Sunday, May 1, 2016

Incredible Equations!

Have you ever heard of Incredible Equations?
This picture shows what I'm talking about.

This can be done every day or once a week. But it should be done on a regular basis in order for the students to catch on and understand number sense better. 

Here are the simple directions:
  • Pick a number for them to focus on. In the beginning of the year, pick a smaller number. (You may have to teach them several ways to find those answers, but in time, some kids will see it on their own.) 
  • Students think of numbers that would have that chosen number as an answer.
  • They can use a variety of strategies to equal that number. (add, subtract, multiply, and divide)
  • Look for patterns that might repeat if you add one to each number or subtract one from each number. (52-27, 53-28, 54-29, 55-30, etc.)
  • Stretch their brains by telling them that one thing is the same as another name, like  5+5+5+5+5 is the same as 5x5. 
  • They can add 2 numbers, 3 numbers, or more to get to the chosen number. 
The kids love this and they love saying the words Incredible Equations. Great vocabulary!
 You can do this on a pad of paper, your whiteboard or whatever works for your room. 
Please let me know if you try this and how well it works with your kiddos.  

Friday, April 29, 2016

End of the Year Gift for Your Students

Today I'm posting a flashlight poem that I posted a few years ago. This is for anyone who might have missed it before. It was a big hit for my kids and other teachers, so I wanted to share it again.

 Reading in your bed is ok, 
but when you have a flashlight to use, 
it's even more fun!

Reading under the covers is cooler with a flashlight.
Reading under the kitchen table is 
better than sitting in a chair! Just think of all the possible dark places you could read if you had a flashlight.

Click on the picture to take you to my store.

I hope this sheds some light on your student's reading!