Scoot! Renaming Numbers

Have you ever played Scoot? It’s very easy to play, and I’ve created a version for you to use to review or preview place value relationships below. If you’ve never heard of Scoot, here’s how you play: Give each child a recording sheet. They will keep their sheet and pencil with them during the game. Place a task card face down at each person’s seat. When you say “Go.” students turn over the card at their seat and write the answer on the appropriate square of their recording sheet. When you say “Scoot!” students move to the next seat (cards stay–kids move) and do the next problem. At the end of the game, review answers. Since I know we have a tough lesson Monday (renaming thousands as hundreds) I wanted to build my students’ number sense and sort of preview the concept, so I made this game: My kids really enjoyed playing this game today and it seemed to help…

Estimation Jar: aligned with K-3

Estimation jar lessons are one of those activities that can be organized many different ways. Plus you can teach a variety of skills with a jar. Who knew a jar could be so useful in the classroom? I found this jar at Target today for $3.68. It is a gallon size Ball Mason Jar. It almost Easter, so I bought some plastic eggs and egg-shaped gum balls. They are colorful and add seasonal fun to any lesson. If you want to add measurement to the lesson, bring in other sized jars such as pint and quart size jars. One day put the same number of gum balls in each of the jars. Of course, the smaller jar will look fuller. Will students estimate a larger number if the jar looks fuller? An estimation jar lesson is a one that can be taught a variety of ways. These are more Common Core standards that can be used with this activity. I…

Reading Detectives – Non Fiction Graphic Organizer

I wanted to share a graphic organizer I created with all of you.This graphic organizer helped me engage my students in Non-Fiction reading by turning the activity into a game. It’s all about the way we present it to them, isn’t it? I pulled a few magnifying glasses from my Science kits and let students work in small groups or pairs as detectives. The organizer uses the acronym DETECTIVE to guide students through the text and spark discussion. It can be used before whole group discussion or afterward. Students can complete it during guided reading with teacher’s support or during ceneters/individual work. I’ve used this graphic organizer in Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies as it is a great tool to integrate reading skills with the content areas. This organizer covers multiple Information Text standards ranging from 3-6 grades. 5.RIT.2, 5.RIT.4, 5.RIT.5, 5.RIT.7 I hope you find it useful. I’d love to hear how it worked in your classroom 🙂