## 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!

Perimeter and Area Robot

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

## Wednesday, February 16, 2011

### St. Patrick's Day Activities

I recently posted a new FREE item for St. Patrick's Day.  At this point in the year, I like to place a great emphasis on choosing the correct operation in word problems.  In this activity, students complete a sort using different math key words and phrases.

St. Patrick's Day Math Sort

Here are some pictures and lines of a couple of my other St. Patrick's Day worksheets.

## 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!

This is the easy addition and subtraction version

The challenge addition and subtraction version is a bit more difficult.

There is also an easy multiplication and division version of the cards.

The challenge version of the multiplication and division cards is really a challenge!

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.

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.

## 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 exciting days.  I've created three different Valentine's Day activities to help students have fun, stay on task, and continue learning.

One 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 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.
Valentines Math Activities and Center Board on TpT

The Valentines Language Arts Activities and Centers Board is almost exactly like the math, except all of the activities are language arts based.  There 9 different activities that are sure to be lots of fun for students.
Valentines Language Arts Activities and Center Board on TpT

I also made a Valentines Measurement Activities packet just for my blog, so please enjoy!
Valentines Measurement