Saturday, January 26, 2013

Here a Link, There a Link, Everywhere a Link, Link and a FREEBIE!

I love linky parties because it exposes me to a lot more blogs I wouldn't find on my own. Plus, it gets people checking out my blog too. (just being real here)

So, I am joining a few today.

This is my freebie. It's an activity for elapsed time. Hope you can use it. It's definitely upper grades. Enjoy! Click on the picture to download.

1st link:  It's All Things Upper Elementary. It's a freebie Linky Party. I love Freebie Fridays on TBA, but it almost always lower elementary. I am thrilled for this one for the "big kids". And, its going to be a monthly feature, even better!

2nd: Teaching High School Math is having a Linky for Middle and High School Math teachers to showcase their TPT stores. I don't have one yet. I am seriously considering making that jump. But until then, I wanted to share my freebie.

3rd and lastly, I am linking with Tessa over at Tales Outside the Classroom. She is linking all about LOVE!

Here's what I love:

These are the five most important man and boys in my life!

This site keeps my creativity going and also makes me feel inadequate at the same time. I am completely addicted though.
I LOVE teaching Math. I love using Interactive Math Notebooks and foldables.

I love, love, love these women. They make work so enjoyable!!! (I'm in the middle)

And lastly, I love Zumba, my fitness pal app, and running. It's all keeping me on track!

Hope you will link up with any or all of these parties and share!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Anchor Charts

Miss Klohn over at Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher is having a Link Party about Anchor Charts.

I wrote about this before here. Those charts were computer made and blown up into poster size.

Since then, I have been reteaching Factors to my math lab kids. These aren't fancy, but they do the trick. The students refer to them during their independent practice time.

 I had some of my students complete the bottom portion and they LOVED that. The power of a marker is huge!

Plus my regular Math classes have noticed them and mentioned them.
My classroom is plastered with charts. I want students to visualize everything.

Also, if you haven't read about our Brain Dump, click here. This is the biggest Anchor Chart I use and the most effective. Students end up memorizing this and before starting their state test, write this from memory.

How about you? How do you use Anchor Charts? Link up and share here.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Scavenger Hunts

It's Friday, so how about some freebies!

 I had some issues with linking last week, so if you missed the 100th day freebie click here.

This week, my math lab students have been reviewing GCF and LCM.

We do these types of scavenger hunts a lot. The kids know exactly what to do. They are good center activities and good practice for kids.

The question is on the bottom. Students answer it and find the answer on top of another question. Once they go through them all, they will end back to the question they started.

Click on the pictures to get them for FREE!

Hope that you are able to use them and your kids enjoy them!

Friday, January 11, 2013

100th day of school - Middle School

I am linking up with TBA for some 100th Day of School planning.


Since it's Friday, I am also linking to Friday Freebies!

As an elementary teacher the 100th day of school was one of my most favorite days. We did all things 100... We did 100 day rotations, it was just plain fun.

Well, middle school is MUCH different. We are in full "get ready for the state test mode". But, I really want to do something fun this year. So, I decided to make it a project. Plus, I decided to make it a review. I created 100 problems for them to complete and use as a review of all topics we have taught up to this point.

This is an independent project and students will completely at home. They have four weeks to complete and it is due on the 100th day of school!

Time will tell how we'll they do and how this will turn out. I will keep you posted!

For now, maybe you can use it, or make your own 100 problem project. Enjoy!

This is PDF file. I created it in Publisher and couldn't attach it to Scribd. Please leave me your email and I will gladly send it to you.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Monday Made it- January 2013

It's that time again!

So, first of all, I know, we all love Pinterest and we get inspired and try lots of things. I should know that most of what I try does NOT come out as nicely as what I have pinned. But, I still try.
I pinned this a very long time ago. I decided to make one for my mom for Christmas. It did NOT turn out like the picture and I was really embarrassed by it. I couldn't give it to my mom, but I procrastinated and was kind of stuck. Enter, my perfectionist husband. He saved the day and we had an AWESOME family tree for my mom. Of course, she loved it. I loved it so much, my hubby is making one for our house now.

Our Family Tree

Now for school.

See these?

I have been saving these since summer. A family of six, that loves breakfast, well, we go through a lot of eggs.
I cannot throw anything away, much to my husbands dismay. He asked me a few weeks ago to do something with them. So, I started a project that has turned into a monster. I am really inspired, but it is taking a LONG time. So, my Monday Made It, is actually Monday Making It. But, since I have been working so long on it, I really wanted to share something.

Here's what I have so far.

Oh, but there is more... a MONSTER, I tell you....

See what I mean? This started off simple, but has grown a life of its own. Its made me actually contemplate opening a TpT store too. Who knows? For now, I will finish them. Get some help from my wonderful friend/volunteer to actually get them made. Then start using them with my students. I mean, that is why I am spending all this time making them, right?

So, check back with me, because these will be completed games soon!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January Currently

I know, two posts in one day, bad blogger. But I just got my Internet back after having to buy a new modem and I didn't want to forget to link up.

Time to link up again with Farley, for January's currently.
Why did I choose chilled as my OLW?
Well, choosing one word is hard, but the one thing my husband and sons tell me is I am too uptight, or as my 15 year old says, "a fun killer". They think I am too serious. Maybe I am. I am focused and driven. I know what needs to get done and I do it, full steam ahead.

My husband has to remind me all the time that I need to slow down and take those few extra moments for fun because you never know what will happen next. We all know this to be true after so many tragic events in our country lately.

So, my goal is to be "chilled" this year and have more fun!

How 'bout you?

What's ahead in 2013

Linking Up with Michelle from Making It As A  Middle School Teacher

Ready to start 2013 with a bang!

Happy New Year!