TPT Spring Cleaning Sale

Hello all! Since my spring break is almost over, I’m teaming up with a a bunch of other folks from Teachers Pay Teachers for a huge spring cleaning sale! I’ve cleaned out drawers and closets wall week, and now it’s time to clean out my TpT Wish list!  Thanks to Valerie at Georgia Grown Kiddos for organizing this sale and Beth Ann at Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Design for the cute graphics.

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I’ve been super busy the last could of weeks trying to get some products ready for spring.  I just finished this little fella last night and posted it.

 

spring math logic cover Get ready for spring testing and challenge your students to become mathematical problems solvers with this fun set of 24 addition and subtraction puzzlers task cards.  Each card contains a set of 4 problems using pictures and numbers. The students must figure out the value of each picture. Students are using addition and subtraction within 20 to solve problems with unknowns in all positions.   They are solving equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem. It’s such a fun way to challenge your high achievers and is perfect in a center or for early finishers. These activities lay the foundation for problems in which students use variables in mathematical expressions in later grades which will help them succeed in algebra.

All task cards are available in both color and black and white. There are answer keys and recording sheets included.

The whole pack of 48 task cards (24 color and 24 b/w) are on sale for 20% off!  That’s a bargain!

 

You can use the cards several ways:

1.  Project one each morning on the SmartBoard or whiteboard and use them as a daily morning challenge

2.  Use them in a math center for students to solve during small group

3.  Use them for those early finishers and those kiddos who always come up to you and say, “I’m done, now what?”

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I love these cards!  They’re actually harder than you think.  Try this one!

Next, I want to give you a sneak peak of a unit I’ve almost finished and hope to have up this weekend!  It’s my Chicken Sunday unit!  Here’s the cover, what do you think?

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I have been having so much fun creating this unit!  This book is one of my all time favorites!  Of course I love everything by Patricia Polacco.  On the surface it looks like a cute little story about some children who want to buy their grandmother a new hat for Easter, but there is so much more to it!  The big ideas or themes that are presented really make you want to think.  It’s also great for character analysis and seeing how a character changes.  I always want to link this story up to Rachenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco.  I have even included some information about Pysanky eggs and a fun activity to design a Pysanky egg.  Hope to have it ready by Sunday!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to always…. Keep ’em Thinking!

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Best and Most Linky Party

I am linking up with Christina Bainbridge over at Bunting, Books and Bainbridge for her Best and Most Linky Party!snowflake bentley framed

My first product is my Teacher’s Pet.  Every teacher has a pet and my pet product is my Snowflake Bentley Literature Guide.  This is one of the first products I made at Teachers Pay Teachers and it is still my baby.  Snowflake Bentley was such an amazing guy and boy was he ever persistent!  He spent his entire life studying and photographing snow crystals.   In fact, he was the first person to ever successfully photograph snow crystals using a process  called photomicrography.  This  unit includes activities for vocabulary and language arts skills, great comprehension questions, science activities, and so much  more! Just click on the picture to go to these products on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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My next product is my Most Likely to Help Students Succeed which happens to be one of my newest products.  This is my Analogy Safari product which teaches students how to do beginning analogies.  This product is just toooo cute!  All of the analogies on the task cards are animal analogies and they are so much fun!  The product also includes a PowerPoint  show which introduces the students to what an analogy is and how to solve them and an animal analogy game.  If you want to improve your students’ critical thinking, then this is the product for you!  Analogies are one of the instructional strategies you use to teach similarities and  differences.  According to Robert Marzano, teaching similarities and differences can increase student achievement over 40%!

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My third and last is Best Couple.  These are two of my products that work best together.  I love teaching kids about time, and my two favorite time products are  my Watch Me Tell Time for 2nd grade and  my Rock Around the Clock product.  Both of these products focus on  teaching time to 5 minute intervals and they work so well together!  They are two of the best sellers in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  The individual students watches the  kids wear in the Watch Me Tell Time unit are just too cute!  I use Velcro to attach them around the kiddo’s wrists, and they can be used over and over year after year.  There are tons of games and activities in the packet to do with the students wearing the watches.  Of course, if you want a new take on the traditional Bingo, you’ve got to have your kiddos play Rock Around the Clock!  Instead of a traditional Bingo card, everyone has an  individual Rock Around the Clock card.  Just look at the picture to see how cute they are!  I love the guitar handles as the hands of the clock on the board.  There are three different games you can play using these boards and they can be used with the whole group, or with small groups in  a center.  How great is that!  Both of these products work well together to reinforce telling time to 5 minute intervals, so they are my pick for the Best Couple in my store!

I hope you had fun seeing my Best and Most!

Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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Teaching Primary Students Ordinal Positions, Sequence, and Logic

paper doll chains coverI absolutely love to incorporate logic into math whenever possible, so when a friend told me she was teaching ordinal positions and sequencing, I couldn’t resist creating something for her to use with her students!  What better way to teach ordinal positions and sequence than paper doll chains!  I had so much fun creating this packet of 28 paper doll chain puzzlers.  They range from three doll chains to five doll chains.  The kids use the clues on the task cards and colored paper doll cards to create the paper doll chain in the correct sequence.  The cards require the kids to use some logic to figure them out which makes it all the more fun! The task cards come in two versions, one with the ordinal position under each paper doll, and one without the ordinal position.  This allows you to differentiate the activity according to the needs of the students in your class.  You can also start the kids out doing the puzzles with the ordinal positions on them, and then once they are proficient, they can move to the task cards without the ordinal positions.

Because I’m so conscious of the cost of colored ink, I made the task cards in black and white and only the individual paper doll cards are in color. There is a recording sheet for kids to color in or just write the color letters for each paper doll chain.    These puzzles are great for your math center.    They’re  designed for kids in grades 1-3, but I do know one 4th grade teacher who wanted to use them and her kiddos loved them.  They’re especially great for those early finishers in your classroom!

Here are a couple of pictures of what the center and cards would actually look like

You can find this packet at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  If you click on the cover graphic, it will take you directly to the product page.

Well, that is all for now!  I have a fun new product which should be ready next week, so check back!  I also have a couple of freebies I will be posting this weekend which I hope you can use with your students!

Remember to always…  Keep ’em thinking! 

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Beginning Logic Puzzles and Activities – Spring Themed for Grades 1-3

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  If you know anything about me, you know how much I love to teach kids to think and use logic and deductive reasoning.  Well, I combined that with my love of all things spring and created a huge pack of spring themed logic puzzles which I just put up on  my TpT store!  This pack has 48 puzzles in all – 24 matrix logic puzzles, 12 magic square puzzles, and 12 Sudoku type picture puzzles.  That’s enough to keep your kiddos busy until the end of the year.  Like everything else I create, there are different levels of complexity to  all the puzzles so you can differentiate according to the needs of your students.  I am so excited about this new product!  The clip art is fantastic.  I found a great new clip art source at Lisa’s Country Clipart – You’ll have to check her out.  I love all the kid faces I can use in my logic puzzles.  It makes them so much more colorful.  Here’s a great preview of the puzzles which you can also check out if you go to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store by clicking on the picture below!

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That’s all I have time for today!  Remember to always…  Keep ’em Thinking!

Susan

 

St. Patrick’s Day Logic Puzzles for Beginners

Slide1 I love teaching logic to students!  I first used matrix logic puzzles when I began teaching gifted students back in 1978!  Wow!  That’s been a long time ago!  I believe that teaching logic is vital if we are going to teach our students how to think.  Inferring is a big skill  in the new common core, and logic requires students to make inferences.  I see lots of  logic puzzles out there,  but I really don’t see many for primary students.  The primary years are the perfect time to introduce logic and deductive thinking!  Last November, I developed a set of logic puzzles with a Christmas theme for primary students.  They were so well received and everyone started asking me to develop logic puzzles for other holidays.   Well,  I got too busy with some other stuff I was creating and let Valentines day get too close, so I  looked ahead and created this packet of logic puzzles with a St.  Patrick’s day theme.  They’re great to use for morning work, in a center, or for those early finishers who need something to keep their brains charged and give them a challenge.  This packet contains a set of six 3 by 3 matrix logic puzzles, six 4 by 4 matrix logic puzzles,  and  6 suduko type shamrock puzzles.  The nice thing about this set is that I have included ALL the  puzzles in both color and black  and white so you can still use them  and save your ink, although I suggest if you use them in a center, you print them out in color on cardstock and laminate them.  But if you want to hand them out as a worksheet, the black and white copy is great!  I even have a student response form where the kiddos can record their answers to the problems, and of course an answer key is provided along with a few helpful hints about teaching matrix logic puzzles.  One teacher wrote me and told  me that she would  put one up on her SmartBoard every morning for her kids to solve.  I suggest you do that if your kids have had  no experience with matrix logic puzzles.   Begin with the whole class doing the 3 by 3 grids and then place the 4 by 4 matrix puzzles in a center.  Below is just a little  sneak  peak. If you’re interested, click on the image to download a preview at my Teachers pay Teachers store!

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That’s all for now!  Remember to always…  Keep ’em Thinking!

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Let’s KENKEN!

kenkenI have discovered an absolutely wonderful website called KenKen.  People say KenKen’s are like Suduko puzzles on  steroids.  So exactly what is a KenKen?  It’s a numerical puzzles that uses the four basic math operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication,  and division.  The puzzle is laid out on a grid  ranging from 3 by 3 to 9 by 9.  Also, they are available for different levels of complexity.  The most basic use only one operation (addition) and then they add subtraction, and the number of grids can also change.   The great thing about using these puzzles with your students is that it helps improve their math and  logic skills.

If you go to the website www.kenken.com, you will find  lots of KenKen puzzles ready for you to download for your kids.  They even have a version that can be played online, a mobile app, and if that isn’t enough, you can sign up to have a new sets of KenKen puzzles delivered to you by email each week!  Many of the gifted teachers in my system have a KenKen center in  their classroom.  But be careful, they’re addicting!  The kiddos can’t seem to get enough of them.  If you click under the section for teachers, they have a pdf file you can send home to teach your kiddo’s parents how to KenKen as well.  So check it out and have fun while challenging your mind and boosting your brain power!

That’s all  for  now!  Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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