Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Currently

I am so, So, SO excited that it is April because it is almost our Spring Break and boy do I need it!  I have grand hopes of getting a lot of things done and catching up on some sleep... hopefully both will happen.  

Check out my April Currently:

Currently, I am listening to my 2 1/2 year old "read" to my almost 10 month old.  They are two peas in a pod I tell you and the teacher in me loves her little pre-reading voice.

Currently, I am loving that this week is a modified week because of parent-teacher conferences. Today I was home by 2:00 and I have had time to redo some bulletin boards and organize my student data folders in between conferences.

Currently, I am thinking that I need to do something extra sweet for my hardworking husband. He is a high school English teacher who is so dedicated and he really wants all 150 of his students to succeed.  You should SEE the piles of papers he brings home everyday. He is a meticulous grader and is up late everynight trying to catch up.  On top of that he tutors kids after school in math for free, has countless letters of recommendation to write for scholarships, programs and college... PLUS he is almost done completing his Masters in Education.  He is in the middle of his Action Research Project and is just completely overwhelmed and exhausted. Throw in 2 young kiddos who don't sleep through the night and you have one tired and overworked guy.  I need to think of something great to do for him to let him unwind, relax and feel appreciated...

Currently, I am wanting some new paleo crockpot recipes. I am on a paleo eating challenge with my bootcamp and I am looking for some yummy crockpot  recipes for the days that are super busy.  

Currently, I am needing time to just work in my classroom.  Where does the time go?  

Thanks for the Currently Farley! I always love linking up and I can't wait to check in with all my favorite blogging buddies to see what their April Currently says.  I will have to wait until the kiddos go down!  Until then....

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wow! Spring Cleaning Sale

I about fell off my chair when I saw how many bloggers are joining in on the Spring Cleaning Sale! One more day to clean up those wish lists!  Thanks to the talented, sweet, amazing
 Beth Ann from Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs created this HUGE, sale picture!  Thanks Beth Ann! I know I will be spending some of my credits in your super cute clip art store!!!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Cleaning on TpT!

Georgia Grown Kiddos, a fellow bloggy buddy, had a GREAT idea for a little virtual Spring Cleaning. I don't know about you but I need to clean up my Teachers Pay Teachers Wish List- there are things on there that need to move to my cart and into my classroom!   Here are the TpT Spring Cleaning goals for this weekend, inspired by Georgia Grown Kiddos
First of all, I will go back and leave some feedback for some of my recent purchases... It has been  too long, and now I am all backed up on feedback.  
Next, I will go through my wishlist and delete some items and move some items to my cart. 
Lastly, I will spend all the credits I stored up with leaving my feedback and shop the Spring Cleaning Sale that some bloggers will be having this weekend. So many great sellers have linked up with sales up to 20% off. Check out Georgia Grown Kiddos to see who else has linked up!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Egg-cellent Improper Fraction Match Up!

I am excited to share my new math center, perfect for spring!  Egg-cellent Improper Fraction Match Up!

As I was perusing the Dollar Section of Target (aka heaven on earth) I noticed these cute foam cracked egg cut outs. They came in a set of 8 for a buck and I had to have them even before I knew what I was going to do with them.

Well, I just completed a new CCSS equivalent fractions unit that our district created and part of it was recognizing mixed number and improper fraction equivalency.  So, since it is spring, and Easter is almost upon us, AND my kiddos need some more practice, I  created this little math center to help reinforce the concepts.

 Essentially, students are asked to match up the improper fraction top half of the egg with its mixed number equivalent. 
 I will use the foam cut outs but for those who aren't able to get these at their local Target, I included them.

There are 15 in total and they can record their findings on this sheet:

Another option is to have them do this as an assessment. They can cut, color and glue their matches on construction paper to make a SUPER Spring-y and C-U-T-E bulletin board.

Grab this math center at my TpT store now for $1.50!  What a steal! Your class will love it! I will post pics later this week of my class enjoying this activity!

Until then....

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Currently

Does anyone else love how the month of March just sneaks up on you? Today I am linking up with Farley and sharing my March Currently with you all...

Listening: it has been a VERY hot and dry winter in Southern California, but the rains came yesterday and it is much needed!  I love, Love, LOVE listening to the rain. Reminds me of when I studied abroad at Oxford. So peaceful.  

Loving: This is one of the first weekends in a LONG while that we have absolutely nothing on our agenda.  We have been such a busy bunch lately- parties, family get togethers, and everything in between.  We rarely get a relaxing weekend at home to just enjoy and slow down.

Thinking: One of my New Year's resolutions was to be better at meal planning.  The thought behind it is that it is budget friendly, less time consuming and diet friendly.  We were pretty good at it during the month of January, but fell off the bandwagon in February...  So, March, here we go!

Wanting: Last Friday I was told that I was being displaced from my beloved school site.  I had a feeling, but was remaining hopeful that it wouldn't happen. Unfortunately I was low man on the totem pole and am now prepping for where I will be next year.  I am guaranteed a job, I just don't know where or what I will be teaching.  It was sad week but jobs are going to be posted next week, so instead of wallowing in my sorrow over leaving a school, staff and community that I absolutely adore, I must prep my resume, update my teaching portfolio and get ready for interviews.  The most daunting aspect is updating my resume... I don't mind interviews, I am actually really good at them, BUT the resume... UGH! I had our TOSA look at my current resume and he made some really great suggestions but one of them was to add a skills section since, as he said, "You are so tech savvy and the worksheets/lesson plans that you create are amazing."Now I have to figure out how to put that in writing... I would love any advice you all have on this...

Needing: So being displaced has been so disheartening...and after grieving and processing all of this I realized that I need to commit to having PEACE, knowing that God is in control, PATIENCE through this displacement process and to remain POSITIVE, trusting that I will get a great, new opportunity. Easier said then done....

Can you guess my mystery ???? My answer is: Spa Day- Wine Tour- Korean Karaoke!

I am now off to check in on some of my bloggy-bud's March Currentlys.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

3 Million Teachers TpT Sale!!!!

Have you heard? Teachers Pay Teachers has reached THREE MILLION teacher members!  How AMAZING is that?!  I am joining in on the fun buy putting EVERYTHING in my store on sale starting tomorrow! In addition, Tpt is offering buyers 10% off using promo code TpT3.  This means you will get 28% off! 

Come check out the other teachers that are linking up on this blog hoppin fun!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Equivalent Fractions and Factors

This past week I introduced Equivalent Fractions.  To introduce them we did a group sort where they were given a group of 100 different fractions and in various representations: area model, number line, dots, bars, word form and fraction form.

Each group had to work collaboratively to sort them the best way they thought.  Some students got it, while others struggled.  It was hard to let them struggle but over this 2 day lesson a lot of learning occurred but I was astounded by their use of academic language and explaining their thought process and grouping rationale.

 With all those scraps of paper it looked like confetti or more accurately like the day after NYE in Time Square!  Each group presented their posters during a gallery walk and the students that didn't quite get it at the beginning starting seeing patterns.

I went home thinking that I needed to do a mini lesson on factors to help reinforce the steps of finding equivalent fractions AND I remembered this C-U-T-E factor activity that I did last year from Little Lovely Leaders.  So, we ended our week making a factor flower garden and it is a perfect spring bulletin board! I will be hanging it on Wednesday, so check back later this week!

This week we are going to have some yummy fraction fun with ICE CREAM! That's right...

You scream, I scream, we all scream for FRACTIONS!
These 5 Fraction Definition Posters with examples and pictures will be on our math bulletin board to help reinforce the concepts as we continue to work through these lessons. They are a great resource for the students and the graphics will help them make connections.

For our Math Centers....
A Serving up Equivalent Fractions Worksheet with answer key...
An Equivalent Fraction Dice game...
A Comparing Fractions with unlike denominators trick poster with examples and matching activity (with answer key)

A Foldable introducing the most common equivalent decimals and fractions. Great for introducing the new concepts or as a study tool. 

and last, but not least...  A Fraction Review Board Game with 30 different question cards that quiz the students on their mastery of comparing fractions, and  finding equivalent fractions and decimals. **Great for Center work, for fast finishers or for test prep! **

On Friday we will be doing my favorite part of this set.... a delicious Equivalent Fraction Activity where the students make ice cream cones that reflect equivalent fractions.

Your class will EAT this Fraction set! It is perfect for reviewing concepts in a fun way and it reinforces the basic fraction concepts that they forget when they get into more complicated math.  You can buy this tasty fraction set here at my TpT store... it is on sale now!