Ghost zeros and ghost decimals

Ghost Decimals and Ghost Zeros

https://minds-in-bloom.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/ghost-zeros-video.mp4 Download a FREE Craftivity! Two different versions: 1 for adding & subtracting with decimals & 1 for dividing with decimals I always ask the students “What sound does a ghost make?” When they say “ooooo,” I spookily ask them if they think it’s a coincidence ghost zeros spell oooooo. NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases. Ghost Zeros Exist- In Decimals that

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Would You Rather Questions

Using Would You Rather With Kahoot

Click here to grab 10 free Would You Rather slides and 10 “make your own” slides. Would You Rather…. “Would You Rather” is a game that students love! It’s definitely fun and engaging, but did you know there are lots of added benefits to playing this game? Would You Rather helps students develop skills that will last them a lifetime including: Critical thinking skills Respectful

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Halloween Math Activities

Gamifying Your Regular Assignments

Get this activity for FREE! Gamify your classroom by taking a worksheet and making it more fun! We all have textbooks, quizzes, old worksheets, and tons of task cards that we can use to gamify our classroom! While these resources definitely are important to a student’s learning, sometimes you just need a little more fun! Take, for instance, HALLOWEEN DAY! As I was thinking about

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TpT Easel Activity

How to Use TpT’s Easel Activities

Why use an annotation tool? An annotation tool allows you to turn print resources into digital resources. It provides a way for students to mark their answers on worksheets or activities without the need for printers and pencils. This type of resource is invaluable when remote teaching or when your district limits the number of paper copies you can use in your classroom.  Want a

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Distance Learning Math

Using Our Math Kits with Distance Learning

Math Workshop doesn’t have to be hard! Since my very first year teaching, I’ve been obsessed with student-centered classrooms.  I found that hosting a math workshop was the best way to keep kids having fun and learning. But, as much as I wanted a true math workshop format in my class, I was  limited by my lack of resources. The textbook just didn’t cut it. 

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Distance Learning Back-to-School

Distance Learning Back to School Rules and Procedures

FREE, customizable presentation I’ve been in the curriculum creation business for quite a while now! I LOVE IT! I look at it as my creative outlet. I get to write a little, do a little graphic design, and package it all up pretty.   Did you know my very first product I sold on Teachers Pay Teachers was a back-to-school presentation?  I made it because I

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Yes, You Can Use Task Cards for Distance Learning!

When you think of task cards, you probably think about centers, games, and other hands-on activities. You might not think you can use them with distance learning, but there are actually several ways to use task cards when teaching remotely. Here are some ideas to get you started: If you send home packets for students to work on at home, you could also send home

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Organizing Your Google Classroom

Customizing Your Google Classroom Headers

Honest Truth: Organizing my pantry is something I NEVER do- well almost never. But on those very rare occasions that I break down and do it, I feel like a brand new woman! There’s just something about how order and beauty (well, as beautiful as cans of veggies and boxes of cereal can be) makes you feel. Keeping your Google Classroom organized can give you

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DIY Face Shield

DIY Transparent Splash Guards for Students

Things We’ve Never Had to Think About When Planning for Back to School I’ve planned for A LOT of back-to-schools, and never once have I had to consider masks, face shields, sanitization schedules, spacing desks, and the list goes on.  We are in uncharted territory, for sure! For those of you that will be headed back to the classroom, masks are something you’ll have to

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A Letter to Teachers New to Distance Learning

To all you hard working, dedicated, making-it-happen teachers: Dear fellow teachers, If you are reading this, then you are among the elite. You are the hero that runs toward the fire and not away. Nothing in your training has quite prepared you for what we are facing right now, an unprecedented scenario in our era. Yet here you are. As great teachers always do, you’re

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This is a square graphic that says, "5 Tips for a Successful Primary to Secondary Transition" with a photograph of letter blocks.

5 Tips for a Successful Primary to Secondary Transition

We’re so excited to shared that Samantha, from Samantha in Secondary, is our guest blogger today. Samantha has written an excellent blog post all about helping your students with the transition from primary to secondary grades, so keep reading to learn more — and what a timely post this is, as the end of the school year is a light at the end of the

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Why I Believe in Positive Classroom Management

Hello, teachers! I’m Jeanne Sovet, and this is my first blog post ever! I’m new to social media but not new to teaching, having taught elementary school for the past 19 years. What I really want to share with my colleagues is how much I believe in, support, and want to spread the word about positive classroom management. The program we use in my school

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5 Main Ideas to Teach Main Idea in Elementary

It may seem silly to read about ideas to help you teach main idea! It seems like such a simple… well… idea! But, even though the main idea of a text is the most central and important underlying idea, it can often be difficult for young students to recognize. Most main idea practice is just that – practice. Many textbook worksheets have students read a

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