Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Product Swap and a Giveaway!

Don't you just love it when you find a new resource that you know will make your teaching life easier? I know I do. Luckily for me, I met Kelly from An Apple for the Teacher during the TPT conference this summer, and let me tell you, she has some AWESOME resources.

Today, we are both blogging about a little product swap we did! I'm so excited to share Kelly's awesome 5th Grade Math Journal Prompts.


This year, I am working on implementing lessons through the Engage NY curriculum modules, and I LOVE it. But I was also looking for something to add to the mix that would help kids show their problem solving skills while using some of the amazing concepts they are learning through Engage NY.

Kelly's product really has great problems to showcase what students are learning in our daily math lessons. For each Common Core Standard, there are 4 journal prompts. The Table of Contents below shows each cluster of standards, but the journal prompts are for individual standards!


Not to mention, she gives some awesome ideas for HOW to use the prompts in your classroom! (I'll show you how I used them in a minute!)


I decided to use the first prompt with the whole class to reinforce a standard we had been working on:


Each page focuses on problem solving, creating a representation and writing a sentence with your answer. We had been working on using place value concepts to discuss how much each digit in a number is worth and why. So this prompt seemed like the perfect way to reinforce this idea and see how much my students had learned!


First, I had my class work with partners to discuss the problem and solve it. They were able to think of a model that worked for them and then get their equation, solution and sentence as well. I liked having them work in partners for the first one, since they were getting used to the format and it was new! (When we did a second one this week, they worked on their own.)



It was great to see them applying what we had already learned in a new way!

The best part? They LOVED it!! Here are some of the things they had to say about this activity:

"It was so fun to do. I like that it is organized." -Z

"I liked this activity because it helps keep yourself organized. The thing that was most helpful was the model." -C

"What was helpful was there as a spot for everything." -F

"I liked this page because I like my thinking organized. It was helpful because I  knew where everything was supposed to go." -J

"The boxes were big so I had room to write." -M

This product has been kid tested and it got glowing reviews! I would also give it my stamp of approval.

Students were able to take previously taught skills and concepts and show their understanding in a new way. I love that I can use something as a quick formative assessment to see where kids are in their learning! I can't wait to get on to other standards so I can continue to use 5th Grade Math Journal Prompts. Maybe I might even use some as a preassessment!!!

See?? The wheels are still turning.

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Thanks so much to Kelly for swapping products with me! If you want to check out my product that she tried in her classroom, head over to her blog, An Apple For The Teacher!

An Apple for the Teacher



Are you looking for new ways for students to show their understanding?? Well, you are in luck. Enter below to win a copy of 5th Grade Math Journal Prompts and a $10 giftcard to TPT!

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What's your new favorite teaching tool?? Share in the comments below!


Monday, September 7, 2015

SLANT Box Exchange Awesomeness

If you haven't had the opportunity to participate in the amazing SLANT Box Exchange put together by Jameson at Lessons With Coffee, I bet you will want to after seeing this!!

I was SO extremely lucky to be randomly paired with the fabulous Rachel from Mrs. O Knows. In case you weren't sure, SLANT stands for Sending Love Across the Nation to Teachers. And I could TOTALLY feel the love from Rachel. 

We knew each other a little bit already from some collaborative blogs and Facebook groups, but this was an opportunity to get to know each other even better. The theme was Summer Jam, so we decided that we would put together a box to keep summer going. Rachel asked me questions about my favorite music, hobbies, food and activities that make summer what it is. Before I knew it, she sent me an email to say my box was on the way!!!

When I got home and checked the mail, I found this adorable box full of goodies!
Rachel is so crafty! Even the box was super cute!
When I opened the box, I found a sweet note and individually wrapped presents! I'm sure that my mouth dropped open with excitement, because my husband asked me if everything was ok...


Everything was packed in so neatly, I was hesitant to even take stuff out of the box. But, I'm sure you know, I quickly got over it and started opening each one!

Each one had a tag with a note! So thoughtful!
Every gift was SO perfect for me. Rachel really took the time to get to know me, and made sure each present reflected that in some way. I haven't been so touched by a gift in a long time...I even got a little teary eyed while I was opening them they were so thoughtful. She paid attention to my favorite team (the Broncos), my favorite beverages (coffee and beer), my favorite snack (Chex Mix), my favorite music and more. Even if you didn't know me, after seeing the gifts in this box, you would totally know me!!

You'll notice the Chex Mix is missing? Someone else in this house loves it too....
I am so glad I participated in this exchange. I loved getting to know Rachel better, and hopefully making her feel as special as she made me feel!

Thanks so much to Jameson who puts this whole thing together. It's a lot of work and I'm sure it's not easy, but I really appreciate it because it gives us the opportunity to get to know other teachers around the world! If you are interested for next time, make sure to watch for upcoming sign ups by following Lessons With Coffee.
http://lessonswithcoffee.com/category/slant-box-exchange

 Thanks again to Rachel! You made me feel really special! :-)