Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Math Facts Practice

There's always been a big push at my school for basic fact fluency.  And of course, as a teacher of a "testing grade", I always want my students to have that fluency in order to help them in their problem solving.  You know your basic facts, solving bigger addition and subtraction problems are going to come much easier and much more quickly!

I do a weekly competition in both of my classes called "The Fact Off," which I will post more about at a later date.  We also do schoolwide fact practice and weekly tests.  I wanted to give my students some additional fact practice this past year and give myself a way to track their progress.  We start with addition at the very beginning of the year and move into subtraction once those facts are mastered.  After introducing multiplication and division, we move into practicing those facts more as well.  I created fact practice worksheets last summer to use as part of my students' morning work.  You can find both my addition practice and subtraction practice on my TpT store.  I'm also offering them as a discounted bundle and will be adding multiplication and division in the coming weeks.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

United States Research Project

Hello everyone!  Welcome to my brand spankin' new teacher blog.  I've wanted to start a blog for some time and just never really knew where to start (or couldn't get myself to start).  I'll be sharing ideas that I've used in my eleven years of teaching elementary school, as well as new ideas I want to try and worksheets and other activities I've created!

Today, I wanted to share one of the research projects I organized for my third grade dual-language students a few years ago.  When I taught dual-language, I taught the English portion, primarily math and language arts.  While the students didn't have social studies with me, I was still required as a part of the program to provide my kiddos with a research center.  In order to keep it fairly well organized, I gave the students a different topic to research each six weeks.  I chose the 50 states for this project, because I have found over the years that my students (both dual-language AND regular program) have a really hard time understanding where in the world they are.  They have difficulty distinguishing between cities and states and countries and I wanted to hone in on that.

You can download my States Research Project student guide and rubric for FREE!

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