Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pumpkin Carving

It's that time of year when teachers brave it and have their students carve pumpkins. Their are lots of educational, creative, and fun ways to make carving pumpkins meaningful to our students learning.

We thought one way is to give our students some background about pumpkins. We have included information about the history of pumpkins, pumpkin varieties, pumpkin science, and more in our Reading to Learn Pumpkins booklet.

Reading about pumpkins will hopefully allow our students to appreciate and marvel at how truly amazing pumpkins are.

You can check it out at our TPT store.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Freebie- Math Jumbles

Our students love Math Jumbles! Math Jumbles are math riddles that can be used as a math warm-up activity to start a math lesson or as a closing activity.We use Math Jumbles and Critical Crumbs in our classrooms as warm up activities.

There are 2 Math Jumbles per page. This packet contains 24 pages. (total of 48 Math Jumbles) Each page has 2 different types of Math Jumbles.The first Jumble is a set of multiple instructions that provides practice in:
  • addition
  • subtraction
  • multiplication
  • division
The second Jumble is a riddle that requires higher level thinking in:
  • deduction
  • comparing number
  • place value
Since this is our second packet the problems have increased in difficulty :)
Here is a freebie for you to try with your class. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Monster Symmetry

We were so delighted to be guest bloggers at Kids Math Teacher. We just completed this activity with our students this week and are excited to share it with you.

There are many variations that can be done with this activity to soot your grade level. Wendie and I teach third grade and the students did an amazing job.

First, we began by discussing what a line of symmetry is and completing half of a symmetrical monster.

Then, students created their own symmetrical monsters using construction paper (monster colors). Here are some examples created by our kiddos.

Now for the real fun part. Students added symmetrical details and googly eyes to their monsters.

Finally, they used descriptive words and action words to write a descriptive paragraph about their monster. 

Possible variations could be having students add specific geometric shapes and/or fractions like 3/5  of the shapes need to be squares.

Look how cool it all comes together. The students were very creative in their monster symmetry creations and their paragraphs. We hope your students will enjoy as much as ours did.

For your free monster symmetry lesson just click on the pic.