Saturday, January 14, 2017

Singing Crabs & Skip Counting Trains

We're starting off the year with multiplication. My kiddos had a bad case of cabin fever so I decided we should do some activities that got us up and moving. 

We haven't seen each other for 25 DAYS!!! due to winter break followed by an ice storm!!! Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled to see their little faces again on Thursday! 

First we built skip counting trains. I assigned them a number of cubes to construct each section of the train with. 

Then I had them skip count to find how many cubes they had in their trains in all . . . I saw some great strategies in action! 

We also played Roll & Color: Multiply by 3 (FREEBIE!) and Roll & Color: Multiply by 6. (No kid photos, I was too busy playing!)

We rounded out each day with a skip counting video. 
We've watched (and memorized) almost ALL of the skip counting videos on YouTube from Have Fun Teaching

Our favorite is the 9's!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is a random bird and a singing crab - what more could you ask for? These are SO catchy!

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm going to round out my week by playing a few rounds of Candy Crush, followed by a shopping spree at Target. (I'm buying a new broom, woo-hoo!) 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Winter Graphing Freebie!

Just dropping in to share my cute winter graphing FREEBIE! Practice bar graphs AND line plots and analyze data with one simple spin & graph activity! Geared towards grades 1 - 3. :)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Math Sorts for Back to School

 I created my Math Sorts to s-t-r-e-t-c-h my kiddos minds! These sorts will really do that!! 

Download a FREE sample HERE

After using Words their Way for several years in my classroom for spelling instruction and having my kiddos sort words, I thought that there surely should be some way for them to sort math as well!!

Each year, the first time my students do a math sort they quickly become frustrated because of all of the thinking involved, but they LOVE the feeling of satisfaction when they finally figure it out and then they BEG me to give them more!

I have used these in my classroom in multiple ways: 
- early finisher activities
- math workshop station
- substitute days!!! 
- informal assessment

I usually print the sorting cards 2 to a page so that they can glue them to a regular 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. Occasionally, I will have them also complete the recording sheet.  You could also print one set of sorting cards on cart stock and have them sort at a center.

I have used these with second graders for years and I am now using the spring set with my advanced third graders and the back to school set with my remediation kiddos. 

Check out my Back to School math sorts! When your kids fall in love with these come back and grab the sorts I have for all seasons.

Download a FREE sample HERE

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Math Maniacs LOVE Back to School TPT Sale

I'm SOO excited to announce that the annual TPT Back to School sale will take place THIS WEEK on August 3rd & 4th.
 Feel free to to save and use this button for your own post. :)

You can save 28% on all products from my TPT store! This is a great opportunity to clean up your wishlists and stock your digital filing cabinet with goodies for the upcoming school year!

I am thrilled to share with you some NEW and ENGAGING products now available in my store
I've FINALLY gathered up all of my Math Stations & Journal Prompts for Second Graders into one bundle. Save 25% when you buy them altogether AND get an addition 28% off for shopping during the sale!
I've also bundled up many of my most ENGAGING products for Second Graders. Save 25% by purchasing them all at once and, once again, you can save an addtion 28% by purchasing during the sale.

I've also started my NEW line of Math Stations & Journal Problems for Firsties. August is available now and September will follow very soon!

Be sure to check out all of the other new and exciting products from my friends at the Primary Chalkboard

Also, be sure to enter the code BTS15 before checking out AND to leave feedback on all of your purchases to receive TPT Credits! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Top 10 Reasons Why I Became a Teacher

Today I'm linking up with my pal Terry over at Terry's Teaching Tidbits to bring you 10 Reasons Why I Became a Teacher.

1. Kids are SO much cooler than adults. 

2. I'll always have my own "office" to decorate in a theme of my choice.

3. Bring your pet to work day can be everyday. (If only my cat and dog were welcome also!)

4. School supplies - I'm particularly fond of rubber cement, binder clips, freshly sharpened pencils and scented markers)

5. You can potentially make a difference in a little person's life EVERY.SINGLE.DAY

6. When you randomly break out in song, no one thinks you're being strange. Your little companions will probably join in.

7.  Because chocolate milk in the carton is best. 

8. Every day is different. Anything can happen, at any time, ALL.DAY.LONG

9. Making copies is fun. (Unless you happen to anger the copy goddess, but that is for a different list.)

10. The buzz of a busy classroom is magical and there is nothing else like it in the whole wide world. 

So . . . why did YOU become a teacher?  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Rejection is a Good Thing

Today I came across this quote shared on facebook by my principal friend, Mr. Hughes. This quote inspired me to share my personal story about my beginning teaching career. 

Straight out of college I had an unusually difficult time getting interviews for teaching positions. On paper, I thought I looked okay but the calls weren't rolling in like I had expected. I had a few interviews, but no takers. 

I was beyond discouraged. Teaching was my calling. All I needed I was a classroom of my own and someone to give me a chance.

I graduated in May and when September rolled around I still hadn't been hired. I was working at a local department store, barely making ends meet, and was considering taking on a second part time job. Not the bright start I had been expecting at all.

My Mom encouraged me to apply for ANY position in my local schools that I may be qualified for. So I did. I applied for office positions, TA positions, and anything else I thought may get me into a school building. 

In October, I  finally got called for an interview . . .  for a teaching assistant position. I was excited, but it wasn't what I wanted. I ended up accepting the position and had the pleasure to work with inspiring teachers who made me feel included and valued from the get go.

During that school year I moved into a full time teaching position on the same grade level (second) and I remained at that school for the next 5 years. The girls I worked with became my school family. They transformed me and helped me become the teacher I am today. The love I have for these women cannot be expressed with words. There are no words. 

My time spent as a teacher assistant gave me an insight and an appreciation for school support staff that I would not have otherwise. Then, starting my very own class in the third quarter of the school year taught me that I have more strength than I could have ever imagined.

I am so grateful for all of the rejections that I endured as I started my teaching journey. Without all of those rejections I would have never met Hello Mrs. Sykes, started this blog, and met all of you wonderful teacher friends. 

Thank you for being a part of my journey. I would love to hear about yours so leave a comment or e-mail me: theoriginalmathmaniac(at)yahoo(dot)com. :)

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