Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Using the Valentine Math Pack in our Classroom

Happy Tuesday to you all! Did everyone go back to school today? Fortunately we had a records day today, so we weren't required to report to school. It never fails that the day all of the schools around us close due to super cold temps, we already have the day off! (What? I'm a teacher, I like a snow-day cold day too!)

As promised, I wanted to show you how we are using the Valentine Math Pack in our classroom a bit more. Click HERE to check these pack out!





Naturally, I am WAY too planned in advanced, but I need to be! I have a small group of SUPER fast learners in math this year. If I don't come prepared, they will be bored sitting through our unit when they have mastered skills on day 2.

While I do offer tons of enrichment opportunities for my students, these math packs have come in handy for all of my students. I also used these with a sub last week, and the activities were perfect for that! I include recording sheets AND answer keys with every item, so my sub graded them while I was out, and I was able to use them for a grade. BONUS!

One of my kids' favorites in all of my math packs is the Color by Number for big kids! This one is Color by Fraction! Students have to perform the operation with fractions in order to color the picture in.







We also had indoor recess last week, and my kids asked if they could play Valentine Battleship during indoor recess. Um...YES?!! Valentine Battleship is a favorite, and perfect for those students still practicing basic coordinate graphing/ordered pairs. We typically play with real candy hearts, but I include printable hearts too!


Also, we had our mid-year STAR Math assessments last week, and I wanted to take a day or two to review past concepts. I have done a number of different things to review, but on this particular day, with indoor recess, I knew we needed something fun! We played equivalent fraction GO-FISH! My kids LOVED it! The brightly colored cards helped so much, they were so excited when I pulled them out. It's amazing how a visually appealing worksheet or game grabs my kids' interest!



While we rotated our guided groups, I pulled a small group to review long division. I have a very small group of about 4 students that still need a little bit of love with long division. I have tried everything, and while I am a firm believer in building number sense in my students, I sometimes think PRACTICE makes better!

To help my small group practice, I created fun Cryptogram Puzzles with long division problems. It is important that all of your groups get the opportunity to play games or do the fun stuff, not just your high students. 







This is just a small sample of what is included in this Valentine's Day Math Pack! I plan to bring out the rest of the activities closer to Valentine's Day, or even on our party day!



All of these activities come in both color and black and white!! 

Want to see even more of what's included in this pack? Click HERE to check out the 13 page preview of my Valentine's Day Math Activities, Centers, Games, and more! 




**A quick update: For those of you that have purchased my 4th Grade Standards Based Assessments and Teaching Notes, I HAVE FINISHED THE ANSWER KEYS!! Click HERE or the picture below to see all of the changes I have made to this product. (For those of you that are familiar with my 5th grade version, I have made the same changes to this version!)






*Please be kind...I have spent the last few days solving about 800+ math problems. If you notice an error, please do not leave me negative feedback, but instead email me at: nannini.kristine@yahoo.com and I will fix anything that needs fixing. Thank you for your kindness. :)

5 comments:

Overachiever said...

Great activities. Thank you so much.

Becky said...

Hi Kristine,
I have a question for you- not related to this post though. Do you do anything for a behavior incentive/management plan in your room? I am new to 5th this year, and I want to change what I am doing. I am searching the blog world for new ideas. I'd love to know what you do!

YoungTeacherLove said...

Hi Becky-
Thanks for your comment! I am a CRAZY person when it comes to management in my classroom. The only REAL secret is to practice, practice and PRACTICE some more (so it is automatic for your students.)

Here are some blog posts of mine from the past about my management system:
Getting Back to The Grind

Building Community Through Respect

Management Monday and a Freebie

Back to School Management Idea

The Dream Class- Remembering Our Purpose

These are just a few I have posted about, I am sure there are more. I hope these help! Let me know if you need more ideas. Thanks for your comments.

jivey said...

Hi there! I'm your newest follower! Can't wait for your future posts- I love the ideas I've read already! :)
Jessica
ideas by jivey


YoungTeacherLove said...

Thanks so much Jessica!

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