Thursday, October 23, 2014

May the Force Be With You: Math Facts Fluency

Math facts fluency is one of the most dreaded things to teach for many teachers. I, however, love it in my classroom! But most importantly, my kids LOVE it! They look forward to their math facts test each week. They "remind" me every Thursday that it is math fact test time! If we run out of time on Thursday, there is a TON of moaning and groaning. I make it a point to not skip math facts tests!

The class goal is for each student to pass their leveled math test each week. They need to complete 50 problems in 3 minutes. This is a suggested time, but works best for most of my students. There are also 15 and 25 question pages to use as practice or as an assessment.

We keep a class chart to show progress towards mastery. Each time a student passes a test, they get a sticker next to their name. 
I also use individual student charts and keep them in a binder to track student progress. These are great for student conferences. It is a clear visual to show how many weeks a student is on each level or how quickly they are moving through the levels.

 To help with organization of the leveled tests, I pre-copy a class set of each level of the 50 question math tests so they are at my finger tips ready to go each week. I also have color coded sheet of flash cards for my kiddos copied. After they pass a level, I give them a new set of cards to cut out and put on a ring to keep at their desk to study throughout the week. 

After the students take their tests and they are corrected, they go home with one of these awards. If they pass their test they get a slip that congratulates them and tells them which level to study for the following week. If they don't pass, I give them the slip encouraging them to continue practicing for the same test next week. 

I have never seen students so excited to work on learning their math facts. It's a win-win for everyone! 

This packet is available for addition and subtraction AND multiplication and division.

If you would like to win a copy of one of these packets, leave a comment below with your email address and I will choose a winner before I go to bed tonight. 
Congrats Sheri Ryan! Check your inbox for an email from me! 
 May the Force Be With You...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Five for Friday Fun!

So many exciting things have been going on this week!

We reviewed place value concepts and odd and even with this little activity. The kids loved it and  even got to eat a few candy corns during it!

We reviewed some of our long vowel spelling patterns with these awesome interactive notebook pages from my sweet friend Angela at Hippo Hooray in Second Grade. We added them to our language notebook for easy reference.

These cutie pies are practicing their word problem skills while using Aimee from Primarily Speaking's Super Solver Word Problem packet. We are in the middle of district assessments and these cards were great to get the kids up and moving, all while reviewing much needed skills.

Do your kids struggle memorizing their math skills? One way I practice these skills is with weekly math timed tests. My kids LOVE Thursdays when we take our tests! They literally squeal with excitement! Unbelievable! This little kiddo is hard at work to finish 50 problems in 3 minutes with no mistakes! They love being Jedi Knights and can't wait to see if they "pass" to the next level each time! It makes me smile every time!

Have you heard the news? Primary Powers collaborative blog launched this week! To celebrate, we are hosting an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G giveaway with over $300 in gift cards and prizes. Make sure to head over and check it out! While you are there, meet all the "SUPERHEROES" and grab a few freebies!

Make sure to link up with Doodle BugsTeaching and share your week with us!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

KA-POW It's Freebie Time!

If you haven't heard, I have joined forces with some SUPER incredible blogging friends to bring you a new collaborative blog PRIMARY POWERS

Today, I am sharing some math and ELA freebies to help your students become superheroes in your  classrooms. Learn a little bit about me and how I use these activities in my classroom too.

Head on over to Primary Powers to grab my I SPY Place Value cards.

AND... Superhero Quotation Marks Task Cards.

Your students are sure to gain SUPER strength from both these activities. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KA_POW! Primary Powers Has Arrived!

Finally! Finally, October 15th has arrived! 
Now I can share my exciting news with all of you! I have joined up with some incredible blogging friends to bring you a brand, new collaborative blog

Twenty-seven, yes... 27, amazing blogging women have joined forces to bring you SUPER ideas, resources, freebies, and more every day!

Each day, a new blogger will be introduced, offering mind-blowing ideas and a freebie or two for you to use! 

To celebrate the launch of our collaborative blog we are having a SUPER giveaway!
You could win some mind-blowing prizes! Amazon, Target, Starbucks, TpT, and Lakeshore gift cards are waiting for you..... 

Just click on the link or picture above to take you to the rafflecopter to enter!

If an INCREDIBLE giveaway wasn't enough to get excited about, we have a special offer to share with you too!

 The news gets even better because we are celebrating the launch of Primary Powers with an exclusive deal with Educents!

21 instant downloads, over 1,000 pages of materials that are ready to use, and variety of topics to pull your through months of teaching!  $100.75 retail value available for a limited time for $29.99 which is 70% off!  Extreme value alert!

Concepts covered are:  addition, subtraction, graphing, time, money, reading, fluency, spelling, writing, close reading, grammar, story element in fiction and nonfiction, and much, much more!  

Products are thematically correct for the upcoming seasons!  
- spiders and camping for October
- turkeys, Thanksgiving, scarecrows for November
- winter, penguins, the holidays, and New Years for December

Other great items include:
- a calendar that could be used as a parent gift
- a data folder to track student growth
- literacy and math centers
- printables
- units of study

Check out the previews below... 

Friday, October 10, 2014

My Favorite Day of the Week...Friday!

We have been busy, busy, busy in second grade! I can't believe we are almost halfway through October!! Where has the time gone!

This week we worked with prefixes. The kids loved some of the bubblicious centers I set up for them to use. We also made flap books and sorted words with different prefixes.

This next activity blew my kids away! I read them the story Frankie Stein. Then, we completed Reagan's Fraken Authors flap book! The kids loved it!  The next thing I knew, this adorable bulletin board was created to show off their work! "Frankly" I am so proud of them!

We also introduced/reviewed odd and even this week. It always surprises me how some kids get this concept right away and others.... well others just need LOTS of practice! I introduced Odd Todd and Even Steven, which they were THRILLED to meet. I even heard two of my kiddos pretending to be them the next day as they walked into class. HILARIOUS! They counted candy corn with partners and decided if their number was odd or even and explained why. They also made sort books and continued to show off their even and odd knowledge.

Although I am slightly in awe of how fast October is flying by, I just can't wait for the 15th to arrive! I am joining up with some of my SUPER blogging friends to bring you Primary Powers. Make sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram (user name: primary powers) so you don't miss out on any of our exciting news! You will be WOWed! 

There is only a short time left to enter the Fall Favorites Giveaway that my sweet friend Aimee from Primarily Speaking and I are hosting with a ton of our blogging friends! Make sure to enter today, so you don't miss out on free money to Starbucks (hello pumpkin spiced latte) and some incredible resources! Click HERE to enter! 

Make sure to head on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and link up your week!


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