at a center so that the kids can fill out their answers there, rather than walking around the room. 

To complete this activity, students simply follow the place value clues given on their card to create a number (putting all of the numbers in their correct place value locations will create the overall, larger number = the answer). Students put their answer on the line next to the animal that matches the animal on the clue card...and that's it!! Gotta make sure the kids know which place is which, right!?

A close up view of a few of the cards that come in this pack
(also given in black and white):



3. Metric Conversion Craftivity and Useful Tool!



Hm...I might have lied before when I said Place Value Find Me! was my favorite....this one might take the cake! 

You have probably all heard of or taught something the same as, or similar to, King Henry Died Unusually Drinking Chocolate Milk when you teach the metric system and its conversions. 

The kids love creating this cute little caterpillar in class, and then using it to help them with their conversions. Eventually, students are able to draw the caterpillar on their own and they don't require the actual craft anymore - but it's a great way to get them started and commit the idea to memory before having them do it on their own. 

Preview of the final product: 

4. Multiplication Memory Game



This one is just fun! :) It is just like it sounds - a multiplication memory game! Match the multiplication expression to its product and that's it! 

Have your students keep their matches on their record sheet to make sure they are being held accountable for what they are doing while they play the game. They even keep track of their partner's matches. 

Record sheet shown below:


5. Math-O!



This is a pack of 4 types of math BINGO! Multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction are all included! I love this game at the beginning of the year because I encourage the kids to practice their mental math with these simple expressions. 

If you are interested in four of the five of these activities, make sure you just purchase the bundle because it will save you money! :) Let me know if you have any questions! Enjoy!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Self Assessing Bulletin Board

I have had a lot of e-mails and Instagram messages recently regarding my post showing my bulletin board. 


Most of you were inquiring about the emoji self assessment part of the board, so I will DEFINITELY discuss that. First, I am just going to give you links to all of the things you see, just in case that is all you want :) 

1) Math Alphabet - above the board

2) Subject and headers - rectangle label cards

3) Emoji Self Assessment PDF

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The explanation of how it works:

This was not something I thought up completely on my own - we were asked to display this sort of data in rubric form on our boards by our district and their new Learning Goals and Scales initiative. At first, I was not a fan.... another thing to do, right!? However, I have seen it work in my classroom, so when you all asked me about it, I knew I had to share it! The best part is, I made it a FREEBIE! :) Yay!

So, let's take a look at the photo again. This time, just looking at the emoji posters on the left (1, 2, 3, and 4 cards) and then the emoji rubric grid on the main part of the board.


As you can see, the 1, 2, 3, 4 cards on the left are just the explanations of the rubric. Many of us already have these in our classrooms in different forms or wording. Our district has chosen not to use the level 0 at all, so we start at a 1 and end at a 4. 

Under the "subject" column, I simply have the printable cards of each subject I teach (I teach all but Science). 

Under the "Standards and Learning Goals" column, I have the goals/standards written out. My students know that on my scale, this would be our level 3 - our goal. If they feel that they have met our goal, then they are a level 3 and that is where they would move their little number card. 

Under the first emoji you will see all of their number cards. I cut 1 inch by 1 inch cardstock cards and the kids simply colored their card with their number on it. I stuck mini sticky magnets I got from Amazon on there, and DONE! Easy as pie! (I did NOT laminate the cardstock because it would make it less likely that it would stick to the adhesive on the magnets - paper sticks better). 

Before each lesson, we discuss yesterdays goal versus todays goal. For reading, the goal stays the same for days at a time sometimes; however, for math, it changes almost daily. We discuss how we will use these skills in real life and why they are important. We then begin the lesson. Throughout the lessons we do little "temperature checks" where I do some sort of quick assessment to see where my kids are in the lesson. This sometimes is simply visual (on their whiteboards), but it can also be a few multiple choice questions using a program like Plickers (if you don't know this program, you MUST go check it out!).

We move our numbers throughout the lesson sometimes, and sometimes we just wait until the end when we change to our next subject. The kids know they may never reach a 4 for a certain skill because I sometimes am not able to assign tasks that bring them to a level four. Sometimes they get level four tasks for homework. Making the idea that a level 3 is right where you want them is very important with this idea. Another important thing is that your classroom environment allows for students to feel comfortable placing themselves at the appropriate level (for example, not to be embarrassed to admit they are a level 1 or 2). This works great in my room, but sometimes it is a big shaky when we start using the scale at the beginning of the year before everyone is comfortable. 

Let me know if you have any other questions! I hope you find this useful!! ;) 


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Poetry with Emotion

First thing first - I have not blogged in for....ev...errrrr!!! 
I have gone completely off the map this year! I feel like this year has not only FLOWN by me, but has been more difficult than ever! Why is this? I don't know why I feel like I have spent this year recreating the wheel for no reason...making things a lot harder for myself than I need to. Anyone else having this problem?

We recently had our "big" state writing test. We had been writing non-stop for weeks to prepare for this, so the kids (and the teachers!) were exhausted! As you all know, we can't stop teaching because there is just so much content to teach in one year, but we wanted to give our kids a little brain break to show our appreciation to them for all of their hard work!

We decided to figure out a way to turn a popular movie that all of our kids knew into a lesson idea! 

The movie: "Inside Out"

The standard:
Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

The end result: 

The game plan:
Discuss the movie, the 5 moods/emotions in the movie, and different examples given in the movie when that specific emotion is shown.
(Those of you who have not seen Inside Out, there are 5 emotions presented in the movie: fear, disgust, anger, sadness, and joy. Each emotion is represented by its own character. These characters are 'inside' of a little girl's brain throughout the movie. They show how the emotions all work together inside of our brain and affect the way that we feel or act)

After discussing the above, have the students choose one of the emotions/characters they want to focus on. We are going to write poetry that gives our reader that specific emotion you chose.

Display this poem as an example of a poem that makes us feel sad:
As you can see, the poem does not say "sad", but it is still able to make you feel "sadness". How does the poem do this? Discuss this with the students.

Give each student a paper plate and display the characters from the movie on the board so they can see how they look. The students create a mask using the paper plate and coloring supplies. 

I told my students that during the time they were making their mask, they are able to think about words that would be useful in their poem. Certain words can give us feeling without directly stating the feeling/emotion. My students had out a sheet of paper on their desk to jot down words that came to mind while they were coloring their masks.

When their masks are complete, they write their poem. I gave them an 8 line minimum, but no other rules for rhyming, etc. I was giving them more creative freedom simply because this was supposed to be a mental brain break activity after testing. You may choose to give them more guidelines if you are using this as a more strictly standard based assignment. 

I was really excited about our end result! The bulletin board came out super cute! I forgot to snap a photo of it, but I will try to remember and add it to this post soon! 



Saturday, October 17, 2015

Happy Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! 

So...I grew up not loving this holiday...I don't have a reason, I just never really cared about dressing up! I still don't get into dressing up, but I LOVE to see the kids dressed up! I also love all of the Halloween themed activities we do in school! It is so much fun to have a reason to celebrate something in school - even if it is not always just "fun and games"...you can incorporate the theme into any activities!

I was lucky enough to receive some amazing new Halloween items from Oriental Trading

The first item we have used this October is the Monster Bean Bag Toss Game! 

Found here:  Oriental Trading


I did this during the time when I would normally pull a small group. The other students in my class were working in their centers, and I had 6 students with me for the game. 

They lined up for practice throws! Haha!


I used this in a way similar to a Jeopardy game. Each color monster represented a different topic question: 

Blue: Math
Purple: Social Studies
Yellow: Science
Red: Reading
Orange: Grammar
Green: Technology

The students would throw their bean bag to try to knock down the color cup they wanted to answer a question about. In the picture below the student knocked down blue and purple, this means he/she can choose between answering a math question or a social studies question. 


They had so much fun that I don't think they realized they were answering questions! I gave out Halloween Pencils from Oriental Trading to the students who won in the small groups.

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At our school we had a Rubics Cube club last year. Because of this, many of my fifth-graders are pros at solving a Rubics Cube! The Halloween Rubics Cubes were a HIT!

Found here:   Oriental Trading




I know leave these Rubics Cubes in my reading corner. It is great for when they kids complete their work early and need a little "brain break". They can go sit in the reading corner and play with the Rubics Cube for a bit. Sometimes they silently race, and it is just too cute! I am thinking about keeping them out all year long even though they are Halloween themed!

Everything I have in my classroom AND MORE can be found at the link below: 

Happy Halloween!


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experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by the 
company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation 
was received for this review.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Merry "July" Christmas!



Merry Christmas in July!!

SALE TIME!

So, today and tomorrow, both of my stores are on sale!
Click the image below to head over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store!


Some of my favorite items from the shop (of course, they are all on sale!) Yay!



         


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Some other fun stuff is on sale, tooooo!!!
Back to school shopping should not just be for items for your classroom, but also items for YOU! 

For my personal site, www.littlelovelyleaders.com, you'll need to use a the coupon code below!

Coupon code: YayJuly25!



Bracelet stacks are my favorite accessory right now!




Enjoy the sale everyone! :) :) :) Yay!




Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I'm not in Vegas...but...

Wah! 

I am not in Vegas...which is really really sad... BUT I am in the mountains on Vacation with my family! Yay!


I am joining Kristin from School and the City in her linky party for those of us who are not in Vegas...we are doing fun things, too, ya know! :) ....even though we are really really realllllly jealous of all of you Vegas goers... I am doing a good job pretending not to be... 


We come every year for vacation around fourth of July. As a teacher, I usually get to come up to my parents' mountain house more often in the summer; however, other members of my family who have all year jobs (I mean, what IS that? haha!) make it a point to come up for the week of the 4th! We love it! We have a blast. It overlaps with my dad's birthday, which is also fun! We have Family Olympics each year, too, that the guys take part in. They compete in teams of two (my dad, along with the son-in-laws, since there are no real sons in the family) in events like horseshoes, darts, pool, golf, corn hole, etc. It is a blast for them! .....while they do that...what do the girls do? SHOP! (That's our Olympics event! haha!)

I have been getting to take naps with my 6 month old niece/goddaughter throughout this vacation....I think it has been my favorite part!!  Isn't she just a baby doll!?! I just love to squeeze her!

I stare at her knuckles while she naps....

I was out running, which is really not easy in mountains (when I am from Florida, where it is SO FLAT!) so I had to stop and rest on the golf course. Isn't it just so pretty!?

Both of my nieces, Savanna and Juliet, sitting on the porch in their matching outfits!

Sitting by a waterfall after a hike! So calming! I wish I had one in my backyard ALWAYS! I would never get sick of it!

I wish you could see more in this pic - we are on what looks like a rock-diving board! It hung out over a long drop! ...was kind of scary, but cool!


Making homemade pizzas in the pizza oven is one of my favorite parts of being here! I just love it so much! They taste so good! My dad is the ultimate pizza maker! :) 

So what are you doing if you're not in Vegas?! I would love to check it out if you link up, too!
(link at the top of this blog post)

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Talk About 'Em Tuesday - Tracey Gurley Designs

I have been excited about this post! This designer is definitelyyyyyy a fav of mine! I really wish I could turn her prints into wallpaper and cover my walls with them! I just feel so happy every time I look at her artwork!

If you're new to this Linky, here's a quick explanation: Each Tuesday I am going to highlight a different small business that I have used personally AND why I love them! It might be a TpT store, it might be an Etsy store...maybe it will be a local store near me! Who knows?! I just want to shine some light on some of my favorite small businesses, and I am hoping you all will want to do the same! I love that technology has allowed us to have these small businesses, and there is no better feeling than buying something from someone who is also a teacher, or a stay-at-home mom, or a rookie artist! I would rather give my money to these amazing people than a big business! 


For this week's "Talk About 'Em Tuesday!" I am going to tell you about Tracey Gurley Designs




Not only is Tracey amazing to work with (soooo insanely nice!) but she is WOW talented! Her prints and images make me SO happy. If you aren't happy looking at these, then I don't know what will make you happy! Haha! 

Just take a look at a screenshot of some of the items from her store...

Tracey Gurley is also AHHH-mazingly supportive of the products I have created using her artwork. She is soooo sweet! I have been stalking eyeing her artwork for a while now, and fell in love when she created the Island Life collection! I could not just put it on my wish list this time...I HAD TO HAVE IT! ALL of it!!! 

I used many pieces of her artwork to create the new Fun in the Sun Teacher's Life Binder! You guys have probably seen many of this artwork if you follow me on instagram, because I have been so excited about the way this artwork looks when printed out on paper! I have never been so impressed with the way something prints before this! I was in shock! The colors came out SO VIVID and perfect! I just stare at it sometimes.... Part of me wants to go back and redo all of my classroom decoration JUST to have it all around me everyday at work!

Flamingos!

Lemons!

Flowers and Flamingos!

Watermelons!

Seahorses!

Pineapples!

Seashells!

More lemons!

More watermelons!

If these aren't the cutest, brightest, most amazing designs you've ever seen, then I don't know how else I could impress you! Tracey Gurley is one of a kind! I am sooo glad I found her and I know I will be using her designs for a LOT in the future!

Something else so great, she has a TpT store in addition to her Etsy shop!
Go download her freebie!

TpT store HERE

Etsy store HERE

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I would love for you to share your favorite small businesses each week with us! If you'd like to blog about one and join our linky party, please do! We'd love for you to join!

Just be sure to grab the linky image at the top of this blog post and post it on yours, as well. Also, grab my button so that you can link your followers back to this page if they want to see everyone else's link ups! It will be kind of like going shopping because we will get to check out all of these new small businesses everyone loves!

So just create your blog post and then come back here and click the blue "add your link" button below to add your post to the linky party! :) Yay! Be sure to leave the link that goes directly to that specific blog post.