Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Get a deal on bundles today!

Today is the last day of the TpT Back-to-School Sale! Bundles are the best deal since you can get 25% off already discounted items!

Check HERE to check out the 147 products in my store, all on sale!


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

New Boom Deck & TpT Sale!

I have a new Boom card deck in my store. Click HERE to go check it out.

Just in time for the TpT Back-to-School Sale!

Everything in my store is 20% off, including already discounted bundles. Remember to use the above code for an extra 5%!


Friday, July 31, 2020

Silent Birthday Game

Need a quick time-filler? I asked my 5th graders to line up in birthday order BUT they could not talk and had to stay social-distanced.

They asked if they could use paper and pencil to communicate and I said no. SO, they turned to nature.

They tried hand signals and that seemed to frustrate them. The masks prevented them from mouthing the words.

One smarty thought of writing with water on the cement. She used a rock as her instrument and sacrificed her drinking water.

After 25 minutes of blissful silence, (this is a chatty bunch) I let them talk for 2 minutes so they could come up with a plan. Once they split into years, about half in each group, things went more quickly and they were finally able to do it at the half hour mark.

No one emerged as the leader today, which surprised me. They were shocked to realize how much they relied on verbal communication. It was definitely the best part of my day.


Thursday, July 30, 2020

Multiplication Mastery

My summer school class is doing great on mastering the multiplication facts. This system keeps them motivated and I really think it helps that I use scratch and sniff stickers. They really care about getting to add a sticker to their chart, even 5th graders.

I have a test for 1-12 and then A-D are mixed facts. I don't have a test for 0 because it would be the same answer for all but I do include 0 in each test.

I give my students 26 seconds for the 13 problems because I really want them to know them fluency. I do include a set in this download where you can write in your own timing at the bottom.

I also print out multiple sets of flashcards so they students can practice on their own or sometimes I give them a set to take home, if they need it.

Not pictured above, but I also include a recording sheet so I know where everyone is without having to look around the room at their posters. 

I also included some teaching tips about how I organize and run things and a parent letter to send home.

Click HERE if you'd like to try this method with your class. It has worked well for me.

2 more days of summer school and she's almost got it!


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

5th Place Value Riddles and $1 Sale Boom Deck Sale

Here is my newest Boom card deck. 

and more! Click HERE if you want to try a live preview.

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Don't forget to today is the last day of the Boom $1 Sale!


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Boom Dollar Sale

Visit my TpT or Boom store to get select Boom card decks for only $1!

I have a new deck in this sale!


Monday, July 27, 2020

Boom Beginning Digraphs SH & CH

New Boom card set! Beginning Digraphs SH & CH with audio.

Click HERE if you would like to try it!

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Boom Beginning Digraphs TH & WH

New Boom Card deck! Beginning digraphs TH & WH with audio.

Click HERE if you want to try a live preview.

Click HERE to go get it in my TpT store. 


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Making lava lamps

We made lava lamps in summer school today. So cool and so easy!

1. Fill an 8 oz. water bottle about 3/4th full with vegetable oil.
2. Add water but leave a little room at the top.
3. Add 5-10 drops of food coloring.
4. Drop small  pieces of Alka-Seltzer tablets in.
5. When the bubbling stops, put on the cap.
6. Tip the bottle and watch the reactions!


Saturday, July 11, 2020

Teaching Summer School During Covid #1

One week of summer school down. I will admit it felt nice to be back with students and they were very happy to see each other. It does feel like just a matter of time though before someone becomes ill since it is so hard to actually follow all the rules.

Today, I want to talk about face coverings. Many teachers and some students are wearing face shields. My sister-in-law is an ICU nurse and she says that face shields are never worn alone, always with a mask. It concerns me that people think they are being safe but are not truly. 

My county just released the guidance for schools returning in the fall and face shields will only be allowed if they have a drape that tucks into the shirt.

The students in my class all wear masks and are trying but I still say a zillion times a day, "Your mask needs to be over your nose."

I would never show this at school but I laughed out loud when I saw it. Gotta try to have some humor in these crazy times.

The best advice I can give it to try wearing different masks to see what fits and feels most comfortable. You need to wear it for an extended period of time because I thought I was fine but after an hour I started to feel pain. If the students had masks that fit better it would really help cut down on the nose issue at least. I have heard other teachers have issues with students taking them off during the day and I did see a class walk down the hall the other day and the last 4 kids had no mask in site. 😟

I know one teacher who is petite and has tiny ears and she struggles to keep her mask on securely, just like the kids. They make some that adjust behind the ear that seem to help some.

 I have an ear pain issue with my left ear (that is a whole other undiagnosed issue) so many masks really bother me and I ended up with headaches/migraines 3 times this week. The most comfortable for me is the mask that buttons to the headband so it isn't on my ears at all. I'm not usually a headband person but it looks like I may be rocking this look more often.

This one has the pocket for a filter which feels safer to me but it does make it harder to hear me than say a disposable mask. I talked a lot for a lesson yesterday and it was pretty hard to enunciate, the mask going into my mouth and feeling it get wetter and wetter. Gross. Side note, I am also breaking out some which is not normal for me. I guess my skin doesn't like the mask either.

During lunch they are allowed to take their masks off to eat. It is very hard to keep them apart during free time like this.  Also, they don't remember to put their mask back on when they are done so you have to go around on mask patrol. 

That reminds me, yesterday a boy asked if he could eat his breakfast before class started. I said yes since we have a half hour period of free time during the drop-off and temperature check time. He took off his mask and I was just about to say that he should go sit outside and of course...he sneezed. A movie played in my mind of that graphic we've all seen of the droplets spraying across the room. 

So like I said, I know we are all trying our best, but with kids and such an extended amount of time together, it just seems inevitable that Covid will spread throughout schools.


Friday, July 3, 2020

4th of July Sale!

I've put my entire store on sale this weekend! 

I have decided to have more impromptu sales so you don't miss out!


Thursday, June 11, 2020

4th Grade Place Value Riddles

So I got the news it looks likely I am being switched to 4th grade for summer school. Not a huge deal since I taught it last summer but I thought I was teaching the younger ones. Oh well.

To switch gears, I made this new Boom Card deck with 400 cards to practice place-value to the millions. 
There are 4 riddles and every time they answer a question, a new letter in the answer is revealed. 

The skills included are:
1. Comparing using <,=>
2. Identifying the place value digit
3. Expanded form
4. Rounding 

For each correct answer, the student earns a letter to the riddle solution. 
Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
Use place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place.

These are available in my TpT store or Boom Learning store.

Is anyone else teaching summer school? I miss having the whole summer off but now that I have 2 in college I can't afford to say no. I still get about 6 weeks off so it isn't too terrible.


Monday, June 8, 2020

PD read and a FREE math game

Do you do a professional development read every summer? We were just emailed to choose between one of these three, so if anyone has a recommendation, I'm all ears.
  1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  3. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo.
I am feeling pretty exhausted from distance learning so I am not sure I can tackle these quite yet. But it got me thinking about previous summer reads I had enjoyed.

I remember Debbie Diller's Math Work Stations really helped me get my students to do a lot more math talk. I thought I'd repost this free Go Fish game in case you didn't follow me back them.

The cards looks like dominoes and the match is the double in number form.
Instead of simply asking for a 12, the students are told to use the math vocabulary of double. I included these reminder cards that the students can refer to if they forget.

Click HERE to grab this game for FREE. Good job making it through remote learning!


Sunday, June 7, 2020

Subtraction Within 20 Bundle

Today's Boom bundle includes 4 decks of 20 cards each:
*Subtraction Within 10
*Subtraction Within 10 Missing Subtrahend
*Subtraction Within 20
*Subtraction Within 20 Missing Subtrahend

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.C.5 Relate counting to addition and subtraction 
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.C.6 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. 
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.B.4 Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.D.8 Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers. 
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.OA.B.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

Click HERE to try a LIVE preview!

Bundles are offered at a discount! My TpT store or Boom Store.


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Skip Counting by 5s, 10s, and 100s to 1000

One of the summer school classes I teach is math enrichment. Usually we play a lot of partner and group games but I am not sure what will be allowed with social distancing requirements. Boo!  So,  I am working on making more individual hands-on activities.

This Boom Card bundle practices Counting within 1000 by 5s, 10s, and 100s. This addresses CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.NBT.A.2 with a fun alien ice cream theme.

You can click on the picture below to try out a live preview.

You can also buy each of these decks separately if you 'd rather although you save money on the bundle. They are all available in my TpT store or Boom Learning store.


Monday, June 1, 2020

Graduation and a FREE art and writing activity

Well, it wasn't the graduation we hoped for but our school had a nice Zoom ceremony.

My son, Quinn, was so lucky to have an amazing group of kids in his Senior class. They did a great job staying upbeat and I heard a lot of laughter coming from his room during their group Zooms. They played games or watched movies together. They all decorated their graduation caps together over Zoom. 

Quinn will be studying mechanical engineering at Santa Clara University in the fall so here is video so you can get the full effect of his graduation cap.

The graduation committee even sent them all yard sign 

and a gift bag. 

So now he is all done and I am supposed to be writing report cards. 

In case you are still toiling away, click HERE for a free graduation art and writing activity I have posted about before.


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Boom Learning Comparing 3-Digit Numbers

I am teaching entering 3rd grade math this summer. Hopefully in person, but just in case I am getting things ready for a digital experience. We have iPads in class so I'll be ready either way.

This boom card set has 20 cards asking the student to compare two 3-digit numbers using greater than, less than, or equal signs. Every time they get a correct answer, they earn a scoop of ice cream for one of the friends. I think they will enjoy seeing the ice cream cones grow taller.

I  added this to my TpT store and Boom Learning store.


Saturday, May 23, 2020

Boom Card Addition Bundle

I made my first Boom Card bundle. I put Addition to 10 & Addition to 20 together for a discount.

Click on the picture below to take you to a live preview to try these cards out! 

You can purchase these in my Boom or TpT Store.


Friday, May 22, 2020

Boom Cards Addition to Twenty Missing Addends

This Boom Card deck practices Addition to Twenty with Missing Addends.

There are 40 cards in this deck including missing addends in both positions.

Click on the picture for a live preview to try these cards  out.

You can grab a copy in my TpT store or at