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Saturday Swap Day!

 Saturday Swap Day!
Hello Friends,
Today the rush of the Thanksgiving holidays is over and we're all preparing to head into December. To help make the month run a little smoother for you and your students, Latoya, from Flying Into Learning and I have put together a little giveaway fun to help you!
Two friends from Flying Into Learning and two friends from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas will win Latoya's First Grade Morning Work and my Time to the Hour and Half-Hour Task Cards.

I would like to take a minute to share how great Fern's resource is for your classroom .

Hour and Half Hour Task Cards
This product is great for teaching standards on time.  Fern has everything you need to make this activity whole group, small group, or individual.  It can be a center as well.

Her packet comes with 24 task cards that are labeled with a letter.  It also comes with a recording sheet.  You can put the cards around the room for a write the room activity.  You could also put them on the desks for a scoot activity.

I love that Fern includes a black and white  option if you are low on color ink.

She also has an answer key in the pack.  This would be great for checking and grading student work.

Please visit Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas to view my resource today and enter to win the giveaway!

As another FUN SIDE NOTE: Latoya and I are also part of a small Instagram hop this weekend and we're giving away an $80 TpT Gift Card! Wouldn't that also be fun to win? Resources, resources, resources for December and the New Year!  

You can start the IG hop for either of our accounts! Good luck!
Fern: Instagram
Latoya: Instagram

We will announce our winners on our Instagram Accounts  Wednesday, November 30th. Good luck!

Math Night Fun!!

Hi Friends!

I am so excited to give you a closer look at the Math Night I planned on last week.  It was so fun and the students had a great time.  We actually do two math nights. One for PreK-1st and another for 2nd-4th.  Both nights were a success.  The theme was Superheroes of Math.  The students got to come dressed as their favorite superhero.  They had a blast!

So this year I wanted to do things a little different.  I liked my math night on last year but it was broken into families of the same language rotating from room to room together with translators.  Some groups were bigger than others and I felt like there was something else we could do to make it more fun.

Soooooo....think school carnival and math combined!! I decided to have stations for the students to go around to for an hour.  I liked that they could go to stations as they chose.  I made a punch card with all of the activities.  As they completed a station, the teacher at the station would X out that station on their card.  I also included for each teacher at each station to give out a prize or a piece of candy when students finished that station.

I absolutely love Oriental Trading and they so graciously donated superhero treat bags for the students to collect all of their goodies throughout the night.  The students were so excited.  Here they are below.

I am so excited to share some of the stations that we did and the resources we used to make this night a success.

Time for Fun Station
The kids had so much fun at this station.  Who doesn't love a gigantic clock??
How it Works:  Students  roll an hour dice and a minute dice.  Then they had to show that time on the big clock.  This game was purchased from school specialty.

Make and Take Station: Money Flash Cards
I purchased these cool coin stickers from Oriental Trading.
How it Works:  Students place coin stickers on flashcards and write the amounts on the back.  They loved taking these home for practice.

Ten in a Flash
I made these big ten frames from butcher paper and sentence strips.  We cut out big circles of cardstock for huge counters.
How it Works:  The teacher flashes a giant domino and students must quickly subitize and show the sum on a ten frame. How fun!!! I purchased the giant foam dominoes from School Specialty.

Make your own Superhero Mask
So this station was just for fun! 
How it Works:  The students used markers to color these cute masks from Oriental Trading!

Fluency and Fitness Fun
I love this activity from Tickled Pink in Primary.
How it Works:  Students solved fluency facts and do exercises in between.  So clever!  Do math and get fit at the same time.  You can buy it here!

Number Memory
I found these huge playing cards at JCPenney during Christmas time last year.  I knew I would find a use for them.
How it Works:  Students flip over two cards.  If the numbers match they were a winner.  If they did not, they had to try again.

Addition, Subtraction, or Multiplication War
Guess What? I found another use for these giant playing cards.
How it Works:  Two students step up and flip over a card each.  The first person to say the sum wins.  The teacher can do addition, subtraction, or multiplication.

Dice Addition and Multiplication
I love these giant dice from Oriental Trading.  I enlisted the help of our PE teachers to blow them up with their air pump.
How it Works:  The student rolls two dice and either adds or multiplies the two numbers.

Make and Take Station: Number Line
I love this idea from The Brown Bag Teacher.  I downloaded this freebie from her and it was a hit!
How it Works:  Using her fabulous print out, you hole punch both ends.  You stick the pipe cleaner on with 1 bead and tape it in the back.  This is such a great way to help students at home.  Read about her blog post here and get the freebie.

100's Chart Find It
I love this giant 100's chart that I got from school specialty.  The students thought it was so cool!
How it Works:  Students make estimations of how many pieces of candy were in The teacher would call out a number and the first student to find it wins.

Pattern Blocks Station
These gigantic pattern blocks from Oriental Trading are a must have!  SO much fun here!!!
How it Works:  Students make animal shapes using the big pattern blocks.

Photo Booth
This was just cause we wanted to. Lol.  I ordered the superhero photo props from Oriental Trading.  I got this background from Target in the party section.
How it Works:  Parents could use their smartphone to take adorable pictures of their students with a superhero theme.

Estimation Station
We had a jar full of Dum Dum pops.  It was 123 to be exact.  The winner guessed 110 lollipops.  He won the entire bucket.
How it Works:  Students make estimations of how many pieces of candy were in the jar.

GoNoodle Math Station
We love doing GoNoodle at our school.  We played some gonoodle math brain breaks throughout the night.  It was so much fun!  Thank you GoNoodle for donating these awesome stickers and some tattoos for us to give the students.  This was one of their favorite stations.

Write the Room Station
I made a quick write the room activity for the students.  I only did 6 problems so they were not at the station a super long time.
How it Works:  Students were given a small answer sheet and a pencil.   They walked around the room to solve the 6 problems.

Graphing Station
This was an easy station to prepare for.  We got big butcher paper and made a graph with a question all students would answer.
How it Works:  The students picked a superhero paper and wrote their name.  They put glue on the back and stuck it on the graph according to their grade level.

Make and Take Station: Subitizing Cards
I love this idea from The Brown Bag Teacher.  I downloaded this freebie from her and it was a hit!
How it Works:  Use the round dot stickers in various colors to make subitizing patterns.  This is such a great way to help students at home.  Read about her blog post here and get the freebie.


Math Night

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