Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tried It Tuesday: Fall Decor

I'm linking up with my friend Holly for her Tried it Tuesday linky!  This weekend I started decorating for fall.  Fall is my FAVORITE season!  I love the cooler weather and the beautiful colors.  It also reminds me of home.  (Holly will have to post pictures so you know what I am talking about.)  I miss seeing all the hills full of color!  Here in NC I am surrounded by Pine trees.

I started with my front door and new I wanted to attempt a mesh wreath.  I'm not sure why, but that mesh stuff really intimidates me.  I think I am a pretty good crafter, but that is one medium I have stayed away from until now.

I found this really simple Mesh Pumpkin door decor in a book my mom bought me last Spring.  Of course I couldn't find the book (thank you boys) so I went to the next best thing...Pinterest!

You can get the step by step directions HERE.

This was the perfect project to get over my fear of the mesh. It seriously took me maybe 10-15 minutes to make!

And because I personalize EVERYTHING I found a way to add an "S" to my wreath. :)  I've also done a pretty good job at training my little guy there...as soon as I hung it up he said, "It's perfect!".  Yes, yes it is son! :)  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Why do we forget about Zero? and a Math FREEBIE!

Recently at my son's soccer practice I was listening to a 5th grader ask her mom for help on her place value homework.  The reason I was being nosey was because I kept hearing her mom say, "You just always have a zero before the decimal".  As a teacher this disturbed me...the child (and her mother) did not understand that zero is a part of our place value system.  We don't simply "just put a zero", we are using the digit zero to represent there is no value for that particular place value.

I personally feel this is where we, educators, fail our children when teaching place value.  Not because we don't know what the digit zero is for, but simply it is a difficult concept for children to understand.  We often use examples that do not have zeros because we are afraid of the responses we will get from our students.  It is our responsibility to teach our children the importance of zero in our number system.

I am linking an old Mentor Post I did on the book A Place for Zero  I HIGHLY recommend this book for your class library! :)

I {heart} Recess: Math Mentor Text {A Place for Zero}

I worked, and still working on, several new products this weekend and felt I should create a FREEBIE for you!  It's an overwhelming part of the year, getting routines down, adjustments periods, beginning of the year assessments, and simply realizing that summer is officially gone! So, here is a little pick me up Freebie for you and your students!

I created  a Place Value game with a fall theme for students to practice identifying the value of the underlined digit.  Yes, I included zeros! :)

You can use this game with collaborative pairs, small groups, or in a Math center.  I have included 20 game cards for 3rd grade, 20 for 4th grade, and 20 for 5th grade.  Fifth grade friends I even included decimals for you.  I hope you and your students enjoy it!

Don't forget to link up and share what you are working on in math?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Scoop and a Giveaway

I am linking up with The Teaching Trio for The Sunday Scoop!  

My friend from Simone's Math Resources is celebrating FIVE YEARS with TpT!  How amazing is that!  She is also one of the contributors of the collaborative blog I am a part of, The Lesson Deli.

You can enter a chance to win a $10 shopping spree from EACH of these TpT stores! There are two other Giveaway Groups so hurry over and enter ALL Three!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

I want to cry!!!!

                           Celebrities Crying: Lindsay Lohan

When I started this blog I didn't know much about Google and blogs and other crazy technology things.  I now know, but in the meantime all of my post from a now deactivated Google account will no longer have images, images that have been pinned...hundreds of times.  So if you click on an old post and there isn't an image I am sorry, I am going to pray I have them saved to my computer and re-upload as many as possible...as soon as I am done throwing my fit.Try these tricks to put an end to difficult behavior. Hint: Pick your battles! http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/discipline/tips/how-to-put-an-end-to-difficult-behavior/?socsrc=pmmpin101712PTTDifficultBehavior
This is how I feel :(

Monday, September 8, 2014

Using Youtube for Math....Place Value

This week I completed some walkthroughs and LOVED seeing how grade levels were teaching place value!  It is pretty amazing to visit 3rd grade classrooms and see how they are all teaching the same thing, but differently by adding their own teaching style.  The same was for our 4th and 5th grade teachers.

*Note: When I do walkthroughs I go vertically, 3, 4, 5 or 5, 4, 3.  This is to see the vertical alignment within our school and to ensure I don't see the same lesson in a 3rd grade class in a 4th or 5th grade class. 

As I was visiting classrooms I was surprised at how many teachers weren't utilizing technology. One simple way to integrate technology into your math lessons is through the use videos from Youtube.  The use of videos is a great way to "catch" your students interest, teach/review the skill, and it grabs their attention because it's not just you standing up there talking. 

I have found some great videos for you to use in your own Place Value lessons!

This video is geared toward the lower grades, but is great for your lower learners to review place value and fabulous visual representation.

This is a great Place Value Rap!  It can be very catchy!  From the comments on the video from kids it is helpful and one they can't get out of their heads....every teacher's dream!

Who doesn't love School House Rock!?!  I like this video because it demonstrates the importance of Zero in place value.  I often find kids forget that Zero is a number.

Do you have a favorite video you use in your math instruction?  Please link up a math post or a video.  Thanks!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mathematical Monday....IS BACK!

Now that summer is over...BOO!...it's time to start planning our math lessons!  Last night I FINALLY finished my 4.NBT.6 Lesson Plan Bundle!  {Only took me ALL SUMMER to complete my 4th Grade NBT Lessons!}  In my plans I devoted a day to teaching the Partial Quotient Method of Division, and I wanted to share with you WHY. :)

Partial Quotient Method

I honestly had never heard of this strategy until last year when one of my teammates introduced it to our team.  Not going to lie...I thought this was the craziest way to divide!  After spending a weekend study the method and trying to make sure I understood it before teaching it, I now see WHY it's effective and LOVE it!

Here is a quick video I found in Youtube.

To make it easier on the kids my teammate told us to teach the students "Benchmark" numbers to use when first introducing this strategy.  One reason this strategy is helpful is because it's easier for children to think this way, especially when they don't know their facts!

We use the benchmark numbers 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1.  Once they are familiar with division and know their facts better then they will be able to think in terms of "80" and other numbers, like that in the video.

Interactive Notebook pages from my 4.NBT.6 Division Lesson Plan Bundle

Once I taught this method I had more students have success with this standard than in previous years when I strictly taught the standard algorithm.  The Partial Quotient strategy goes back to place value and requires students to think in terms of expanded form.  Rather than asking "how many times does 8 go into 6 or 67?" students are thinking/asking "how many groups of 8 will total 600 or 670?"  By introducing the benchmark numbers you are helping them see the place value relationship and familiarize them (and their parents) with this "new" way of thinking. :)

I still believe in teaching the standard algorithm, but only after teaching the Partial Quotient method first.  Last year I did it the other way around, and had many more "light bulbs" go off from the PQ and realized how valuable this strategy was.

Interactive Notebook pages from my 4.NBT.6 Division Lesson Plan Bundle

If you previously purchased this bundle please make sure you re-download it.  I have added the newest lesson plan bundle to this product! :)

I know many of you have been working hard on some new products this summer! So, for this week's Mathematical Monday linky you may LINK UP ONE PRODUCT OR ONE BLOG POST.  I can't wait to see what you have all created and come up with!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Five for Fraturday!

I started back to school two weeks ago, the reason for my absence lately.  The kids started on Monday...it's been a very LOOONNNGGG week!  This is my first year as an Instructional Coach and it is VERY DIFFERENT!  I love it though! 

My oldest started 2nd grade this week!  My children do not go to the school I work at, but the one we are zoned for.  I didn't get to drop him off Monday, so my hubby took him in.  Xavier was VERY excited to go to his new school and meet new friends.  He is the friendliest and an extremely well adjusted kid that I knew he would be fine at his new school.  The highlight of his day was riding the bus!  He was a car rider before this year.

I created a gift basket for Xavier's teacher for the first day of school.  I used one a Thirty-One mini tote and placed a bunch of goodies in it.

My middle guy starts Kindergarten Wednesday, they have a delayed start date.  We went to his Open House yesterday afternoon, poor guy is nervous!  Maxton doesn't transition well, he is the complete opposite of my oldest. When he was a baby and moved from the infant to the walker room the move didn't go so well that they changed the schedule of his favorite teacher to be with him in the morning.

Last year Maxton went to school with me, his PreK class was just down the hall from me.  He is nervous about a new school, riding the bus, and mommy not being just down the hall.  I know he will be fine after the first day, but getting through it is going to be difficult for both of us.  Fortunately, his teacher is awesome, his TA is his bus driver, and I am only 10 min down the road.
I've been continuing to work on my health and fitness goals since going back to work.  So far so good! I worked out everyday last week and missed two days this week, which means I am working out today and tomorrow.

I'm down 11lbs and in a size 10!  I haven't been this size in ten years!  I am still in the GetfitorGetfat.com Shape Up Challenge and using my AdvoCare products daily.

My hubby and I have signed up to become distributors for AdvoCare, because we love the products and that it's a Christian based company.  If you are interested in knowing more about a 24 Day Challenge or any of their products please feel free to contact me or check out the following link 

During the summer my Bible Study group and another group collected supplies for our bus kids.  This week we got together to bag all the supplies in backpacks for the kids.  They will receive them tomorrow after church.  We put together over 40 bags and donating the extra supplies to the three local schools.

"And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:19

I am loving my new Instructional Coach position!  This week I went into several classrooms to complete Read Alouds.  I read The Name Jar or the Recess Queen.  After reading I had the students complete one of the centers from my The Name Jar Unit or my Summarizing Freebie.

As a coach I don't only get to impact the children in one classroom, but several classrooms within the school...it's truly AMAZING!

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