Friday, November 21, 2014

Five For Friday November 21, 2014

Time again to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

In math we are hard at work on elapsed time.  We have been practicing telling time with a partner.

Having flash card relays... boys against girls seems to be the favorite!

We also practiced elapsed time with a partner this week. One partner made up a a problem. The second partner solved it, and the first partner checked it.  

We have also been reviewing multiplication with this fun Thanksgiving themed game from A Plus Kids.

Thanksgiving You-Know Multiplication

The game works very similarly to Uno, except the students also practice their math facts.  I love that it focuses on unknown factors for an additional challenge! The kids love that they are playing a game instead of "working".  I love when you can sneak in learning when they beg to do it!

We will also being using the Christmas You-Know version in a few weeks.

Christmas You-Know Multiplication

In reading we have been reading a variety of versions of the story Stone Soup.

We have been working on written responses and comparing and contrasting the different versions.

We are really getting good at using details from the text!

Next week we will celebrate our hard work by cooking our own version of Stone Soup.  One of my students from last year visited and asked if we were going to be making it again this year.  When I told him we were, he asked if he could stop by after school for left overs.

During our writing time, we have been hard at work on writing Fairy Tale Adaptations.

We have been learning the difference between a telling sentence and a showing sentence.

They are getting to be such good writers!  I can't wait to see their published pieces!


If you haven't entered already, be sure to enter to win a Base Ten Place Value Frame here.

Head on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching to share your week in review. Not sure how to link up?  Read my blog post here for some tips and pointers.  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Teaching Freebies!

Thanksgiving is fast approaching.  If you are still unsure what things to do with your kiddos, you might want to try one of these freebies:

Thanksgiving ELA Center for Upper Elementary Freebie - Tur 
You can help your students to brush up on their ELA skills with these Point of View and Editing Skills Center Activities from Fifth in the Middle.

A Feast of Facts - A Game of Five in a Row {FREEBIE}

It’s a Feast of Facts with this funfive-in-a-row freebie from Primarily Speaking by Aimee Salazar 

Thanksgiving Bingo {FREEBIE} 

This free download is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving festivities (especially during that short week that leads up to Turkey Day). The words are all Thanksgiving related. The best part is, your students will create their own Bingo boards!

First Thanksgiving Lesson and Pop Up Book

I know my students will LOVE making these pop-up books  from Teaching Ideas for Those Who Love Teaching as we learn about The First Thanksgiving!

 Thanksgiving Challenge! Free Scavenger Hunt Type Activity

Your students will love this FREE Thanksgiving Challenge from Rachel Lynette. They will be practicing several different skill areas - math, research, grammar, and more to complete it. Do in class or send home for the long weekend.

We Are Thankful Writing Prompt and Craftivity FREEBIE

My We Are Thankful Craftivity is a  fun way to get kids to write about all of the things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving season.


Graphic Organizers for all parts of the writing process including:
- Topic Sentences
- Drafting
- Final Copy

Craft template to make pilgrim's hat.

Factor Turkeys Freebie

Looking for a quick and easy way to review factors? These adorable factor turkeys are a festive way to help your students practice finding the factors of a number.

After you grab your freebies don't forget to enter my contest to win a  Base Ten Place Value Frame.

Monday, November 17, 2014

BaseTen Place Value Frame Giveaway and a Freebie!

I have a student in my class who had a goal of adding two digit numbers without regrouping.  He has mastered that goal (YEAH!) and I felt he was ready to move onto regrouping. But, when we tried, he had a lot of difficulty understanding the concept, even when I pulled out the base ten blocks.  I was talking to one of the push-in teachers about  possibly using a place value chart with him, but she didn't understand what I was talking about.  Well, low and behold, I got an email from Didax that afternoon advertising this:

Exactly what I was looking for!  I ordered two of them, and I could not have been happier when they arrived!

It does not come with the base ten blocks, but I already had a ton of them on hand.  It did however, come with this handy instructional booklet filled with place value lessons that are all aligned to the common core!

With this particular student, I began at the beginning, making sure that his place value foundation was strong.

I asked him how it would change if we switched the digits around. He quickly changed the place value blocks to show me.


He is ready for regrouping the next time I work with him!

After checking out the ideas for teaching addition with regrouping using the frame, I pulled a small group of students over to work with them. They loved the hands on aspect, and I loved how they talked about their task without any prompts from me!

I love this new tool so much, that I decided to give one away to one of my readers!  Enter to win using the Rafflecoptor below: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here are a few more place value resources:

Place Value Task Cards 4.NBT.1 and 4.NBT.2   Place Value Task Cards

4th Grade Numbers and Operations in Base Ten Assessments &

4th Grade Numbers and Operations in Base Ten Assessments & Data Tracking Sheets

Base Ten Collaboration Cards - 4th Grade  Base Ten Collaboration Cards

And... a place value FREEBIE:

Poppin' Place Value - I Have Who Has Game  Poppin' Place Value I Have... Who Has..

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