Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Today I'm sharing a great math game that aids your students' numeracy development.  If you search Shut the Box you will find bunches of different types of games (this is not an original game).  You can also find many free printable games.  I'm sharing my thrifty spin on this favorite game.

To create the game I used two different color milk jug caps.  You write the numbers on the caps or use Avery Mailing Seals.  I like the contrast of the white seals against the colored caps.
If you wanted to make this a three person activity, just add another color cap.  Although sometimes a group of three can get loud or the kiddos have a hard time waiting for their turn.
Another twist on the game, which takes it to a higher level is to use the numbers 11-20 and make dice numbered 5-10.  To add a different dimension to the game I added a third dice with the numbers 1-6.  Second graders work on developing numeracy through 20 so this is perfect for them.

To play either game - roll the dice and decide how the number will be removed (milk cap turned over).  For example, if you roll a 4 and 3, there are several ways to make 7.  

Player could turn over:
7  or  3 & 4  or  6 & 1  or  5 & 2
If a cap(s) has been turned over, the player loses their turn.
Play continues until one player has turned over all their caps.

The directions for three dice are basically the same as the the two dice game.  Players decide how the number will be removed (milk cap turned over). For example, player rolls 10, 7, and 6.  There is no 23 on the board, so player can add 10 and 7 and subtract 6 which equals 11. 

So many possibilities - change up the numbers on the milk caps, change up the numbers on the dice, students can only use addition, I know you can think of more!  If you do have a different twist on the game please leave you idea in the comments below.  I would really appreciate it and I'm sure others will like to read your ideas also.

As I have written before I plan to have more ideas for developing numeracy in my classroom.  Stop back for future posts about developing numeracy.  I hope that you will benefit from these ideas also.

Until next time,

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Back to School Sale at TpT!!!

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a one day on Monday, August 22.  Be sure to stop by my store to grab the items you've put on your wish list at a reduced price.

Don't forget to use the promo code when you are checking out to get your full 28% discount.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

August is half over!!! Whaaat! How can summer vacation be winding down already?  How many of you feel like I do?

Like you my thoughts are on school - big time.  Since attending the Math Workshop in July, I've been inspired to change up things for my math time.  I plan to start my school year with various subitizing activities and number sense development.

Subitizing is the skill of instantly recognizing a quantity without having to count each object.  This skill aids in students' number sense.  

This brings me to my Thrifty Thursday activity I created just for you (and me) to start the school year.  Click here to grab your copy in my TpT store.

Flip Flop Subitizing is a memory-type game to reinforce your students' number sense.  

Enjoy this freebie!  I plan to print my on the bright neon paper and of course laminate.  Maybe the flip flops will prolong summer just a little longer!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy Thursday, Teacher Friends!

My friend and I have spent the last couple weeks prepping for a summer academy class for teachers.  It is always such a fun time for us!  This year our sessions have grown to thirty+ participants!

Linda and I enjoy researching and finding so many cool resources that are being used in classrooms across the country and world!  One resource we found were tracking pointers.  The students use the pointers to help follow the words that are being read to them or to follow the words they are reading.  That was in last week's Thrifty Thursday post.

Once I made those little guys, a thought popped in my head - I've used sticky notes when I asked students to find important parts.  Why not make clips -- so enter the Eyes on Reading clips!

We all know when students have a new "tool" to use their engagement level goes up.  I made a bunch of these little guys to use during my guided reading group time.  

To use these little guys I may ask students to find a proper noun, adjective, verb, etc.  At a harder level I would ask students to find a sentence or passage that tells specific character traits or find a sentence to which they can make a connection and many more ideas. 

Oh, guess where I found the clothespins and wiggly eyes?  You're right, my favorite Dollar Tree!

Until next Thursday,

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Triton Friends!

Here is the link to...

What's Hot in PreK-2

Classroom Management

Triton Friends, if you would like the link to the session regarding Teachers Pay Teachers - The Next Level please send me a request and I'll send you the link.  Thanks! Judy

My assignment...

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hello Friends!

Like so many of you, when August rolls around my thoughts turn to school, big time.  This week I'm sharing a project you can make for your guided reading group time.  

Here's what I did...

First, I gathered the supplies.  That meant a trip to my favorite Dollar Tree!  While there I found colored craft sticks, googly eyes, gems, and bugs.

Next, I glued the parts together.  It couldn't be easier!

Finally, test out the new pointers.