Saturday, December 20, 2014

Freebie! New Year Kids - Updated for 2015!

I just updated last year's freebie, "New Year Kids",  for 2015. Line art is also included. 
Happy New Year to all!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Vocabulary Shake Up

Vocabulary Shake Up
Because my math students fail to study vocabulary, even for a test, I created a new game called Vocabulary Shake Up. It is a set of four game boards specifically designed to practice vocabulary in any discipline. Two of the game boards are for six different words and the other two are designed to practice 12 words. The games can be used to review, study, and practice previous learned vocabulary or even to introduce and use new vocabulary. All games are designed for two players.  

Each game board is divided into six sections. From a word list chosen by the teacher, each player chooses six different vocabulary words.  In each box, the students write one word, putting a different word in each box.  The players take turns rolling the die and following the directions given in each section of the game board.  Complete directions are listed on each game board. Check it out!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

KB Konnected TpT Cyber Sale and Freebies!

Are you ready for the big TpT Cyber Sale? I am. I've added lots of new clip art products in the past few weeks. Stop by my KB Konnected TpT store and check them out. $ave! Most of my clip art collections include color and line art. I am showing just a few below.
Click on any product to learn more and don't forget to pick up my two freebies "It's Snow Christmas" and "Hanging Stockings Page Divider".



Freebies below!

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Using Divisibility Rules

Divisibility Rules
Something to Think About:  Since many students do not know
their multiplication tables, reducing fractions is almost an impossible
task. The divisibility rules, if learned and understood, can be an excellent math tool. The resource, Using Digital Root to Reduce Fractions, contains four easy to understand divisibility rules as well as the digital root rules for 3, 6, and 9. A clarification of what digital root is and how to find it is explained. Also contained in the resource is a dividing check off list for the student. Download the preview to view the first divisibility rule plus three samples from the student check off list.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have so much to be thankful for...

Wishing you and your family a 
happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Vicky Leon 
The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Cyber Sale on December 1st and 2nd!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanksgiving in an Intermediate Classroom

Here in Canada we have already celebrated Thanksgiving but because of blogging I feel like I get to celebrate it twice a year. Mmmm more turkey.

Here is a Thanksgiving freebie for you. It includes a multiplication practice page, a crossword puzzle,and Thanksgiving writing paper.

All of these are a sample of my Thanksgiving Worksheets and Activities for Intermediate Students Bundle. 


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Create Take Home Home Bags For Reading or Math

During my first year of teaching, I looked for a way to reinforce lessons at home, so I began to create take-home bags.  Book buddies were common with the kindergarten teachers, but I wanted to do something a little different for my third graders.
These are some of my math task cards (click the link and scroll down to view them)

Wear and tear has gotten the best of my first bags.  I use both plastic containers from Dollar Tree and book bags now.  This bag only cost me $1.00 at my local discount store.

During off season time periods, book bags can be purchased at a really good price.  If you cannot find any within your target range, Dollar Tree sometimes has the long plastic containers like these.  Target also has plastic containers. They are usually just above $6 for the longer containers.  

Featured are the Text Feature Playing Cards and the Text Structure Playing Cards.  (Each comes with a printable box)

Each container or bag contains games or task cards that cover one specific topic.  With it organized this way, I can easily assign a specific bag or box to a group of students or assign one to go home with a student that needs extra review.

Dry Erase Close Reading Task Cards are shown in this image.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Inside of a Math Notebook

I am back to show pictures from my math notes.  My students take detailed notes and use interactive journals.  Using visuals really helps them understand ideas and remember information.For Additional Lesson Ideas Click Here

To Access Math Task Cards That Teach And Review or Interactive Notebooks

(They come with printable boxes.  Place a box in a math center station.  Or, send home a box with a student that needs extra review.)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Free Technology Idea: Smarpthone and iPhone Drive

This could be brilliant, or it could be crazy......but recently I've been talking with teachers about low- or no-cost ways to get more technology for the classroom. It occurred to me that Android Smartphones and iPhones with wi-fi capability function just like tablets when disconnected from cell service but connected to wi-fi.

Many people upgrade their phones yearly, and with the new iPhone 6 coming out, the timing seems ideal! Why not do a drive at your school for used Android Smartphones and iPhones? You can enhance learning in your classroom for next to nothing!

To help get you started, I created the following *FREE* flyer that can be sent home to parents and hung up in the school. Just click the thumbnail below for your free flyer!

Teach on, techy teachers!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Spiders Are Your Friends

Spiders! We see pretend ones in the store as Halloween decorations (some are pretty terrifying) or real ones outside in a web they have created.  For some reason, these creatures are always something that students want to learn about. How are spiders different than insects? What is an orb web? Are all spiders poisonous? How does the spider not get stuck in her own web? These are questions that students will ask because they are curious and inquisitive.

Did you know spiders are really useful animals and serve mankind well? They eat mosquitoes, grasshoppers, locusts and other insects that are harmful to man. A single spider may kill about two thousand insects in its lifetime. Even though you may be afraid of spiders, very few are dangerous. The black widow and the brown house (recluse) spider do have poisonous bites, but there are no other common house spiders known to be dangerous.

Spiders are not insects, and insects are not spiders. Spiders are arthropods because they have spinning glands used to create silken threads. Sometimes spiders are called arachnids because of their eight legs. Spiders and insects have different attributes. All insects have six legs, but all spiders have eight legs. An insect has a three-part body, but a spider has only two parts to its body. Insects have antennae or feelers, and spiders do not. Spiders can usually be found in basements, barns, garages, or attics. In warm weather, you can find them under rocks or logs, sitting on fences, or in the grass and flowers. There are about forty thousand different species of spiders.

Interested in learning more?  Check out a ten page short mini reading/science unit  about spiders. First, the students read a short passage about spiders. Then they answer several questions about the reading based on Bloom's Taxonomy, or they do an activity related to the reading passage. Activities include dictionary work, spider math problems, labeling the parts of a spider, and completing a spider web. This mini unit is appropriate for grades 3-5 and will take about five days to complete.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Learning Geometry using Number Tiles

My college students will soon start the unit on plane geometry.  I love teaching geometry because it is so visual, but there are others who despise it because of the numerous new words to learn.  In fact, our plane geometry unit alone contains over 50 terms that must be learned as well as understood.

I have found that with my students, mathematical language is either a dead language (It should be buried and never resurrected!), a foreign language (It sounds like a different language from a far away country.), a nonsense language (It makes no sense to me - ever!) or a familiar, useful language. Many times, they are unduly frustrated because mathematical language has never been formally taught or applied to real life.  For example, many primary teachers will have their children sit on the circle when in fact, the children are sitting on the circumference of the circle.  What a wonderful, concrete way to introduce children to the concept of circumference!  Yet, this teaching moment is often missed, and circumference doesn't surface again until it is time to teach the chapter on circles.

Plane Geometry + Number Tiles
Because I believe it is important to find different ways to introduce and practice math vocabulary, I created a new resource for Teachers Pay Teachers entitled: Geometric Math-A-Magical Puzzles.  It is a 48 page handout of puzzles that are solved like magic squares. Number tiles are positioned so that the total of the tiles on each line of the geometric shape add up to be the same sum. Most of the geometric puzzles have more than one answer; so, students are challenged to find a variety of solutions.

Before each set of activities, the geometry vocabulary used for that group of activities is listed. Most definitions include diagrams and/or illustrations. In this way, the students can learn and understand new math words without difficulty or cumbersome words. These activities vary in levels of difficulty. Because the pages are not arranged in any particular order, the students are free to skip around in the book. All of these activities are especially suitable for the visual and/or kinesthetic learner.

A ten page free mini download of this item is available if you want to try it with your students. Check it out!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Math Note Taking

This is Literacy and Math Ideas.  I am back to share some pictures of the recent note taking that my students did in math class.  Click here to take a look.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"I'm done.  Now what??"
Don't you wish you could just point to your pretty bulletin board when you hear this question?
Laurie, a Spanish teacher in New York, created this awesome layout (above) with Autumn Fast Finishers for Spanish Packet from La Profesora Frida.
Below is another creative layout:
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Already purchased La Profesora Frida's Autumn Fast Finishers Bulletin Board Set?  Wishing you could have the WINTER version for FREE??  You can!   Take a picture of your bulletin board layout for the Autumn version and sending it to LaProfesoraFrida on Facebook!

Because we teach in a public school system, we usually have a mixture of ability levels in our foreign language classes.  While we are offering help to students who are having trouble contemplating a subject, there are often those students who understand the content and finish earlier than the rest of the class.  Which is when we hear, "I'm done.  Now what??"

Students who finish fast often fall into one of 2 categories:
-quiet type
-bored "trouble maker"

The quiet type are those students who have a great work ethic.  These students already have a book to read or have brought a bit of homework from another class to work on because they are used to finishing first.  They're nothing to worry about.
Except....  Are they getting as much intellectual stimulation in your class as they deserve?

The bored "trouble makers" are those students who are not actually trouble makers.  They finish early because they are bright students, but then they don't know what to do with themselves.  They might start to wander the classroom or try to talk to students who are still trying to work-- making them appear as though they are trouble makers.
And....  Are they getting as much intellectual stimulation in your class as they deserve?

One useful way to keep Fast Finishers academically focused (whether they realize it or not!) is to apply a Fast Finishers program to your classes.

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I have an Autumn Fast Finishers bulletin board in my classroom  and the idea is to have a number of activities available for students to work on when they're done with their regular work.

There are a variety of activities; writing, reading, speaking, pronunciation, artistic activities, partner work- over 20 to choose from.  The students have a tracking sheet and know that they aren't to bother you while you're helping other students!  (There are several posters included in this packet so students know to only ask you to check their Fast Finishers work if they KNOW you're not busy!)

Check out this interactive, creative Spanish packet at my TeachersPayTeachers store!  Let me know what you think!  I find it incredibly useful, and I hope that you can apply this teaching concept to your Spanish classes as well.

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Already purchased La Profesora Frida's Autumn Fast Finishers Bulletin Board Set?  You could get the WINTER version for FREE by taking a picture of your bulletin board layout for the Autumn version and sending it to her on Facebook

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Congratulations to the Winners of the THREE $100 GIVEAWAYS of TpT Gift Certificates!

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