Thursday, March 31, 2011

April Fools

So how many of you are planning to fool your students tomorrow?  My students always seem to love April Fool's day, and to be honest I have fun with it too.  One of my favorite tricks is my special timed test.  My class takes a 20 question, 1 minute timed multiplication test every morning, and tomorrow there will be a few surprises on the test.  It will look like the test they take everyday, but as the problems progress I've thrown in surprise problems.  I did it last year and some of my students thought it was hilarious-after they figured out that it was a joke.    I've attached a copy of our test, which is nothing special at all, but I wanted to share.  I'd love to hear your ideas!

Timed Test

Monday, March 21, 2011

I Have Who Has

My students love playing the game 'I Have Who Has'.  My favorite version is the geometry, because while my students love our geometry activities, they have have a difficult time reading and remembering all of the geometry vocabulary within the unit.  However, after introducing this game, my students can remember all of the terms and have great time trying to best their best times.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Problem Solving Strategies

Problem solving is typically a challenge for my students.  I've always thought that one of the biggest challenges is knowing how to start.  It seems like once my students get started, they're okay, which is why I began teaching 5 different problem solving strategies.  These strategies are the 5 strategies that I feel are most effective in solving story problems and other activities that require problem solving, and they have been such a help in teaching my students how to problem solve.  I've designed a handout and set of problem solving strategy posters to help my students remember the strategies.  I've also created several different worksheets that focus on a particular problem solving strategy.

Here are some of the downloads I'd love to share.

There is a different worksheet specifically designed for each of the problem solving strategies.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

National Parks

My most recent addition to my TpT store is all due to a surprising conversation I had with my students a few weeks ago.  We were discussing heat and one thing led to another and we started talking about geysers. I explained that Old Faithful was a geyser, and I was shocked to learn that not one of my 22 students had ever even heard of Old Faithful.  After a brief discussion I realized that my students know almost nothing about our National Parks or the sites and features of those parks.  That day I began developing an interdisciplinary study on National Parks.  Since none of my standards relate to National Parks I had to develop a project that met reading, writing, and math standards, so I correlated this project to 3rd-5th grade Common Core Standards.  I also tried to incorporate a great deal of technology and creative thinking into the project.  You can check out the preview below to get an idea of what the product includes.

National Park Interdisciplinary Study