Monday, December 28, 2015

Freebie #5 - Winter Adding, Subtracting, Multiplication Game Board

Welcome Back!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!
This freebie will be useful in your math centers or cooperative groups. All you need is a set of dice.
Pairs of students will roll the dice and either: add, subtract or multiply the 2 numbers shown on the dice. {If using multiplication, students will probably advance quicker on the board, so they may want to keep a tally chart of how many times they reach the North Pole. The "winner" will be the one who reaches the North Pole 3 times, 5 times, etc..
To make this fun and exciting I like to use colored marshmallows as playing pieces- students will pick a color.
This a fun, time-filler that's educational and versatile.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you've been able to use these Freebies with your students! I'd love to hear how you have used / plan to use these in your classroom! Please comment below.
Have a relaxing break!

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Freebie #4 - Text Evidence Posters

Welcome Café Friends!
If you're like me, you're probably running around like a crazy person right about now.... last minute gifts, wrapping, baking, and seeing just what else can be crammed into these last few days before Christmas!
I would think most of you are on break now. If not, hopefully you will be soon.
 For this freebie {and for #5} I decided not to do a Christmas theme. Over break --at some point--- I like to begin looking into planning for our second semester of school. For this freebie I'd like to share Text Evidence Posters. We use these ALL THE TIME!
 I trim these down and display them in the front of my class. As we discuss texts, students refer to the posters when supporting their answers. This works really well with written responses!
 So... I thought I'd share these in hopes that they may help your little learners become better "reading detectives".
The posters remind them to dig deeper in the text to find evidence to support their answer.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Freebie #3 Color Your Own Christmas Cards

Freebie #3 ~ Color Your Own Christmas Cards
Hope you all have had a great week!
The link below will take you to some Color Your Own Christmas Cards that kids will LOVE to work on during these last few days before Christmas break.
These cards can be used different ways:
(1) Allow students to pick a card and color it for a friend or family member. Cards are really cute with a touch of added glitter.
(2) You can give these cards to students with a personal message inside.
There are 2 cards per page.
 Just copy, cut horizontally, then fold!

Thanks for stopping by to pick up this Christmas Freebie!
Have a great week!

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Freebie #2

Hello again Café Friends!
Thanks for stopping by for this week's Christmas Freebie!
This freebie is all about Reindeer and can be adapted across grade levels.
The idea is to get kids into conducting research about this interesting creature. This can be done several ways depending on the age of your students:
1.) Provide several copies of books, magazine articles, close read passages, etc. for students to read and find answers. If your students aren't independent readers yet, you can read facts aloud to them, noting some facts on a class anchor chart for them to use.
2.) Show informational websites, such as Wikipedia, National Geographic kids, etc. and discuss the information as a class. Students can record their information on the planning sheet. (or this can be done as a class)
3.) Allow this to be a project for home (or school). Students can use the research pages (they can use some or all pages) and include pictures to create a poster about their reindeer research.
4.) Choose a page (or 2) and display them with a reindeer craftivity for a festive bulletin board or hallway display. 


 Hope you enjoy using these to get your students interested in the research process!
Thanks for stopping by, and as always, feel free to share your ideas in the comments below. :-)

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