Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Making Connections through#EdCampVoxer

If you're looking for a great way to "ease into" the 
EdCamp model of Professional Development....
#EdCampVoxer is going on right now!

Download the Voxer App

and then join in a chat for the topic that you're interested in sharing and learning more about...
You can find the different chats by using the link here to the developers of this awesome way to connect and share resources...

I've started a chat for 
"Connecting Classrooms to Share in the Learning"
Here's the link if you're interested in joining us...

There's a lot being shared on different ways to connect classrooms and share learning with other classes through 
Google Hangouts
Global Math Task Twitter Challenges

Hop over and join in the fun!
It's a great way to get an idea of how the 
EdCamp model of Professional Development works

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Crash Course ...

Christmas Break is upon us and I wanted to a minute wish everyone a 
Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays
and a 
Wonderful New Year!

Some of the things I'm thankful for this year...

amazing opportunity to connect my students with other classes around the world!
So looking forward to learning from more of you in 2016!
If you haven't had the opportunity to join in the fun yet...
take a leap of faith and jump on into the fun!

Just search for the hashtag #gmttc or #gmttc4 in the Twitter search bar.
You don't have to be signed up to play along...you don't have to wait for your week
if you are signed up ...jump in and share when you have the chance!

Mystery Skype and Mystery Voxer are two other ways I've been able to connect my students to share their learning with others! LOVE the questioning and thoughtfulness that goes into each one of these amazing projects!

One thing I look forward to catching up on this break is 
Reading... specifically this gem of a book that I have been wanting to read all year long!
Yes it's been on my bedside table since July! and Yes...I have picked it up several times...
and NO :( I haven't stayed awake long enough to finish even one page...
But that's about to change! I love being able to relax and learn during breaks!
Anyone read or wanting to read this book?
Want to connect to share in the learning?
I've found a page of Periscope videos from a book talk the author has shared that I'd be happy to pass along to anyone that would like to listen along.

I look forward to connecting with teachers and classes more in the 
2016 year! 


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Equivalent Fractions Task Card

So I decided to take the 
Equivalent Fraction Four Corners a step further
and used problems similar to the TNReady format for fractions
to create these task cards.
You can download them HERE

If you'd like a copy of the new 
Four Corners google slide
You can see a preview and click through the google slides below.

Hope you find these useful!
My kiddos LOVE playing four corners and completing task card scoots!

Enjoy the day,

Friday, November 27, 2015

Equivalent Fractions Four Corners

I hope everyone had a MARVELOUS Thanksgiving!
I'm so thankful for a PLN that allows me to share and explore new ideas with them!

We're getting ready to delve into the concept of Equivalent Fractions the "TNReady way"...
This means learning the language and deepening our knowledge of models with equivalent fractions NOT just dividing or multiplying numerators and denominators...

Take this question for instance...

So my kiddos have to be able to identify the fraction that is shaded in the visual model...and then determine which of the listed fractions could be an equivalent fraction of this model.. 

We're having tons of fun using 4 corners as a way to practice and assess...but you could easily use the Plickers app to assess skill levels as well. I'm also working on creating a Kahoot to go along with this skill... It will be called "Equivalent Fractions with Visual Models"... 
I'm in the process of creating it now, but you should be able to access is through this LINK.

If you'd like a copy of the google slide presentation to play in your room 
This LINK should allow you to copy the presentation into 
your own google drive :)

If you've got an idea for this frazzled teacher on teaching equivalent fractions or decomposing fractions or multiplying fractions...etc...etc... 
I sure would appreciate any shares or thoughts!

Who knew fractions could be so scary and overwhelming?!?
Still learning to be fourth grade :) 
Thanks for learning along with me!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Decomposing Fractions

Fourth Grade has some "interesting" standards to say the least.
I've learned a LOT since beginning this adventure back in August!

We're beginning to dig into fractions and have found some
great resources that are helping us dig deeper into the skill..

One of the greatest helps has been this wonderful blog by Meg...
She has some GREAT resources in her TpT store as well...I recommend hopping over and checking out her ideas. I especially like how she has the kids exploring equal parts.
Note to self...model how to fold before having the kids fold on their own.
never "assume" just because they're older than second grade they'll automatically know how to do...

Need some online resources for help?

Here's a great introduction to fraction motivator!

Love this tool for using a multiplication chart to find equivalent fractions.

Whole Brain teaching equivalent fractions...still working on my Whole Brain Teaching strategies...

Explanation of fractions using numerator and denominator

Explanation of equivalent fractions using pizza

The Math Coach's Corner has a TON of great articles and explanations...her decomposing a fraction task cards are wonderful!

In Tennessee, we're prepping our kids for the new TNReady Test...
so...I've been looking at some of the practice questions and how they're 
asking the kids to use their knowledge for fractions...

I created this FREE DOWNLOAD for Decomposing Fractions.
Hope you find it useful.
Reminds me a LOT of our number bonds and part/part/whole 
in second and first grade

My plan is to print off the task cards so that they're 2 or 4 to a card and post them around the room so that we can have a little "scoot the room" for stations....gotta have some fun...even in Fourth! 
If you're looking for some great clipart, like the doodle borders above, check out Krista Wallden's TpT store or blog...great ideas and shares!

We're still searching for more people to participate in the 
Global Math Task Twitter Challenge with us each week.
If your interested just give me a hollar and I'll set you up :)
We love connecting with students from all over the world to share our learning 
and ideas about different skills!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Cross It Out Multiplication style!

Need a quick math practice station for multiplication?
Me too!
I thought this would be helpful for my RTI math kiddos to practice some 
multiplication and work with each other in the process...
I'll be honest...I'm not getting to do stations as much as I did in second grade...
still working the fourth grade jive...but it's coming along!
You can grab this no prep easy to use station HERE.
Just Print....add dice....and go...

Don't forget to hop over to 
and see what's going on as we share in the learning globally!
You can participate at ANY time...just use the hashtag of your grade level when
you post on Twitter!
Let me know if you have any questions!

Loving my Fall Break!
Hope your day is great!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day Shares and Freebies

Labor Day weekend means a little extra time for "trying" to get ahead with 
some Math plans for fourth grade! 
Whew! These skills are killer....
but we're working it!

I re-created a couple of products I used with my second graders to
better fit with the fourth grade standards so I could get some practice 
in as well as implement some movement and station ideas...

We're really diving in and focusing on 
4NBT2 - read and write place value + comparing
4NBT3 - rounding with place value
4NBT4 - add/subtract using standard algorithm
and mixing in 
4OA2&3 (multistep word problems) almost everyday!

We've been using 
Autumn Morrison's 
awesome power points for
skip counting to practice 
(she's having a sale right now so they're discounted today!)
4OA5 analyze patterns that follow a given rule...
and I figured that we could use my 
Sparkle Zap for Math
to add some more spice to the standard...
(played similar to Spell Sparkle Zap)
You can download a free copy of the updated
fourth grade version HERE.


I also upped the numbers on 
with MyCuteGraphics and KGFonts...
You can download a copy HERE.

You can post them around the room, in the hall,
or at a station for students to practice
some multi-digit addition with regrouping.

I had a GREAT "walk/talk" with a 
fabulous teacher at my school yesterday to work
through some of the things that need to be
done to get everything in during our 
90 minute block...
She inspired me and also reminded me that
fluency doesn't mean 3 seconds...fluency means
the ability to use strategies to solve problems...
So I'm changing around my "Sprint" for practice time 
and plan to use more "math talk" instead....
I think I'll focus on the 
small problems I see happening
frequently on tests and quizzes.
I decided to add the sprint and review back into
homework with a 2 page, 4 day spread 
to practice those skills we've covered already.
I went "old school" and spent some time
cutting and pasting pages from old worksheets...
Here's what I've come up with for now...
You're welcome to "borrow" it if you think it will help.
I'll work on getting it together so that I don't
have to cut and paste, but for now....I'm good with this mess...

Which brings me to the next project 
Four Corners...
My Second Graders LOVED playing 4 corners to 
practice for the SAT10...
but I've had to "revamp and bump it up" for 
fourth grade skills...
It's still a work in progress...but you're
welcome to snag what's there to see if you have
any suggestions or thoughts on improving it 
or skills to add to it!
Just click HERE to download...


Thanks to all those 
who work and labor each and everyday
to keep our country safe!
You're amazing!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Illustrative Mathematics

In my search for resources for my new grade level, I've come across this
wonderful resource for helping me develop some 
Math Tasks that are worthy of CRA development...
Illustrative Mathematics has some great spring board ideas 
for helping me create practice tasks to help my
Fourth Graders get their thinking caps on and explore math!

I'm also looking at the TNCore.org site as well.

Do you have any sites that help you build
practice CRAs for your students?

Please leave a comment below to share your thoughts!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Math Task Cards for Rounding 4NBT3

Rounding Multi-Digit Numbers
to any place with precision and accuracy.

Trying my hand at creating some math task cards 
for my new group of Fourth Graders to practice 
rounding multi-digit numbers to any place value.

Thought I'd start with an no frill, easy on the ink 
task card set to help students practice as this skill.

You can download a free copy here...let me know if you think 
they'll be helpful or if you'd like to see something more/less added to them.

I'm just starting with 12 cards as my plan is to have these in a station...
IF I were using them as a scoot game, I'd need to make more...

Here's to a getting used to a new grade level!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Join me for a Twitter Chat on Engaging & Effective Apps!

Hope you'll join me tomorrow to talk about some engaging and effective
apps to use this year to get your students

Here's a list of the questions...

and here's a google slide presentation of some
of my favorite apps!
You can stop the presentation at anytime and
click on an image to take you to the resource in the slide show :)

Log Onto Twitter and search for the hashtag
#appengage #edcampglobal

It's gonna be a day of great PD
all from your comfy place!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Making Sense of Math Linky Week 4: Math Strategies

Excited to share some strategies for Math in
the Fourth Week of our 
"Making Sense of Math" link-up!

What are some strategies I use to build my 
Students' Number Sense?

1. Model Model Model....different methods and strategies for computation!
2. Have students do "mental math" in the hall... I ask them to 
"see it in your brain" as I give them math word tasks.
3. Let the kids take over the board...They explain how they solved a task and 
answer all the questions from their classmates!
4.  Ask students to explain their work...
(I had to be really clear that they weren't wrong...
I just needed to hear how they solved the problem... 
seems like if I asked them to explain...
they'd immediately thought their answer was wrong :)
5. Help students to realize there's MORE THAN one "right" way to solve a task!

What are some strategies I model?
I LOVE using Ten Frames in the classroom as well as the Hundreds Chart
Here's a great download from 
and it's FREE!
Has some great posters for modeling different strategies to use 
while computing equations :)

Here's a neat set of posters
Love the graphics and simple terms for the different strategies 
for adding and subtracting here.

Here's a super neat set of posters for 
Multi-Digit Multiplication Strategies
I look forward to using this year in Fourth!

The biggest part of helping my kiddos develop
a better sense of using strategies was 
Letting them do the talking!
They learn a ton from each other.

We also use the eight
Mathematical Practices in my district 
You can see Mary Lirette's 
Mathematical Practice Standards poster set HERE
She linked each one of the practices to a 
community helper's job.
Really helped the kids to see understand the practice more...
So while we're talking about our strategies,
We're using MP3,4,and 5 to help us 
share with others about the different ways that problems
can be solved :)


Our Making Sense of Math series continues on

Please consider linking up with us to share you thoughts, activities, and ideas
on Making sense of Math!
I'd love to see what types of strategies you
share with your students and how you get them 
to understand the idea that there's 
More than ONE right way to get the answer to a problem :)