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?



Sunday, August 27, 2017

#mathsnaps for Real World Math Challenges



Tara Martin is the creator of #BookSnaps and shared some of her ideas in a post that really caught my attention and got me thinking about how students could appsmash PicCollage and SnapChat to create a math task for the Global Math Task Twitter Challenge.

My students LOVE using PicCollage to create math tasks to share with students across the globe, but I want them to start incorporating “real world” numbers into our challenge creations this year.

My goal is to have families share pictures from their travels, walks, outings, etc with numbers that they find in the real world they experience everyday! The students will then take those images and create math tasks based on the numbers in the photo.

They can totally create the entire #mathsnap using just PicCollage…
First airdrop the photo to the iPad the student is using.
Then open PicCollage Kids and set that photo as the background.

Now you’re ready to add in a math task using the numbers in the photo to create the task. My students willl be starting with ways to make the number 24 using 4 numbers in the photo….so the challenge for my families will be to send me a photo that has 4 numbers they find in the real world around them.
Students can add stickers, text, doodles, and even clip a picture of themselves into the photo using the PicCollage Kid tools.
Finished pictures can be shared on Seesaw for other classmates to solve or with a global audience on Twitter using the hashtags: #gmttc24 #mathsnaps.

If you want to appsmash the photo with SnapChat, students can add in more emojis and create a different feel to the photo before sharing.

SnapChat filters can be used on a photo and saved to the camera roll without ever having to send the photo to anyone.

I’m excited to see what #mathsnaps my students will come up with this year!
Be sure to tag my students on Twitter (@swampfrogkids) and we’ll try to solve your challenges and share back our learning!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Digital Game Boards with PicCollage



We had a BLAST creating digital game boards and task cards this past week to review math skills.
We used the iPad app PicCollage, but you could also use google slide or power point to create the boards!

First we looked at some of the popular game boards using a google search...

We discussed all the elements that each board would need....like Start....End...move back....move forward...etc...

Then we began designing the boards with our handy dandy PicCollage app! 
First we searched for paper color using the websearch in the app:
Once we found the color we wanted we could add it to our PicCollage picture and begin to clip it to the shape we wanted for the game board creation. 
After the color paper image was clipped, it was added into the path of the board being created. 
Words and stickers were added to the boards and then students saved the image of their board to the photos on their iPads. 
New PicCollages were created and the game board image was uploaded and set as the background.

Now we can begin to create our game board tokens to move along the board as we play with the task cards. With the game board we created as a background, we can easily move the tokens around the board.
Here's some of our #awesome creations!







Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more fun project ideas!

Want to use some pre-made game boards and add in some skills?
Check out Kami Butterfield's TpT product! 


Enjoy your day!
Heidi






Saturday, March 25, 2017

#PicCollageChat Shares for Math



Had a #marvelous time moderating the #PicCollageChat 
this week as we shared ideas and resources 
to help engage our Mathematicians with this 
#awesome FREE app!

Here's the padlet of just a few of the 
wonderful shares!

You can also access the chat from Storify
by clicking HERE


Need a direct link to this padlet?
Click HERE
Made with Padlet


Connect with me if you have questions!
I'd love to help you!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

PicCollage + Math = Success!



My students LOVE using PicCollage to help them share what they know 
as they create content rich projects about the math skills we're learning!

Join me on 
March 23rd at 6pm CDT
in a Twitter chat to share ideas and activities 
for using PicCollage in your math lessons!

Spoiler Alert:
Lots of freebies ideas and activities to be shared in this chat!
Join in the fun!
follow me on Twitter 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

#edcampmem 2017



Thanks to all the organizer and participants that were so giving of their time and ideas at Sarturday's  #edcampmem this year!

Love making connections and learning new things with people from the area!

If you'd like to see some of the #awesome things shared... check out the padlet that was created to populate links to the shares!
Made with Padlet
Have a great day!
Heidi

Saturday, February 18, 2017

PicCollage with Character Traits & Mr. Hatch


Are you a "Mentor Sentence Junkie" like me?
If you've never experienced the joy of using Mentor Sentences, hop over to

Ideas by Jivey

to see what all the fuss is about!
This is the GOOD kind of fuss!

My students have become more confident at noticing things than they were at the beginning of the year AND are better at taking chances
... what's the harm in telling what you notice?
Even if it's that you still notice there's a capital at the beginning and
a punctuation mark at the end...you are noticing something :)

Our Mentor Sentence came from the wonderful book by
Eileen Spinelli, "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch".


It was the perfect book to talk about character traits and 
how the main character changes throughout the story. 
Kim Parker at
Curriculum and Crayons
has a wonderful post with a freebie for documenting
the character traits and what happens in the story to cause Mr. Hatch to change.

I wanted to use some of Kami Butterfield's suggestions for
becoming a #paperless classroom...so...

I had a tech club student snap some photos of the book and
upload them into google slide.
We downloaded her presentation as a pdf and uploaded it to
Seesaw into "Mentor Sentence Martha's" journal.
Students logged into our Seesaw class account and went to 
Mentor Sentence Martha's journal
Clicking on the pdf allowed them to view the presentation of the book my 
tech club student had put together without having to share it with everyone :)

I had my students partner up and read through the book together using
Ms. Parker's suggested stopping points to talk about the character traits
they noticed and what actions in the story led them to think this...

Students were challenged to take a screenshot of the picture that 
depicted Mr. Hatch exhibiting the traits they were calling out.

They uploaded the screenshot to PicCollage on their iPads...
Clipped the picture to show just Mr. Hatch...
Then started adding the character trait words 
to their project.
They did the same for the middle of the story..
And for the end of the story.
Finished projects were added to their Seesaw Learning Journals 
to share with their family and peers to critic and comment on
 in a safe environment! AND I can grade their work
from home using my computer or iPad to access their uploads!
Want more ideas on how to use 
PicCollage with your students?
Click on the picture above to take you to the 
PicCollage Ambassador page where teachers 
are sharing their resources for both Reading and Math ideas!

Let me know if I can help you 
get started with PicCollage in your classroom today!
I'd love to share how versatile this amazing app is with you!

Enjoy your day!