Saturday, January 21, 2017

Distributive Doctors, Home Sweet Goodbye

This week in third grade was all about the distributive property. 

Maybe its just me . . . but I don't find learning about properties all that exciting so I was THRILLED when I discovered this cute Distributive Doctor set. 

I added some surgical masks and gloves and . . . WA-LA . . . they were eating out of the palm of my hands. 

Some of the questions they are asked on assessments using the distributive property are redunculous - we need all the help we can get. 

On a personal note, this week was bittersweet after I put my first house on the market and received an offer within 30 HOURS!! 

Here I am four years ago, achieving my life long dream of home ownership. SOOOO exciting!!!! 

I LOVE my new place AND whom I share it with, but I can't help feeling sentimental about a time where it was just me and the cat, making it on our own. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone! 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Singing Crabs & Skip Counting Trains

We're starting off the year with multiplication. My kiddos had a bad case of cabin fever so I decided we should do some activities that got us up and moving. 

We haven't seen each other for 25 DAYS!!! due to winter break followed by an ice storm!!! Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled to see their little faces again on Thursday! 

First we built skip counting trains. I assigned them a number of cubes to construct each section of the train with. 

Then I had them skip count to find how many cubes they had in their trains in all . . . I saw some great strategies in action! 

We also played Roll & Color: Multiply by 3 (FREEBIE!) and Roll & Color: Multiply by 6. (No kid photos, I was too busy playing!)

We rounded out each day with a skip counting video. 
We've watched (and memorized) almost ALL of the skip counting videos on YouTube from Have Fun Teaching

Our favorite is the 9's!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is a random bird and a singing crab - what more could you ask for? These are SO catchy!

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm going to round out my week by playing a few rounds of Candy Crush, followed by a shopping spree at Target. (I'm buying a new broom, woo-hoo!) 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Winter Graphing Freebie!

Just dropping in to share my cute winter graphing FREEBIE! Practice bar graphs AND line plots and analyze data with one simple spin & graph activity! Geared towards grades 1 - 3. :)

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