Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Our Foray into Multiplication

We started multiplication on Monday.  Over on Who's Who and Who's New, I wrote about how we're using sentence frames and vocabulary in math to help students express their understanding of mathematical concepts.  This process has worked really well this week when introducing the new concept of multiplication.  Go check it out for some more in-depth information.  Keep reading to see how it applies to multiplication.

First we talked about the vocabulary and then I introduced the sentence frames with examples of arrays on the whiteboard.



I drew some arrays on the board, labeled them, and then wrote equations.  Then students and I did some arrays together, labeling and writing equations.  Finally, students were able to create their own arrays, with labeling and equations.  At each step of the process, I had them either chorally say the sentences or turn to a partner and say the sentences.

The best part: working with manipulatives and writing on desks!  Students love it when we write on the desks.



Above are a few student examples of the array, the label and the equation.  Students are finally getting the difference between rows and columns!  The sentence frames have really helped.  I also threw in some hand motions.  Rows are wavy arms going across the body.  Columns are diving arms from the head going down.

On Tuesday, we extended our work with arrays to have students drawing their own arrays.  Although students could make arrays with manipulatives, some of them struggled to draw rows and columns.




Above are a few examples.  Students first created an array with the manipulatives then drew it and wrote the three sentences.  I'd intended that they be able to draw and write about four arrays.  Most students got through at least two arrays.  I love how the last student is "doting" over "dots".

These were some very easy, low prep, no worksheet, great student engagement ways to help students understand multiplication.  Do you have any tricks for teaching arrays and multiplication?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Go check it out!

I'm blogging over at Who's Who and Who's New today.


It's all about using sentence frames and vocabulary in math to help students successfully express their thinking.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Life Cycle Graphic Organizers

We're starting Life Cycles next week!  My students love learning about animals.  

I've set up some life cycle stations with these models.  


They're great hands-on manipulatives for science.  I wrote a Donor's Choose project and got a ton of them to use in my room, in addition to several more books.  Each station (animal) has some books, a model, and some other activities I've been able to find on TpT.

The missing piece was a graphic organizer where students could draw a model of each animals' stage and write a description about it.  Although I found a lot of graphic organizers on TpT, I didn't find a package with all the animals I wanted.  I'm kinda OCD about this, but I wanted all of them to look the same!

Enters my newest product: Life Cycle Graphic Organizers


There are eight graphic organizers for each of the listed animals.  The graphic organizers all have a similar format with a space for a drawing and lines for a description.  

These are very simple.  Once students do one, they'll know how to do the rest of them.  Perfect for an independent center.

If you'd like additional animals, please, let me know.  I'm happy to add to the packet.

Enjoy!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Sale - Tomorrow!

A few sellers are getting together to throw an Easter Sale tomorrow, one day only.  Stock up on all those things on your wish list while it's 20% off!


Yes, my Cut and Paste Math Activities for Second Grade will be 20% off.  Get them while there on sale!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cut & Paste Math Activities for Every Second Grade Standard

It's done!  It's done!  I've been slaving over this project for months!

Introducing my Cut & Paste Math Activities for Every Second Grade Standard:


There are two pages for most standards.

The worksheets contain cut and paste problems as well as written answers.  Students are asked to explain their thinking for every standard.


The cut and paste component gives students an opportunity too check their work.  The explanation gives you an opportunity see their thinking.  The pages for each standard approach the content slightly differently.  You can use both pages or choose one that best fits your needs.


I'm so excited to have this project done!  It's been a long time coming and it's so easy to pull the worksheets when I need some extra work for students to do or when I just haven't had time to do the in-depth planning I like to do in Math.

Do you want a free sample?  Here you go!


Five for Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Five for Friday.



I got a new haircut!  Great of summer!  I'm still trying to figure out how to style it.  It works best if I just let it dry by itself, but then is a bit too messy.  We'll see how it works when I go back to school.  I hate having hair in my face when I'm working!


And, since I got a new haircut, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to snap some photos and create a photo blurb on the sidebar.  I love the addition and warmth it added to the blog.  Now you all get to see what I look like!



I've been on Spring Break this week.  I love reading books and sleeping in, and spending time with my family.  We went to the beach a couple times, but this week as colder than last week, so it really wasn't beach weather.  I'm so looking forward to summer break!



I was able to get a bit of sewing done this week, too.  I'm part of a sewing bee . . . it used to be a quilting bee, but we've changed focus.  I used to quilt all the time, before two kids and TpT.  Now, I only sew and quilt occasionally.  I'm sure that when my kiddos get out of toddler / preschool stage I'll have more time.  That's what I keep hoping for anyway!



I'm so close to being done with my latest resource, Cut and Paste Math Activities for Every Second Grade Standard.  I'm super excited to list it.  The best part of creating resources is that I can use them from year to year (if I teach the same grade level) and it's perfect to just "plug and play".  I do tweak things every year, but I love having things in place and ready to go.

How was your week?  We have 8 weeks left until summer break.  I am so ready for this year to be over!  It's been a tough group of students this year and I'm looking forward to the break.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Photo, Blurb & Coming Soon . . .

Did you see it?  Did you see it?  If you're reading through an RSS feed, you'll have to click through to my blog.  Go ahead.  I'm waiting.

Now, look to the right.  See that.  Over there.


I added a photo and a little blurb to my side bar.  Now you can put a face with the blog.  I'm super pleased with how it turned out.

I never take photos of myself.  I'm always the one with the camera, so finding a good photo to use was tough.  I finally just took a few selfies after my haircut last week and chose the best one.  It was outside and my glasses were starting to tint, but they're not too dark yet.

Love it!

Cue awkward segue . . .

I've been slaving over a new resource for the past couple months.  I'm ALMOST done with it and I'm super excited to share it with you all!

It's Cut & Paste Math Activities for every second grade standard.  I mean EVERY standard.  There's a total of 52 pages of content for students, plus answer keys.


This has been a long project in the making.  My students have been doing some of the activities as I've been developing the pages and I've had positive responses from them.  You could say, it's "student approved!"

I'm finishing up the answer keys, which should be done in the next couple of days and then it's ready!

A sweet tidbit of information for you . . . the photograph on the cover is my four-year-old practicing his cutting skills on one of the pages.  I love it!

Hope you're having a great week!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Our Foray into Multiplication

We started multiplication on Monday.  Over on Who's Who and Who's New, I wrote about how we're using sentence frames and vocabulary in math to help students express their understanding of mathematical concepts.  This process has worked really well this week when introducing the new concept of multiplication.  Go check it out for some more in-depth information.  Keep reading to see how it applies to multiplication.

First we talked about the vocabulary and then I introduced the sentence frames with examples of arrays on the whiteboard.



I drew some arrays on the board, labeled them, and then wrote equations.  Then students and I did some arrays together, labeling and writing equations.  Finally, students were able to create their own arrays, with labeling and equations.  At each step of the process, I had them either chorally say the sentences or turn to a partner and say the sentences.

The best part: working with manipulatives and writing on desks!  Students love it when we write on the desks.



Above are a few student examples of the array, the label and the equation.  Students are finally getting the difference between rows and columns!  The sentence frames have really helped.  I also threw in some hand motions.  Rows are wavy arms going across the body.  Columns are diving arms from the head going down.

On Tuesday, we extended our work with arrays to have students drawing their own arrays.  Although students could make arrays with manipulatives, some of them struggled to draw rows and columns.




Above are a few examples.  Students first created an array with the manipulatives then drew it and wrote the three sentences.  I'd intended that they be able to draw and write about four arrays.  Most students got through at least two arrays.  I love how the last student is "doting" over "dots".

These were some very easy, low prep, no worksheet, great student engagement ways to help students understand multiplication.  Do you have any tricks for teaching arrays and multiplication?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Go check it out!

I'm blogging over at Who's Who and Who's New today.


It's all about using sentence frames and vocabulary in math to help students successfully express their thinking.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Life Cycle Graphic Organizers

We're starting Life Cycles next week!  My students love learning about animals.  

I've set up some life cycle stations with these models.  


They're great hands-on manipulatives for science.  I wrote a Donor's Choose project and got a ton of them to use in my room, in addition to several more books.  Each station (animal) has some books, a model, and some other activities I've been able to find on TpT.

The missing piece was a graphic organizer where students could draw a model of each animals' stage and write a description about it.  Although I found a lot of graphic organizers on TpT, I didn't find a package with all the animals I wanted.  I'm kinda OCD about this, but I wanted all of them to look the same!

Enters my newest product: Life Cycle Graphic Organizers


There are eight graphic organizers for each of the listed animals.  The graphic organizers all have a similar format with a space for a drawing and lines for a description.  

These are very simple.  Once students do one, they'll know how to do the rest of them.  Perfect for an independent center.

If you'd like additional animals, please, let me know.  I'm happy to add to the packet.

Enjoy!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Sale - Tomorrow!

A few sellers are getting together to throw an Easter Sale tomorrow, one day only.  Stock up on all those things on your wish list while it's 20% off!


Yes, my Cut and Paste Math Activities for Second Grade will be 20% off.  Get them while there on sale!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cut & Paste Math Activities for Every Second Grade Standard

It's done!  It's done!  I've been slaving over this project for months!

Introducing my Cut & Paste Math Activities for Every Second Grade Standard:


There are two pages for most standards.

The worksheets contain cut and paste problems as well as written answers.  Students are asked to explain their thinking for every standard.


The cut and paste component gives students an opportunity too check their work.  The explanation gives you an opportunity see their thinking.  The pages for each standard approach the content slightly differently.  You can use both pages or choose one that best fits your needs.


I'm so excited to have this project done!  It's been a long time coming and it's so easy to pull the worksheets when I need some extra work for students to do or when I just haven't had time to do the in-depth planning I like to do in Math.

Do you want a free sample?  Here you go!


Five for Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Five for Friday.



I got a new haircut!  Great of summer!  I'm still trying to figure out how to style it.  It works best if I just let it dry by itself, but then is a bit too messy.  We'll see how it works when I go back to school.  I hate having hair in my face when I'm working!


And, since I got a new haircut, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to snap some photos and create a photo blurb on the sidebar.  I love the addition and warmth it added to the blog.  Now you all get to see what I look like!



I've been on Spring Break this week.  I love reading books and sleeping in, and spending time with my family.  We went to the beach a couple times, but this week as colder than last week, so it really wasn't beach weather.  I'm so looking forward to summer break!



I was able to get a bit of sewing done this week, too.  I'm part of a sewing bee . . . it used to be a quilting bee, but we've changed focus.  I used to quilt all the time, before two kids and TpT.  Now, I only sew and quilt occasionally.  I'm sure that when my kiddos get out of toddler / preschool stage I'll have more time.  That's what I keep hoping for anyway!



I'm so close to being done with my latest resource, Cut and Paste Math Activities for Every Second Grade Standard.  I'm super excited to list it.  The best part of creating resources is that I can use them from year to year (if I teach the same grade level) and it's perfect to just "plug and play".  I do tweak things every year, but I love having things in place and ready to go.

How was your week?  We have 8 weeks left until summer break.  I am so ready for this year to be over!  It's been a tough group of students this year and I'm looking forward to the break.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Photo, Blurb & Coming Soon . . .

Did you see it?  Did you see it?  If you're reading through an RSS feed, you'll have to click through to my blog.  Go ahead.  I'm waiting.

Now, look to the right.  See that.  Over there.


I added a photo and a little blurb to my side bar.  Now you can put a face with the blog.  I'm super pleased with how it turned out.

I never take photos of myself.  I'm always the one with the camera, so finding a good photo to use was tough.  I finally just took a few selfies after my haircut last week and chose the best one.  It was outside and my glasses were starting to tint, but they're not too dark yet.

Love it!

Cue awkward segue . . .

I've been slaving over a new resource for the past couple months.  I'm ALMOST done with it and I'm super excited to share it with you all!

It's Cut & Paste Math Activities for every second grade standard.  I mean EVERY standard.  There's a total of 52 pages of content for students, plus answer keys.


This has been a long project in the making.  My students have been doing some of the activities as I've been developing the pages and I've had positive responses from them.  You could say, it's "student approved!"

I'm finishing up the answer keys, which should be done in the next couple of days and then it's ready!

A sweet tidbit of information for you . . . the photograph on the cover is my four-year-old practicing his cutting skills on one of the pages.  I love it!

Hope you're having a great week!