It's official - Spring begins this week! Teachers know that the spring way of thinking really begins the first day that the jackets come off at recess! It's on days like that (and weeks like that!) you'll find a game like Spring Subtraction Bump is just what you need to help your little learners refocus. Math games are a great way to help your students make that tough transition from running and jumping and yelling to ... um, well, let's be honest about this, listening to ... Read More about Spring Subtraction BUMP Game
Perimeter of a Shape Printable Worksheet Freebie From experience I learned that my students knew how to find the perimeter and given the perimeter, they could also find the missing side. But when testing came, the shapes were unusual, awkward and just plain boring. A recipe for failure, but a skill they really need. I have created many perimeter and area resources and this worksheet is available for free at my blog. Use it for review, homework, group work or an assessment. ... Read More about Are You Teaching the Perimeter of a Shape?
Cool math usually involves some interactive piece, math games, and a challenge for kids. All students everywhere love when they can mix learning and fun. Practicing various number skills can be done with free online web-based applications. Or having a printed math activity that is based off familiar games, such as chess and checkers, can really enhance student educational concepts. True story: My 2 children are polar opposites in every sense. When it comes to math, ... Read More about Crazy Cool Math Games
How many repetitions does it take to develop automaticity with a new skill? And the answer is... it depends on the child. A reasonable range to consider is 7 to 25 repetitions. My students certainly needed numerous opportunities to learn the Make Ten addition facts. Teaching these number combinations that equal ten was one of my biggest challenges. After participating in a variety of activities, my students would develop conceptual understanding and automaticity with these ... Read More about How to Have Fun Learning the Make Ten Facts
Free parent communication logs to improve family involvement and document contacts. Discussing classroom management is coming up, but you gotta hear about this first.. You probably won't believe that during my first year of teaching I had a police officer come to my classroom. Shocking I know. Because he was there to see me! I know, I know, you're asking yourself what horrible thing I did wrong. Well, it's not like I snapped burned up all my lesson plans, but I did ... Read More about Parent Communication Log Freebies