Christmas, classroom ideas, elementary, hands on learning, holidays, math, student engagement

Very Merry Classroom Ideas for December

Well, Thanksgiving break was a great time for relaxing and visiting with family and friends. But … Now we have to go back to school?  What on Earth will we do with these excited children while they count the days until their holiday break?  Here are some ideas to help you make the days/weeks leading up to the holiday break…

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addition, Christmas, guided math, holidays, problem solving

Candy Shop Math Centers

I am getting excited about the holiday season! I have made some new games/activities to play with my 3rd and 4th graders using some really fun clip art! Seriously, the elves are so cute! The four newest games/activities I have created are: Addition Bingo Subtraction Matching Addition and Subtraction Balancing Equations Addition and Subtraction Word Problems The four activities can…

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games, math, middle school, student engagement

Games for Middle School Math

Who doesn’t love a fun game? Why not use games to help your middle school students stay engaged while they are practicing math concepts? Here are a few of my favorites: Exponent Match – students will match exponent notation with expanded notation and then solve the problem. Includes positive and negative base numbers with positive exponents. Equivalent Expressions Card Game…

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addition, back to school, classroom ideas, elementary, guided math, hands on learning, math, problem solving

Tips to Plan and Prep for Math Workshop or Guided Math

While there may be times that you want to use a traditional whole group model for instruction, there are other times you need to work with small groups in order to differentiate for your individual student’s needs. Math workshop (or guided math) is a very successful way to work in small group instruction time and maximize student learning. To make…

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elementary, math, place value

6 Fantastic Place Value Activities

Are you looking for some great place value activities for your classroom! Let me share 5 of my favorites today! 1. Place Value using Task Cards:  These task cards are perfect for reading 3 and 4 digit numbers!   2. Comparing using Task Cards:  Use the task cards for a fun comparing game! 3. Ice Cream Matching Cards: Use these…

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