Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Meet Up ~ I am Thankful!

I love the theme of today's Monday Meet Up with The Teaching Tribune...3 things that you are thankful for!  
I was going to take the funny route, but it didn't seem right.  Laying my heart out there seemed too emotional.  So, in the end, I went with my top 3 sentimental and top 3 funny things I am thankful for! 

Let's start with the funny!
NOTE: These are SUMMER thankful items, during the school year, it would be much different!

Moving to the sentimental (insert happy tears)!

I would love to here about what you are thankful for!  Go link up with The Teaching Tribune by clicking here!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Homemade Spinners!

I use the simple "pencil and paperclip" to make a spinner in many of my classroom games and activities.  

I also use these simple items when creating many Teachers Pay Teachers products.  I recently received a question on my page on how to use a pencil and paperclip to make a spinner and quickly realized it my not be known by everyone.  It is so easy and useful addition to any classroom!  So without further hesitation, let me model the spinner using my latest freebie "Spin Up an Array."  

In this first picture, you can see that the pencil goes inside the paperclip.  Any size paperclip and any pencil (or pen) will work!

Next, while holding the pencil, simply flick the paperclip to spin it!

 You can see this spin landed on "2."

For this game, I fill in 2 for factor #1 on the recording sheet.

Then, I spin again!

Factor #2 landed on number 9.

So, back to the recording sheet and I fill in 9 for factor #2.

For this game, I also need to draw the array and write in the product before spinning again!

Now you can easily go make your own spinners!  If you want to try out this game, just click on the picture below:
 Or you can check out the complete multiplication activities and games packet called Cooking Up Arrays!

Let's play HOPscotch ~ Grab a Freebie!

Yeah!  You have made it to stop #6!

Hope you are having fun hopping through and grabbing your freebies!  
Here is another one for you!
It's a multiplication game called Spin Up an Array!  
Click on one of the game pictures to snag this freebie!

If you like this game, you might want to check out the complete "Cooking Up Arrays" packet for more games and activities to help enrich teaching multiplication!  Check it out:

Time to HOP along now and go see what Cyndie has in store for you!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Road Trip 2014 ~ Vegas to Bonnaroo!

A non-teacher related post, but summer fun is part of being a teacher!  :)  This summer started off amazing with a 2 week road trip with the hubby.  We visited 13 states and went to an incredible music festival in Tennessee!  I could tell you about it, but I think it would be better to share in pictures.  So, without hesitation, here are my favorites...

That pretty much sums it up...anyone else been to any of these places?

I am also linking up with The Teaching Tribune today for "Tried and True Thursday" idea. 

CLICK HERE to read about how I use a simple die-cut circle to teach angles.  It is so concrete and the students love it!

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