Thursday, May 26, 2016

Building Math Fact Fluency

Math fact fluency is such an important element in math learning!
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
 Every year students come into my class who struggle with basic addition and subtraction. They attempt to use their fingers, try to reference the number line, or just make a guess. Unfortunately our math program makes little attempt to have students become fluent in addition and subtraction facts either. So this year I started having my students do Math Like a Ninja! {Yes, quick and stealthy!}
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
These math booklets provide my students with lots of addition and subtraction fluency practice. EVERY day I begin each math lesson with a timed speed drill, to help students master their addition and subtraction math facts.
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
This pack includes math fluency strips featuring addition to 10, answer keys, as well as assessment tools to help you track your students’ progress. Conveniently made with 3 per page for quick & easy prep!
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
 I know not every teacher is on board with math drills. But I see each year how kids struggle with simple facts, and this takes up one minute of the math lesson! In that one minute, each day, they are developing amazing fluency!
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
This activity works well for ANY level of math fluency, as they work on the booklet that is at their own level. Differentiated for every learner! And as they move on to the next level, they are so proud :)
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
For the addition pack click {here}
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
For the subtraction pack click {here}
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
For the money-saving bundle, featuring addition and subtraction click {here}
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bouncy Bands

Have you heard of Bouncy Bands?
Tips for helping students who can't sit still.
They attach to desks and chairs. And they are STRONG! 
Tips for helping students who can't sit still.
They're great for students who move around a lot. Students can put their feet on the band and move, without bothering others and without getting up and wandering around the room.
Tips for helping students who can't sit still.
In the past we've tried using skipping ropes, but they were way too flimsy, and didn't last the year. Bouncy Bands are definitely more durable!
Tips for helping students who can't sit still.
You can find them {here

Friday, May 20, 2016

Learning About Contractions

Camp Contraction: a unit about contractions and using apostrophes
In a recent spelling list, students had to learn about contractions. They can be really tricky! 

I put the word list on our Focus Board:
Camp Contraction: a unit about contractions and using apostrophes
and sent home a list for extra practice
Camp Contraction: a unit about contractions and using apostrophes

Camp Contraction: a unit about contractions and using apostrophes
I hung a reminder chart on the Focus Board too, for those that needed to reference it :)
Camp Contraction: a unit about contractions and using apostrophes
We did LOTS of contraction-themed activities, in Camp Contraction!
Camp Contraction: a unit about contractions and using apostrophes

Welcome to Camp Contraction!
During your stay you will learn about contractions and apostrophes in these 8 ways...
-Contractions matching activity (match the contractions to the two words that make it up)
-Contractions write the room hunt (look in books, posters, etc.)
-Cut & paste the contractions {put the contraction in the correct sentence}
-Contractions poster/anchor chart
-Add the apostrophe to the words
-Find and highlight the contractions in the text & write the two words that make up each contraction
-Grab a contraction card & use it in a sentence & illustrate the sentence
-Scoot or Write the Room activity
Camp Contraction: a unit about contractions and using apostrophes

Camp Contraction: a unit about contractions and using apostrophes

Camp Contraction: a unit about contractions and using apostrophes


Camp Contraction: a unit about contractions and using apostrophes
Find it all {here}

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fairy Tales Unit: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Here are a few activities we did in our study of Goldilocks and the Three Bears!
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
We started off reading several different versions of the fairy tale.
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
Then we mapped out the story:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
We made several text-to-self connections:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
We also discussed and noted the character traits:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
For more posts about other Fairy Tales, check {here}
For the complete Fairy Tales Unit, click {here}
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

Monday, May 16, 2016

Fairy Tales Unit: Jack and the Beanstalk

I just wanted to share some fun learning activities that we did to go along with the Fairy Tale: Jack and the Beanstalk.
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
We started by reading several versions of the fairy tale, including some 'fractured fairy tales'.

Then we mapped out the tale:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
We discussed each character in the story, and made note of their traits:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
We made several text-to-self comparisons:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
This fun writing activity asks students to think about what would happen if the beanstalk grew down below the ground instead of up to the sky!
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
LOL!!!

For more of my posts about Fairy Tales, look {here}
For the Fairy Tales Unit, check {here}
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
Next up, Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Fairy Tales Unit: Little Red Riding Hood

Here are some activities we did to go along with Little Red Riding Hood!
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
We started by reading several versions of the Fairy Tale, including 'fractured' fairy tale versions.

Then we mapped out the tale:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

We discussed each character's traits:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
We made several text-to-self connections:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
We did a True or False page to assess comprehension:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
We did some writing activities that asked students what would happen if Little Red Riding Hood shared her cookies with the wolf...
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
Find more Fairy Tale posts {here}
Find the entire Fairy Tales Unit {here}
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
Next post will be about Jack & the Beanstalk!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Fairy Tales Unit: Cinderella

The next part of our Fairy Tales unit is all about Cinderella!
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
Again, we started by reading many different versions of this Fairy Tale. We liked the Disney one best :)

Then we dug deeper into the tale by mapping the story:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
We made some text-to-self connections:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
We did a writer's response, to see what each class member would do if he/she had a Fairy Godmother!
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
{I would wish that I had no problem with gluten and no allergies too. Then I would be so happy.} <3

We discussed each character, and their traits:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

We did a True or False page to show comprehension:
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood

Tomorrow I will share what we did with Little Red Riding Hood!
Find previous posts about Fairy Tales {here}
You can find the complete Fairy Tales Unit {here}
A complete Fairy Tales unit featuring activities for 6 student favorites including Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and Little Red Riding Hood
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