Division is the trickiest of the four basic operations. Word problems are also quite difficult for many students. Throw in interpreting remainders, and you have a Trifecta of Confusion in Elementary Mathland. That is unfortunate, because interpreting remainders is an important skill, and it is also part of the Common Core Standards. The trick to interpreting remainders is to really understand the problem and what is
Today, I am trading blogs with Laura Candler of Corkboard Connections! You can read her insightful post about cooperative math problem solving right here and then hop on over to Corkboard Connections to read my post about task cards. Cooperative learning can transform a classroom, but it does take a bit of trial and error to be successful. When I was first trained, I used cooperative learning
Use these bright and colorful, free reading response posters for centers or classroom decor. Posters included: Author’s Purpose (using the PIE acronym) Summarize It (using a SUM acronym that I created) Connecting (text-to-self, text-to-text, text-to-world) Compare and Contrast Inference Questioning Visualizing Predicting UK/AU spellings are included at the end of the document. These will also go well with several of my reading strategy task card sets.
Lately, several teachers have asked for ideas for different ways to use task cards. I am working on a project to address that question more fully, but in the meantime I created these three game boards that you can use for reinforcing skills in almost any subject. Each game includes student instructions, along with the game board. Just glue them into file folders, add task
WOULD YOU RATHER…. be a tribute in a Hunger Games in which all of the other tributes are your friends or be a 12-year-old tribute in a Hunger Games in which all of the other tributes are 17 years old? Is your class going crazy waiting for the Hunger Games movie to come out? Get more fun Would You Rather Questions like the one above
I started off making a set of free task cards for upper elementary, but then I decided that the younger set should have some, too, so now there is something for almost everyone! Not only that, but both of these sets are also correlated with Common Core Standards. Measurement Task Cards for Grades 2-3 To complete these cards, your students will be measuring things around
There are so many ways to use task cards: I have heard from teachers who use them in partners, with the whole class, and, of course, at centers. Here are pictures from two teachers who have graciously shared how they use task cards with their students. Randy Seldomridge teaches in Granite Falls, NC. Here is what Randy says about the way he uses
This set of Presidents’ Day task cards is a great way for your students to learn some fun facts about the presidents while practicing their higher-level thinking skills. Each of the 20 cards includes a piece of presidential trivia, along with a creative or critical thinking challenge. These would work well at a center. Another idea is to choose one each day for your students
If you use task cards to play the game SCOOT with your class, one problem you might have is having more students than cards. Here are some easy ways to solve this problem while also giving your students’ brains a little break. If you don’t know how to play SCOOT, it is a game that both teachers and students love. Scroll down for instructions.
Yesterday, I posted this fun little freebie about chores. The goal of the activity was to practice using verbs and nouns, but someone on my Facebook page worried that the activity might be too hard for her students because many of them do not have to do chores. This led to an interesting discussion about how few chores many kids are doing these days. One teacher
Knowing how to make friends comes naturally to some children. However, others really struggle. These 24 friendship cards can help those struggling students to learn social skills that will help them to make and keep friends. Use them as discussion prompts in small groups or as writing prompts. Another idea is to combine the two by first having students answer the question on the card
Just in case you missed them, here are some fun and free Christmas (and Hanukkah) activities to use with your students. Christmas Would You Rather Questions for Kids Christmas Analogy Fun Christmas Break Scavenger Hunt Twelve Days of Christmas Math Word Problems Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe Journal Prompt Grid Elf Hunt Hanukkah Vocabulary Matching and Word Search Menorah Logic Puzzle And, of course, the giant TpT Winter Holiday Tips
Those of us who sell on TpT appreciate those of you who buy our products so very much! Some of us wanted to say thank you by giving you all a special holiday gift. Fifty of us collaborated on this ebook! Each page was contributed by a different TpT seller and each one includes a holiday tip or activity idea and at least one link
Here is a fun game to play with your students during that last week before the holiday break. Just print and cut out the twelve numbered elves and hide them around your classroom. Tell your students that twelves elves are hiding in the classroom, and it is their job to find them. During the week, students can search for the elves whenever they have a few
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