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Monday, December 22, 2014

Decomposing 10 Freebie!

Happy Monday!  It's holiday time so let's share some freebies!

I am always looking for different ways to support my students' understanding of 10.  Being able to decmpose and compose 10 is necessary component when developing number sense.  But let's be careful, we want our kiddos to be flexible with their numbers and be able to use what they know when they start working with 2  and 3-digit numbers.  After all, it's all about 10 so we don't want them to simply memorize these facts.  To that end, I try to review these facts and incorporate games as often as possible.    Many of my resources use 10-frames and rekenreks but I couldn't resist using this adorable cookie clipart by Krista Wallden at Creative Clips.  I love all her work and they were part of her Unwrap Freebies.  Thank you, Krista! 

Ok...back to the game.  Kids shake and spill - I had my students use red and green chips (sprinkles) and gently spill them on the cookie.  They counted how many landed on the the cookie and figured out how many are off the cookie.  Hopefully they can remember their combinations, if not, the chips are there to count and check!  Students then wrote the combinations on a recording sheet.  It is cute and fun for the kids while supportive and helpful for their understanding!
Grab your free copy here from Google Drive!

Glad to be linking up with Charity for the Manic Monday linky.  What freebies do you have to share this week?  

Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Currently

December is my favorite time of year! Is it me, or are most people in a good mood?  I love the holiday decorations, Christmas cheer and even a little snow!  Time to link up with Farley again for this month's Currently.


So I am listening to Pandora, Holiday Jazz.  So festive :)  I have the channel set in my car, as well.  The songs start to repeat but that's OK.  Have you heard "Baby It's Cold" by Idina Menzel and Michael Buble?  The video is adorable, check it out!!



I'm loving my new Startbucks mug.  It's part of the new Dot Collection. It is big and has such a cute picture - perfect for a big cup of tea.   It's the little things ;) 
I am starting to think about vacation!  We will be traveling to Mexico and I am very excited.  I feel like school just started and BAM vacation is almost here.  Time flies, maybe I'm getting old!

I want an extra hour of sleep.  There is never enough time (old complain, right?!)  Maybe I'll set my alarm an hour early to psych myself out.  Hmm...maybe NOT!

My nails are horrible and the cold weather doesn't help.  I am in desperate need of a manicure (shh!)

Finally, I am giving thanks to ALL teacher bloggers out there.   I am always in awe and inspired by you.  I am a new blogger and have a lot to live up to, one day at a time.  Thank you for all you do and share :)

Have a great month and a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year!!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Value of Place Value Disks


I'm linking up with Miss DeCarbo today (1st timer!).  My kiddos had a great time adding and subtracting with their place value disks today!  Students need multiple opportunities with varied manipultaives to help develop a solid understanding of place value.  My kiddos find the disks very helpful.  They can see that they are adding "1 ten" or "1 hundred".  I created an interactive notebook page and game to practice these skills.  You can never have enough practice!  Check it out on my TPT page - Place Value Change-Up

Do your students use place value disks?


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mathematicians at Work










My mathematicians have been very busy lately.  They have been "mathematizing" while helping Muffles package all his delicious truffles intime for the holiday season.  This book is part of a series  Context for Learning (3-5), by Cathy Fosnot, creator of Mathematics in the City, at City College.   Students are presented with a rich context and are given problems to solve. The questions posed in the first investigation are: How many boxes of 10 can be made with a given quantity of truffles? How many leftovers will there be? How can they be combined to make assortment boxes?  Students eventually determine the cost of the boxes and then create new boxes of various sizes and layers for the truffles.

Students work in partnerships or small groups to make discoveries, use various strategies and ultimately share their thinking and communicate their ideas with the class.  As an intervention teacher I can only work with students for 30 minutes at a time.  They moan when I tell them we have to stop working for the day.  These lessons are so powerful!  Students think about math within a rich context and are encourage to explore numbers and mathematical situations at their own speed and level of understanding.  All the the books within the series are wonderful, check them out if you can - your students will thank you!!
Busy, busy busy!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October Currently

It's October, my favorite time of year, cool days, changing leaves, and of course, Halloween candy :)
I have been with my students for approximately 6 weeks and I have been quite busy.  I teach math intervention for grades 2-5 so I have a lot to juggle on a daily basis.  Currently, I am planning workshops for parents, grades K-2, next week will be grades 3-5.  This is definitely one of my favorite parts of my job.  The parents always want to help their little ones and the math always seems so new to them. It is like a tutoring session for adults.  They love it and I am so happy that I can help.  

Thanks for stopping by.  What are you up to?



Monday, October 6, 2014

Making Apple Boxes - Combinations of 10

Today, my "farmer friends" helped me make new combinations of 10 apples!  I explained that I prefer red apples and my husband prefers green.  To our surprise, the shop keeper only sold boxes of 1 color, all red or all green!  My little guys agreed to help us use the apple boxes template and counters to help find all the combinations of 10 apples. 



Some kiddos were stumped.  Are we making different arrangements or combinations?  This was a wonderful teaching moment for this pair!    

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Template, recording sheet, and number cards are part of the TPT download.  I hope you farmer friends enjoy it as much as mine did! :) 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Always time to pin!!

I love Pinterest (...who doesn't!?). Here are some of the things I have pinned lately, some educational some not.  What have you pinned? Link up and share! Thank you Mrs. Plemon's Kindergarten for starting this linky party :)


I found this chart to be an amazing organization tool.  I think it can be used for any grade or subject.  I shared this with many of my colleagues in grades ranging from grades 1-5.  I like how it keeps students accountable while keeping them aware of what is expected of them.  Post-its make it user friendly and accessible.  Love it!



Wow, this is a fabulous chart.  I am always encouraging my students to to reflect and think about what they found difficult or what they want to get better at.  This chart encourages them to think about themselves as learners.  I plan to make this this week!



I hosted a dinner party this weekend and made this yummy dessert.  It was so easy and so delicious. I served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. YUM!!!

I don't use flash card very often, but when I do I find this quite helpful.  When students, especially 5th graders, are still struggling with multiplications, this helps them see how much they already know.  The "need to know" pile gets smaller and smaller and that makes them so happy :)

I will simply say: THE BEST COOKIES I HAVE EVER MADE!!!!  Pin these quickly!!

Please share some of your pins.  We all know how addictiong it can be!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Number of the Day and Rekenreks

I use this as part of my morning routine.  As a math intervention I work with small groups of students so this is quite helpful.  Last year I used it daily with my 2nd graders when they were first developing number sense, counting by 5s and 10s etc.  I put them into dry erase sleeves and the kids love them!

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Rekenrek Beads are very beneficially for developing the 5/10 structure and helping the little ones "see" the numbers.  I made these to use as number lines.  They can be laminated or taped to the desks.  I believe they need to be held and touched and kids can jump (count) with their fingers.


Pleae check out my TPT store for more FREEBIES.  Enjoy!



September Currently

It's September!  Where does the time go??  I officially start school tomorrow and welcome the little ones on Wednesday, so the timing is perfect.  Thank you Farely and Oh Boy 4th Grade, I am very excited to be completing my 1st Currently.  Here we go....


Listening - I am sitting on my sofa and all I can hear is the coffee pot percolating.  I love the sound [drip, drip, drip] and smell of freshly brewed coffee, it motivates me to get out of bed every morning.

Loving - that I am away in the country one last day with my husband, son, and pup and the weather is beautiful.  Hopefully we will have time to go for  hike or kayak.  Unfortunately the 14 year old would prefer to do...nothing...but we will try to persuade him otherwise.

Wanting - I found a 30-day squat challenge that I am going to try and complete.  Let me know if you are up for the challenge too, maybe you can motive me.  Wish me luck!
Needing- I NEED to spend time and focus my energy on my bog.  I have not blogged much over the summer and it is not because I have not had the time.  I am a new blogger so I have to just 'jump in' and do it!

3 trips - Three places on the top of a very long list are Hawaii, India and Greece.  Each trip will need at least 2 weeks.  Maybe soon....

So, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a happy September and wonderful start to the new year.  Come back soon, as I promise to keep up with the blogging ;)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Thank you, Lauren!!!

I am thrilled and could not be happier with my new blog design.  A huge thank you to Lauren at Teach*Pray*Love Designs!  She really went above and beyond and was very easy to work with- responsive, patient, and knowledgeable.  A true miracle worker. :) Thank you Lauren!!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

We don't stink at math!

The Common Core can be quite overwhelming.  I know it can be for me and only teach math!  I have been spending a lot of time visiting blogs and seeing what teachers are creating on TPT.  Based on what I read and see, I can say that  we are on the right track.  True, many schools have not provided the right amount of PD for teachers.  However, dedicated teachers push themselves, choose to learn new teaching methods, and see the value in helping our students develop a deeper understanding of mathematics.  The article blow is a bit long, but worth reading!


 NY Times Article

Friday, July 18, 2014

Read any good books lately?

Hello again.  Thrilled to be joining up with Dooblebugs Teaching again.  I usually can't wait for Friday but this summer they seem to be sneaking up on me a little too quickly.  :(

I have been reading some pretty good books lately.  My husband and I have been spending the last 3 weeks in the country.  That means long walks with our pup Rufus, bike rides, sitting by the pool and lake and lots and lots of reading.  Below are my most recent reads.  Enjoy! :)
I am reading The Vactioners right now.  I am only on day 3 of their vacation but so far so good.  A NYC family rent a house and take a two-week vacation in Mallorca.  I can only assume secrets come out and people are not who they seem.  I'll keep you posted!
Where'd You Go Bernadette is about a strong opinionated woman living in Seattle.  She suddenly disappears and turns her teenage daughter's world upside down.  I noticed that Bridget at Literacy Without Worksheets just read it too!  check it out!
Jennifer Weiner's newest book is about Allison Weiss.  Like many of use, she is trying to figure out how to handle it all - work, be a mom, and be a wife.  Allison is able to do it...as long as she takes some pills to help her through the day. OY! It's an interesting journey worth taking.  
We Are Water is a deeply emotional story about Anna, her children, divorce and upcoming wedding.  We learn about some painful secrets that Anna has held on to for too long and the effects they have had on her and her family.  It is a bit graphic so you may want to read some more reviews before diving into this one.

I am loving my new Kindle paperwhite!  For years I have been struggling with my iPad and finally decided to get  a Kindle.  What a difference!  I can actually read in the sun without seeing my reflection!  It is small, lightweight and so easy to use.  I promise, I don't work for Amazon, I just love it so much -worth ever penny!

What are you reading this summer?  Drop me a line and let me know.  Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Five For Friday - June 27th




It's that time of the week again, TGIF!  It's an extra special week for me since it is finally SUMMER VACATION!!  I have been reading so many of your blogs and been so jealous since many of you have been on vacation for a few weeks already.  I've been sooo jealous! Many NY school finished yesterday - YAY! :)

My son is leaving for camp tomorrow so my celebration is a little bitter sweet.  He is so excited to leave and see his summer friends.  He has been counting the days for months.  I am lucky to get 1-2 letters while he is away "I am so busy, Mom, I have noooo time to sit down and write!  Sorry!!!"  I guess that's a good thing.  As long as he's happy, right? :)  Visiting day is in a few weeks, I'll start counting the days, as well...
My summer plans involve reading, reading, and more reading.  Books on my list are: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling), The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and We are Water by Wally Lamb.  Have you read any of these books?  Please let me know if you have any more suggestions.  




Books that I recently read and are worth checking out are Me Before You, The Husband's Secret, The Storyteller, and Where'd you go Bernadette.  Enjoy!!
My poor doggie.  He is a Jack Russell so he has anxiety to begin with but he seems to be getting worse with age.  He is almost 10 and is not as carefree as he used to be.  If he had his way he would hide under the bed all day.  He doesn't even like to come out for walks!  Living in a city with lots of noises (construction and sirens) seem to scare him.  Poor fella.  He needs so much TLC.  I think he will like spending the summer in the country.  He likes summer vacation, too!
Where's Rufus?
Sad Rufus :(
Blast from the past!!  I grew up in the 80's (I am aging myself a bit) so OF COURSE one of my favorite movies is St. Elmo's Fire.  I got so excited when it was on TV last night.  AMAZING!  Brought me right back to the 80's with the crazy outfits and big hair.
Look at them - Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, think they had enough hair spray?  1985 was a great year for movies.  Can you remember what else came out that year?  ...Give up??  The Breakfast Club, Goonies, Better off Dead, and Back to the Future.  I never would have guessed that they were all in the same year!

Now that school is officially over I have the time to devote to TV.  I am all set to start watching season 2 of Orange is the New Black.  Do you watch?  Do you give it a thumbs up or down? Either way, I would love to hear what you think.  I watched season 1 and enjoyed it...still not sold.  Hopefully season 2 will convince me.


That's all for now.  Thank you Doodle Bugs Teaching! Have a great weekend :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Five For Friday First Timer




It's Friday!! Woo hoo!  I am a new blogger and am excited to be joining up with so many amazing people.  It's only been a few weeks and I have learned so much from all of your blogs.  Thank you!

Today was my son's middle school graduation.  It is hard to believe that my one and only (baby) is getting ready for high school.  He has worked so hard and I am very proud of his hard work.  He is finally taller than me and I have to share a picture to show how cute he is.  Like many proud parents, we take the same picture every year on the first day of school.  The one below is Jack on his first day of kindergarten.  Same face, right?!

I have been procrastinating a bit this week so my weekend plan is to complete my students' progress reports.  Since I am an intervention teacher I have 50+ students.  I better get started!
My dear friend Sheryl is finished for the year.  She teaches in Florida so our schedules are a little different.  Once a NYer always a NYer so she spends the summer up here visiting family & enjoying the country air.  She finally arrived yesterday and will be here through August.  I can't wait to spend our summer break lounging by the pool, catching up on movies & tv, playing with the doggies, and reading.  Welcome home Sheryl!
Our little guys, Rufus & Holly
I had a great week with my students.  My 2nd graders really enjoyed "spending a dollar" at the penny store.  Even my most reluctant students were motivated when I brought out all the objects for them to "buy".  They were disappointed when class was over so I had to promise that we would shop again next week.  I will have them spend $2 and change the prices of the objects.  The goal is to have them count by 5s and 10s to 200.  2.NBT.2


Parker at http://pjsdesignlaboratory.blogspot.com/p/hire-me.html is working on my new blog design as we speak.  I am so excited!!  I have been watching videos and reading posts and have become pretty good at navigating Blogger.  However, with Parker's help I have a feeling things will start looking a LOT better.  Please stay tuned :)