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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Math Word Wall Posters - Featuring Number Terms

It has been awhile since my creative juices have been flowing!  What better time to get back in the groove than winter break!  I created a set of 7 posters featuring basic number terms.

This is a set of 7 posters featuring:
Counting Number
Cardinal Number
Ordinal Number
Whole Number

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and an even better New Year!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Free Game Friday - Par 3 Adding 3 Addends Game

Today's game is brought to you by Elementary Matters....
Check out this game... Par 3 - Adding 3 Addends
This is a dice game where students roll three dice to create a sum.  If that sum is on their game board they get to cover it up.  Sort of like how bingo is played. 
Click on the above links to get this great free game today!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Free Game Friday - Mining for Shapes

Yahoo!  Today is the last day before winter break!  :)  Need I say more??

I have a new Free Game Friday math game for you today!  This terribly cute game, Mining for Shapes, comes from Brian and Yvonne of Mixminder

You know that game Minecraft?  The one my students are crazy for, will not stop talking or writing about?  This game was inspired by Minecraft.  I am sure kids, who love Minecraft, are sure to love this one! 

Check it out and download your free copy today! Mining for Shapes

Friday, December 14, 2012

Free Game Friday - Gumdrop Land Dice Game

Happy Friday Guided-Math Readers!  (who doesn't love Friday?)  I am sure you are in full countdown mode to winter break!  Only one more week and counting for me.

I have a new holiday game for you created by Tiffani at Time 4 Kindergarten.

This game is called, Gumdrop Land and follows the simple concept of roll and record the number.  This game is geared for younger kids in Pre-K or Kindergarten. 

Click on this link to get your free download of this game.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday From Here to There Place Value Game - Free!

I have so many great Holiday freebies that I am spreading them out beyond Free Game Friday!  I have a place value game for you today created by Kickin' it With Class.

I am loving this game because it not only incorporate place value skills but also logic skills.  Students create numbers using their two dice, they must decide where it goes on their game mat in order to complete the sequence from lowest to highest.  Check it out to get your free download!
If you want the non-holiday version...


Friday, December 7, 2012

Free Game Friday - Christmas Multiplication Roll and Cover

Looking for a great holiday multiplication game to help you get through the next couple weeks?  Check out this game by Lisa at Fourth & Ten

Click on the link to get your free download and directions on how to play!



Sunday, December 2, 2012

Peppermint Craft for December

Hello Readers!

I wanted to share with you an easy December craft that is sure to make your room yummy and festive!  It still is holiday oriented but neutral for all those of different religions.

Peppermint Craft
small, dessert size 7" paper plates.  I use the more heavy duty ones as they look better.  An example would be these from my local party store.  It really doesn't matter what color you get as you will never see the inside color.  Also I found mine in the clearance aisle of Target for a $1 for 24.  You need two for every student.
Roll of Cellophane - from craft or party store
Curling Ribbon
How to Make:
1.  Give two plates to each student.  They need to design their peppermint.  I showed pictures of peppermints on the SmartBoard so they got an idea of how to draw one.  They used either red or green.  Color on the back, white side of the plate.

2.  Staple the two plates peppermint side out.  I only staple it twice, one on each end.  I suppose the kids can glue the two plates together, but it is MUCH easier just to make two staples.
3.  Use the cellophane to wrap up the plates.  I secure the cellophane in place by making another staple right at the top of the peppermint.  It might take a few tries to get the feel and placement of how the cellophane wraps around - play around with it so you know what is should look like.
4.  Cut two pieces of curling ribbon.  I show the students how to gather the sides and use the ribbon to make a knot.  They can curl the ribbon or leave it as is.
5.  And really that is it!  I usually make these every year and hang them from the ceiling of my classroom for the month of December.  (the kids swear they can smell the peppermint when they make these).


Saturday, November 17, 2012

I Can Officially Say...

that I am a NBCT!!!! (National Board Certified Teacher)  Wow!  What a rush, a complete and utter shock.  I am still in shock an hour later!  I woke up this morning, checked FB on my phone to see that my colleague had posted (in the middle of the night) that she had passed.  That meant scores were up, so I jumped out of bed and immediately checked.... Now, I went into this thinking there was NO WAY I was going to pass.  I actually went to check to see what I had to retake.  So imagine my confusion when I saw this...

I literally was confused.  I didn't know what I was seeing... why did it say 2022??  Then I looked at the top of my home page and it said this...

What?!?  I passed?!?  How in the heck did I do that?!?  If you have followed my NB story, you'll know that last year was rough with the knee injury and all (see previous posts).  Then I started to cry, which is only par for the course when it comes to National Boards.

Somehow through the mess of last year I persevered and made it!  I am still in shock and probably will always be!

Congrats to all those that passed, whether it be your first try, second or third!  I am also thinking of those who did not pass this round.  You can do it, I know you can.  Good luck on retakes!


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Math Vocabulary Flip Journal Freebie

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Today is my birthday! :) YIKES, another year older!  I'm celebrating the day by doing laundry and cleaning out the garage... then I will go out to dinner tonight with family!

I have a great freebie for you today.  Our last math unit, fourth grade, Unit 1, features a boat load of geometry terms.  I knew in order to be successful on the test students needed to really know the definition of each of these terms.  We had already taken a lot of notes in our JAM journal (Journal About Math) when I originally taught the concepts, but realized my kids needed more.  This led me to create this freebie....

Vocabulary Math Flip Book
This is a half page flip book.  The first page contains both the front and back cover...  Just cut along the faint black line.
The second page are the inside pages.  Print out two of these pages and then copy them back to page.  Again, cut along the faint black line to separate the pages.
On the inside students write the vocabulary word, draw a picture in the middle, and write the definition on the bottom.

I found this flip book was an easy go to for students to study.  Easy to store in their desk, easy to take home, easy to flip the pages to study their vocabulary words, easy reference for when completing their work.  You get the picture... it made  things easy.
Now at the beginning of each math unit I have students assemble a new math flip book for that unit.  I went through the unit to count how many vocabulary word I wanted them to know and then copied that many pages for each student.
I hope this can be useful for your students too!  Have a great rest of the weekend!

Friday, September 21, 2012

New and Improved!

Notice something new?!?!  I am terribly excited to reveal my new website design!  I love it, everything I wanted for my website!  Thank you to Christi from Design by Christi for this new blog makeover! :)


Friday, September 14, 2012

Free Game Friday- Monster Math

Check out these free games created by Reagan from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits....

How cute are these Monsters?  They would make a great math station game for the month of October.  The age range for these is K-2, however I would not hesitate to use them with my fourth graders.  Believe me, they can always use the practice of putting together two number to equal 10 or 20.  This would also be a great activity to use with your intervention students.

This math game is similar to concentration and my card game Turn Over 10.  Students flip over the cards make matches that when added together equal 10.

Here is the more advanced version of Monster Math.  For this one students have to make matches that equal 20.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Free Game Friday - Featuring Creative Classroom 123

You know what time it is!!  Free Game Friday!!

By now you should be in full swing of teaching expectations and modeling each of your Guided-Math stations.  Remember take - your - time with this!  Don't rush getting math stations started!  Teach a few basic math games to start.  You don't want to overwhelm your students with too many games/directions/choices.

I have a few games for you today that come from Michelle of Creative Classroom 123!  She has quite a few free math games that are fun, interactive, and visually appealing!  I love them!  Check them out...

1.  Penguin Dial a Sum - Student turn the dial on the penguin to practice basic math facts.

2.  Spring Fraction Matching Cards - Kind of like memory/match, students match the fraction with the coordinating picture.

3.  Monster Problem Solving - Students use the monsters to help solve the word problems!  Would be great as a October themed math game!


Friday, August 31, 2012

Free Game Friday - Addition Games

Hope everyone is getting along with being back in the swing of things! Pssst...  It's a long weekend!!  This long weekend comes just at the right time!

I have a collection of free math addition games for you today!

1.  Spaceship Addition - Created by Yvonne of Mixminder!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Hardest Transition of All

I wrote this blog post a couple years ago on my original blog and thought I would rerun it.  I don't think I can say these words better than I did two years ago...they still hold true... Enjoy!

The Hardest Transition of All
Transition is a word we hear often in the world of education.  How we get students from one subject to the next, how we get them to calm down after lunch, getting them back to the lesson after they have discovered that it is raining outside, going from the bathroom to the classroom... and so on and so forth.
What about us teachers?  The hardest transition of all is going back to work after two and a half months off.  Don't get me wrong here.  I am very, very grateful to be in a profession where I can recharge my batteries for an extended amount of time.  It seems the older I get the harder that transition gets.  Getting up, getting ready, getting to school... just being awake, full of energy and spirit, being on our feet most of the day and don't forget those burning thighs after doing a thousand squats to get down to the student desk level.  Here are a few other transition favorites...
1.  getting legs and thigh skin accustomed to bumping into the corner of desks and chairs again, can we say, "Hello bruises!",
2.  the noise level
3.  responding to my last name or teacher (one thousand times a day)
4.  training my bladder to hold it for hours on end
5.  The Hungry Horrors...I always forget how hungry and thirsty I am the first days.
I realize this transition takes time.  I know that in a week or two that I will get back into the swing of things and feel like my "normal" teacher self.
I hope everyone is off to a great start this school year and I hope it continues to be great!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Free Game Friday - Decimal and Percent Bingo

Happy Friday Everyone!  I just survived my first week back at school!  Phew!  It was a great but always hectic and tiring week!  I am excited for this upcoming school year and getting to know my great class!

Our free game today was created by Stephanie, Teaching in Room 6.  This free bingo game focuses on decimals and percents.  Students play in normal bingo fashion but have to cover up the equivalent decimal or fraction.  Makes them think... imagine that!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Blog Hop Day - Featuring Mean Median Mode Posters

Happy Blog Hop Day! 

Today is my day for the Back to School Blog Hop!  I think this day was perfectly planned because today is the first day of school!

I am writing this post a couple days ahead... So I thought I would write down my wish list of what I hope is going to happen on the first day of school.

1.  A class of 31 kids, all eager to be there and with smiling faces.

2.  Everything goes smoothly!

3.  I can learn all 31 names in one day!  Yes, folks, I can do this, it's a gift I have.

4.  I wake up without a headache, seems like my head always knows when it's the first day of school.
(ask me about the year that I lost power in the middle of the night and all the fire alarms took turns beeping on one minute intervals the WHOLE night)

5.  That this year will be the best ever!

With all that being said... I have a new freebie for you today!  I created a new math poster set featuring... Mean, Median, Mode, Average, Range and a bonus song!

I hope that everyone has enjoyed this blog hop! 
Be sure to check out all the other fabulous blogs that are participating in this hop.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Blog Meltdown

My blog design had a slight meltdown today or it could have been yesterday.  I've had to switch it over to a temporary background, not my style but will do for now (it's all about the content anyway, right?

I think my website is sending me a message... time to hire a blog designer to give Guided-Math a new makeover!  So stay tuned...

Made it Monday - Bottle Cap Math

Bottle Cap Math

It seems like I drank water all summer.  Let me rephrase... it took me ALL summer to drink enough water to collect enough bottle caps to create this math game. :)

I found this idea originally on pinterest and thought, "Hey I can do that one!  What a great way to recycle all those water bottle caps."  I didn't realize how many bottle caps one would need to create this game.  Even after making this game, I still have bottle caps randomly laying around the house, as I always made sure to take the cap off when I was done.

In the end I was able to make a couple versions out the caps.  I had one set of large bottle caps and one set of small bottle caps.

Here is my large version.  Some of the caps are orange because that was the flavor of that water, it apparently stains the cap. I figured they still work just fine, orange color and all.

...and here are the small caps.

I used regular paint pens to write the numbers on top of the caps. 
The numbers are bright and bold this way.
  I also made sure to wash and dry the bottle caps before I put the numbers on them.

I decided to use random math facts for each set.  Each set is complete, meaning there will be no leftover caps once students create their number sentences.  I also opted not to use the multiplication and equal signs. (That would of taken another whole case of water here).

I'm thinking that students can use these games as independent games or as partner games.  For the partner game students can time each other to see how fast they can put together all the number sentences.  I'll see how this game plays out once students get their hands on it this school year.

I'm also going to ask students to save their bottle caps too.  I would like to make a set for each of the multiplication families, but that is going to take a whole lot of drinking!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Free Game Friday - Number Grids

It's FRIDAY!  Only three more sleeps until I begin my first week of school.  Teachers start Monday, students start Wednesday.  I'm ready as I'll ever be... I think?!?

I'm passing along these free math games from Tessa, Tales from Outside the Classroom, today!  Tessa has a great variety of math games...

1.  Gearing Up With Number Grids - 20 Different Number Grid with Missing Numbers,
perfect for grades K-2

2.  Monkey Madness -  A Double Digit Subtraction Without Regrouping Game