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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Math Ideas & a Giveaway

Yay! It is fall break! I know why people invented fall break, parent-teacher conferences can really wear a girl out! It was well worth it though! I really enjoyed meeting all my kiddos parents! With parent teacher conferences each day Tu-F was early release. I wanted to review a bunch of math concepts before break and do it in a fun way! So here is Tu-F in math!

Last week I was teaching the rule boxes in math, a simple version of input/output. So I made this beauty! Rule Machine generation2! I made one during student teaching and because I had no where to store it at the time and told my cooperating teacher I was going to throw it out she kept it! Here are my kiddos loving our Rule Machine!

They kept asking my when we could use the "math box" again? Too cute! And grading their math tests it seems like it helped a ton on them understand! Yay!

I took a simple home depot moving box and used some wrapping paper! Wallah! Super easy and really kept the kiddos engaged!

This week we did w few fun things! My favorite was our number line practice. We took chalk and went to the basketball courts!

Each student made their own number line and I would write a math problem on a whiteboard and hold it up! All of the kiddos would solve the addition problem by using their number line! It was a fun way to get us outside (which in AZ can't happen all too often, until like Oct/Nov)!

Another thing we did was practice our doubles facts! I do these in the morning with calendar, but I really wanted the kiddos to get more practice with them! I used the common doubles rap and the kiddos loved getting up and singing! Sorry I don't have a picture of this! We also made iPod's for them to keep their flashcards in. You can find the idea here over at First Grade Fresh! My kiddos loved the rap and making the iPods! 

Lots of hands on math this week in my class! What are some of your favorite ways to teach math? 

Now, many of you have been giving away awesome things for Fall/Halloween! I kept thinking I need to make something! Well, I already have and forgot about it! My Which Witch Homophones activities. Click here to check it out!

I am going to be giving away 3 copies to my wonderful followers. The giveaway begins now and will end on Wednesday! Good luck! 


  1. Love the machine, I will have to make one! :-)

  2. Personal number lines on the basketball court is such a great idea! I will have to try that. Have a great break.