Math QR riddles & Win DJ inkers Clip Art

My newest Math QR code product is hot off the press. Place Value Holiday Themed QR Code Riddles and more. These can be used with any Math Series or Place Value Unit of study.

My students love solving these fun riddles. First they solve the place value math questions. Then they find the card with the correct answer that they have written on their paper. They scan the QR code and write the word onto their paper. Each answer will help the students solve a fun Holiday themed riddle. The set also includes some quick checks to assess your students place value knowledge anytime throughout your Place Value unit of study. Cards can be hung around the room for a scavenger hunt type activity or placed at a math work station.

DJ Inkers Holidays Around the World Clip Art was used to make this product and you have a chance to WIN my newest product and a set of the DJ inkers CLIP ART by entering the Rafflecopter at the end of the post. The set includes some of the countries above and lots more. Check out the link to see all that is included in this set. You won't want to miss your chance to win.

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Number Sense- Part 2

Building Number sense requires lots of playing with and exploring numbers. This post is all about Odd and Even Numbers. Check out Number Sense Part 1 all about 10 and 20 here.

The first few days of exploring I set out all kind of manipulatives at table groups. Some of the things I included are pictured above. Pokemon minifigures were a big hit since Pokemon Go is popular right now.

The blue and red numbers are weighted numbers by Learning Resources. They can be used with any scales to test out numbers that add up to a certain amount.  You can find them here.  They are also fun to use with "Making Ten" from my Number Sense-Part 1 post.

Manipulative Ideas
1. Weighted numbers
2. IKEA wooden numbers
3. 1 inch squares
4. Teddy Bears counters
5. Linking cubes
6. 2 colored counters
7. Pokemon minifigures
8. Hundreds charts with 1 inch squares
9. Number tile squares

1. Free Play Sorting with Manipulatives. 

Manipulatives were spread around the room and I put small groups of 3-4 students at each table to explore odd and even. I let the students spend time sorting them into a group of odd or even and then I went from table to table and asked students to explain if they had a group of odd or even and how they knew. It was really interesting to listen to students as they explained why it was odd or even. I was really surprised how many students sorted into groups of 3 to sort instead of groups of 2. Many students remembered what odd and even numbers were from first grade but not many could tell me how they know if it was an odd or even number if it wasn't 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9 or  2, 4, 6, or 8.  Students rotated through manipulatives every 10-15  minutes or so. I recorded observations and discussions. I even videoed a few explanations from students.

I also started having them sort their daily snacks so they could tell me if they had an odd or even amount, There were always lots of arguments about this until students started to realized that even means you would have 2 piles with the same amount and none left over.

2. Books to Read

Odd Todd and Even Steven is one book I always read to my students. While reading have students draw some of the objects that Todd and Steven have in the book.

Bears Odd Bears Even This book has different amounts of bears doing things throughout the book and you need to decide if the number is odd or even.

Other Ideas- You could bring your own socks from home and have students pair them up and see if they have odd or even amounts. Also having students think of other things that come in pairs.
(mittens. gloves, shoes, boots, earrings, etc)

3. Technology
If you have a membership to Brainpop Jr. they have a nice odd and even movie.
Use Doodle Buddy to make photos with odd and even.
Take photos in the room of things odd and even.

4. Games

Deck of cards (with face cards removed) -Students flip over one or two cards. Students can make single and double digit numbers and decide if they are odd or even. When students play to win they could decide before they flip the cards if odd or even wins for that round and whoever gets odd or even cards wins all the cards turned over. The one with the most cards at the end wins.

Dice-Roll for odd and even. Students decide before they roll if odd or even will win. They get a tally mark if they win. Play the first player to get 10 tally marks wins. Use 1 die or more dice to make bigger numbers.

Also check out the print and play Odd and Even games in my Numbers Sense Math Practice Activities Set here.

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Number Sense Part One

Making 10 and 20 -We've been exploring numbers a lot in our classroom this year. I am by no means an expert but I am slowly seeing my students grow with their number flexibility and discoveries.

The first few months of school we have been doing lots of exploring with manipulatives, apps, group discussions, and more. I would like to share a few things that have worked really well in helping us with our number sense. My favorite purchase this summer was my Ten Frame Trays from Oriental Trading. (see photo below)

We used these trays with counters to make 10 in as many different ways as we could. We filled up our trays with 2 colored counters, some red and some yellow, and then recorded the math facts in our math journals. As students became better at making 10 we moved on to make a 20. 

The trays worked nicely to make addition and subtraction problems like a fact family.
20-15=5  20-15=5 15+5=20  5+15=20  First subtract the red counters, then the yellow, then add red and yellow, then add yellow and red. I have seen others use egg cartons and cut off the ends to make FREE ten frame trays. 

We used lots of math ideas from Brown Bag Teacher Shake, Shake, Spill was a big hit with my class. See her post to learn more. She also suggests using cuisenaire rods. She uses nice little snap together ones. 

I just happened to have tons of the old style ones and dug them out of my closet and students absolutely loved using them. We made 10 with my struggling students and more advanced students made 10 using 3 numbers and also 20 with as many numbers as they wanted.

Add some technology...

Math slide is a fun FREE app  (you get 2 play all 10 games twice). It is multiplayer game for 1-4 students. If you are a class that shares iPads this would be a great one to check out. Students love to see if they can beat their friend and it is also fun to play against the teacher. They slide different numbers to the center to represent what is shown in the picture. The first player to slide their answer wins that round. The one to get rid of all their items in front of them first is the winner. It starts out very simple and then gets harder. Since we are 1:1 iPads we should get lots of use out of this app as they play on each others iPads.

Number Rack is a FREE math tool that is great for representing any number. It helps children to see the numbers in different ways. You read the beads from right to left so you start with the beads on the right and move the ones to the left to represent the number you want. What is so nice about the app is you can add lots of racks of beads to make large numbers and use it in n lots of ways. Check out my next posts to see how we used it to help us with rounding. You could use it with the app Pic Collage Kids. (See more about pic Collage Kids here) and take screen shots of the number rack and then add them to make a collage of friends of 10. Number Rack is also a web based so you could use on Chrome Books or display on your smart board.

We also played this fun ARRR friends of 10 game I made. Students earn counters (or make it more fun and use fake pirate gold) by making 10, 20 or even higher than 20 to challenge my best students.
But Beware don't pick a skull or the poison or you lose a coin. You also get a free coin for picking a smooth sailing ship or a YOHO YOHO monkey. You can find it here in my Number Sense Set of Games and Activities.

Now for a Limited Time Freebie. Check this link to get your freebie of 10 frame Trolls Scoot. It will be free until Halloween, October 31st and then will be available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store Trolls Scoot. 

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5 ways to use Pic Collage Kids App

Did you know the Pic Collage Kids app has tons of FREE stickers for kids? They can be used in so many ways in your classroom projects. Let me share with you some ideas of ways to use the Pic Collage Kids app and their stickers.

1. Use for writing poetry. Use one sticker and make a poem to go with it. Make a shorter or longer poem and and creatively add stickers that go with the poem. There are lots of fall and Halloween themed sticker sets.

2. Use for writing mini sticker stories. Pick 3 stickers and write a mini story.

3. Use for math. Make missing addend problems. You could also create make a ten problems, doubles facts, near doubles facts, and more. 

4. Make a math story problem. Write story problems for other students to solve.

5. Use for reading. You could retell a story. Find important events in your text. Name your characters, settings, and events.  Find and label non-fiction text features. You can also add your own photo to any project and cut around it to make it more like a sticker in your project.

iPad Rules Freebie and More Deals

I'm super excited to announce the LAST WEEK of Oceans of Deals with a chance to win one of 17 different 50 dollar gift cards. You won't want to miss this!! Each day will feature a different deal and you can search Teachers Pay Teachers to find lots of savings.

These are some deals to look for this week.

MONDAY- I put some of my best selling products on sale just for you.  All About the Sonoran Desert has fun fact cards to read and learn about the desert. Some cards include QR codes to scan to watch videos to learn more. Also included is a student research option. (It comes with and without QR codes in case you don't have iPads or devices.) Noun and Verb People Activity has everything you need to teach your kids about nouns and verbs. With 123 ratings it is the second best seller in my store and you can snag it for only $1.00 TODAY ONLY.

TUESDAY- These Math Thinking Cards  are great for teaching younger kids mental math strategies. Print, laminate, and put on a ring to read to your class. Brand new to my store are my Editable iPad Poster Rules with 33 different options you will have lots to choose from. I think you will just love the Emoji and Melonheadz combination. If you don't have time or money to buy and and make your own get a freebie set of iPad rules here.

WEDNESDAY- There will be flash freebies on my FACEBOOK PAGE  in the morning and after school. I am starting back to school this week so I can't be posting during the day. Check for an early morning freebie around 6:00 while I'm getting ready for school and then check back after 4:00 for a few more.

THURSDAY-You can get my brand new Emoji Papers and Border Bundle that are great for the whole year. Teachers use them for newsletters, designing for the classroom, power points, digital lesson, and more. This bundle normally sells for $6.50 and both sets sold separately are $8.00.

 You can enter the Rafflecopter to have a chance to win one of these great gift cards. Use the one below or head to my  Facebook page and enter using the giveaway tab.

Check out some other blog post below to find more great savings and don't forget to search the hashtags each day on Teachers Pay Teachers to get all the great deals.

A Week Of Savings

Summer is ticking away and school supplies are coming out everywhere. I am super excited to give you some great deals this week that are perfect for the dreaded "BACK TO SCHOOL" time. I have been frantically working on getting my room ready because we start back August 9th. It's coming quickly. 


These are some of the deals to look for this week. 

If you loved the Monster Writing Dice Dollar Deal (now $3.00) you will have to...

MONDAY- Check out this Brand New Emoji Writing Dice that will be super fun and engaging for your students. This one has 3 different writing prompt cards. Its easy prep. Just print, add dice, roll, and write. A super easy writing station. Also for $1.00 you can get my Popsicle Clip Art Pack.

These are some of my best selling sets. Have a fun themed day anytime of the year.  I usually use them at the end of the year but the activities can be used for anytime you need to get your students super excited about learning.  Especially good for BACK TO SCHOOL. Each set includes activities for all subject areas. 

WEDNESDAY- There will be flash freebies on my FACEBOOK PAGE be sure to head over and like my page to get in on all the freebies.

THURSDAY-You can get my Themed Bundle of Borders that are great for the whole year. Teachers use them for newsletters, adding a little fun to pages they create for the classroom, and much more.

Don't forget to head to my Facebook page and enter the Rafflecopter to have a chance to win one of these great gift cards. Use the giveaway tab at the top. (It will be posted later this week.)

Check out some other blog post below to find more great savings and don't forget to search the hashtags each day on Teachers Pay Teachers to get all the great deals.

Lots of Emoji ideas

❤πŸ˜€Happy World Emoji Day. πŸ˜€❤
This post is filled with fun emoji ideas and a fabulous emoji surprise giveaway. 

😌 Emojis are everywhere... stores, food, jewelry, clothes, commercials and even in the classroom. There are probably many more places I'm missed. My students even got into the Emoji craze at the end of the school year and were getting lots of cute emojis in their Mc Donald's Happy Meals.

🐹 In a recent magazine in the mail I noticed Creative Teaching Press has some fun emoji classroom decor for the classroom. (in above photo)

I want to start out by sending you to a fun Guess the Children's Book using Emojis I think you will enjoy it. If you don't have time to check it out now be sure to bookmark it and come back later.

πŸ‘½ Have you seen the site ? It's packed full with all Emoji icons to use. You can even  install a Google Chrome extension app keyboard to put Emojis in all your typing!! πŸ‘ That's what I used to add emojis to this post. πŸ™€

So what can you do with Emojis in your classroom???  Students totally love having fun with Emojis.

πŸ“±Make an Emoji Pic Collage. I love using Pic Collage Kids in the classroom. It is FREE. (I always go to the settings and turn off allow web search so I don't get any inappropriate photos.) Pic Collage Kids has so many options. Projects from students are always amazing and so creative. 🎨

πŸ™‹First have students take a photo of themselves using the normal camera or twist it up a bit and use the iPad Photo Booth app, Snapchat, or MSQRD app to make a fun different face photo. πŸ™Š I like using the black and white filter so the colored EMOJIS pop on the page. Students make a collage and talk about it with friends. It's a great back to school get to know each other activity. 🐲 You could also have them type out or write out things to explain their collage to the class. Each emoji is added as text to the collage.

If you don't know much about this awesome FREE app Pic Collage Kids I will be demonstrating it tomorrow on TECH with Us a new group my tech friends started sharing all kinds of fun tech ideas. Send a join request if you are interested in checking it out. We started the group to share, collaborate, and learn more about using technology in the classroom with others. ⌨

Some other great Emoji resources for the classroom are from my blogging friend Erintegration. (also a member of TECH with US community) Check out all her Emoji items here for sale on her TPT shop. My students love doing her activities.

🐸 Last I created a Fun Emoji Writing Dice Set to use in the classroom especially for World Emoji Day. All you do is print and add dice. It could be used as a whole class writing activity where everyone writes about the same thing. Have all girls write about something and boys write about something else. 😜 Have 1/2 the class write about something the other 1/2 the class writes about something else.

❤πŸ˜€It also is a simple writing station. Print the prompts and writing paper and add a dice. Kids roll the dice and begin to write. It even comes with a simple grading rubric for students to grade themselves and teachers put their score on it too.πŸ‘Š

EMOJI WRITING DICE You can get it HERE for the next 2 days for only ONE DOLLAR. I would also like to give one away to one lucky winner. If you comment below what you like or maybe hate about Emojis I will select a winner later this week. πŸ˜πŸ˜

πŸ‘ Now head over to my Facebook page I Live 2 Learn I Love 2 Grow and sign up in the giveaway tab to win one of 6 fun Emoji surprises.  HINT HINT your students will love this prize!! It will be great to use in the classroom

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