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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  In order to appreciate my family, traveling here from 4 states, I am taking a technology vacation.  I look forward to connecting again in 2017.  In the meantime, best wishes for a ...

Monday, December 12, 2016

12 Days of Christmas -- Day 12

This is day 12 of my 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.  Your gift today is a BIG ONE!
Poetry Possibilities -- December Edition is a wonderful collection of poetry appropriate for this holiday filled month.  

This gift is only free for a short time, so hurry over to my TPT store and get your copy.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

12 Days of Christmas -- Day 11

It's about time, teachers, to unwrap your gift for the 11th day of my 12 Days of Christmas giveaways.

This product is BRAND NEW and FREE for the 11th day of Christmas.

Since these will be used at a time of the year that can be filled with wiggles, the 36 task cards (or a portion of them) can be posted around the room. Then students can move about reading the ELF RIDDLES.

To find the answers to the riddles, pupils must solve math problems that then provide the letters needed.  The green cards require addition within 100 to unlock the code.  The red cards use subtraction within 100 and the blue cards require multiplication of two 1 digit numbers.   This variety of computation skills provides instant differentiation for your heterogeneous class.

If you prefer, eschew the task cards and use only the printables.  Give each student a copy of the computation clues sheet appropriate for his abilities.   Then give him the appropriate riddle sheets. (I print them on 2 sides).  Now stand back and enjoy the giggles. 

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

12 Days of Christmas -- Day 10

Welcome to the 10th day of Christmas giveaways. Today's gift is SCRATTLE: The Christmas Edition.

SCRATTLE is a learning center activity that combines word work with computation; individual effort with competition. As in Scrabble™, students use a set of letters to create words. 

After recording their words, they calculate each word’s score using the Scrabble™ letter values. Then they engage a friend in a battle wherein they compare their scores using >, <, and =. The student with the most >s wins the battle! (SCRAbble + baTTLE = SCRATTLE!)

SCRATTLE can be played by students with basic addition capabilities, as well as those skilled in solving mixed operations in complex equations. Three different recording sheets are included, providing instant differentiation.

Use this multi-disciplinary center activity today!  It is ready to print and go.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

12 Days of Christmas -- Day 9

On this 9th day of Christmas, my gift to you is Christmas Confections Square Puzzlers

Are your kiddos getting a little wound up? OK, a lot! Give them Christmas Confections Square Puzzlers and enjoy a little quiet. This activity is seriously engaging. It is differentiated, so you can use it with any grade level. The challenge with these puzzles is to reconstruct the square so that all of the images match on every interior side. Like this:

This 4 piece puzzle is the easiest and most appropriate for the youngest students. Note that the images on the inside borders match.

3 Square Puzzles are included. The 3x3 puzzle is considerably more challenging and the 4x4 square may drive you a bit daffy! But do not stress out!! When you download this product you will find a nice little clue to solving the puzzles.  You can decide whether to share that with your students or not.  Here's the 3x3 in progress:

I should warn you that there are a few, potential problems with introducing your students to square puzzlers:
  • They may beg incessantly to do them.
  • They may complain loudly when you ask them to put them away.
  • Those lacking in stamina may become frustrated. (In my experience, this is a very small percentage of the students.)
I hope you and your students will enjoy these.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

12 Days of Christmas -- Day 8

On the 8th day of Christmas, my gift to you is Merry Monkeys Antonyms Literacy Center.

Students will match monkey cards by finding antonym pairs. To add another fun dimension, invite small groups of children to use the cards in a game of Go Fish. There are 2 decks of 48 monkey cards. The decks are identical except for the background. Thus, more students can use this literacy center. Sorting the cards will be easy, too.  Merry Monkeys is CCSS aligned for grades 4 & 5. Other grade levels will love it, too.

There is a recording sheet, too, in case you want to have your students verify their learning.
An answer key and labels for your center folder are also supplied.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

12 Days of Christmas -- Day 7

On the 7th day of Christmas, my gift to you is -

Reindeer Squares are Latin Squares with a holiday theme. If you are not familiar with Latin Squares, they are square arrays of n x n rows and columns. N items fill the cells so that no item is used more than once in each row and column. In mathematics, they are used for statistical analysis.

When you use Reindeer Squares with your class, you will teach your students deductive reasoning. You could tell them that, or just let them believe you are allowing them to have lots of fun. 

Begin by demonstrating how a 3 x 3 array works.  

Give your students a 4 x 4 board along with 4 reindeer tiles each of 4 colors. Challenge them to place their tiles on the board without repeating a color in any row or column. Although someone is bound to discover that making diagonal stripes will lead to an easy solution, don't let the learning stop there. For a 3 x 3 array, there are 12 possible solutions. Dare them to find all 12. For a 4 x 4 array, there are 576 permutations!  The 7 x 7 array has 61,479,419,904,000 solutions! Now that's a challenge any bright, gifted, and/or talented child should love.

As a teacher who is dedicated to differentiated instruction, I have used Reindeer Squares successfully with 1st through 5th graders. During this exciting time of year, I find that the children will welcome this activity and commit to the task.  That's no small feat in December! 

I'm please to offer Reindeer Squares to you for free.  But, don't procrastinate.  It's only free for 48 hours.

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