Scooping up addition

So, in room 20 we are supposed to be learning double digit addition. Wellllllll… I have to admit I taught a tad off the curriculum these past couple days. (Sorry parents).
Since spring is here, and adding can be a boring, difficult to learn task, I started slow. We learned the process and how to line up the ones and tens into rows, how to carry numbers, and what our answer should look like. Well, some kids caught on easily, and some kids needed a little assistance to stay motivated to keep working on it.
So, after I KNEW everyone understood the process, we started working on ice cream scoop addition. Which looked like this…
Students were asked to take 2 scoops and find the sum. Easy right?
Well, after they were finished, I asked them to take the sum and carry it over to the next box, and add another scoop, and so on. Well, this turned unintentionally into a challenge to see who could get the highest number, the tallest cone etc.
Today, students were literally adding into the thousands. THE THOUSANDS!! They were using many strategies to solve their problems, explaining their thinking, and challenging their friends.
My students were so excited about this, wanted to stay in from recess, were asking to take it home to work on, were telling me I’m the best teacher ever because of math. I need to emphasize that again. Best teacher because of math? Your kids deserve a giant pat on the back. They did awesome with this project!


Jody worked so hard on his math! Great Work!! *Posted with parent permission*
This package is now available in my TpT Store!
Check it out HERE!!!!


iPad and Computer Wallpaper Freebie!

Inspiration struck today. I wanted to brighten up my classroom computers, so I created these bright chevron wallpapers for my computers! Since I know many people like bright chevrons, I decided to post these to TpT for FREE! I also used this colour scheme to make iPad wallpapers too! 

You can download 20 computer wallpapers for FREE HERE
You can download 20 iPad wallpapers for FREE HERE

  Hope you like them! 


Writer's Workshop and Design Process Packages!

So, a couple months back I created a writer's workshop package for my classroom, printed it, hung it up and have been loving it ever since! Since then, I forgot to post it, blog about it, and talk about how much I love it - UNTIL I was requested to make a Forest Animal Theme one to match the forest animal theme classroom set that I had created. Well, Here is my chance to tell you all about this organizational genius that I created.

Here are the two I created... the first one is the one I actually have hanging in my classroom right now. It has been used and abused since I took this picture, but here it is!

How I use my Writer's Workshop Board

Firstly, I group my students so that there are every level of learner sitting with me, from low to high. This way, I can work consistently with my lower students, but offer help to my medium and higher kids in between. If I keep lower lever students all grouped together, I find I don't have enough attention to give them all at once. 

When it is writer's workshop time, I give my students the opportunity (most of the time) to choose what they want to write about. When they are stuck for ideas, I send them to get a story wheel where they can create their own stories in a topic they are interested about.

Students have 1 or 2 days to write their story depending on the speed of their writing and the flow of their ideas. When students are 'done' writing, I give them a red pen and allow them to edit them for themselves. This is usually day 2 (or 3). 

The next day, when they are finished editing, and adding ideas and changing their stories, I invite them to my table to read their stories to the group they are with at that time. Everyone listens, tells the author their favourite part, and if they notice anything that doesn't make sense. This is where we talk about their punctuation, capitals, and everything else that I expect to see in their story. 

After they are done that part, 1 of 2 things happens. 

1.) I will type up their book, fix the mistakes and print it out for them to illustrate
2.) They will type it up and illustrate it

I usually get to see each student about once per week in a conference on top of visiting them while I do my walk around. 

I usually have time to meet with one group a day, and I have 4-5 groups working at a time depending on where the students are in their writing process. 

This writer's workshop is awesome. It has transformed the way I interact with my kids, and the way my students think about their writing in the best way possible!

On my writer's workshop writing process board, I currently use the little black chalkboard labels with them, and move my students along as they progress through their writing. Those will be included as editable labels in this package. 

Here is the other package I just created. It is super cute! I might just have to switch to this set! This is the Green Forest Animal Theme Writer's Workshop set

It also includes EDITABLE NAME TAGS  and EDITABLE group tags that you can add your students names to as well. 

Isn't it adorable? 
I love those labels so much! 
This package can also be purchased as part of the 
Forest Animal Theme Bundle - over 300 pages!


Hey Human! Little Monster Problem Cards Game

In my class, I play a game called 'My Friend Jeremy'. 

Here's how it works.

I start off by saying to my class:

"So, the other day, I was walkin' down the street! Along the way I saw my friend Jeremy!  
He said "Hey Miss Pich! The answer is 61!" 
So I said, "61? What's the question?"
He told me to figure it out. So I need your help!"

At this point my students help me figure out as many ways to make 61 as possible. 
Here is an example of what that looks like!

My Friend Jeremy - Kids Responses
We go over answers and how they got them, then discuss if they are correct or incorrect and why/how.
So, in order to get my students thinking a bit more about questions in their head, and then answering them, I made these 'little monster problem cards'. 

Here is how they work! 

1. Cut out around the outside of the card
2. Fold it in half on the dotted line and glue the back together
3. Laminate
4. Play 

How to play:
1. look at the little monster to find out what the answer is
2. Add the problems together on the side of the card
3. If the answer to that question is 20, put a clothes pin on it.
4. Once you have solved all the problems to that card, flip it over to see if you have your clothespins in all the right places!
5. Trade cards with a friend

Super Fun
Super Easy
Reusable Game
Very Little Prep! 

All the things I love about this game!

This package has both pre-made cards AND blank ones that you can use.
It also contains a pinter friendly version that you can use so that you don't use sooo much colour ink if you don't want to.

This package shall be posted very soon! Keep
all your eyes peeled for this fun Math Game! :)
Happy Hump Day!


Little Monster Math!

Ahh, the best day of the week. MONDAY! Yes, I know most people think of Monday as the hardest and worst day of the week, but I think of Monday as a fresh start to planning and prepping for the week.

Last week, I created and posted my Little Monsters Addition and Subtraction package. This math package has so many uses already within my classroom and my kids just love it!

This package includes:

- Doubles Addition (18 cards)

- Doubles Subtraction (18 cards)

- Addition without regrouping (24 cards)

- Addition with regrouping (24 cards)

- Subtraction without regrouping (24 cards)

- Subtraction with regrouping (24 cards)
- Little Monster Scoot - Recording Sheet
- Little Monster Scavenger Hunt - Recording sheet
- Little Monster Math - Recording sheet (for use as a centre)
- Little Monster recording sheet - blank title for multi purpose use

Here are the ways I originally created these cards to be used for:

Scavenger Hunt
Flash Cards
Math Centres

New!  Heads Up

Today, I used it in a different way!
We played Heads Up with Head Bands!

It was so easy! All I did was give my students ½ a piece of construction paper (cut the long way - like a hot dog), asked them to cut it into 2 strips, glue them together, and turn it into a head band! Then they glued one of the cards to their forehead (headband)! We played it where we all sat in a circle, and moved around when we needed to read a different question. 

Students were asked to write down the questions from their friends'  forehead onto their recording sheet, and solve the problem. Students would continue to scoot around the room until they found number 1-13 (the number of students I had in my room at the time). 

It was interactive, fun and had students engaged the whole time! Some of the comments included:

"Can we play this tomorrow?"
"I wonder if my mom can do this math. I'll ask her."

I would love to hear of any other ways or ideas to use these awesome math cards! Let me know! :)


How I Setup my Guided Math

Click here for my Math Games for Guided Math workstations - Sorted by Concept

Ohhh guided math. How I love you.

This year my school has had a giant focus on math. We have been doing a lot of PD days learning the text book and figruing out how to make it work in our classrooms. This past October, I was lucky enough to be able to see the famous Nicki Newton and listen to her methods and ideas. They were Fan-Ta-Stic!

So, there I was. A billion ideas gushing out of my brain, without a hot clue how to set it up in my classroom. I am very picky with organization of my class and how I do things, set them up, and how I want them to look. That being said, I knew I had a few things to keep in mind.

1. I wanted it to be easy for students to do independently
2. I wanted students to have some sort of accountability to their work
3. I wanted to be able to differentiate it without being there with my students 100% of the time
4. I wanted it to last a long time so that I don't have to keep making these things over and over

Well, I did it. I got it all set up. 

Here goes. 

The Lesson!

Before we do our guided math groups, I work with my students on the skill or concept that I am teaching. This is where I assess my students and group them accordingly. I also introduce the games that we will be playing throughout the week so they know what to do during their 'math with someone' time. 
Every day, before we break off into our groups and work on our skills together as a class - usually 5-10 minutes

The Stations!

I have 3 stations that students visit daily.

Math with my teacher
Math by myself
Math with someone

(I have plans to add one more station, but have not gotten it set up yet)
-Math with Technology

The Groups! 

I have 3 groups currently when I separate my students. When we do our rotations, I begin by working with my lowest level of understanding kids, then mid level and high very last where I usually extend their knowledge further. 

The Purple Group

Team names change all the time. Students get to choose their team name which makes it way more fun! The purple group is my lower level group. They always start at my macaroni table. During this time, I help them to learn and understand our current concept or skill.
These children begin groups with me, move to math by myself where they take the skills I just gave them and apply them to that work. This group will end off at math with someone where they play the games that help with these skills.

The Blue Group

The blue group is my strongest group of kids. They are the last group that I see when we do our math groups. The begin with 'Math by myself' because they can generally handle the content that has been given, and doesn't need much more instruction than is on the worksheet. 

The Green Group

The green group is my middle skill levelled group. They start at "math with someone" where they where they play a game to help them gain understanding on our concept. 

Now. Lets get to the good stuff! How things work. 

3 stations
15 minutes at each station
3-4 kids in each group

Math with my Teacher

For Math with my Teacher, I always start off with my lowest levelled kids. This is where I record in my notes what they can do, what they struggle with, and what we covered so that I can plan and prepare for the next day. When we rotate, the kids that start at 'math with my teacher' will automatically go to math by myself where they can apply the skills and strategies they just learned onto paper. My mid-levelled kids come to me next, and lastly I will see the kids with the most understanding, and we will extend their knowledge even further. We play games, I ask questions that challenge them and we learn together. 

Math by Myself

When kids are at the 'Math by Myself' station, they will work on paper work independently. This is where they will do a worksheet - or an interactive journal page to demonstrate their knowledge. In the beginning, we do the T-chart to talk about expectations of students, what they should do if they need help, what their voices should sound like and any questions that students may have. At this station, students will also keep track of their work. Below is what my whole math trolly looks like in rest mode. It has 2 of the stations on it. Math by myself and math with someone.

Its not as hard as it seems... Lets break it down. 

Middle Shelf - Math by Myself - Work envelopes and Student work folders
Bottom Shelf - Math with Someone Games - Extra Tools!
Student Work & Accountability:

At 'math by myself' students have 5 jobs they need to complete that relate to the strand or strategy that we are working on. This work is kept on my trolly on the math by myself shelf (shown above). The work is inside numbered folders that look like this.

Front Cover - Contains the rules of 'Math by Myself' and shows them where to keep their work.

The Back shows what work is inside the envelope and what number it matches with so students don't get confused as to which task they are working on.
The back of the envelope has a page protector attached to keep a visual of the different tasks so students don't get mixed up between tasks. I also added a velcro dot to the bottom of the page protector so if I feel that an answer key is necessary for the task (so students can understand better what they need to do) they can lift the page protector up and view the answer key on the back.

Students will complete these tasks and check them off in the 'are you done binder' when they finish. This binder is also on the math by myself shelf.
The 'are you done binder' contains these things:

Page 1 - "Are you done?" Checklist
Page 2 - "Are you done?' Mark sheet - shows students their marks for each task.
Page 3-7 - Work sheet examples.

Are you done? Student binder 

Row 3 - Math with Someone - Games Folders

Inside the binder - and the accompanying work folder so students know what job they are on. 
When students are done, their work is all kept neatly in their work folder. This way I can go and see how that student is doing on their work and adjust their groupings accordingly. 

Math With Someone

My favourite group! At last.. the games!
For 'math with someone' my students get to work on the concept or strand with a friend or group. Students get to choose from several different math games that I have created or bought. 

For a full guide on how to make these math envelopes, visit THIS PAGE.

Here are some of my math games.
My collection is growing all the time. If you want to view my math games, you can visit 

Games are added or taken away based on what we are learning about. New games are added for every concept. Old games are taken out or added back based on what I want my students working on. Games are also brought back if students want to play them during free time or just need to brush up on a skill.

For math with someone, everything students need is kept in our math cupboard. Each game envelope tells the rules of the game, how many players and what materials that are needed for students to work independently and quietly.

Math with someone just tells the students which shelf to put this back onto.

Students can tell exactly what they need just by looking under the flap.
My math cupboard.. Everything is labeled so students know where it is kept!

I hope this tutorial helps to make your guided math work smoothly. If there is anything you don't understand, or have questions about, feel free to comment or send me an email! My email link is in the sidebar!


Lucky Numbers Shamrock Puzzles!

What a busy bee I've been lately. Waking up at a normal hour, but staying up way too late creating, cutting, laminating, pasting and perfecting some of the projects I have started ages ago.
Here is a new one I made especially for St. Patricks Day.

Lucky Numbers Shamrock Puzzles

These bad boys come in one piece, then I will cut them out, cut each leaf off in a zig zag shape, laminate them, and allow my kiddos to build the numbers while reinforcing many different number concepts that we have learned. This package connects numbers to the word, number sentences, subitizing, tallies, ten frames, base ten blocks, and dice (skip counting).


Ketchup Folder Freebie

Ketchup Folder

Having students absent from school can be a mess when it comes to getting them to complete their work and bring it back. These 'Ketchup' folders are sent home and students return their work and the folder when the work is completed. 

How to set it up:
1 - Edit your printable
2 - Paste to the front of a pocket folder
3 - Laminate and cut slits where pages go through.

I did not make a class set of these. After laminating, I used a washable fine tip marker to write the student's name on it and erase it when it comes back. I have not had all my folders out of my room once yet and I have only created 5 to use within my room! Please leave feedback if you like this product! 

Get yours Here


Greater, Less and Equal

Lets face it. Greater and Less is a fun thing to teach! Especially when the Greater Gator comes out to play! Here are my newest guided math games that I just freshly posted on TpT!

Look how fun! My students loved playing these games today during our guided math stations!

Game 1 - Greater Gator Chomp!

Place the < > or = symbol on the card showing the correct answer!

Use these task cards with students who need a challenge!

 Game 2 - Greater Gator True and False Sort

Read the cards and sort them into the true and false categories! Is the statement true? Or false? Your students decide as they become detectives in the fun owl card sorting game! There are 3 levels of difficulty in this game - 1-20, 1-100 and 1-1000. 
Happy Sorting!

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