Assembly and Use of a Pokey Porcupine Poke Game

Today I would like to share with you one of my students’ favorite games…a Poke Game!  For those of you not familiar, the concept is REALLY simple. So simple, in fact, it is hard to believe that students enjoy it as much as they do.  But, then again, as teachers we know that the most simple things can sometimes capture… Read more »

No Doubts…

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Many years ago, I visited a 5th grade classroom and the first thing I noticed was a poster.  This poster stated, “All Homework is Due Tomorrow Morning!”  Now there was more than one of these posters, in fact it was plastered on every wall, so no matter where you looked you saw it. At the time, I thought this was… Read more »

Encouraging the Use of the Properties of Math

If there is one thing my math students know by the end of the year, it is the properties of math.  While they may not always be able to apply a property, they certainly do what they are all called and the meaning of each. Why?  Because I make a point of pointing out examples in our daily math work. … Read more »

How to Write Numerical Expressions Fold-Up Resource

I use a great deal of fold-ups with my 5th grade students.  Each fold-up is stored in a math journal.  Once in the journal, students will refer to the resource time and time again. Recently, we added a fold-up for writing numerical expressions.  This resource can be found in my Teachers Pay Teacher store. To assemble the fold up make… Read more »

Photosynthesis Fold-Up

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Just recently a buyer purchased my science resource on Photosynthesis.  Since I am not teaching science this year, I had to dig through my files to find an assembled fold-up when she asked to see a picture of the finished product. Originally, I had thought I had already published a post about this resource but it turns out I had… Read more »

Cute, Quick, Simple & Cheap Desk Privacy Folders

Privacy folders can be purchased, but they certainly are expensive.  And, I must admit if I had my students using the privacy folders a great deal, I would shell out the money and purchase a set. However, in my math classroom, we much of our time collaborating and the need for privacy isn’t a priority.  About the only time privacy… Read more »

Give It a Quirky Name…And You’ll Hook ‘Em!

One thing about teaching in the upper grades if you do, or say, something off-beat they tend to remember it.  Even if it is completely unintentionally off-beat, or strange, or quirky, or weird, they’ll remember it. So why not use this knowledge to our advantage?  Once I made the discovery, I began to take advantage of it every time I… Read more »

Why I Chose Math

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The first 14 years of my teaching career I taught in the primary grades and 12 of those years were spent teaching first grade.  As a primary teacher, I developed a real passion for teaching all things reading.  My classroom was always a beehive of reading activity.  And, I have to say I was pretty darn good at teaching reading…. Read more »