Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Optimum Organization - Drawing Student Names

Yes, I know, I'm posting twice in one day, but when I saw this Linky Party, I just had to do it!!!    Lady Bug Teacher Files and Fun in Room 4B are hosting an Optimum Organization Linky Party so we can link up with our favorite organizational ideas.  I can't wait to see everyone's ideas so I can put some into motion for next year.

One of my favorite organizational ideas is the system I have for drawing student names.  I love this idea and I use it every day to call on students.

                    CLICK HERE to see my post with all the details.

Equation Station

What?  I haven't posted since September?!?!?!  Yikes.  This year got away from me.  What can I say......I had a major neck surgery in September, and it took me quiet awhile to get back into the swing of things when I went back to school.  By then we were going strong in the classroom, and I just never got my feet under me here in blog land.  My goal this summer is to be posting on a regular basis.  If you're still here.....stay with me.....if you are new, come on in.  I have lots of new ideas for posts swimming around in this brain of mine.

I tried something new this year to give my students some extra practice on mental math.  My kiddos LOVE it!  I have a large bulletin board called Equation Station on my wall.  Students try to find equations when they have free time on their hands.  I also try to give them around 15 minutes a week to work on it.  Each student has a recording sheet where they write down the equations they have found.  They have gone crazy over this and it is wonderful to have up this time of year.  It keeps their brain sharp with mental math.  I made a set complete with bulletin board size title and numbers that has five different puzzles in it.  Each puzzle increases in difficulty. Not only does it include the bulletin board puzzles, but it has two different types student recording sheets and keys to each puzzle.  I hope your students enjoy it as much as mine do!  Click here or on the picture of my bulletin board below to go to my TpT Store to get it!

I've decided to share one of the student papers with you.  This recording sheet has a mini Equation Station puzzle in the corner so you won't have to have the bulletin board up.  I hope this is a fun activity you and your class will enjoy during these last few days of school.  Click Here or on the page below to download.

Enjoy the end of this year with your precious kiddos!