Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Earth Day Craft

Earth Day
Light Switch Cover

Here's a fun way to get your students involved in ways to make earth friendly choices. Below are directions on how to design your own light switch covers for your classroom or for the entire school. This is a great activity for your earth friendly school clubs or even a classroom project for Earth Day. 

-      cardstock
-      pencil
-      light switch plate
-      scissors & tape
-      markers or pencil crayons
1.             Begin by removing the light switch cover you would like to design.  Trace it onto cardstock with a pencil.  Trace only the outer frame and places where the light switches will be.
2.           Put the light switch cover back on.
3.           Design your light switch cover with a “save the earth” theme.  You may use your own designs or use decals, stickers or clip art.
4.            Cut the design out very carefully. 
5.           Attach your light switch cover onto the original light switch plate with tape. 

from Mrs. Naufal’s Nook © 2015


Saturday, 12 March 2016

Math Chats with Part Part Whole Cards

Part part whole cards assist students in seeing numbers as made up of two or more parts.  Once students have mastered the counting principle, they can then move onto part part whole relationships.  This will assist in developing addition and subtraction facts.  For St. Patrick's Day, I have developed these part part whole cards:

Part part whole cards can be used during math chats (number talks), guided practice groupings or as assessment tools.  Until St. Patrick's Day, this set of 25 cards is available for $1.00 by clicking on the cover above.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Math Tip Monday - Spring ideas

Hi everyone,

I'm excited to be part of this month's Math Tip Monday, hosted by K's Klassroom Kreations and Theresa's Teaching Tidbits.  This month, the focus in on Spring Math Games.  This year we celebrate St. Patrick's Day and Easter in one month.  I have always made an effort to implement BUILD Math Stations with my students.  During the Spring months, the focus is on buddy games.  Here's a break down of what BUILD is:

B= (buddy games) partner games
U= (Using Manipulatives) free exploration, mats, pattern blocks, money, clocks, unifix cubes, number cubes, cards, calculators, dominos, counters, math carpet
I= (Independent Practice) journals, read alouds,  math/art link, apps, whiteboards, task cards, assessments, creating story problems (teacher may leave template to get students started)
L= (Learning about Math) hundred chart activities, number lines, number orders, student generated books, comparisons, math carpet activities
Text Box: 1)  Warm-Up (Math Talk)
2)  BUILD Rotation # 1
3)  Whole Group (procedures, strategy, sharing)
4)  BUILD Rotation # 2
5)  Whole Group (procedures, strategy, sharing) 
D=doing math with teacher

My focus is on buddy games during this month.  With Spring Break and two holidays, it may be difficult to get all stations going at once.  I have a few fun activities that I incorporate.  The first always involves a glyph of some sort.  For St. Patrick's Day, it's a build a leprechaun challenge.  For Easter, it's build a bunny and for Spring, it's a butterfly.  Students play with two number cubes and then add the sums.  When each sum is generated, the students have to draw that particular part of the object.  Once the entire picture is complete, a winner is declared. 

Other station ideas include race to the finish games.  They involve addition and strategies to get from one end of the gameboard to the finish.  I often incorporate seasonal graphics to keep my students engaged in the games.  To ensure success, students are placed in pairs or triads.  The games are played as a full class first.  It's them against me.  Modeling is key.  Otherwise, chaos will exist and that is not what the purpose of BUILD is.  BUILD Math is practice with purpose.  

Below is an anchor chart co-constructed with the students to ensure things run smoothly:

Sample BUILD Expectations Chart
*Math stations should:
Look Like
Sound Like
Feel Like
We are working with math ideas.

We are taking turns nicely.

We are talking with our partners about math.

Things are put back in their places.

We are on task.

We are using the materials the way the teacher showed them.

The teacher is not interrupted while working with a group.
Quiet voices so others can concentrate.

Using math talk.

Talking with just your partner.

Making good choices together.

I can do this!

I like to solve problems.

I feel calm.

I like math!

Previews to each of the math stations is included below.  There are enough buddy games to keep the students engaged throughout the month of March and into April.  For additional practice, I often print the games and send them home for reinforcement.  


Thursday, 3 March 2016

Literary Devices - Take 2

Hi everyone,

Are you thinking about getting ready for a poetry unit?  These are free posters to begin your poetry writing and reading.  I created these literary devices posters for spring with the hopes that students would incorporate the devices into their spring poetry writing unit.  They are a great way to springboard creative writing but also a media idea for students to create literary devices posters of their own.  Just click on the picture below to receive your free copies for inspiration.

Below is a post from last year on prepping for a poetry cafe.  You'll find some useful tips and inspiration to get you started: