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!







500 Follower Giveaway! and My Newest Products

500 follower giveawayDon’t you must love giveaways? My friend, Mrs. D over at Thinking About 3rd grade is having a huge 500 follower giveaway and it is a whopper of a giveaway! There will be 4 prize packs: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6th grade and up. The grade 2-3 prize pack is the largest with 25 products! My brand new It’s Time to Rock Around the Clock game is in there as well. Boy would I love to win this giveaway! The giveaway is running from today through May 7th, so hop on over and check it out! Just click on the image to get there!

I have been so busy the past month that I have neglected my blog. I posted a new product a couple of weeks ago that I am really excited to tell you about! I had several teachers whose students were struggling with time to 5 minute intervals, so I really gave some hard thought to ways you could make time interesting and fun at the same time. I thought of all the different games I could create, and I had an inspiration while trying to think of sayings that had to do with time.

coverI thought about that rock and roll oldie Rock Around the Clock and I had the idea to make a record into a clock with guitars for the hour and minute hands and small clocks going around the record where the numbers would be. That was the birth of my game It’s Time to Rock Around the Clock! Rock Around the Clock is a set of 3 games to be used with the whole class or small groups in centers to help students tell time to 5 minute intervals and to tell starting or ending times when given the elapsed time. These games align with the Common Core Standards CC.2MD.7 and CC.3MD.1. so it’s perfect for second and third grade.

The kiddos have had a blast with these games! We even played the song Rock Around the Clock while the kids were playing the game. Played like Bingo, the students use individual Rock Around the Clock cards and markers to mark times shown on their Rock Around the Clock cards as they are called out. The times are in the corresponding area on the board, so the kids don’t have to look all over their boards. For example, if 2:15 is called out, students look at the clock at the 2:00 position to see if it matches. There are 4 different times for each hour for a total of 48 so the game doesn’t take too long to play. When a student has a marker on all 12 clocks on his/her board, he/she calls out Rock Around the Clock! It has been a real fun game and the kids love playing it during center time.

Each of the 30 individual Rock Around the Clock cards has a different combination of clocks so no two are alike. Also, there is a color and a black and white version of each Rock Around the Clock card because I know how expensive that colored ink gets! Here are the three games you can play using the game boards:

Game 1: students place markers on the board to match the times called out. – includes directions for playing with the whole group or with small groups in a center
Game 2: students place markers on the board to match the time clue cards. – includes directions for playing with the whole group or with small groups in a center
Game 3: students place markers on the board to match the starting or ending time when given the elapsed time. – includes directions for playing with the whole group or with small groups in a center preview for rock around the clockpreview final tptOne of the things I really love about this game is that it can be played with both the whole class or with small groups in a center. Because there are three different variations of the game – i.e. digital calling cards, verbal clues calling cards, and elapsed time problem calling cards, you are able to differentiate according to the needs of the students in your class.
This product includes:
30 individual Rock Around the Clock Cards – color and b/w versions to save ink!
Rock Around the Clock master board to keep up with times called
Rock Around the Clock time cards to choose from when calling out times
Answer key for each Rock Around the Clock card
48 digital clock cards to play the game in small groups – students draw a card and place the marker on the corresponding analog clock on their board. The first player to fill up their card wins.
48 time clue cards – students draw a card, read the clue, and place the marker on the corresponding clock on their board.
48 elapsed time cards – students draw a card read the clues, and cover the clock which shows the starting or ending time when given the elapsed time.
Answer key for time clue cards and elapsed time cards

Just click on the picture and it will take you to my Rock Around the Clock game at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

I also have a new product which I will be posting about hopefully tonight and a great freebie I am sure you are gonna love, so check back in a few days! That’s all I have time for today! 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!



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




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, 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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Your Brain By the Numbers

I just found the most amazing picture today on the Internet while I was researching the brain, and I just had to share it with you!  If you know me, you know that I am fascinated with anything about the brain.  Dwayne Godwin is a neuroscientist at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and came up with all the information. Jorge Cham draws the comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper at  You can find this picture and even more neat brainy stuff in the November issue of Scientific Mind.  Just click on each picture to take you to the page.

I LOVE this poster!  I think the kids would be fascinated by all the mind boggling numbers!  I’m sitting here thinking of some mind boggling math problems you could create to go with it!



You can find this picture and even more neat brainy stuff in the November issue of Scientific Mind.  Just click on each picture to take you to the page.  I never knew there was a Scientific American Mind magazine.  I previewed several issues and a subscription is now on my Christmas list!  The November issue even has a great article about How to Raise a Gifted Child!

Teaching Logic to Primary Students

I believe teaching students how to think logically is so very important.  Logical thinking developes skills in problem solving, making inferences, drawing conclusions, recognizing similarities and differences, and comparing and contrasting.  I have always used matrix logic puzzles with my students to introduce them to logical thinking.  I think matric puzzles are one of the easiest ways to introduce logic problems.  I have seen many resources that simply give the problem and clues, but there is no matrix.  The matrix is critical to helping students understand the reasoning involved in solving the problems.   For example, if you answer “yes” on a column or row, all the other squares on the column or row should have “no” answers.

To help primary students learn how to develop logical reasoning, I have developed a set of 25 logic problems around a Christmas theme. What better way to get kids excited about logic! There are different levels of difficulty, to provide opportunities to differentiate for the varying ability levels in your classroom.  The matrix logic puzzles begin with 2 X 2 grid puzzles and progress to 3 X 3 grid puzzles; however, once the students are exposed to the puzzles, everyone should be able to complete all of them.  I suggest beginning with the easiest puzzles as a group activity to develop practice and confidence in solving matrix logic puzzles.  They print out beautifully in grayscale so you don’t use color ink.

There are so many ways you can use these in your classroom – as a group activity in the morning for a problem of the day activity, in a center, or activities for those earlier finishers.

Here’s what you will get:

  • 25 puzzles in all (6 Christmas Sudoku picture puzzles and 19 matrix logic puzzles)
  • Candy cards for Sudoku picture puzzles
  • Yes/no cards for logic puzzles
  • Answer keys
  • Sheets to record responses

Click on the preview below to see these puzzles and to download a preview!

primarily christmas logic preview

Remember to always Keep ’em Thinking! – Susan Morrow

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