Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Best Year Yet Blog Hop and Giveaway!

I can not believe that 2013 has come to an end.   With each New Year I find myself excited to make new goals for the upcoming year in order to help myself continue to have something to strive for.  Usually my first goal is to work out more, eat better, think of an amazing invention to come up with so I can strike it rich!  Have you decided on a New Year's Resolution yet?  Is your health, fitness, or job related?  Well, whatever it is, we're here to help you...although we all think you're perfect just the way you are! 

Once again, I have teamed up with several fabulous teacher bloggers, and we are here to bring you The Best Year Yet Blog Hop and Giveaway.
From New Year's Eve until January 2, you can hop around our blogs and grab a FREEBIE from each of us. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at The Teaching Tribune for your chance to win one of these fabulous prizes:
Today I am offering the product below as my freebie. Simply click on the picture to take you to my store to download it.
If you're on the same schedule as I am, we begin fractions as soon as we get back from winter break, so I thought this would be a great product for you to introduce fractions to your students.  

While you're at my store, you may also want to check out these other fraction products, just perfect for those first few weeks back at school.  

Be sure to continue the circle on the blog hop by clicking the button below.
We truly hope that 2014 is your best year yet and that it brings you good health, happiness and many other good things.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Blog Makeover!

I have been wanting to get a professional blog makeover for a while now.  I am not an expert with design or blogging, so I enlisted the help of a fellow teacher/blogger/designer extraordinaire to give my entire blog a fresh new look.  Christi Fultz from Ms. Fultz's Corner and Design by Christi has worked her magic and taken many of the colors and concepts from my old blog and whipped them up into a brand new look.  She does an amazing job and is wonderful to work with.  If you like what you see, check out some of her other work.

I hope you like the new blog and if you have any comments/feedback, please leave it!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Remembering Sandy Hook

As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School.  We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children.  We honor their memory with our service.  Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Real World Math: Dividing Decimals

I have decided to start writing posts about how you can incorporate real world skills into your math class, depending on what standard you are working on.  One major aspect of really providing rigorous learning for your students is to take the everyday skills you teach, and connect them to something useful in the outside world so that they will understand why they are learning them and how they may use them in their future.

This week we finally moved into decimal division.  I like to begin this with whole numbers in the divisor.  In this case, students simply move the decimal from the dividend straight up into their quotient.  Next, I like to move on to decimal division with whole number divisors that do not evenly divide, so my students have to learn the concept of adding zeroes to the dividend to continue dividing.  Third, I have them divide two whole number, the smaller number being the dividend so that they learn the skill of adding a decimal and zero to the dividend.  Finally, we finish up with dividing a decimal by a decimal.  Having a decimal in the divisor is incredibly tricky, especially in Common Core.  They must learn the concept of multiplying the dividend and divisor by the same power of ten, until the divisor becomes a whole number.  This is very difficult for students to grasp.  The easiest thing to do is to just tell them that they need to move the decimal to the right in the divisor until it becomes whole, and then move the decimal in the dividend the same number of places.  Unfortunately, teaching the trick is no longer a best practice, and it is important for students to understand WHY they are solving problems in the way that they are.

Sounds confusing, right?  Try teaching it!  I have yet to find a truly groundbreaking way to teach decimal division, but I am definitely working on having my students practice with real-life examples.  Here are some life skills that you can incorporate into your lessons:

Dividing Decimals by Whole Numbers

  • Provide your students with restaurant bills and have them decide how much each person would owe if it was split evenly.
  • Create a yearly salary for your student and have them figure out what their monthly income would be.
  • Create an amount of some type of cupcake mix that has to be split up evenly into 12 or 24 cupcakes.  Determine how much batter will be needed for each cupcake

Dividing a Smaller Whole Number by a Larger Whole Number

  • Have students find the batting averages of baseball players - divide the number of hits by the number of times at bat (you can include real examples from professionals).  For example:  Derek Jeter had 56 at bats in his last 25 game.  If he had 28 hits, what is his batting average?

Dividing a Decimal by a Decimal

  • Take an amount of food, and divide it up into portions that weigh a certain number of pounds, ounces, grams, etc. (that isn't a whole number)  For example:  I had 25.2 ounces of cupcake batters to separate.  If each cupcake gets 1.2 ounces, how many cupcakes I you make?

If you have other examples of real world problems that can be used for dividing decimals, please reply below.  I would love to continue adding them to this post so that you can incorporate them into your lessons.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Winter Holiday Ebooks Are Here!!

I'm so excited to share that I am a part of the Teachers Pay Teachers Winter Holiday Ebook for grades 3-6. Each Ebook contains 50 sellers' holiday tips and freebies, which were generously compiled by Rachel Lynette. If you're looking to find some fantastic ideas and activities for your students as the holidays approach, download this free book **HERE**.  Flip through and see if you can find mine!

There are also versions for PreK/K, grades 1&2, and grades 7-12.  You can find the links for these in the description for the 3-6 Ebook.

Enjoy this amazing resource and Happy Holidays!!!