CURRENTLY in October!

So, the awesome Farly over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade hosts a monthly link up about what you are currently doing... 
Here is mine! 

Listening: Sunday Night Football. Need I say more? My other half is currently watching the game, I'm blogging on the couch beside him listening to all the sounds of man glory.

Loving: We finally got some mother and son pictures done! They were quite pricy, but at least they turned out really nicely. 

Thinking: I want more blueberry tea. MMM... Have you tried the blueberry tea that Tim Horton's has? Canadian folks, I'm looking at you. It tastes like a blueberry pancake. So yummy! Highly recommend this!

Needing: To finish my house renovations. Holy Moly. If you are in the middle of a house renovation like I have been (for the past 7 years) you know what I mean about how it is frustrating, annoying and honestly creates a bunch of chaos in your life. I'm happy to say that my office is finally coming to a finish. Here it is. 
Hardwood, powdered iron paint colour (it's a purplish grey). I'm in love with this room.. It's not 100% done, but so beautiful already. 

 My living room has also gotten an update. Now has grey walls, and completed hardwood flooring.. (don't mind my vacuum - it was cores day).

Boo-tiful: My relationship with my boy. He honestly makes my heart happy, and my life complete!

I hope you make a currently for October too! I'd love to read it! Please leave your link in my comments section! :)


Math Monday Maddness

Hello friends!
Today for 'MATH MONDAY MADNESS' I want to share a tip about my favourite math games, tips and ideas.

As we all know, dice games can be loud. I have seen many teachers express interest in using small containers for dice so they don't go flying around. While I do think that is a good solution for some teachers, it is not a good a solution for teachers like me who hate the shake-shake-shaking of dice!

Allow me to introduce the Math Plate!

Making a math plate is very easy. 

1. Go to your local dollar store and purchase small plastic plates. I paid $1.00 for 12 plates.

2. Also purchase a drawer/shelf liner roll. I think this was $1.25. 

3. Make a circle template, and cut your shelf liner roll out so that it fits inside the plate.

4. VOILA! 

The liner makes the dice silent! Allow me to repeat that... SILENT! What teacher doesn't like silence during guided math games! 

BONUS TIP: I also have told my students that if their dice rolls off of the plate, that means that they miss a turn. Maybe that makes me a big meanie, but it keeps students on task and keeps them playing games for longer without using dice as toys.

I hope you find this useful and helpful!

As a thank you for stopping by!

Here is a math rules poster freebie just for you! 


Tricks & Treats Halloween Hop

Hello spooky friends!!

Velcomme to zee Triks and Treats Halloveen Blog Hop & Geevaway!! Did you read that like Dracula? 10 points if you did!

I'm so excited that you are here, and I can't wait to share with you some of the exciting things we do in my class to make Halloween a spook-tacular celebration!

In my school, we participate in many fun Halloween events! In my classroom, the festivities last all month long! In my classroom, the festivities are even more amplified! I LOVE HALLOWEEN and since I don't have any families who do not celebrate, I have a license to spook (don't worry, I'm not that scary). Here I am with my cuties during Halloween last year!

Me and my dwarves (see what I did there?)
The leader in our Halloween Parade! I really did feel famous with all that waving...
Halloween Fun!

In my classroom, I am all about games for students to learn with. I teach a very diverse class and as such am always looking for new ways to teach them new skills. One of the things we have been working on is number patterns and skip counting. For my class, tallies are still a skill that we are trying to foster into our day. We tally boys and girls who are present in class, we tally objects around the room. These things are easy, but the part that my students struggle with is counting by 5s when adding them up! 

Frankenstein to the rescue! I created this fun frankenstein matching game for my kiddos with the idea in mind that I really wanted to get them familiar with this concept. I wanted them to be independent in counting tallies by skip counting by 5's and I want them to have fun while doing it so that they remember it easier.

Here is what this fun activity looks like! Notice the scar tallies on these bad boys? My kiddos LOVE this. They count the scars and get to match the number of tallies.

I like to use these cards with my students in a number of ways.

1.) I use this during introductory guided math lessons with my students so that I can see that they are doing it correctly.
2.) I use them during whole class instruction so that we can learn together.
3.) I have a 'roam the room' activity where each student has one card, and the other one is hiding around the room. My students have a scavenger hunt to find the card that matches the tally or number that they have.
4.) Partner Match - Students get one card each, and they need to find their partner with the matching number/tally on it.


This pack is normally for sale in my store, but because I LOVE halloween I will be making this package FREE FOR 1 WEEK! Grab it now while you can! If you like it, I'd love to hear from you! Feedback always makes my day a little brighter! :)

Click the picture to grab this freebie! 

Don't forget to enter my secret word ~Pumpkin~  into the rafflecopter below for chances to win wonderful prizes!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to haunt on over to Najda's
post to continue on our spooktacular event! 

If you like this package, you may also want to check out my frankenstein craftivity pack!
This pack includes both writing and math pages that you can customize with your Frankenstein holder! :)

Happy Haunting! Good luck in the giveaway, and I hope you find this freebie useful! :)

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