Student Success

20 Questions

 on December 27, 2013

Are you looking for a fun game to play with your middle schoolers during break that will keep them practicing their math skills?

Check out this fun printable game of 20 Questions from DigitalLessons.com.

You can download the 20 Questions and answer sheet here.

Some of the questions are math related, and some of them are more like riddles.

The Thinking Wall

 on December 18, 2013

Multiplication Calculator

 on December 18, 2013

Are your kids bored with flashcards? 

I really love this little math toy.  It's a manual calculator and helps kids who need some kinesthetic, visual props for learning multiplication.  The concept is simple: 

Multiplication Wrap-Ups

 on December 18, 2013

Wrap-Ups are a fun, interactive way for kids to practice a given math concept.  They are colorful, well-made, and fun, but what I like most about them, is that they give kids the ability to self-check. 

I think of them as a better-designed flashcards, and a lot of fun for kids. 

Multiplication War Card Game

 on December 18, 2013

If it's one thing I learned in the classroom, it is that the majority of students will respond positively to competition play.  I found this awesome card game on Amazon and the girls play it everyday now.  They even love to play this game with their papa.

Multiplication Keyboard

 on December 18, 2013

My kids are learning their multiplication tables right now and they often ask me, 9X5 = 45, right?  I wanted them to have a way to check for themselves, and also a way for them to be able to see the answer with their eyes, an essential for the visual learner.   

Learn to Write Computer Code

 on December 18, 2013

You can learn how to write computer code. 

Yes...you!  Now, you may be asking me why you should learn to write computer code if, say for example, you aren't planning on a career in software development at all!

And I will answer that question by quoting Codeacademy founder Zach Sims,

Peg + Cat

 on December 17, 2013

Peg + Cat is a brand new show on PBS that encourages kids to see that math is fun and a part of their daily lives.

Peg and Cat wake up each day stuck in a new word problem that they must solve their way out of.

Math concepts are presented that introduce children to numbers and operations, Geometry, Measurement, Patterns, Pre-Algebra, and data collection and analysis.

Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

 on December 17, 2013

Have You Filled A Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud and David Messing is a great little story to use in your classroom when teaching kindness.

This book does an excellent job of using metaphors to explain how important it is to love and encourage others. 

Holiday Graphs

 on December 16, 2013

Graphing with students during a holiday can be a really fun way to practice graphing with your students, and also make your classroom more festive.

This graph was a simple first grade graph: Have you put up your Christmas Tree yet?

Have the students decorate a die cut tree and them ask them to tape their tree in the proper column.

You can do these types of graphs during any holiday to add a little bit of holiday fun to the day!

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