Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mystery Number Skype #connectingtosharelearning




I am a HUGE supporter of getting students to 

Connect to share the Learning!

It's one of the biggest reasons I helped start "The Global Math Task Twitter Challenge" 
with Beverly Ladd!

As a new Math & Science only teacher, I struggled with letting go of 
Mystery Location Skyping
 (...mostly because I couldn't find a math or science standard to support our time being spent finding classes on a map using mapping skills :-)

.... I crave the ability for my students to be able to 
connect with students in other states and countries to share ideas and learning.

Enter...Mystery Number Skype!
I tried for several months to find another class to join in this 
adventure of using number sense and math skills to figure out a mystery number...
No Joy!

Until.... I spied another teacher in Kansas on the Google+ community !
She was in search of a 4th grade class to try Mystery Number Skypes too!

YEAH!

This week we were able to connect our classes 
(after some techie troubles)

And discovered some great math talk and shares going on in our rooms as
we guided the students through their first Mystery Connection.

My kiddos are HOOKED! 
They are coming up with more questions that would help them filter through the 
numbers to discover mystery numbers for our next meeting.

We're looking forward to continuing to connect and share our
experiences with our new friends in Kansas!
Maybe we'll even get to share a little more about 
our schools and surrounding areas as we continue to meet!

I created some slides in Google Slides to help the kids keep track of their 
number clues...
You can snag a copy HERE

I put all of the slides into a Classkick assignment
#paperlessclassroom #wheneverIcan

Students were able to toggle through the slides in the 
Classkick assignment as we were skyping and make notes.






We'd love to connect with your class to do a Mystery Number Skype as well!
If you're interested...please email me!
hsamuelson2013@gmail.com



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Division with Burgers



We're wrapping up our unit on division.
Created some videos to help students refer back to and review each strategy we shared.

Division with the Area Model

Division with the Box Method


and the newest strategy deals with a burger...
unfortunately, I never got the idea of dad, mom, sister, brother, and rover... :)
But a colleague shared a sentence I could really get into!
"Does McDonalds Sell Cheese Burgers, Really?"
Yes...I got that one...and turned it into a graphic
using PicCollage Kids

Division with the Traditional Algorithm


Whew! 
It was fast, furious, and fun!
Have a great day!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

#explodingdots



Have you heard of #explodingdots from the Global Math Project?

I'm hooked...totally see this as a great station for my kiddos.

I've created a recording sheet for my students. Thinking I will use dot markers for students to move on the sheets instead of drawing and erasing all the time.

Here's a free download of the recording sheets I created!


Here's the youtube explanation of this awesome math challenge!



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Creating a Classkick Assignmen




Step by Step Instructions on how to create a 
Classkick assignment from "scratch".
Click HERE for the directions.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Join me for PD in your PJs with Seesaw October 17th



I'm excited to be sharing some ideas and activities for using 
Seesaw with grades 3-5 
on 
October 17th
7:00pm CST

You can sign up for this free webinar 
using the link from this calendar 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J0triKFfvHmIS7Yfmq3rWYMML1q6vUrUjXpFZiKejLk/edit

You'll get access to the slideshow with 
active links to help you with 
Digital Citizenship Ideas
Literacy Ideas
and my favorite
Math Ideas
to use with your students in Seesaw.

Hope to "see" you there!

If you have any questions, drop them in the comments below
or catch me on Twitter.... @swampfrogfirst





Saturday, September 23, 2017

Student Self-Assessment Article-Spot On!


I double "heart" Meg from "The Teacher Studio"!
She wrote an awesome blog post for 
Upper Elementary Snapshots...if you're not following this collaborative blog,
I recommend looking into it! Lots of wonderful shares going on here!
Check out her post on Student Self-Assessment and how she breaks down some of the mathematical practices so that they are specific skills that the students can relate to and understand in kid-friendly terms.!

Her suggested anchor charts will be a huge help to breaking down each mathematical practice and helping students "see" more clearly what they are doing. 

Hop over by clicking this link:

Upper Elementary Snapshots: The Importance of Student Self-Assessment


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Math Fact Fluency Made Easy with a Little Help...



If your students could use a little help 
with multiplication fact fluency, 
hop over to 
and check out her post on some 
cool games that might help 
them along their way!


Jamie has this #amazing resource for free on her blog
right now!
Just click on the picture below to 
check out her recent post. 

I #LOVE the fidget spinner game!

and don't forget to join in the fun on Twitter and 
share your student thinking on 
#mathsnaps
#gmttc24
Here's this week's photo...
How can your students create 24?