I wanted to share with ya'll a cute craftivity we used during our Geometry unit on Translations, Reflections, and Rotations.  We had a great time making our seascape pictures that especially helped with my visual learners who need a little more help seeing how the concept of translation, rotation, and reflection worked.  Here is what we did.  

First, we printed out all of our pieces...of course my students had black and white copies to color and make their own.  This was one I created as a sample for my students to see.  Next ,we took all of the pieces and got it all set up on our construction paper.
Then , we glued down the waves and then cut the slit through the dotted line. Just fold the paper gently and make a slit.   After that, we took our Popsicle stick and taped it down to the back of the boat as shown and then glued the sail onto the boat (make sure that you glue both reflection pieces back to back so when it flips the image is seen on both sides)  .  Do not glue the boat down it needs to slide.  ;)   Finally we slid the popsicle stick through the slit so the boat could slide side to side (translation).  

Here is what it looks like so far but we are not done yet.  

 We are going to add the sun last.  Here we will need to use a brad fastener to take the sun and attach it to our paper (Note: do not glue the sun down to the paper...it needs to rotate)  We placed the brad through the sun but do not fasten it tightly leave a little wiggle room to rotate easier.
If you wanted to make the pieces more durable you could always use cardstock.  Another option we could have done is worked as partners to save paper and time and less cardstock if desired to use.  However, we made these with paper and it worked just fine.  

Once we finished up our crafts the next couple of days we practiced the skills we have learned by doing a sort in our math interactive notebooks , a mini flip book , and worked with task cards that were printed on cardstock and laminated .  I added them to my math center rotations as an informal assessment.  

 You can grab it here if you like what you see :  Click on the picture below.

  Hey Everyone!  I wanted to share with you a little activity that is going on in our math classroom as we wrap up graphs.  I can not tell you how much it makes this reading teachers' heart happy when I can use a picture book to tie in a lesson in math.   I just love going across the curriculum for my activities. 

Anyway here is what we did:

We listened to our story:  I had a copy of the book on hand but you can easily find a read aloud on You Tube.  :) Next, we broke up into small groups and each group had a bag containing these graphs printed on cardstock and the manipulatives to create pictographs on their own.  Each student also had a copy of the mini book which I would collect later for a grade and then add it to their interactive notebooks. 

While they are working on their graphs and reviewing their skills they have learned this gives me the opportunity to work with those students who may still be struggling with different concepts on each of the graphs. 
Once our math center time is completed the students will turn into to me their finished books.  They look like this: 

So cute and a great way to add a grade to my gradebook for math.  This is perfect for small group math centers. 
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 One of the many reading strategies I try and teach my struggling readers is to visualize what they are reading.  Research has shown that students who are struggling with reading comprehension actually benefit from visualizing the material they read.  Creating what I like to call a T.V. in their head. 

  So how do we do it in my classroom???  Well we start off with several mini lessons using small sentences to get us started practicing the skill.  A sample sentence would look like this:

   " Sam was so excited to see all the balloons hanging around the room.  He saw his superhero cake on the table beside a pile of presents he could not wait to open.  "

  After reading this sentence I grab our white boards and then we draw what we saw.  We would draw a cake, balloons, and Sam.  We talk about how to create those pictures in our head.


  After many lessons and practice using the skills, I decided it was time to take our lesson one step further.  We plan on looking at small passages and highlighting key words that will help us visualize after each small paragraph.  As we read the paragraphs we will go back with our pencil and highlight those key words that help us visualize what the passage is about. 
Next, we take a look at the pictures below our paper and check out which ones would be a best fit to the words we highlighted in each paragraph. 

   Finally, we glue them on and then check in our passage to make sure we visualized the correct picture to go with the passage. 

 The stories I created follow a theme and there is one for each day of the week.  On Friday my students are given review questions to practice their comprehension skills over the week. 

You can find these pages here:

Wow!!!!  It has  been a long time since I have blogged.  Where does the time go?  I wanted to talk about homophones and how we are using this handy little freebie in our classroom.  We started off with a little jingle to remember what a homophone was.  It goes like this (I just added a little jingle to it but you could add any little tune)

                  "Homophones:  Sound the same but spelled differently!   Sound the same but spelled differently! 

  It stuck with my little learners as soon as we began the chant to begin our lesson.  I wanted to create something interactive with my learners that we could add to our notebooks to review and refer back to.  Since we are heavily into soccer season at my house I decided to use that when I began to create.

Here is what we did!  Stay tuned freebie below.  :) 

  We cut out our title/definition and began cutting out the soccer balls to color. 
Next , we placed them in our notebook matching up the homophones.  After we matched up our homophones then we made it interactive by writing the short definitions of the words underneath so my students could look back as a reference. 

If you like what you see and want your own copy you can get it here:


One of the skills we have been working on this year is learning how to count up to 100.  We are happy to say we mastered that goal.  We are going to try and take it a step further as we prepare for next year.  I want my students to see how these numbers are written so if they come across them in their reading they can see how numbers are represented numerically and in their literature.  As we  wrap up the year I wanted to add this to our math centers that we could do together as a class in those final days leading up to summer vacation.  Best of all you can grab yours for free

My plan is to print several out on cardstock and laminate.  We all know the drill right?  I would break my class into small groups and then we would spin away.  As students work I will be walking around and monitoring their progress and looking to see how things are progressing.  Now just a side note we would have several explicit lessons on number words and we would start off very simple with the spinner 0-7. 

Number word mats. 


    Another quick post and a freebie for you. 
So many things to be thankful for this year.  We are almost ready for the holidays and we are getting a jump start on some review of the math skills we have been working on.  A couple of weeks ago we covered properties of math.  We learned about the inverse, commutative, and identity properties of addition.   I wanted a quick review to use with my small math groups so I made these Thanksgiving themed task cards. 
I printed them on cardstock and then laminated them.  Grab some clothespins or use a dry erase marker and let them circle the problems that match the one shown on the turkey's sign.  Take it a little  further and ask them to identify whether the problems are identity, commutative, or inverse properties.  Have them write it on the card or on a dry erase board. 
Simple quick and fun.  Head on over and grab your free set of task cards. 

Happy Thanksgiving
Thank you to all of my followers.  It is appreciated.
I am just dropping in to share a little freebie with you.  I wanted to share this quick little freebie you could use in your classroom to review inverse, commutative , and identity properties.  We are throwing in a little Thanksgiving to the review because we all have those days before the holidays when you need something for the kiddos to do to settle them down and of course you want to make it academic ...right???? 

 Click on the picture and grab your handout. 


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