Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Top 5 Reasons I Love Digital Task Cards (hosted on Boom Learning™)

Digital Task Cards on Boom Learning are a great addition to any classroom or homeschool.
Students usually love any activity where they get to use technology so naturally they prefer digital task cards to printed ones. Well, I do too! Here are the top 5 reasons why.

5) Boom Cards™ are self checking. Students completing task cards in a center won't be practicing a skill wrong without knowing it. Boom Cards™ give immediate feedback for each question.

4) Boom Cards™ are paper free! No printing, no cutting, and no storing many decks of cards. Simply set up your classroom and assign cards to your students. Easy peasy. If you don't want to take the time to set up a class, that's no problem just use fastplay.

3) Boom Cards™ are now available on Teachers Pay Teachers! How convenient is that? If you have a TPT account you and download any set of Boom Cards™, you can get a free 1 year membership at Boom Learning™. Do you want to see a playable preview? Click here, select any deck and download the preview. Some of the decks included printed and digital versions.

2) Boom Cards™ are versatile. You can use them with any technology center; they work with interactive white boards, tablets or computers.

1) Data! If you assign decks to your students, you get data on every student. In addition to just an overall score, Boom Learning™ graphs tell you which questions each student answered right and wrong. You don't have to do the checking it is all done for you. You will know if your students are staying on task during centers and what skills they need help with!

You can see when a student answered a question correctly (green) or incorrectly (red).
Simply click on on a bar on the graph to see how the student answered the question.

I have created several decks on Boom Learning™. They are easy to make but there are many free or economical decks to download.

Disclosure:  I am receiving renewal of my Boom Learning™ membership for writing and publishing this blog post about Boom Learning™.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Freebie - Word Problem Operation Sort Add or Multiply?

Use this FREE word problem sort to let students show whether to add or multiply to solve the problem. These are great for interactive notebooks or math centers.
We often focus on solving addition vs. subtraction word problems or multiplication vs. division. There are some good reasons to focus on the relationship between addition and multiplication:
  1. It is crucial for students to understand multiplication as repeated addition. We often start teaching multiplication this way but then we let it go once students begin to learn multiplication facts. The relationship is the reason that word problems using addition and multiplication use similar words like combined and altogether.
  2. We need to help students make connections between different curricular units in math. Some of them may seem obvious to us but they are not obvious to our students. 
  3. When we introduce multiplication we often put addition and subtraction on the back burner. It is pretty natural to focus on the new unit we are teaching. Students assume that the word problems they are solving will use multiplication without needing to think about which operation to use. This is harmful when they need to solve a variety of word problems, as often happens in high-stakes testing.  
Use these FREE word problem sorts to let students show whether to multiply or divide to solve the problem. These are great for interactive notebooks or math centers.
I created addition and multiplication word problem sorts to help my students practice solving word problems. Who doesn't need more practice with word problems? Like all my free samples this download stands alone (you can use it without purchasing anything else). The free sort focuses on adding or multiplying multiples of 10 by 1-digit numbers. Click here to get the free download.  To see all my freebies, click on Freebies at the top of the page.

Monday, February 13, 2017

FREEBIE: Multiplication and Divison Word Problem Sort

I just want to take a minute to post a quick freebie. I've had this one in my store for awhile but I haven't done a blog post about it. I just updated it so I figured there is no time like the present. In a recent post I mentioned that I love to use sorts in math class. I developed these multiplication and division word problem sorts to help my students that were struggling with solving word problems. Remember, it is important to practice lots of multi-step word problems too. I find these single-step problem sorts help prepare my students for more complicated multi-step problems.

Use these FREE word problem sorts to let students show whether to multiply or divide to solve the problem. These are great for interactive notebooks or math centers.

You can use them in math notebooks. Notebooks are great to keep a record of work that students can refer back to. It keeps there work in one place so it is not lost. At the end of a grading period or unit it can be fun to have students look back to see all the hard work they accomplished. 
Use these FREE word problem sorts to let students show whether to multiply or divide to solve the problem. These are great for interactive notebooks or math centers.

Or you can use them to make posters. Sometimes you need something to hang up!

Use these FREE word problem sorts to let students show whether to multiply or divide to solve the problem. These are great for interactive notebooks or math centers.
Either way they are a great activity to help students focus on choosing an operation. Cutting out and sorting the problems helps break up the monotony of using worksheets in your math class. I hope this freebie is useful to you. Don't forget to look at the other freebies I have posted on my freebies tab.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gift Card Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the gift card is Mary G. So if you are Mary check your email you should have an email from me with your gift card code. Thanks everyone for participating.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Teachers Pay Teachers 2-day Sale

It's time for a Teachers Pay Teachers sale! These sales are great because you get savings are site-wide. If you use the promo code - LOVETpT - you automatically get 10% off. If the stores you shop at are also throwing a sale you save up to 28%! Click here to start shopping or to get your wishlist ready.
February 7th & 8th

I'm also giving away a $10 gift card that you can apply to your purchases to save even more. Just go to yesterday's post to enter! The winner will be announced on Wednesday February 8th in plenty of time to finish shopping.

Monday, February 6, 2017

$10 TPT Gift Card Giveaway

I have a $10 gift card to giveaway before the next Teachers Pay Teachers Sale. The sale is February 7th & 8th. Enter the giveaway below. In the meantime, head over the Teachers Pay Teachers and stock up your wishlist for the sale (and in case you win). May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

7 Reasons to Use Sorting Activities in Math (and a Free Sample)

Students can practice choosing the correct operation when solving word problems using this addition and subtraction sort. Sorts make great activities during math block. They are perfect when students need to discriminate between two possibilities. Here are 7 reasons I like to use them during my math workshop.

1) They make a great assessment tool. You can see who gets it and who doesn't quickly. This can help you plan for the near future.

2) You can make a sort out of almost anything: a set of word problems (like the free sample in this post), shapes, greater than and less than and the list goes on. There are many different sorts for sale that can save you time but you can easily make your own.

3) They lead to great discussions. Have students sort independently or with a partner and then discuss their answers with a larger group. This works out great because you don't waste time talking about the ones everyone agrees on. The places where students disagree make for excellent math discussions and opportunities for students to learn for each other.

4) Sorts can make students slow down and focus on the topic you want. With word problem operations sorts students have to slow down and think about the operation. This brings awareness to the process instead of them just speeding through a set of problems (and using the wrong operation). They are great activities to bring out when students are making careless errors.
5) They can be easily differentiated. You can give ability groups different items or problems to sort. A group of struggling students can work with you while other groups work independently.

6) Sorts are versatile. They are great for math centers or workshop, early finishers or as an entry in math notebooks.

http://bit.ly/2gmehmU  7) Cut and paste activities make work less tedious, provided much needed fine motor skill practice and make good displays for bulletin boards.

Click here of a free sample of the activity in the pictures.
For more freebies click on "Freebies" at the top of this page. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year Deals for You!

My friends an I have put together some great deals for all our followers! We each put one resource on sale for 50% for January 1st. Click here to the 30+ products that are part of this sale!

For this event I chose to put my Area and Perimeter Bundle on Sale. This bundle contains four resources that you can use in a variety of ways in your classroom: there are center games and printables for classwork or homework. Below you can see the 4 different products that are included in this bundle. You save $6.25 off the price of the individual products. If you don't teach area and perimeter don't fret; click here to see all the other deals. We have a great variety of subjects and grade levels.

Use these Finding Area task cards in centers, for early finishers or to play SCOOT.

Task Cards are great for extra practice during math workshop or centers. Students can use them if they finish up something early or as part of your center rotation. The cards do get harder as you go; to differentiate you can assign students a certain number of cards.

If you would like to  play a game with your whole class and get your students moving, use these cards to play Scoot (one card per desk and have students move at a specified signal to the next card) or Solve Around the Room (with cards displayed in different locations).

Skills reviewed in these task cards include:

  • area of a rectangle in square units
  • area of an irregular shape in square units
  • area of a rectangle using given measurements
  • area of an irregular shape by decomposing it into rectangles – part done.
  • area of an irregular shape by decomposing it into rectangles.

Students can use these engaging coloring sheets to practice finding area and perimeter. Different levels make differentiation easy. Use for centers, class work or homework.
These coloring pages are perfect for 3rd graders working on area and perimeter but can be used at other grade levels too. Students solve a problem on the page and check the coloring key, then they color the shape according to the key.

One thing I love about these sheets is that the coloring part makes the assignment somewhat self checking. If students are not getting answers in the coloring key, they know something is wrong. I find this highly preferable to them completing an entire sheet incorrectly. Also, it gives students a chance to try solving a problem in a different way if they don’t get the right answer the first time.

The pages in this packet are great for early finishers, class assignments or homework (if your students have crayons at home). There are so many options included that it makes it easy to differentiate! There are 24 student pages plus answer keys.

Skills reviewed in this packet include: 
  • area using a grid
  • area using given measurements
  • area using the distributive property on a grid
  • area using the distributive property with given measurements
  • perimeter using a grid
  • perimeter using given measurements

This packet contains 7 different sets of matching puzzle piece centers on area & perimeter. You can use them to differentiate or have students complete each set in order. They can be completed independently or with a partner. #1 Area Grid #2 Area Measurements #3 Area Combining Rectangles #4 Perimeter Grid #5 Perimeter Measurements #6 Area & Perimeter Grids #7 Area & Perimeter Measurements

Are you looking for a self checking center that your students will love?  This packet contains 7 different sets of puzzles (6 matches per set) that you can use as your students learn more about area and perimeter or use them to differentiate your centers so your students are working on exactly what they need to practice.

To hold your students accountable during centers, I've included sheets for them to record their answers and answer questions.

Alternatively you could print the pieces in black and white (included) and have them paste down their matches.

This packet contains 7 different sets of matching puzzle piece centers on area & perimeter. Each set has its own shape of puzzle so students are not just matching the shape, they must find the correct solution.

  • #1 Area Grid 
  • #2 Area Measurements
  • #3 Area Combining Rectangles
  • #4 Perimeter Grid 
  • #5 Perimeter Measurements 
  • #6 Area & Perimeter Grids 
  • #7 Area & Perimeter Measurements

Why I Designed These Centers
I developed these centers because the ones that came with our math textbook kept the students busy but were not self-checking. Students were getting questions wrong and continuing on to complete more problems incorrectly. Those centers were not even designed with a student answer sheet for me to check. I felt like center time was not helpful or meaningful. I designed these Secret Code Centers to be self checking so students would know if they were doing something wrong. Students solve a problem and match their answer to one on the Answer Mat. If their answers are not on the mat, they need to try again. I had two students working on one of these centers and they were solving for perimeter instead of area. They knew something was wrong when they could not locate their answers. We were able to solve the problem very quickly. After making all the matches students use their answers to decipher a secret code (their favorite part). This also helps students stay on track and work hard to get the right answers since guesses will not lead to real words.

Using These Centers in the Classroom
This download contains 4 different math centers. Each center can be assembled into file folder games. Assembly directions with pictures are included. You can choose to print in black & white or color.
  •  #1: Rectangles on a Grid
  •  #2: Polygons on a Grid
  •  #3: Rectangles with Given Measurements
  •  #4: Decompose a Polygon into 2 Rectangles

I hope you find lots of good deals in our sales event to help you in your classroom for the new year!