Saturday, December 16, 2017

PARCC Math Prep Grades 3-5

PARCC Prep Grades 3-5

By: Third Grade Triumph
Grades: 3-5


It's that time of year! Getting ready for the PARCC or any state assessment can be a challenge, especially for teachers. We may not have access to rigorous materials to help prepare our students to answer these types of questions. Exposure is key, allowing students to see the rigorous questions and allowing them to think through them really helps improve confidence and reduce testing anxiety. I have created a resource that can be used in grades 3-5. The questions are aligned to the Common Core and are rigorous, multi-step questions. You can use them as Do Nows, small group work, homework, assessments, etc...



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FREE MISC. LESSON - “Goal-Setting BINGO for Students: FREE Resolutions Activity for Teens”

by Secondary Sara
7th - 10th Grade


Want resolutions that feel doable, or goal-setting that isn’t just another SMART graphic organizer? Try this cross between BINGO and a checklist to make student growth a very rewarding game!

Students use a mix of choice and preset goals in the game board, and they also get rewarded for getting the items DONE throughout the entire year – no more wondering if their resolutions are over by February!\

Bonus: This download includes BOTH the editable version AND the ready-to-print PDF. 

(PS – Read more about this activity in my blog post. You can also get the TEACHER Resolutions Bingo Board for free here!) 

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Friday, December 15, 2017

FREE Holiday Math Logic


Want to bring a little holiday cheer to your classroom? 

Developing solid critical thinking and problem solving skills in the early grades is essential to support higher-level mathematics in the later ones. This pack provides three holiday-themed logic puzzles that are sure to engage your students’ strategic thinking and problem solving skills.

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To complete each puzzle, students use their strategic thinking skills to determine the value of each symbol. The sum of the symbols in each row and column are shown on the outside of the table. Students use the clues to determine the value of each symbol.
 
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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON - “Word Sort - Double Consonants”

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fun ways to seize teachable moments this holiday season!

 

This is the season of abundance and gifts, with teachable moments everywhere we turn! From learning about how others celebrate the season, to having a true purpose for writing, discovering math concepts, and for those of us who teach in Catholic and Christian Schools, learning about the Nativity!

Learning about how others celebrate the season:

These photos were taken after kindergarten students read stories with their reading buddies about how different characters celebrate the holiday season. The buddies then found similarities and differences between their own holiday traditions!

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The big buddies didn't know it at the time, but their little buddies had a surprise in store for them, because the holiday season is also a perfect time to show kids that...

We write for real purposes!

I have dedicated an entire blog post to this topic here, but will emphasize that I think we need to bring back the hand-written Christmas card tradition (or begin that tradition for other holidays). Do you remember the thrill of getting real mail? Writing a card, addressing it, putting the stamp on and mailing it? It meant something. Below are two free samples of Christmas cards with multiple levels of support for your earliest writers!


Math is everywhere during the holidays,

Here's a popular post and product about counting by two's with reindeer. I just added images to create toilet paper roll figures and / or crafts to the Big Christmas Bundle that make ideal manipulatives  acting out the 10 at the Sled Song / Storybook:


Counting by 2s with reindeer and song with the Big Christmas Bundle! $ #christmasliteracy #christmasmath #christmascrafts  

Santa stood at his sled and then he said "Come Dasher, come Dancer," so along came Dasher and Dancer, too! There were 2 at the sled and Santa said, "Come Prancer, come Vixen..."


Especially in patterns!


Seize the teachable moments in the holiday season! Do you see any patterns? 


Ask kids to go on a pattern hunt throughout the classroom, through picture books or at home. Recreating and extending patterns using a variety of art mediums, on shaped paper, or with beads, cubes, building toys, etc. make exploring patterns so much fun!


Teachable moments abound at Christmas time - especially for patterns! Seize the season!

Here are some fun and easy examples of how students duplicated some of the patterns they found!


Learning about the Nativity

Reading picture books are always a great way to introduce and review content and vocabulary with kids, and there are many wonderful stories about the First Christmas. Having themed costumes, toys, puppets handy are a great way to inspire dramatic play! Check out these amazing Nativity Education Ideas for Young Students on Pinterest!

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The images used for these figures are a part of my Big Christmas Bundle. I laminated the color ones before taping them onto the rolls for durability, and the kids colored their own to take home! They really enjoy retelling the story of The First Christmas with these figures.

They also just can't believe it when they realize that these are the exact same characters from their very own readers! Little minds blown! lol

Happy holidays, everyone, and best wishes to you and your loved ones!
xo Ida Mae 
aka 

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This fun cut-and-paste activity involves matching upper case Shepherds and lower case sheep! 
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FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “All About Penguins Nonfiction Unit”

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1st - 3rd Grade


Looking for fun and engaging penguin nonfiction unit activities? This All About Penguins resource has everything you need for an interactive nonfiction unit in your classroom. It includes a penguin craft, a lap book guide, a nonfiction unit booklet, worksheets, answer keys, graphic organizers, and writing activities.

Penguin Nonfiction Booklet
☼ What are penguins?
☼ What do they look like?
☼ Where do they live?
☼ How long do they live?
☼ What do they eat?
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☼ How do they grow?
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☼ How do penguins stay warm?
☼ Why do penguin chicks have different colors compared to adult penguins?
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☼ Here’s what I found
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Penguin Craft
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☼ Can, Have, Are
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☼ Comparing and Contrasting
☼ Author’s Purpose
☼ After Reading
☼ Opinion Writing
☼ Expository Writing (Presenting Facts)
☼ Expository Writing (Explaining a Process)
☼ Story Writing
☼ Tracing, Drawing, Coloring
☼ Comic Strip Writing

Looking for other nonfiction units? You can find them here:
All About Harp Seals
All About Orcas
All About Arctic Foxes
All About Polar Bears
All About Deer
All About Owls
All About Rabbits
All About Raccoons
All About Squirrels
All About Honeybees
All About Butterflies
All About Ants
All About Dragonflies
All About Ladybugs
All About Elephants
All About Giraffes
All About Lions
All About Rhinoceros
All About Zebras
All About Cats
All About Dogs
All About Goldfish
All About Parrots
All About Turtles


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