is my math problem-solving website. I post a problem a week each Wednesday.
Episodes 7 has seven problems with an extra example problem to show students how to solve the others. I call it Quilt Square Code Problems, because, students determine the fraction of each color of a square like the one above. They use those fractions to solve a code word.
I made a set of task cards with these codes and 24 more and
Today’s freebie is really two activities that you can have students do with the 100s chart. The first one is called the Sieve of Eratosthenes. Students take a chart and shade in all the multiples of 2 (not counting 2). Then they shade all the multiples of 3 on the same chart. They should notice that all the multiples of 4 have already been shaded when they shaded multiples of 2, so they continue with multiples of 5. The multiples of 6 have already been shaded, so finish up the chart with the few multiples of 7 that have not already been shaded.
The result should look something like this:
When I first started teaching, I was a substitute for several years. I loved visiting other classrooms and collecting ideas for my future classroom. This was before computers in every room, no internet, and no Pinterest. (I could never go back to that.)
Lately, I have been collecting and creating anchor charts and graphic organizers to teach and practice reading comprehension. I have collected far more ideas than I will ever use. While a few of the items are paid products (full disclosure here), many are free downloads or amazing charts created by some talented teachers.
I would love to have you visit my board and maybe find a strategy or two that will work for you.
For awhile, I had the meter sticks out and several sets of clothespins for students to practice ordering fractions and finding equivalent decimals. Then I realized what other math concepts I could teach with this model.
I know I am not the only fourth grade teacher who has students who struggle with rounding.
Later in the year, we started rounding decimals to the nearest hundredth, tenth, and whole number. Because we had already used the meter stick as a number line for decimals, I used it again as a model for rounding. The whole meter is one. Decimeters are tenths, centimeters are hundredths, and millimeters are thousandths.
Now that I have a class set of portable number lines for decimals, I also use them for adding and subtracting. I still teach adding and subtracting the traditional way, but I have an additional model.
Can you think of other uses for meter sticks beyond measuring?
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The Teacher Who Laughs
I am the teacher who laughs
And my students laugh with me
Because learning should be fun
Not this scripted curriculum
Not that box of materials
Let’s do an experiment
Let’s read under our desks
Let’s write poems of silliness
Childhood is too important
To only learn how to take tests.
During the month of April I did two poetry challenges, one for students and one for adults. One of the adult challenges was to write a self-portrait poem. This was my result.