Student Success

Fun (and Tricky) April Fool's Day Worksheet

 on February 18, 2014

 April fool's Day may be one of my favorite holidays!

I love all the silly little pranks.  No, not the ones that cause harm, just invoke a laugh or two!

My kids try to be sneaky and try to trick me with something silly.

When I was in 7th grade my history teacher gave us a "pop" quiz. The first direction on the quiz was "Read all the questions before you begin."

Cupcake Counting, Sorting and Recording Data

 on February 14, 2014

I walked by the CUTEST Valentine's Day inspired Bulletin Board at school this week. When I went to go look at it, I was so excited to see that it was actually a math assignment!
At multiplication.com, we just love all the work teachers go to making math fun!

This assignment requires multiple colors of construction paper, including white, glue, scissors and a premade printout that allows the students to count and record the number of sprinkles on their cupcake. 

10 Valentine Friends

 on February 11, 2014

Making our Valentine's is something my kids have always enjoyed. My big kids have gotten to old, so they say, to pass Valentine's Day cards out to their school friends so it was just my youngest daughter and I this year.

I bought her this cute little Valentine's Day Counting book to read while she addressed her Valentines.

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.

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