Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hands on Standards - The BEST Way to Teach Math Giveaway

If you have ever worked at more than one school, you know what it is like to leave a must have teaching resource behind because it was purchased by the school.  That is exactly what happened to me.  My previous school had ordered ETA's Hands-on standards books for 7th and 8th grade math as well as algebra.  Well, let me tell you that book became practically my Bible for hands on math lessons.  I learned math in the dark ages - many years ago, when lecturing at students and forcing them to memorize the formulas was the norm in math instruction. Needless to say, I had no idea how to use the manipulatives that we had available at our school.  Once I got my hands on this book, I became a hands on enthusiast and dare I say expert?

Enter this year, I have moved down to third grade and no longer had my book to rely on.  I managed to fumble along ok so far, but, then the math Gods intervened, and I was contacted by ETA to review a product.  They even let me choose!  YES!  I knew exactly what I wanted - the 3rd grade edition of my coveted book! 

My husband's ear drums were not prepared for the squeals of excitement when the book arrived in the mail.  And he was not the only one subjected to who got to share in my happy news. I brought the book into our weekly PLC and shared with my team.  We were fortunate enough to have some extra money in our budget, so we ordered a few more of the books plus a few more manipulatives to be able to implement the amazing ideas.

One thing that I love is that there are pictures!  I am a visual learner, and if I don't see the manipulatives in action, I sometimes don't get it.  This book tells you what to say, what questions to ask, how to let the students explore, how to assess.  Everything for each and every math standard.  I could even leave this for a sub and wouldn't have to worry that they couldn't teach the math the way that I want it to be taught.  YEAH! No more boring review worksheets!

You can check out sample pages for the third grade book here.

And now, the best news - I get to giveaway one of these books to one of my lucky readers!  Woo Hoo!  Trust me - you NEED this book!

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  1. Oh my gosh, you're right -- I DO need this book!!! I teach 3rd grade and it is VERY difficult to get the resources I need to do the best job for my students. Thank you so much for this giveaway! I just checked the price of this book online, and there is no way I could afford to buy it myself, and my school has $0.00 for any books. Literally. So again, thank you for the chance!!!

  2. Kelly, thanks so much for making us aware of this awesome resource AND for the amazing opportunity of possibly winning it! Thanks for ALL you do and share with us! :)

  3. This book looks great. It has a lot of resouces to use. Thanks for giving us the chance to win it. Thanks for sharing. Cheryl

  4. Hi, Kelly...hope all is well with you and yours. :) Just wondering if a winner had been declared, yet? We are in the midst of requisitions and so want this awesome resource, either or put on order. :) Thanks for everything! :)

  5. Yes - a winner was chosen and has responded - it should show in the rafflecoptor above :)
    Definitely worth the purchase though! :)


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