Sunday, March 31, 2013

Multiplication Go Fish!

My county is phasing in common core.  Which has been nice because it has meant we have only need to learn one core curriculum a year.  At the beginning of next year, all elementary schools will be core LA and Math.  Last year K started core math and all grades started a new writing framework based on the core.  This year K-2 are core math, 3-5 are teaching core reading.  So as a third grade teacher I've been teaching LA Core and just waiting to go to core math. I am a dork and am looking forward to core math because I feel the curriculum makes more sense. 
Of course the switch to core next year means there may be some gaps.  The not-core does not require the students to know multiplication and division facts through 10 but core expects kids to enter 4th grade with all multiplication and division facts mastered.  So we are teaching transition units once we get back from spring break.

I am very busy looking for and making some multiplication and division games.  I have some for the facts we have taught but that's just  x0, x1, x2, x5, and x10.  To help them learn the facts and to keep things interesting I'm making different games for the rest of the facts.  My kiddos love card games so I decided to make Go Fish for x4.  If they like it, I'll make it for the rest of the facts. 

Click here to grab it!  I'd love feedback if you use it with your class!
~Colleen :)

First Post :)

I spend quite a lot of time on pinterest and blogs to find ideas for my classroom.  There are so many wonderful things I have been able to purchase or get for free thanks to blogs, pinterest, and TeacherspayTeachers.  I changed grades this year so I spent a lot of time looking for new ideas and decor.  Thanks to Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files (and Haute Off the Printer) I have very cute schedule cards, daily five cards, a craft board, and a curvise alphabet.

Anyway, I decided it was time to start sharing some of my ideas.  Hopefully there will be some ideas you can use. :)

I Speak For the Trees

I was planning to save this for Earth day but my school is reapplying for green school status so I wanted to teach this lesson so we would be able to include it in the application.  I taught it the first week of March.  We did a week of Dr. Seuss read alouds and finished with The Lorax.  After listening to the story, we charted why it's important to take care of the earth and how we can.  Then students wrote a paragraph about how and why to take care of earth.  I have a wonderful tech teacher at my school who allowed my students to quickly take their pictures with the Lorax’s mustache in photobooth during tech class that week. 

The pictures were printed and attached to the top of the students' paragraphs.  Once their paragraphs and pictures were turned in they got to marble paint a circle to be Earth as well.  I’ll post a picture of the final project but it’s spring break and I left the camera at work.   I couldn't get a good picture of the whole board where you can tell what the kids' pictures are but here is part of the board.

Final Copy

I made a final copy paper and a rubric for easy grading. Click here to get them for free on my TpT store.