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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you enjoy your day and have some great food!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Measurement Word Wall Posters

I am on a roll and decided to continue my math word wall posters! 
This week I focused on measurement, specifically the concept of length.

This is a set of 10 posters containing the following vocabulary words:


Check out the free download here:

Math Measurement Word Wall

I hope you enjoy them!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Angle Posters

Hello Readers!

I have a goodie for you today!  I created a set of 5 posters that highlight angles; right, acute, obtuse, straight and reflex.

Each poster has the definition, picture of the angle and a real life example picture. 


Here are what the posters look like..

Monday, November 7, 2011

Clean the Money - Math Money and Coordinate Game

I came across this fun game, Clean Up the Money, on the Internet this past weekend.  It seems like fun and can be a great review for money and would help to reinforce coordinate grid concepts.  The instructions and game pages are already created. Bonus!  I don't have to reinvent the wheel here!

Click on the link to download the directions and game worksheets.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Trimester Checkpoint - Incentives and Boosters

Next Friday marks the end of the first trimester for my school.  It seems like I blinked and poof it was November!  We are just around the corner from Thanksgiving and then just a hop, skip and jump away from winter break!

Typically each year I do a refresher on Guided Math rules and routines when I get back from winter break.  However, this year I am finding that my kids need a refresher now.  I can't wait until January.  If you find your students starting to wander and not following the charted routines that you set at the beginning of the year, take a break from math groups to spend time to go over your expectations.  You will be grateful in the long run.

As a PBIS internal coach, if there is one thing I have learned, it is that students need reteaching boosters.  Every once in a while you need to do a climate check, see what areas need attention and create a booster to remind students of rules and expectations.

Next week I will spend the whole week reviewing the rules and routines of the card and game station. My plan is to first teach math whole class. Then I will spend the time after the lesson to create a chart of student behaviors and to practice those expectations/routines.  Just like I did at the beginning of the year.

Don't be afraid to create an incentive for the students.  Especially since the pre-holiday, can't wait until winter break craziness is about to begin soon.  One idea is to create a goal that students can work towards.  For example, students can earn points for demonstrating expectations.  For each round of guided math they can earn one point.  We have four rounds in our day, which means they can earn four points a day.  Set a goal as to how many points they need to earn to get a reward.
Do you  have an idea for a guided math incentive system or an idea for an easy whole class reward?  I'd love to hear from you.  Leave a comment below with your ideas!

I also want to give a shout out to Hilary from Rockin Teacher Materials.  She wrote a blog post here on how she took the plunge into Guided Math.  I love how Hilary took the idea and made it work for her.  As I find myself always saying, you need to make it work for you and your classroom.   Check out her blog post for some ideas and inspiration!
Happy Saturday!