Saturday, December 29, 2012

Math Word Problem Cards

Hi everyone! Ashley here from The Resource Room Teacher. I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful & relaxing winter break (I know I am!).

I can't believe I'm going to say this.. but.. it's time to start getting ready for Valentine's Day (Ahh.. how does the time fly by?!). And what better way to get ready then to stock your math center with some themed word problem cards!

This pack includes 16 word problems involving multiplication, time, addition, subtraction and money. All of the problems are based mainly on the 3rd grade math CCSS, however some problems have been differentiated within the standard to meet the needs of higher & lower students (Standards include: 3.MD.A.1,  2.MD.C.8,  3.OA.A.1,  3.OA.A.3,  3.OA.D.8).

I have also made these word problem cards in a New Year's theme, as well! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful New Year! =)


Saturday, December 22, 2012

How NOT to Read Fluently

All the elementary grades have this standard in the area of Reading Foundational Skills:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.4:  Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
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Today, my students spent some of our reading time practicing fluency. Especially at this time of year, I go out of my way to make it fun. (Brain research shows us that "fun" is a big motivator, but I think teachers knew that before the research was done!)

There are 4 important parts to fluency:
  1. automaticity in word recognition 
  2. accurate word recognition
  3. rate (speed) of reading
  4. prosody, or expression
I thought this activity would be perfect to put into my emergency sub plans.  It's got limited materials and is a skill that needs to be practiced frequently.  I've typed up the directions for you to download and put into your own emergency plans.  Come on over to Elementary Matters to learn more!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Singular or Plural With a Holiday Twist

This is a key Common Core Standard in Language for grades 1 - 3:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1:  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Here are singular and plural nouns, holiday style! There are several noun pairs, some regular plurals, some irregular plurals, with several activities for the kiddos!

Come on over to Elementary Matters to see how to get this product at a reduced price in honor of my quest for Acts of Kindness during the holiday Season!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas Point of View Writing

Need a ready-made lesson to share with your students to help them tackle narrative points of view? I developed this lesson after one of my students shared a piece of writing with the class that started out as a 3rd person narrative and ended up as a 1st person narrative. It worked out perfectly for us, because not only was it timely, but I was also able to tie it in to our reading skill for the week.

During our reading lessons this week, we've been focusing on comparing and contrasting the text features of different genres and different narrative texts using these graphic organizers I made. You can read more about that here. Click the link text to snag your free copies!


I love being able to link my reading and writing instruction whenever possible. I hope to help students see that if they know something in one area, it can be used to help them in the other. For the writing, I started out by using this PowerPoint lesson I made:
This lesson includes an explanation of the different points of view, as well as brief examples of each. I created short stories told from the points of view of a Christmas tree and a Christmas cookie, then had students participate in a guided writing activity to create a story from the point of view of a candy cane. There is also a PDF document I created to use for small group writing and an interactive bulletin board display for the hallway. Each small group of students will work together to create a story from their object's 1st person point of view. They'll write it on blank, framed paper that I'll place over the "answers" to create a display in the hall.

My students have really enjoyed these writing activities, and I can't wait to go in and finish them up on Monday. Have fun writing!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Polar Express Winter Fun!

common core activities for The Polar Express

It doesn't feel much like winter where I live!  We've been having 70 degree temperatures the past few days.  Not normal for December!  But even though the weather is weird, we are ready for some winter fun!

I don't know about you, but even when I am doing something fun with my kids, I need it to be common core.  That is just the way it is- lots to cover and not enough time to get it all in.  

How about covering the common core in a fun way that allows the students to be creative while learning?  

Polar Express Activities

The shape train allows you to cover shapes, no matter the size and how they are turned and counting objects.  But they get to be creative while doing it!  There is also a Christmas picture they get to create by decorating their tree with ornaments and decorating the background.  Students practice counting and recording the number with this activity too.

I included two writing activities that are aligned with common core standards.  After reading The Polar Express and discussing with students how  they could go about picking who gets the first gift, they get to write about it.  They pick who they think deserves to get the first gift and provide the reason why- argument or opinion writing.

Students also get to write their letters to Santa, but they don't get to just list all the things they want.  They get to pick one thing and then they must provide a reason why they need this gift.  Good for common core writing and a good thing for them to think about rather than just asking for more and more.  :)  Then you can bind the letters to Santa into a class book.  What fun to read!  Sure to be a favorite book of the class!

Polar Express Writing Activities

There are some other activities like a syllable sort and a Santa Is...Can...Has too.  One thing I did include just for fun is Snowman Soup!!  You get bag toppers and poem cards for inside the baggies.  You fill them with hot chocolate packs, mini marshmallows, and a candy cane.  They are sure to please!!

Polar Express Activities

Polar Express activities

Click here if you are interested in this winter fun pack!  Thanks for reading and here is hoping for some winter fun!!

Conversations in Literacy

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Integrating ELA Common Core Standards with The Symbols of Hanukkah

We are truly a melting pot and now that December is here there are many holiday celebrations that are included in our lessons. Besides Christmas and Kwanzaa, there is Hanukkah which begins this year on the eve of December 8th. It is also known as the Festival of Lights which is what all three of these holidays have in common. Hanukkah however is celebrated for 8 days and is a fun holiday for children. I love to write Shared Reading books and have written 2 Shared Reading Books for students to practice their Speaking and Listening Skills. One is called :"The Symbols of Hanukkah" and the other is "Latke, Latke What Do You See?. There are 4 Make and Take Reading Books at the K and 1st Grade Levels to practice their Reading Foundational Skills and 2 Writing Activities that are aligned with K and 1st Grade Writing Standards. Here is a sample of one of the Make and Take Books:
To check out the whole packet just click on the picture above and download a preview. If you are looking for more Hanukkah Resources  just click on the picture below to find more.
Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season. Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.

It's LMN Tree

Monday, December 3, 2012

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Amazing Alliteration & Fun Freebies Too!

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Amazing Alliteration & Fun Freebies Too!: Common Core standard include Alliteration for 2nd graders! Come on over and see the Amazing Alliteration in 2nd grade!