## Thursday, March 13, 2014

### If You Blog About It, They Will Come

This is just a quick post because believe it or not, I do have a school bag full of tests that need to be corrected, put into a spread sheet and eventually put into our report cards. . . blah . . . blah. . . blah. . . you all know what I'm talking about. And I'm willing to bet that some of you who are reading this should be doing the very same thing that I am doing! HA! I caught you! So read quick then go do your school work.

Or you can be like my kids. . . they've been groaning like crazy when ever I say the four letter word that they hate. . . . T. E. S.T!

Today I explained to them that I should be the one doing the groaning. I told them that they only had to do these 3 sheets of paper for some tests. But that I had to check 28 x 3 papers tonight. I told them that on most nights I'm working on school stuff until 10:00. I think they finally got it. I didn't hear anymore groans today.

I think many students struggle with story problems because of several reasons. They can't read well, they can't tell if they should add, subtract or both, they aren't sure how to set up their equation (number model), and they aren't sure what  numbers to use.

TPT is full of wonderful story problem activities and I have bought several. But I felt something was still missing that seemed basic to me, but not to my students.

I made What's the Equation? to help them with finding the correct equation. They will see 3 choices of equations with each story problem. They need to look carefully at the numbers and the symbol and then decide which one correctly connects and works with that story problem.
I would love to give it away tomorrow night. Let's keep this simple.
Stop in to see the Crazy Schoolteacher. Read about her fundraiser she's having. Leave her some words of encouragement, then come back to my blog. Leave your email in my comments. I'll check back tomorrow night and I'll pick 3 winners. Thanks for filling her bucket and mine!

Patty

1. That ugly cancer just doesn't know how to leave good people alone. Our prayers are with this family.
sherry-matheson.blogspot.com

2. Being diagnosed with one type of cancer is struggle enough--but two! My prayers go out to the family.
chief9937@Yahoo.com

3. Cancer is such an emotional roller coaster. My heart goes out to the family.
mjaquillard@oregoncs.org

4. Such a sad situation! But what a great idea for a fundraiser!
Brooke

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