Monday, April 8, 2019

Common Core Number and Operations Fractions Activities


Are you ready for Common Core?  If you are nervous, please don't be.  A variety of teaching ideas will be posted to make the transition to Common Core much easier.  

This blog post provides fun hands-on ideas to teach the Common Core Math Standards and most particularly the Common Core Number and Operations Fractions section of the standards.  CCSS.4.NF.A.1, CCSS.4.NF.A.2,
CCSS.4.NF.B.1, 5.NF.A.1, and more standards.

Many of the Common Core Standards want students to be able to understand math concepts in the visual format as well as the numerical format.  Clothespins and paint sticks are great because students can touch, hold, and see the differences between fractional amounts and improper fractions.

To recreate this, draw a number line on a paint stick.  Each paint stick can be divided into different fractional amounts.  Write different fractions on clothespins.  Include mixed numbers and improper fractions.


Students can then place the clothespin at the appropriate point on the blank number line.

Possible Ideas:
~Students can use paint sticks to add or subtract fractions.
~Use to help students visualize the meaning of mixed numbers or improper fractions.
~Determine which fractional amount is missing on the number line.



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Fun Low-Tech Review Math With Flipbooks


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This low-tech method goes back to the basics.  Flipbooks are fun, and they are very creative.  I wondered if I could make a flipbook that did more that show cute pictures.  I wanted it to show how to solve math concepts step-by-step. The result:  my very first flipbook.

It shows how to regroup for addition step by step.  In a world with so much technology, students love this concept, simple animation.

Saturday, April 6, 2019


Greetings!  From my studies on plants to my trip to Poland, it has been so busy, but I am happy to be back.


I have so many interesting posts to share.  The image at the top provides just one clue of one of my upcoming posts.

Check back soon.  I have much to share.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

High-Interest Writing Task Cards and Activities

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Review writing skills with these 22 fun and high-interest writing prompts. Directions, templates, and product examples are also included.

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Students create zines, pop-up books, traditional essays and more with these task cards.  Even better, there are templates, examples, and detailed directions to help students make fun zines, mini graphic novels and more using information that they have learned while reading fiction and nonfiction texts.

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These high-interest writing activities are versatile, so they can be used with upper elementary students and middle school students.

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This is a fun way to incorporate zines into elementary and middle school writing lessons.  A zine is a small booklet that is handmade.  It includes explanations and illustrations.  Zines can be created for any topic.  They are a fun way for students to practice writing without feeling as though they are writing.  This is just one of many of the fun activities that is included with this resource.
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Zines and Ways to Make Writing Fun

How to Make A Zine


I think I have a new love.  I absolutely LOVE zines.  A zine is a tiny booklet that provides information.  It is a handmade booklet that can be created to describe, persuade, or inform about any topic.

Using Zines in the Classroom

Finding writing center activities that appeal to upper elementary, middle school, and high school students can be challenging.  The goals are to have students practice writing and want to do it.  This is where zines come in to help.  Since zines look like tiny booklets, students do not feel as though they are writing an essay.  Plus, zines enable students to get creative.  They can add artwork,illustrations, plus graphs and charts to their texts.

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A few days ago, I stayed up into the wee hours in the morning making math zines.  I needed to review geometry with a student.  Then the idea came to me, create zines!  (Come back to my blog and I will show you the inside of the zines.)

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The zines also inspired me to create my latest task cards.  This is an image from inside of the page of my task cards.  Access them here.

The writing task cards contain helpful tips and templates for creating zines too.

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The upper elementary students that I worked with one period really made me smile.  I introduced them to the idea of making zines and they LOVED it.  The students did not want to move on to the next activity.  We explored how we could create zines as an alternative to flashcards in order to review concepts in all subjects.


This is an example of my primary writing paper.  It is wonderful for primary students, but it something different is needed for older students.  

Check back soon.  I will share more images.



Thursday, October 25, 2018

Free Digital Nonfiction Task Cards


Freebies are great!  Try out these free nonfiction task cards from my store.  They are leveled and they keep score.Click Here

Nonfiction passages are included.  The questions cover main idea, inferences, and more.

The task cards are a great free test pep resource for resource.  Use them to review for state tests or to review close reading.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Self-Checking and Leveled Addition and Subtraction Word Problems-Digital

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Problems-Addition-and-Subtraction-Three-Levels-Digital-Task-Cards-4126133
Access Them Here

I was VERY excited to create this resource.  What makes this resource unique?

Three are three levels of word problems in one bundle.

How Does This Benefit Students?
When it comes to word problems, students typically fit into one of three categories:

  • The student does not know what the word problem is asking them to do and does not know which operation(s) to perform to get the answer
-or-
  • The student knows how to solve some word problems but just needs extra practice
-or-
  • The student can solve word problems and just needs extra challenge

There are three levels of digital task cards to assist students at each of these levels.

Set One:
Helps students comprehend what the word problem is asking them to do.  Immediate feedback and full explanations are provided after each question.  The digital task cards check the answer so a student can gain understanding before they move on to the next word problem.

Set Two:
Reviews even more types of one and two-step problems.  Did you know that addition and subtraction word problems can be posed more than FIVE ways?  Getting exposure to a variety of real world problems that are posed many ways helps students build understanding.

Set Three:
Reviews word problems.  Average and more advanced problems are included to help students build mastery.  This helps students fine tune their skills.

The task cards are digital.  Yay!  Each level is self-checking.  Students can do each level over and over to build understanding.

The digital task cards are in the form of interactive PDF documents. Download them like any other pdf.  These smart task cards are special because they keep score!

Remember to follow my store.  I have more exciting resources and freebies to share.