Student Success

Valentine Multiplication Free Download!

 on February 4, 2014

Let's face it, sometimes practicing multiplication facts over and over again during the school day can get pretty boring for students!

Why not add a little color and fun?!?!?

I love this Freebie I found over at Debbie's Dabblings

The students solve and check all of the completed multiplication problems and then are asked to color in the correct answers red.

The Twelve Days of Winter: A School Counting Book

 on February 3, 2014

The Twelve Days of Winter by Deborah Lee Rose is a perfect counting book for a preschool to 2nd grade classroom.

Sung or spoken to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas, this is a wonderful counting book.

There are so many fun winter illustrations for students to look at and with six more weeks of winter upon us, we might as well try to have fun with it!!!!!

Zero the Hero

 on February 3, 2014

One of my daughter's favorite things at school this year has been Zero the Hero!

Lattice Multiplication

 on January 23, 2014

Lattice multiplication is a technique used to help students multiply multiple digits.

Using columns and rows, lattice multiplication allows you to do all your multiplying, then all your addition. As opposed to the traditional method that combines both simultaneously.

Seriously, this would have been nice when I was in grade school. Could have saved me a lot of math anxiety!

Check out this video from Khan Academy to show you how:

Symmetry Snowflakes

 on January 22, 2014

This is an excellent project to do in the winter months to teach symmetry to your students.

Give each student a square blue piece of paper and a glue stick.

Have printouts of the following geometric shapes for them to cut out:

squares

triangles

hexagons

rhombuses

Valentine Number Matching

 on January 21, 2014

A great way to make math more fun, is to bring the Holidays into your math centers. Counting is so much more fun when you are doing it with cupcakes and the cutest little owls you ever did see! 

Doodle Bugs Teaching is a wonderful blog that is FULL of great ideas and resources. 

Homework Forts

 on January 14, 2014

Getting homework done can be a chore, not just for our children, but for us as well!

Let's face it-- after a long day of school the last thing our kiddos want to do is more work!

Here is a fun suggestion to promote reading or homework without pulling teeth or hair.

Build a fort or use your playhouse on days when a little extra fun can't hurt.

What Would You Take to Space? Lesson Plan Ideas

 on January 14, 2014

Space is an exciting topic to explore in the classroom. 

It is vast, wide-open, and unknown and has different qualities than Earth.  All that make it so intriguing for young minds.

What does it feel like in space? How do you sleep? What do you eat? How many stars are there?

Here are a few ideas you can incorporate to your lesson plan.

1) What would you take to space?

Best Multiplication Songs EVER

 on January 13, 2014

If you are looking for a great sing along tool to use for learning the times tables this is it!

With easy to learn sing along songs for numbers 0-12.  The track includes sing along and music only so students can sing along with no help. Catchy tunes designed by a teacher for ages 8-12.

My youngest daughter learns best with music and rhythm.  This works great. This will make a great tool in your classroom, car and  homeschooling.

You can purchase your copy here.

Finding The Least Common Multiple

 on January 10, 2014

So, I take it that your math teacher has been throwing around the term LCM,and you're needing to figure out what in the world is an LCM, and why you even need to bother with an LCM. Am I right?  Or maybe you just thought it was an acronym for Lost Cause in Mathematics.  I assure you, that is not the case, and I sure hope you don't believe you are a lost cause.  Let me also tell you that LCM stands for Least Common Multiple.

Relieved?  Good.

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