Getting Ready to Go Back to School

Hello everyone! In case you haven’t heard, I am going back to the classroom next year! I am super excited! I have spent a lot of time on Pinterest looking at ideas to decorate and organize my new room! I must also confess that I have been to several dollar stores and Targets as well as buying things from neighbors on beg barter Facebook groups. I know it seems early and I see some of my friends are upset about the back to school stuff being out in stores, but I am excited to get back and don’t want to wait until the last minute to get it all together!

First up, look at these colorful totes I found in the Target Dollar Spot (I might have gone to a few Targets to get the colors I wanted)!  The labels were FREE from The Hungry Teacher.

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Also, I found the triangles for a welcome banner using letters I already had! I am planning on adding some black and white polka dot ribbon to make finishing touches!

How cute are these colored clothes pins??? I think I will use them on this string to hang student work!

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I also found these pencil cups and used FREE labels to prep them!

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I was planning on making tissue paper pom poms, but lucked out at the dollar store and found these!

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Should I hang them from the ceiling or use them to make truffula trees?

Last, but not least, these Dr. Seuss posters were a steal… All 6 for $1 at the Target Dollar Spot!!!  The Seuss stickers were also $1 for each pack.

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Here are a few rooms that I have been looking at for inspiration:

https://www.playdoughtoplato.com/target-teacher-hacks/

And, don’t worry, I have not forgotten to prepare for the ACADEMICS!  All this cute decor is fine and fun, but we do need to think about content and curriculum! Look at my last post to see all the fun games I have been making for my 4th graders!  place value game

https://learningwithmrskirk.com/2018/06/26/super-fun-fourth-grade-math-games/

Want to see more?  Check out my Pinterest Board:

 

 

 

Super Fun Fourth Grade Math Games

What is a great way to get your students to practice key math skills and stay engaged?  Games!  Here are a few of my favorite games for Fourth Grade Math!

  1.  Multiplication by 10s & 100’s Task Cards and Game Board – This collection of 40 task cards is perfect for solving problems multiplying by 10 and 100 and multiples of tens and hundreds. There is a Board Game included to print or you could use the cards for a Scoot or Scavenger Hunt! Record sheet and answer key included!  mult by 10 and 100.jpg
  2.  Place Value 4 Score – Written Form This includes 24 cards with written form of numbers in the thousands, millions, and up to 1 billion. The students find the number in standard form on the game board. Players earn tallies for completing rows of 4. The game is good for 2,3, or 4 players.  place value 4 score.jpg
  3.  Place Value Task Cards and Game Board: Your students will love these cute task cards for reading and writing Whole Numbers in standard form, expanded form and expanded notation as well as describing the relationship in base 10 through the 1,000,000,000 place. Use the task cards in centers, small group, or as a scoot game! Students can work independently or with partners to solve the problems. There are 32 Task Cards. There is also a coordinating game board included.  Also includes record sheet and answer key!  place value game.jpg
  4.  Comparing & Ordering Card Games  Your students will have fun practicing math skills of comparing and ordering whole numbers with these game cards. This download includes printable pages for the game directions, cards, record sheets and suggestions for use. compare order square.png

For more great Fourth Grade Math activities, check out my Pinterest Board!

 

Easter Egg Math Activities

Spring is in the air and Easter is right around the corner, so why not have some fun in your classroom?  I am planning on having an egg hunt later this week to get my students moving while practicing word problems! I found a few ideas from other bloggers while looking on Pinterest this morning! Thought I should share! I hope you find at least one activity to try this week!

For more great Easter Egg Ideas check out my Spring Pinterest Board:

Free Estimating Sums & Differences Game

Estimating sums and differences is a skill I have found students need a lot of opportunities to practice! I love to create engaging activities to help keep my students motivated while they practice! This game is great for students who need extra practice or a review! And today I would like to give it to my blog followers for FREE!

Materials Needed:

Teacher Prep:

  • Download free resource
  • Print game cards and game board on colored paper or card stock
  • Cut cards

How to Play: (directions are also included in FREE download)!

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  • Students work in groups of 2,3,4 based on teacher preference
  • Students each need their own color of crayon or marker
  • Player one turns over a card
  • Solve on record sheet or scratch paper
  • Find the answer on the game board and color in the square
  • The next player follows the steps
  • The first player with 4 in row is the winner
  • Players can keep playing to see who gets the most 4 in a row!

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