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Math About Me

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Math About Me

I want to tell you about a really easy and fun get to know you activity. This can also be used for a fun math activity throughout the year. What's even better is that your students will love to create these and they make FABULOUS hallway displays.  First, you print off the math page that is most appropriate for your classroom. Have your students fill out the different sections by creating math sentence, models, or pictures to represent information about themselves. This is a great review of place value concepts, fact families, and more.  Then the students can color or...

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Hexagon Fractions

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Hexagon Fractions

Pattern blocks are a great way to introduce fractions and talk about shape attributes at the same time. They provided a hands-on way for my kids to see how numerators are smaller pieces that can make up a whole. These pages with the blank hexagons and the chart helped my kids begin to manipulate the pieces and get used to the idea of a hexagon as the whole. From there, we would create simple fractions, still using the hexagon as a whole. This is also a great page to use when creating equivalent fractions because kids can easily see how...

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5 Ways to Make Fractions FUN

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5 Ways to Make Fractions FUN

Fractions can be a tricky concept for students. There are things that seem "backwards" and confusing. Take, for example, this list of fractions: 1/2, 1/4, 1/6. Which fraction is the smallest? The one with the BIGGEST denominator! That can really confuse some of our kiddos. At first, the idea of teaching fractions scared me. However, I began to learn that teaching fractions can actually be a lot of fun! Here are 5 tips and tricks that I've used to help make fractions easier to understand. 1. Fractions and Food: Make fractions familiar. Kids have been working with fractions their entire...

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Arctic Art Project

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Arctic Art Project

I'm going to tell you about an super easy, 3-step art project that is great for these winter months. 1. Grab a blank piece of paper, some paint/paintbrush, and a cup of water. 2. Paint the paper a mixture of blue and purple paint so it looks like twilight or evening. 3. Take some cutouts of a tree and stars (I've also used snowflakes) and glue them on the page. That's it! You're done! It takes a really short time but the effect is pretty cool don't you think?     PEACE, LOVE, AND STICKY NOTES  

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I-spy Books

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I-spy Books

By May, I'm spent. The kids are spent. The principal is spent. Everyone can feel the impending freedom that is known as summer. We have just spent months reviewing, practice testing, learning, growing and experimenting. It's about this time, when testing is finished, that I pull out some of my fun "just because" ideas. One of them that I LOVE are my class I-spy books. I like to make class books throughout the year and keep them in my classroom library for future classes to check out. The I-spy books are always a huge hit. The whole idea behind this...

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