Thursday, June 09, 2016

Activities to Practice Telling Time

I always find that students have trouble grasping how to tell time. Here are a few activities we do to practice this skill.

WHITEBOARDS & CLOCKS
Activities to practice telling time.
I would call out a time, and students would show me either by using a clock or by writing the time correctly on the whiteboard. When I called out "Show me!" they held up their clocks & whiteboards so I could quickly assess who got it and who needed some more practice. They switched items with their partners after each turn. It also kept everyone engaged and listening, and was really good practice.
Activities to practice telling time.

TIME CHECK
I just love this activity! It is an idea from Lisa {here} and it's a freebie!
I had my students tape a Time Check strip to their desk. During the day I would randomly call out "Time Check" and students had to look at the clock and record what time it was.
Activities to practice telling time.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Nate the Great!

One book study my class always loves to do is Nate the Great! 
We just love this pancake-eating hero :)
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
It's so fun to read mysteries, and it's one of their favourite genres!
After reading the story together, we fill in some facts about the story, using a story map:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
We discuss the characters, and define them by their character traits:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
We discuss what detectives are, what they need, and what they do:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
We fill out these pages before we find out who took the painting. Students make their inferences based on facts from the text:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
...and how fun to have a mystery within a mystery!
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
Where is Rosamond's missing cat?
Next we made some text-to-self connections:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
and became familiar with some vocabulary from the story's text:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
We made some personal story notes:
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!
and we solved the mystery...
Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

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Nate the Great book study- perfect for learning the mystery genre!

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Building Math Fact Fluency

Math fact fluency is such an important element in math learning!
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
 Every year students come into my class who struggle with basic addition and subtraction. They attempt to use their fingers, try to reference the number line, or just make a guess. Unfortunately our math program makes little attempt to have students become fluent in addition and subtraction facts either. So this year I started having my students do Math Like a Ninja! {Yes, quick and stealthy!}
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
These math booklets provide my students with lots of addition and subtraction fluency practice. EVERY day I begin each math lesson with a timed speed drill, to help students master their addition and subtraction math facts.
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
This pack includes math fluency strips featuring addition to 10, answer keys, as well as assessment tools to help you track your students’ progress. Conveniently made with 3 per page for quick & easy prep!
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
 I know not every teacher is on board with math drills. But I see each year how kids struggle with simple facts, and this takes up one minute of the math lesson! In that one minute, each day, they are developing amazing fluency!
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
This activity works well for ANY level of math fluency, as they work on the booklet that is at their own level. Differentiated for every learner! And as they move on to the next level, they are so proud :)
Improve addition and subtraction math fact fluency! Each time a booklet is mastered (finished within the time frame and error-free) they will move on to the next level. The levels are created in a fun ninja-themed format, to help foster motivation!
For the addition pack click {here}
For the subtraction pack click {here}
For the money-saving bundle, featuring addition and subtraction click {here}

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bouncy Bands

Have you heard of Bouncy Bands?
Tips for helping students who can't sit still.
They attach to desks and chairs. And they are STRONG! 
Tips for helping students who can't sit still.
They're great for students who move around a lot. Students can put their feet on the band and move, without bothering others and without getting up and wandering around the room.
Tips for helping students who can't sit still.
In the past we've tried using skipping ropes, but they were way too flimsy, and didn't last the year. Bouncy Bands are definitely more durable!
Tips for helping students who can't sit still.
You can find them {here
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