Friday, February 25, 2011

Perimeter and Area Robots

One of my favorite perimeter and area tasks is my perimeter and area robot activity.  I used the task as a performance assessment, and it is a huge success every year.  I love activities where my students get excited and have the opportunity to apply all they have learned.  I wanted to share some of my students' creations!
area and perimeter robot, measurement activity

I always start the activity by pretending that our class has received an official letter from NASA. I make a big deal out of opening the envelope. I act very secretive, because of course, it's a top secret mission, and everyone always gets so involved in the project. Since I originally created this pack, I have since added multiple versions for easier differentiation. I have this activity on TpT as an individual file. It's also a part of my Fun With Area and Perimeter Pack.

The task is available at the following link.
Perimeter and Area Robot

It is also included in my Fun With Perimeter and Area product.
Fun With Perimeter and Area

Friday, February 11, 2011

Calculator Puzzles

One of my favorite activities for early finishers is Calculator Puzzles. 
Calculator Puzzles are a fun and engaging way for students to practice their math reasoning and computation skills.  To use the Calculator Puzzles students must use ALL of the highlighted or shown digits and symbols to equal the number show in the gray display.   Students may only use each highlighted digit once. Students will have to use different problem solving strategies such as “guess and check” to solve the math problems. The Calculator Puzzles will allow students to practice math facts, mental math, and problem solving skills.  Even more importantly they are tons of fun for students and teachers! 

You can download a FREE version of the Calculator Puzzles at the link below.  In the free version there are 4 different cards from each category with a total of 24 cards.

If you're interested, here are the links to the other Calculator Puzzles

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Brownie Points

A couple of years ago my aunt gave me the idea of using brownie points as an incentive for my students.  I liked the idea and implemented it right away, and it was such a success I wanted to share it with everyone. To earn a brownie point my students must receive a compliment from another adult or as a class show extraordinary behavior.  When they earn a brownie point they get to put a 'brownie' on the pan.  When the pan fills up, I have to make them a batch of brownies.  They LOVE earning brownie points and really work to earn them.

I use a metal cookie sheet and crinkled brown construction paper for my brownies.  I've attached a magnet to the back, so I can use the paper over and over again. Over the years, my style has evolved, so here's an updated version of my Brownie Points.
classroom management, classroom rewards

Friday, February 4, 2011

Valentine's Measurement

I've long since given up the fight in attempting to have a "normal" day on Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's party days.  However, I do believe that students can continue to learn while having fun on those holidays.  To help with this, I've created two different Valentine's Day activities to help students have fun, stay on task, and continue learning.

One fun activity is the Valentine's Math Activities and Centers Board.  In this product, students are given a 9-square grid and they have to complete three activities in a tic-tac-toe pattern. Each of the choice board activities allows students to focus on a different math skill: measurement, geometry, problem solving, etc.  The product includes teacher directions, center board, and 9 different Valentine themed activities. I particularly enjoy this because there is little prep work needed. Students enjoyed the similar layout in the Halloween and Christmas choice board, and I'm sure this will be another hit!

I also made a Valentines Measurement Activities packet just for my blog, so please enjoy! Click on the link for your free copy!
Valentines Measurement