Sunday, 13 March 2016

Earth Day Worksheets

Earth Day Activities

Earth Day worksheets: These are worksheets and activities for Earth day that you can do with your class. It is ideal for third grade, fourth grade and fifth grade students. The order of the pages start from the 3rd grade level, then increase in complexity to the 5th grade level. It has many literacy and science worksheets for Earth day. This booklet encourages lots of writing and presents it in a fun way. It also includes a bulletin board set with energy saving tips and an interactive notebook foldable for clean energy.

Earth Day Activities 3rd Grade Earth Day Worksheets 5rd Grade

Energy Saving Tips Earth Day Earth Day printables
Happy Earth Day!

Friday, 11 March 2016

Fraction Posters

Pizza Fractions

Fraction PostersFraction posters with pizza slices: circle fractions are conceptually the easiest types of fraction representation for students and students can relate to pizza. Each fraction poster shows the pizza fraction picture, fraction numeral, fraction word name and simple definition. This file also includes numberlines for different fraction families and pizza themed bulletin board accents to dress up your display area with the pizza theme. The posters themselves can be made into a matching activity by cutting apart the bottom sections and letting students match them to their respective fractions above. You can also print these out at six or nine posters per page and use them as flash cards or a memory game. This is available here in a 37 page PDF file from my TpT collection.

Fraction sorting   Fraction numberline

These posters can be used as a teaching tool for comparing and sorting different fractions according to: the grouping of unit fractions, fraction families, and the matching of equivalent fractions, fraction numberline placement, ascending and descending order, and by sorting any two fractions by greater than, less, than or equivalent.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Classroom Grocery Math


Hi check out our grocery corner! We have very limited classroom space so it had to be mounted on the back wall. I used my daughter's old Monopoly dollars and placed them into separately labelled Zip-lock bags at the base of the station. Real coins are on the right. You can use more realistic toy money like this one here from Educational Insights.

First, I set up the store are area on the wall, if you have more classroom space and funding you can use actual goods like popular snacks or classroom stationery as the goods that will be for sale that is laid out on shelves.  Commercially available sets like this one can work too. I appointed myself as the cashier and did a role play of a purchase with one of my students. After this I let other students come and 'buy' things from me (as the cashier) but I gave them enough dollars and cents to be able to pay with exact money. After some practice with this, we moved on to having them buy more than one items at a time. I gave them blank bill templates to list and add the price of their goods for themselves. The final stage was to let them buy things using a larger dollar value and letting them subtract their totals from the dollar amount that they were paying with to calculate the change. 
classroom-grocery-bill-template-example blank-shopping-bill-template-without-change Blank-shopping-bill-template-with-change

For each new concept, I did a role play, and had the templates ready and showed them how to write them up. Even though I did not use calculators (they are banned at my school) I would recommend using them because I think that the goal of the exercise it to understand the flow of the steps and not necessarily the skills that are taught for addition and subtraction (during that exercise).
I would also recommend a cash register toy like this one below.

We have done a lot of addition and subtraction prior to moving on to this unit. We also studied dollars and cents and equivalences in money before to starting the store. Below are some links to useful books that are all about dollars and cents for kids.

Grades 1-3:


Tuesday, 8 March 2016

St. Patrick's Day Activities

St. Patrick's Day Worksheets

St. Patrick's Day Activities and worksheets (no prep). I made this set of literacy activities that teach about the St. Patrick’s day history and customs. This printable booklet has lots of writing activities, games, word search and crossword puzzles, and worksheets. It also includes a math board game for division facts for the numbers 2 to 5, St. Patrick’s Day Bracelets, and answer keys for the worksheets and activities. The board game is in color and to be printed on card stock but the worksheets are in black and white to save you ink. Check out the pictures below and click on them to see more.

St. Patrick's Day Activities black and white St. Patrick's Day Math 2nd Grade

St. Patrick's Day Math Game Activity St. Patrick's Day bracelets

St. Patrick's Day Word Search printable St. Patrick's Day Printables 3rd grade

St. Patrick's Day words worksheets alphabetical order St. Patrick's Day third grade worksheets

Saturday, 5 March 2016

How to Teach Symmetry - Fun Geometry Activities for the Classroom


Symmetry  is seen all around us and can be taken for granted. It is present in nature, as well as in most man-made objects around us. Why do we like it so much? It is aesthetically pleasing and it has useful functions think of bridges and towers). 

Why teach Symmetry? The hands-on activities that are required for the learning of this concept reinforces the concept of left and right and allow for the increase of students' dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination e.g. cutting out and folding of shapes. I think that it will also help students to develop a sense of Aesthetics congruence to help them imagine and visualize (using abstract thinking).

Some resources for teaching symmetry are:

Pictures - Simple pictures of objects that are symmetrical in shape, some can have only one line of symmetry. Also, pictures of irregular shaped objects are to be used to give students precise criteria for symmetry.
Ink blots - For reflections. Ink is blotted to one side of a page, when the page is folded the blot pattern is superimposed onto the other side. It is important to point out to students that the folded crease becomes the line of symmetry.
A Geoboard - This can be used for building geometrical designs with rubber bands on the geoboard. First, you stretch a rubber band down the center to make a line, then make a design or shape on one side and another student creates its mirror image on the other side.

Dot grids - Students connect the dots on grid paper to create symmetrical shapes and to predict and complete the missing congruent half of the shape.
Symmetrical plane shapes - Paper shapes, wooden shapes, foam shapes, felt shapes, etc. The wooden shapes are very durable, I have never needed to replace mine. However, the paper, felt, and foam shapes are bendable and this is important because it allows students to bend and fold the shapes to find out if they have symmetry.

Mirrors - There's the mirror and there's the mira. There is a possible element of danger if you are using mirrors in the classroom. What if it breaks? The mira (also called a geo-reflector) works almost like a mirror but not quite. It is used specifically for teaching symmetry and it is safe for classroom use. Read more about it here and here.

Non-symmetrical plane shapes - as non-examples, to show that not all shapes have symmetry (irregular shapes).

I keep my own collection of paper shapes that I print on colored paper from a template. This is my collection for my students to fold to find symmetry. Click here or on the pictures below to download it for free!

You may also be interested in the symmetry book project my students did...

Friday, 4 March 2016

St. Patrick's Day Books!

St. Patrick's Day Book list

For St. Patrick's Day, you can't have a St. Pat's classroom without lots of books about leprechauns and rainbows... So here's a list only for St. Patrick's Day Books!





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