Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A quick, differentiated homework solution!

Homework always seems to be a hot topic among educators. Whether you love it or hate it, some teachers are required to administer homework. Some parents just want homework. Heck, some kids even beg for homework!

Something I noticed is that the further I got into the school year, the more I dreaded putting together homework. PLUS, I always hated how many pages of copies those homework packets required. I desperately wanted a way to save the trees, save my time, and save my sanity while providing consistent homework for my students and their families.

This is how my homework choice board bundle was created! 

5th grade homework

I haven't created a full year of boards quite yet but they are IN PROGRESS and the price will go up as soon as it is complete! We do a few different projects throughout the year (science fair projects, JA BizTown, etc) that shortened my personal choice board creating requirements so I am working on adding in the final choice boards to make this a complete set!

My students LOVED this homework last year! All boards have been tried out by fifth graders and are student and parent approved. The boards contain a healthy mix of activities for all student preferences and learning levels. 

5th grade homework

Currently, the Homework Choice Boards contain questions pertaining to:
-Visualizing while Reading
-Writing with Colorful Language
-Narrative Writing
-Opinion Writing
-Persuasive Writing
-Multiplying by Powers of 10
-Adding Fractions
-Subtracting Fractions
-Native American Cultural Regions
-Early Explorers
-States of Matter
-Forces and Motion

5th grade homework

Some ideas for implementation:
  1. Suggest that parents get to pick one square and the student picks the rest. This will help with students avoiding their areas of need.
  2. Preselect the one required square yourself for students. This can be done on a student-by-student basis or all students can have the same requirement.
  3. Have students use their own paper at home to decrease paper usage at school.
  4. Have students type their work, scan images, etc. and submit their work digitally. 

5th grade homework

These choice boards totally saved my sanity last year and I hope they are also helpful for you as you embark on a new school year! Please feel free to leave feedback on the product below or ask me any questions!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sun, Moon, Earth NGSS Aligned Flip Book for 5th Grade

I feel like I'm constantly searching for high-quality, NGSS aligned science content for my classroom. We're going to start taking the new NGSS aligned science test next year and I've been (slowly) trying to get myself ready for the change next year.

I have two resources in my store thus far for the NGSS standards. These resources are quite difficult to make because the NGSS standards require significant interpretation and analysis. However, I have finally finished my second product. Along with my energy flow/ecosystems mini book, I now have a sun, moon, earth flip book.

This flip book covers each major topic addressed in NGSS. The bottom part of the flip book contains text on the topic. I love using this as a close read type activity. We work through unknown vocabulary and take notes on our learning as we read. 

The upper flap has visual illustrations of the content. This is helpful for supporting ELD students and struggling readers in understanding the content in the text. 

The end of the book contains response activities for the students to complete. They can all be completed at the end as a form of assessment or they can be completed as you read to aid in comprehension and developing strong constructed responses. All responses are open-ended because I believe that students need ample opportunities to write and explain their thinking. 

I am so excited about this new(er) addition to my store and I can't wait to put out more NGSS aligned flip books for you! I'd love to know what topics you're interested in so feel free to leave them in the comments!


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Quadrilateral Flip Book - Make Math Easy!

I've been obsessing over flip books lately! I've created at least 8 new flip books in the past 2 months and this quadrilateral flip book is one of my favorites. 

The hierarchy of 2D shapes (quadrilaterals specifically) always seem to confuse my students. They're pretty good with understanding characteristics of individual shapes but they have a hard time seeing how they all fit together into a hierarchy of similar attributes.

 I love how this flip book keeps the student focused on the hierarchy of shapes by laying it out sequentially on the flaps. It also helps students as they go through the book because they can understand how the new shape is connected to the shape we learned about on the previous page. 

I have found that this book also helps students keep track of all of their learning in one place. Sometimes they just need something easy to refer to. I love flip books because they're great at keeping everything in one spot for my students, making it more likely that students will review and access their prior learning.

The students love being able to write on the shapes in this book. We measure each shapes sides for practice with rulers. We also measure all of the angles in each shape as an exploration into shape attributes as well as for additional practice with protractors. 

These flip books are really engaging and the students love working in them!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Stay Engaged with St. Patrick's Day Math Scoots!

I love, love, love math scoots! In fact, I seriously can't get enough of them. My students are fans as well. My class this year is very movement oriented and they are the best behaved when they have the chance to move around the classroom during lessons. As you can see...scoot games are totally necessary in my room!

I wanted to put together something that helped my students review early math skills, incorporate movement, and spice things up with a fun theme. I came up with some place value scoots with an adorable St. Patrick's Day theme. 

These scoot games are loaded with fun St. Patrick's Day graphics like gold coins, horseshoes, pots of gold, etc. One game covers comparing and ordering decimals. The other game covers rounding decimals. Both of these skills need consistent review in my classroom.

I hope to make a digital version of these as well like I did with my Valentine's Day Scoot activity. Until then, the printables are up and ready to use! I hope you have fun with these in your classroom!

st patricks day activities

st patricks day activities

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Brand New Valentine's Day Math Products!

I stowed away for a bit this weekend to create some new Valentine's Day products just in time for the holiday fun. Please tell me that I'm not the only one who loves Valentine's Day?!

I created two versions of the same Valentine's Day Scoot game and they're both 50% off for the first 24 hours! There's a black and white printable option. This option is easy to prep and print. The second option is a digital file for Google Drive or Google Classroom. I love this version because it's full color and the students love using computers. I also use the differentiation option in Google Classroom to pick and choose which slides each student gets.

The digital version has 40 slides like the one above with adding and subtracting mixed numbers and fractions. Use some. Use them all. You choose!

The printable version has the same questions but they're in an easy to print, black and white format. They can be colored in or left as black line art. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

MEGA Giveaway!! TpT Gift Card, Kendra Scott & MORE!

Hey there! I HAD to get on here quickly and share an AMAZING giveaway with you! I've teamed up with some of my favorite TeachersPayTeachers friends to bring you the best giveaway EVER!

If you didn't hear already, TPT is having a huge sale this Tuesday and Wednesday! With the code "lovetpt" you can save up to 28% in my TPT store! As a token of my gratitude, I've teamed up with some other great TPT sellers to offer you some Treat Yourself Prizes including $100 to TPT, $100 to KendraScott.com and ANY 2 shirts you want from the Blue Envelope. 

Entry is easy! Click the link below to enter the contest and be sure to tell your friends about the contest! Contest winners will be announced on Wednesday at 8pm EST! 

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Win a TpT Gift Card & a FREE Product from My Store!

I'm running an awesome promotion on my Facebook page right now and I wanted to make sure that all of my blog followers have a chance to enter too!

On my Facebook page, through Wednesday, February 9th, you can enter to win a TeachersPayTeachers gift card and a free product from my store.

All you have to do is visit my Facebook page and find the graphic posted above. Once you've found it, head on over to my TeachersPayTeachers store and grab the link for one product you would love to win/buy with your gift card. Then, post that link in the comments! That's it!

Of course, if you want to share the giveaway with your friends, I wouldn't mind. ;)

I hope to see you over on Facebook for the contest!