Monday, March 24, 2014

** GIVEAWAY ALERT! **

I am so excited to offer both these packs to you!


My friend, Cynthia, from My Kind of Teaching, is allowing me to give away TWO of her amazing Common Core Math Packs for the 4th grade classroom!

I particularly like the task cards and the variety of activities included in these super packs!
If you want to check these packs out some more {click here}.

Now, here's how you win...
1. Visit my facebook page {here}. 
2. Click on the BLUE giveaway tab at the top.
3. Enter the rafflecopter! 

Yep, it is that easy! 
Rafflecopter will be open through Wednesday (which is also Cynthia's big birthday celebration)!

Good luck to all!!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wanna Catch a Leprechaun?

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Don't forget to wear green and keep your eyes open for those leprechauns!

Just wanted to share with you this amazing bulletin board idea from my friend Sarah...
 She had her students write about how to catch a leprechaun and many of them took it a step further and built leprechaun traps like this one...

To read more about this and to see more traps, head over to The Teaching Tribune!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Math Night with The Human Calculator!

Our school math night was Thursday and it was a huge success!  I even got The Human Calculator, Scott Flansburg, to come!

Before I get into more details about The Human Calculator, I would tell about the rest of the night.  When the students arrived, they received a hole punch card.  They needed to get 6 hole punches in order to get a prize at the end of the night (a pair of dice with directions to a math game to play at home)!  There were a total of 10 different stations that the students could visit, so getting 6 punches was no problem.

Our stations included 3 high school run groups about technology and math, a robotics team, computer activities in the computer lab, and one station on each different math strand (geometry, fractions, measurement, numbers in base ten, and operations) run by the teachers.  Here are some pics of the activities that were taking place:



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We also incorporated an art gallery into the night.  Our art teacher worked hard to put up art work from each student and beautify our hallways!



 Now, for the best part!  To conclude the night, we had all families gather into the multi-purpose room.  With a little persistence, I got confirmation that The Human Calculator would be joining us.  He gave a wonderfully engaging presentation and lit everyone's Maths brains on fire!  

You can check out The Human Calculator  here on Oprah!

 He even asked me to push the calculator buttons for him!  

Thank you to Lisa from It's the little things for these last pics!

What a wonderful night it was!  Now, I'd love to hear about your school's math night.  I need to start collecting ideas for next year!  I don't know how we are going to beat this night!?!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Want Engagement? Try These Bright Ideas!

Let the bright ideas continue to flow!  Hopefully, you have been enjoying hopping through and discovering lots of new bright ideas to try in your classroom next week!  If you are just joining the hop, WELCOME!  I know you will love this next BRIGHT IDEA!


I have for you some simple engagement tools that I use in my classroom to make the boring seem exciting!  The students always want to share when I bust out the "clapper" or the "whoop button" for them to use after they share an idea!  Here is what they look like:

(Thank you to Graphics From the Pond for these borders and Mad Clips Factory for the arrows!)
 In fact, I have also gathered these over the last few years too.  The "Get Jiggy With It" button plays an Irish tune and the egg plays and Easter dance!  My students love pushing them and I only reserve it for when they do something amazing!
My favorite engagement piece, however, has to be what I call "A Bright Idea."  It is one of those cheap spinning globes that light up when you push the button on the side.  I use it when the students are sharing answers to a question or during discussions.  I start it off by picking a student, holding the globe over his or her head, and saying "tell me your bright idea."  The student responds and picks another student.  Usually EVERY hand is up in the classroom when the "bright idea" comes out!  It is fun to do with the lights off too!
 To mix it up, sometimes we use the "power stick."  Instead of saying, "Tell me your bright idea," we say, "You have the power!"
Some of these engagement tools I bought at the Dollar Tree and the buttons I usually get at Hallmark stores.  Hopefully, you can grab one of these and start using it your classroom next week! I would also love to hear about other engagement tools that you already use in your classroom.  I am always looking for new ideas!

Next up on the bright ideas blog hop is Heather from Teach It Today!  She has a great tip for you on organizing student work and parent forms that you are not going to want to miss!


Alternatively, you can search by topic using the link-up below and move along to any other blog on the blog hop!




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