Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Five for Fruesday: Natalie Grant, Wrestling, & SALE!

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This is a picture of the SWEETEST group of third grade boys EVER! 

I have a HUGE selection of math games, but they ALWAYS want to put together these time puzzles during Game rotation. 

On this day, they asked me to take a picture of them. Tho' thweet! 

This past Saturday my sis-in-law and I went to see one of our FAVORITE Christian singers  . . . ok, for real, she is my actual favorite of all time . . . Natalie Grant!!!! 

She was absolutely amazing and we left feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world and shine bright! 

That feeling when your kids have earned free time, and all they want to do is teach math to stuffed animals. . . . right after this Piggy was assigned an "F".  :/

And, I've been making it through January one strawberry daiquiri at a time. 

How can one of the most BORING months of the year also be one of the most STRESSFUL? 

You may notice that I was watching wrestling . . . this is a judgement free zone right? 

And lastly, but certainly not leastly, there is a SALE going on over at Teachers Pay Teachers. 

DO NOT FORGET to enter the code in before you checkout!!! I do it EVERY time!!!!!!

If you're looking for some suggestions, here a few favorites from my store: 



Have a great rest of the week!!

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Distributive Doctors, Home Sweet Goodbye

This week in third grade was all about the distributive property. 

Maybe its just me . . . but I don't find learning about properties all that exciting so I was THRILLED when I discovered this cute Distributive Doctor set. 

I added some surgical masks and gloves and . . . WA-LA . . . they were eating out of the palm of my hands. 

Some of the questions they are asked on assessments using the distributive property are redunculous - we need all the help we can get. 

On a personal note, this week was bittersweet after I put my first house on the market and received an offer within 30 HOURS!! 

Here I am four years ago, achieving my life long dream of home ownership. SOOOO exciting!!!! 

I LOVE my new place AND whom I share it with, but I can't help feeling sentimental about a time where it was just me and the cat, making it on our own. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone! 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Singing Crabs & Skip Counting Trains

We're starting off the year with multiplication. My kiddos had a bad case of cabin fever so I decided we should do some activities that got us up and moving. 

We haven't seen each other for 25 DAYS!!! due to winter break followed by an ice storm!!! Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled to see their little faces again on Thursday! 

First we built skip counting trains. I assigned them a number of cubes to construct each section of the train with. 

Then I had them skip count to find how many cubes they had in their trains in all . . . I saw some great strategies in action! 

We also played Roll & Color: Multiply by 3 (FREEBIE!) and Roll & Color: Multiply by 6. (No kid photos, I was too busy playing!)

We rounded out each day with a skip counting video. 
We've watched (and memorized) almost ALL of the skip counting videos on YouTube from Have Fun Teaching

Our favorite is the 9's!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is a random bird and a singing crab - what more could you ask for? These are SO catchy!

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm going to round out my week by playing a few rounds of Candy Crush, followed by a shopping spree at Target. (I'm buying a new broom, woo-hoo!) 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Winter Graphing Freebie!

Just dropping in to share my cute winter graphing FREEBIE! Practice bar graphs AND line plots and analyze data with one simple spin & graph activity! Geared towards grades 1 - 3. :)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Math Sorts for Back to School

 I created my Math Sorts to s-t-r-e-t-c-h my kiddos minds! These sorts will really do that!! 

Download a FREE sample HERE

After using Words their Way for several years in my classroom for spelling instruction and having my kiddos sort words, I thought that there surely should be some way for them to sort math as well!!


Each year, the first time my students do a math sort they quickly become frustrated because of all of the thinking involved, but they LOVE the feeling of satisfaction when they finally figure it out and then they BEG me to give them more! 


I have used these in my classroom in multiple ways: 
- early finisher activities
- math workshop station
- substitute days!!! 
- informal assessment

I usually print the sorting cards 2 to a page so that they can glue them to a regular 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. Occasionally, I will have them also complete the recording sheet.  You could also print one set of sorting cards on cart stock and have them sort at a center. 


I have used these with second graders for years and I am now using the spring set with my advanced third graders and the back to school set with my remediation kiddos. 

Check out my Back to School math sorts! When your kids fall in love with these come back and grab the sorts I have for all seasons. 



Download a FREE sample HERE

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Math Maniacs LOVE Back to School TPT Sale

I'm SOO excited to announce that the annual TPT Back to School sale will take place THIS WEEK on August 3rd & 4th. 

 Feel free to to save and use this button for your own post. :)

You can save 28% on all products from my TPT store! This is a great opportunity to clean up your wishlists and stock your digital filing cabinet with goodies for the upcoming school year!

I am thrilled to share with you some NEW and ENGAGING products now available in my store

I've FINALLY gathered up all of my Math Stations & Journal Prompts for Second Graders into one bundle. Save 25% when you buy them altogether AND get an addition 28% off for shopping during the sale!

I've also bundled up many of my most ENGAGING products for Second Graders. Save 25% by purchasing them all at once and, once again, you can save an addtion 28% by purchasing during the sale.


I've also started my NEW line of Math Stations & Journal Problems for Firsties. August is available now and September will follow very soon!

Be sure to check out all of the other new and exciting products from my friends at the Primary Chalkboard

Also, be sure to enter the code BTS15 before checking out AND to leave feedback on all of your purchases to receive TPT Credits! 

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