Sunday, November 25, 2012

Black Friday Shopping

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Personally, I have loved taking a break from school! I tried not to spend too much time working on school - related projects, but I did get my lesson plans done for the next 4 weeks AND created a new product for my TpT and TN stores.

A few weeks ago one of my kiddos asked when we would get to the money unit in math class; I had to tell him that we won't. While we don't teach money in third, our students are expected to be able to use money in math problems. The only practice they get in our curriculum is a few problems in our spiral review, so I decided to make sure we get some practice at our math work stations.

I know a lot of time and energy the next few weeks will be spent thinking about Christmas - especially potential gifts - so I created a little Black Friday activity to practice adding money.


Click on the picture to go to my TpT store. Don't forget about the big sale on Monday and Tuesday!

The Teacher's Notebook sale is already underway. Click here for TN.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Teacher's Notebook Sale

Another great sale going on at Teachers Notebook! Check it out by clicking the picture.





Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Whether you had all week off from school, like me, or have a nice 4 day weekend I wish you a wonderful time with family, food, and fun! And when we all get back to work next week, don't forget the big TpT sale on Cyber Monday!


My products are on sale for 20% off, plus you can use the Promo Code for even more savings! Happy shopping!

Monday, November 12, 2012

New Multiplication Game

When I started my blog at the end of May, I decided that for the first year almost every product I made would be offered as a freebie. Until now, I have added only two paid items to my TpT store. I use so many wonderful free ideas from my colleagues that I wanted to give back. I appreciate all my wonderful followers, and hope that you have found things on this blog that have helped you in your own classroom.

I have just posted my 3rd paid item to my store! My third graders will work on multiplication facts for all the rest of this school year, so I created two complete sets (2s through 10s) of cards for Go Fish style games. One has a Thanksgiving theme, the other a Christmas theme. They are bundled together as one packet. You can click on any of the pictures to go directly to the item in my store.





Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fun and Games

My 3rd graders are always excited when we begin multiplication. Their favorite fact -- 12 x 12 = 144! They may not understand anything about multiplying, but they know that one :) Our state standards don't include memorizing the facts in 3rd grade, but they are always motivated to get as many as possible learned. I focus on helping them understand the math, including many strategies for solving multiplication problems. However, I definitely want to tap into their desire to "know their times tables."

Favorite work station activities are always games, so I keep multiplication games out right on through the year. I've found that they love to play "go fish" type games, so I put together this set of cards covering the 2s, 3s, and 4s. I was thrilled to find that my newest student, who speaks no English, can participate in this game! He doesn't always know the English for the number, but we are able to translate his Spanish and give him the words. He's only been here two weeks but is trying hard and he can count in English -- but not necessarily put the words with the right numbers.

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This is a free sample from a much larger set of cards I'm working on. I hope you enjoy using it in your classroom.
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