Thursday, October 30, 2014

3rd grade MaTh: Fractions on a number line CCSS 3.NF.A.1-3

Hi!  It's Thursday and it is the last week of the month doing a 3rd grade math activity!  Today I'm focusing on CCSS 3.NF.A.1, 3.NF.A.2, and 3.NF.A.3 which is all about identifying fractions and plotting them on a number line (halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and eighths).

So I made an easy freebie for you!

When it is filled in it looks like this...

Essentially, kids are cutting out part of the number line (on page2) and folding them into number bars and labeling them!
Get your copy HERE.

I'm always a little sparse on the instructions, but it truly is a hands-on activity you can do as the students are doing theirs.

Have a great weekend!

How do you like to teach fractions?  Do you use number lines at all?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

#flymath blog hop! All about place value!

Hey Teachers!
Some fellow elementary math blogging buddies and I are doing this fun blog hop.  I'm stop number 15!  You're getting close to the end--I promise.  I have some great stuff for you...

First, I must tell you--I LOVE TO TEACH PLACE VALUE.  So much, in fact that I've written some children's books that reinforce the concept--one is awaiting a publisher to take it on and an older version is available for digital download in my shopping area and my teacher stores on TpT and TN--it's called Trouble with Monkeys: A place value story.
I love that book, but I know not everyone is ready and able to get the paid products, so I have a freebie for you farther down the post!

When teaching place value, it helps kids to start off with tactile objects and to write expanded form (ex. 19 is 10+9). In a blog post I did last year I showed how you can take candy corn, put them in bundles of 10 and then in a bowl or box of 100.  Talk with the students how easy it is to identify how many candies you have if they are organized this way.
I think it also helps kids to see it as an equation too.  100 + 20 + 7=127 , or if you want to expand it further (100x1)+(10x2)+(1x7)=127.

That's it! Once students get this concept and practice it, they won't need to use objects anymore, but the truth is--they love when they can play with stuff!

So, now for the freebie!  Here is an accompaniment to my book and it has 1-20 and multiples of ten up to one hundred showing how oranges can be packed.  Single oranges, then bags of ten, and a box holds one hundred.  The story goes even further though : ), it goes to millions!

You can get the following free 1-20+tens to 100 cards HERE or on my TpT and TN stores.
Now, after you have your freebie, don't forget to keep going through the blog hop!

Have a great time with place value!


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

You can now shop directly from my blog!

Hey everyone!  I have been SO incredibly busy with working on a book, taking care of family, and basically--not having time to update the blog.  So, I didn't get to a MaTh (math activity Thursday) today but I wanted to tell you the exciting news--a cart directly on my blog : )

I love TpT and TN, but they take a chunk of change and I can sell you my products for less directly from my site.  It is safe and uses Paypal.  I used to set up my cart.  I hope you will enjoy my Trouble with Monkeys book--it's the only product listed right now, but I will be working to put up others ASAP.

To check out my shop simply go to the orange heart with the cart
(hey, that rhymes) in the header.

I hope everyone is having a great time and loving fall : )  I have many posts to catch up on.  Maybe I'll do some now and post them throughout the next couple weeks.

I hope you enjoy the shopping experience here!  What math products would you love to see?

P.S. If you use the shopping cart, I'd love to hear if it was a smooth experience or not.  Thanks!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

3rd Grade MaTh: Arithmetic practice with dice!

Hello teachers and parents!

Today is Thursday again!  Time for another math activity!

I went to Dollar Tree yesterday and they had these!  So easy and fun.
You can make your own dice, but I really loved these because they are foam and they don't make a ton of noise when the kids toss them around.

Here's the activity...
This activity can be as easy or as challenging as you want to make it.  Here is a sample of how it goes...
I hope you and your students have fun with math!  I'd love to see your math posts added to the linky!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

3rd Grade MaTh: busy, busy.

Wow!  Things have been super busy and I have been making good strides on my book.  It is getting ready for it's January Kickstarter campaign to fund the publishing.  The Pancake Menu is looking awesome!  I really want to do a cover reveal, but I am holding off for a bit longer.

With all of that activity and working on the script for the video (that we'll be filming next week), I have had no time to work on the blog.  I really appreciate digiblocks for their guest post earlier this week!

So, I don't have a 3rd grade MaTh ready.  I tried to get it ready last week, but my post from last week took so long that I didn't have time to make a second post to schedule.  Do any of you have that problem?  It takes so long to make a post that you don't even start one.

Anyway, if you have time, I invite you to add your 3rd grade math activity to the linky party.  You can use this graphic or you can make a post or attach an applicable older post.  I can't wait to see what you have done!
Take care!  Hope you have a wonderful Autumn!  The link area is below.

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