Thursday, November 24, 2016

Holiday Gifts for Students

Christmas is right around the corner which means you've been thinking about what to give your own children at home. I have 7 educational gift idea that are practical and educational for K-5th grade students.
Gift Idea #1: A watch with numbers and hands! Students need help telling time on an analog clock. Everything is digital these days which makes it hard for students to learn it. But they still have to know how to do it. A watch is a perfect gift for those students who need a boost in time telling. Plus, it's cool to wear a watch.
Gift Idea #2: Books! Find a set of books to give your child. For example, "Magic Tree House" or "Frog and Toad". Books are a great gift to give every year. As your child grows, so does their interest and topics in books. Nonfiction books like science books with pictures are always popular. You can also give the gift of reading to your child every night. It's a great gift to cherish and it's free. 
Gift Idea #3: Board Games! Any board game or card game is great. Monopoly teaches about money, Yatzee helps with multiplication and addition, Boggle teaches phonics and reading, and so on. Plus, games teach sportsmanship. Help your child be a good loser or winner. Plus, when playing a game with your child, you learn about how they are learning and thinking. It's quite amazing!
Gift Idea #4: A dictionary. Okay, it sounds boring, but some dictionaries are really cool. Especially for the little ones. And....believe it or not, they like to look at them. Dictionaries are great to have on hand. Sometimes you just need to look up a word. Thesaurus and other books like these encourage setting an example of being a good student. 
Gift Idea #5: A Diary or Journal. What a great and fun way to encourage writing. There are cool journals out there too. Spiral bound are fun and easy to use. A set of cool pencils with this would be a great addition. Let those creative juices flow. They can write about their day, make lists, draw, write a story, jot down dreams or goals. Either way, they are writing and being creative.
Gift Idea #6: Puzzle Books. A set of Sudoku or Find the Hidden Items in the Picture are great for exercising the brain. Puzzle books are great for challenging the mind and keeping it sharp. Puzzles are also great to stay entertained instead of watching TV. Also, the puzzles that come in a box with pieces are super for brain power!
Gift Idea #7: A Magazine Subscription. What a great way to encourage reading! Some fun subscriptions are Highlight Magazines or National Geographic for Kids. There are a ton out there for kids. Find their interest and see what they might like to read. Plus, it's fun to get something in the mail every month. A gift that keeps giving all year long.

If you can think of other educational gift ideas that you know would be great to add to this list, please let me know by commenting below. I'm always looking for new ideas. 

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Milestone Celebration

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Free Fall Double Addition Cards

 Free Fall Addition Doubles
Do your students need extra help with their addition doubles? This FREEBIE provides a set of 18 cards and 2 games to help practice this skill. These games are perfect for the classroom or during small group time. They are also great for game night at home. The two games are Memory and Go Fish. These 2 games are fun and easy to reinforce knowing addition doubles. Just click the picture on the left to download this freebie.

Remember it's important to know those doubles. Doubles help students think about other addition facts. Doubles also help with multiplication. If they know their doubles, then they know all their multiplication facts by 2's! To learn more about teaching students to add more proficiently, click here.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

How to Teach Addition Without Using Fingers

How many of your students use their fingers to add numbers? Here are some basic tips to start your students off in the right direction to master addition skills. Students should master each step before moving on to the next step. The goal is to help students see numbers in a different way which will help them think about the numbers instead of counting on their fingers. Here are the steps that will help students become proficient!

First, teach the numbers that make 10. For example: 1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, and 5+5. Students should be able to recognize these pairs of numbers instantly. This will help them later on too. If students know that 3+7=10, then they would know that 30+70=100. Plus, our place value system is based on tens. Students need to proficiently know these pairs that make 10. If you need extra practice, try this pack of making 10.  
 What Makes 10?
 Combinations of 10 Game
Here is a FREE game to learn the combinations or pairs of 10. This is a great game to help memorize the pairs. Just click the picture on the left to download this free game. 
Next, teach adding a 10 to a number. For example; 3+10. This should be done with no thinking. Counting by 10's from any number is essential! They should NOT be counting 10 more on their fingers. This needs to be automatic. They should be able to count by 10's going forward and backwards from any number. Students should also be proficient at counting 1 more and 1 less from any number. Here is a FREE resource to help with adding and subtracting by 1's and 10's.
 Adding and Subtracting by 1s and 10s

Then, teach adding a 9 to a number. For example: 3+9. If they know how to add 10, they just subtract 1 less. This will help exercise the brain moving forward and backwards on a number line. Most students need help seeing the 9 in the equation. Sometimes they sit and stare at the addition fact with a blank stare until I say, "I see a 9." Then right away they know what to do. It's training the brain to see the 9 and connecting it with a trick they know. If you know how to add 10, then you can add 9 with ease. This is helpful when subtracting too. Students really need to be proficient in counting forward and backwards on a number line with simple arithmetic like 1 more or 1 less. 

After, teach the doubles. For example: 5+5 or 6+6. Students should know their doubles without thinking. They should not be adding on their fingers a double. These need to be memorized. Doubles come in handy when thinking about other addition facts. Doubles also help when learning multiplication. Know those doubles! They should also recognize the subtraction fact family of a double too. If they know that 6+6=12, then they should begin to recognize that 12-6=6. Students can do a lot when they know their doubles. 

After you teach the doubles, you can work on doubles +1. For example: 6+7. Some people like to call these numbers, neighbors, because they are neighbors or next door to each other on the number line. For this addition fact, you can see 6 and 7 are neighbors on the number line. If you see a neighbor, you take the smallest number, double it, and add 1 more. As students become proficient, they will begin learning tricks and seeing numbers differently. Their brain learns to look for combinations of numbers and connecting it with what they know. 

Finally, students should be proficient in adding 2 more or 3 more to a number. They should already know how to add 1 more with ease. Adding another 1 is simple. Once these steps are masters, students will be thinking in their heads combinations of numbers, looking for pairs that make 10 or a double, and begin using a strategy other than their fingers. When they get to a fact like 4+7, they may think, "I know that 3+7 is 10, therefore 4+7 must be 11." or they may think, "I know that 4+4 is 8, therefore 3 more make 11." Or they may think, "I know that 4+6=10, then 1 more would make 11." These 3 examples use strategies other than fingers.

The best way to learn these strategies is to practice, practice, and practice. We can't be good at something if we don't practice. Right? 

Teaching to take numbers apart like using Number Bonds and connecting them with what you know is very helpful. I found a YouTube video that explains Number Bonds pretty well.  Click here to watch a video about Number Bonds. 

Here are some fun resources that will help master addition facts and to practice the strategies listed above. 
 Fact Drills using Addition and Subtraction  Add 1 Subtract 1 Add 10 Subtract 10  Addition using 3, 4, 5, and 6 Addends  Addition Games  Addition task cards using single digits  Super Power Thinking Game Boards
I hope these tips are helpful in mastering addition facts. 
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mini Workbooks for Math and a Freebie from Each One

I have a variety of Mini-Workbooks to try that support some math standards. Each Mini Workbook has a FREEBIE included so you can see what the worksheets look like. All Mini Workbook Worksheets are a half sheet displaying a math standard. 
Collect and assemble all the FREE examples from each pack to create a mini, mini-workbook. 


 Mini workbook using 2 digit addition and subtraction
 Mini Workbook 2-Digit Addition/Subtraction using word problems has 40 half sheets. Each sheet includes 2 word problem questions or 1 page for students to write their own word problem. Below is a FREE example of using 2-digit addition and subtraction word problems. 
 Free 2 Digit Word Problem Mini Workbook

 Simple Addition and Subtraction Word Problems using Single Digits
Here is a more simple version of Addition and Subtraction Word Problems. This pack would be perfect for 1st graders or for beginning students who are just learning math word problems. This pack includes 40 half-sheets all about word problems for single digit. Click the example page below to download a FREE example worksheet from this pack. 

 Mini Workbook for Simple Addition and Subtraction Word Problems

The next set of Mini-Workbooks are all about Place Value. Each pack includes 40 half sheets working on place value standards. Choose the Mini-Workbook right for your students: 2-Digit, 3-Digit, or 4 Digit. Each FREEBIE is below the cover page. Just click the worksheet that best fits your students or grab them all!

 Mini Workbook using 2 Digit Numbers Place Value using 3 Digit Numbers Mini Workbook Place Value using 4 digit numbers
 Free 2 Digit Mini Workbook using Place Value            Free Mini Workbook using 3 Digit Place Value            Free Mini Workbook using 4 Digit Place Value

 Mini Workbook using Time and Elapsed Time
Mini-Workbook using Time and Elapsed Time has 32 half sheets. Each half sheet displays a clock and students need to answer 4 questions about the time on the clock. These are perfect for 3-5th grade classrooms or for those needing more practice with elapsed time.   Free Mini Workbook Time and Time Elapse Trial

Hopefully there is a skill here that your students need more reinforcing and practicing. These mini-workbooks can be used for morning work, classwork, centers, free time, early finishers, or for exit tickets! 

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