Sums of 10 Math Game

Math Games- Sums of 10

We have been working on building our conceptual understanding and fact fluency through games. The first game I introduced to my students is called Sums of 10. This game encourages students to explore the number combinations that make a sum of 10.

Supplies:

1 deck of cards

sums of 10 work mat

Before play: remove all the jacks, queens, kings, and jokers. (I do this prior and have the needed cards ready in a zip top bag)

Players: work in pairs, or for a quicker game work in groups of 3 or 4

Play game:

  1. shuffle cards
  2. deal out all cards to players
  3. on each player’s turn lay down a card on the work mat that makes a sum of 10
  4. if you cannot make a sum of 10 match then you lose a turn
  5. game is over when first player gets rid of all their cards

When I introduce a new game to the class I  do so by playing the game against the class under the document camera. After a brief explanation of the rules and some modeling I give the entire class the opportunity to play the game with a partner. Only after my students are well-versed in playing the game do I put it in my math rotation as a center.

I just love hearing my students discuss strategies and number relationships while they play the game. The class has been playing this game for 2 weeks so now the students will reflect on the game in their math journals about the skills they have practiced and the strategies they used while playing the game.

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Types of Sentences

Types of Sentences

At the beginning of the year we always study the four types of sentences. We begin with making a class anchor chart. It always amazes me how much my students love making anchor charts. My charts are nothing much to look at but they get the job done.

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The best part about studying the four types of sentences is creating candy punctuation sentences. As you can see, it is a delicious Friday afternoon treat and it really makes learning fun.

We used Brach’s candy corn, Red Hots, Smarties, and Tic Tacs to create our punctuation marks since I have a student with a peanut allergy this school year.  You can also use the licorice pull n’ peel as a question mark but I did not know for certain if they were peanut free or not so went with Tic Tacs instead.

You can check out the links here or below for this fun candy punctuation activity and types of sentences classroom posters to use in your classroom.

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Show and Tell Tuesday- July


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Show and Tell

Holy Cow folks! Where is the month of July going? I know I’m not the only one rushing around trying to accomplish all those tasks I procrastinated all school year long. I am taking a little time though to  link up with Forever in 5th Grade to show & tell you about a few things that have been going on around here.

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I’m Raising Ballers

We’ve been busy building and creating around the house. My husband and his buddies formed and poured concrete for our three kids’ basketball court. Now all we have to do is buy an amazing goal and paint the lines and we are set for outdoor games.

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Vinyl Obsession

In the house I have been busy creating vinyl items with my Silhouette machine.  I made this jug for my son for  Little League games and I made these sunglasses for my students’ end of the year gifts. Next item I’m creating is some cute teacher tees for myslelf.

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Show and tell Tuesday

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Crafting Carrie

Who loves to craft? I do, I do!  I mean when I have time to do it. My husband built me this fabulous craft table from 2 bookshelf  and I must say he knocked it out of the park. I found my inspiration from a blog post from The Story of Five that you can read all about here.

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Classroom Decor

At the end of the school year I told myself I would disconnect from all things school related and really focus on relaxing. My goal was to only turn my brain on to school after our family vacation the first week of July. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed a disconnected June and my family vacation!

Now, I am in full blown school-mode since my return from vacation. I even completed my classroom decor theme for this year. I can’t wait for an “Out of this World” school year!

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Mini Light Box in the Classroom

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What is a Light Box you ask?

It’s a flat box with a side of  plastic and an electric light that provides an evenly lighted flat surface or even illumination.

It took me a year but I finally bought a Light Box to use in my classroom! I found mine at Big Lots. It was only $8! It’s a mini that measures 8″x 6″ and has two inserts and runs on 4 AA batteries.  I’m going to hang it in my classroom library with  a couple of 3M hooks.

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LED Letter Sign from Big Lots

I’ve read a lot of different blog posts about others creating their own Light Box inserts using transparencies. So I got to thinking…hmmm…I wonder if I could just print them on multipurpose copy paper?

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Light Box inserts printed on copy paper

Guess what? You can! So now you know if you don’t have any transparencies handy you can just use computer copy paper. I think it looks great too!

How will I use it?

I plan on putting cute inspirational messages, growth mindset posters, and insert fun holiday posters into it.  Emily from The Literacy Nest had an awesome idea to make phonogram templates to place in her Heidi Swapp Light Box.  You can read her post about it here.

I can even use the light during my Guided Math, Guided Reading, and Writing Conference times too. It will be a great visual tool for my students. If the light is on it will indicate that I’m busy working with a group; if the light is off then I’m free to help answer questions.

Is is your mind racing with ideas like mine is now? Then you should run out and buy your own at Big Lots and download my mini insert freebies below and let your light shine.

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Show & Tell Tuesday-October

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Show and Tell Tuesday is here again and I am linking up with Forever in 5th Grade to show you 4 pictures of things that are going on in my life and classroom and tell you about them.

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Illinois Reading Conference

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Alaina, Niki, Carrie, Dr. Farris

Recently I attended the Illinois Reading Conference with a few other educators from my district where I collaborated with other professionals and heard author’s read aloud from their own books. A colleague and I were both recognized by the Illinois Reading Council for receiving the Pamela J. Farris Rural Library Grant at a luncheon while at the conference. During the luncheon we got to hear the author Joan Bauer speak. She was such a dynamic speaker with words of inspiration and motivation for all.show and tell tuesday

Jacob Gets a Vehicle

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Jake and his vehicle.

In a few short months my oldest child will turn 16! It is truly a mixture of emotions. I’m grateful that he is a happy and healthy person, happy that he will be able to help me with my “Mom Taxi” responsibilities, full of pride that I am raising a responsible and respectful young man, and sad that he is growing up so quickly that I just want to slow down time a bit.

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Dollar Tree Temptations

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The Dollar Tree Store it awesome! Items for STEM activities can be found for cheap there so I snatched up these for the Help Save Fred STEM activity. I also found plastic round eye balls that I am going to write numbers on and use in my math centers to practice even/odd numbers and create addition/subtraction problems to solve. The owl is a dry board eraser that was just too cute to pass up.

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We Are Family

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I love to refer to our class as a family. We work together, we help each other, we build each other up, and pick each other up when we fall down. Our class proudly hangs our family thumbprint tree on our classroom door to remind us of this.

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Math Activities for Vocabulary Instruction

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math vocabulary

Math Vocabulary

Teaching math vocabulary with can be challenging at times. Need some ideas? Check out these four activities below!

Vocabulary Word Search Sheets

You can create word search sheets by going to Google and searching for “Word Search Generator”.  You will find lots of free options to create your own word search for personal use in your classroom.

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Vocabulary Memory Game

You can make your own math Memory game by writing out vocabulary words and definitions (or words and sample problems ) on separate note cards. You can also type out your information in Microsoft Word, cut out, and glue them on the note cards. Laminate the note cards for durability and yearly use.

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Vocabulary Pictionary Game

You can create your own math Pictionary game by writing vocabulary words on note cards. Turn the deck face down. Students take one card from the deck and illustrate a picture of the vocabulary word. My students use dry erase boards; but students could also draw on paper. Pictionary can be played in whole group as well as in a small group station.

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Vocabulary Match Up Sheets

You can create  vocabulary match up sheets in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. Type all the words on the left side and all the definitions on the right side. Students match up the words to the definitions.

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If you have the McGraw-Hill, My Math, Grade 2 series then you will want to check out my pre-made activities below.

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One Contest Two Winners- Amazon and TPT Gift Card Giveaway

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Wow, It has been a while since my last post. I will admit, it is a bit crazy at back to school time and it causes me not to be able to keep up so well with my blog posts. That’s okay though, I promise to make it up to you. How about a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card or a $40 TPT gift card? You can enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter below.

One contest two winners!

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Back to School Classroom Forms

I’ve been doing some thinking and I believe that teachers fall into one of two categories.

Category 1

Teachers that have been shopping, printing, laminating, and cutting all summer. Mentally decorating their classroom and chomping at the bit to get into the school doors to start getting their classrooms student ready.

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Category 2

Teachers that just need a summer do-over. A do-over to continue on the path of peacefulness that only a summer break can provide.

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We all know the new school year is coming. Therefore, I have put together some links to a few of my classroom created forms. The best news of all is that they are FREE!  If there is one thing teachers can all agree on it is that FREE resources make us happy!

Free Classroom Management Links and Forms

Nurse Pass

When students need to go to the nurse teachers fill out this pass. 6 passes per page.

Bathroom/ Hall Passes-restroom pass freebie pdf

A boys, girls, and pass are included in this download. 

Student Homework & Behavior Log

Fully editable homework and behavior log. 

Late Homework Notice

Have students with missing assignments and need to send home a reminder to parents? Use this form for parents to be made aware of missing assignments. You can customize your signature.

Homework Absent Sheet

Have several of these copied and ready for when a student is absent. Can be filled out by the teacher or another student. 

Student Work Pass

Useful for when students need to come in and work. The file lets you customize your name.

Teacher Daily Planner

Color or black line planner available. Print out a new one each day or laminate it and use sticky notes in each area.

I hope you all find these forms useful.

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Show and Tell Tuesday- July Edition

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Show and Tell Classroom Preparations

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show and tell tuesday

Work, work, work, work, work! That stinking song keeps playing over and over in my head as I work on preparing my room for the upcoming year. My new theme is confetti and candy and I love it! I have also been reorganizing my library, little by little, when my children are at open gym. It is not done yet, but I’ve put a large dent in it.

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13th Birthday Celebration

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My baby girl turned 13 (*gasp*) this month. We celebrated by going to The Melting Pot in St. Louis for some fondue fun. She had a blast and said she can’t wait to go again. Of course, her favorite was the chocolate fondue. It was amazing! We finished off the birthday weekend with a family party with comfort food and a Dairy Queen ice cream cake.

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Zoo Trip

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The kids and I took a trip to the St. Louis Zoo this month. Many of the animals were out and about. The monkeys put on an entertaining little display in the primate house that we enjoyed too.  We had a blast! Very rarely do we all get to be together anymore with sports schedules. It was some much need and cherished family time. I’m already planning our next day adventure.

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Pokemon Go

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Pokemon Go has hit our house like a storm. Since we live in a rural area my kids can’t catch these little creatures unless I drive to a neighboring town. (*sigh*) On the bright side, at least the kids don’t complain about running errands in town with me now.

 

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How to Implement Flexible Seating in the Classroom

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flexible seating
Flexible seating is where students are given a choice in what kind of learning space works best for them.

We have been hearing the term ‘flexible seating’ a lot lately. I’ve read where some call it a new fad and say they are not jumping on the alternative seating bandwagon. I am not really sure if flexible seating is new idea though. I have some pretty fond and vivid memories of my kindergarten days back in 1980. We sat on a huge rug and listened to our teacher read stories and instruct, we could work in different areas of the room, and we had a large cardboard house we would could go in and read our books to each other. See…sounds a lot like flexible seating doesn’t it? No wonder I loved my kindergarten experience!

Whether it is a new fad or not, classrooms that have implemented flexible seating have reported some pretty remarkable things. Improved grades,  happier and more engaged students, as well as students having more stimulating conversations are just a few things that have been reported.  ({Fist pump} Sign me up!)

Now you may be asking yourself, “Is flexible seating right for me?”  What we really have to ask ourselves is, “Is it right for my students?”  You have to take a long hard look at your group of kiddos and decide what would be the best type of learning environment for them. Whatever your decision is be sure it allows your students to work collaboratively, communicate, and engage in critical thinking.

If you are ready to transition to flexible seating then read on to get some tips on how to implement it in your classroom.

How to implement Flexible Seating in your classroom

Before you begin 

Make sure you have a discussion with your administrator about implementing flexible seating in your classroom. You will want their support and thumbs-up before you begin.

classroom Arrangement 

Start by taking a look at your classroom size. Decide on how you will arrange your classroom. Look at Pinterest to get some inspiration. (You can always count on Pinterest for wonderful ideas!) Here are a few things to keep in mind…

  1. Desks- It is good to keep some in the room. Some children have different body styles and are not comfortable working on the floor.  Some students just prefer to work at a desk.
  2. You will want an area or space for whole group instruction.
  3. Where will you store student’s books and materials?
  4. Will your classroom supplies be community supplies?

Flexible Seating Options

What types of options will you offer in your room? Check out the list below to get some ideas. Don’t be limited to only these ideas. Be creative! When it comes to flexible seating ideas the sky’s the limit.

Funding

There are many funding options for flexible seating items.

1.Garage sales or resale shops are great places to find some gently used items at a bargain of a price.

2.Dollar Tree, Five Below, and the Target Dollar Spot will often have flexible seating items for only $5.00 or less.

3.If your school has a Parent Teacher Organization you can submit a request for items. PTO organizations are more than happy to support classroom activities and ideas. My PTO purchased my scoop rockers, futon, wiggle cushions, and stability balls.

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4. You can ask for donations from your classroom parents. You can do this by sending home a letter or by writing a Donorschoose grant. Get your students excited about the idea and their parents will be more likely to make a donation to your project.

management

In order for flexible seating to be successful you will need a strong classroom management plan.

Start with developing an anchor chart with flexible seating expectations and rules with the students. Ask them what they think would be good rules and expectations. Use these ideas, as well as your own, to develop your set of rules. Check out Megan Snable’s free Flexible Teaching Resource here.

A flexible seating student contract is another way to make your students accountable. Teach2Love has a free resource available here that also includes a parent letter as well.

As you roll out your flexible seating you will want to model what it will look like. Revisit your anchor chart every day in the beginning of implementation to give your students the reminder they will need. Make sure you are giving lots of praise for properly used resources. There is a fun brag tag freebie from Talkin Pinata here to reward your students for a job well done.

Enforce your rules. Don’t forget to be firm, be consistent, and be fair. You will have to give your students a chance to prove themselves. Don’t be surprised when they amaze you!

Flexible Seating and Whole Brain Teaching

I use Whole Brain Teaching in my 2nd grade classroom for my overall classroom management plan. This year I wanted editable posters to be able to have the option to diversify the 5 rules to make them more suitable for flexible seating. I made these posters below that can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop.

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I hope this post gives you some ideas on how to implement flexible seating in your classroom!

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