Monday, January 28, 2013

Want to win free stuff from my store?

I am celebrating 1000 followers at my TpT Store!  I'm so grateful to my loyal followers.
I'm giving away $30 worth of Science Penguin products (your choice!) to one lucky winner/ follower.  It begins January 28 and runs through February 2.  Just sign up at The Science Penguin!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Football Fraction Fanatics!

Happy Sunday, y'all!  I wanted to give you a peak of my newest product, Football Fraction Fanatics.  Since it's a brand new product, it will be 50% off for the rest of the day!

It includes 3 fun, football-themed activities that can be used in centers, partner activities, small group, or anything else you can think of!

The first activity is Fraction Model Match-up where students match up the improper fraction or mixed number cards with the corresponding fraction models.
The next activity is a comparing fractions activity where students compare 8 fractions to 1/2 and glue them to the correct side of the goal post.
 The third activity is for practicing ordering fractions.  There are 4 sets of fraction cards for students to order using pictorial models.  You can have them check their work with Multiply the Butterfly or common denominators, too!
Answer sheets and keys are included.  I made these with a few kiddos in mind that love football, but aren't as into math.  I'm really hoping they enjoy them!

Click the pic to see it on TpT!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Fractions Word Problems Freebie

I've got 8 word problems in worksheet format for you to use with your students.  This can work for whole class or small group review.

Topics include: representing fractions with pictorial models, fractions on a number line, comparing and equivalent fractions with models, ordering fractions using pictorial models, and representing improper fractions with models.

I would love it if you leave me a comment should you choose to use this!  :)

Click the pic below to access the GoogleDoc!

Be sure to check out all of the resources and ideas for fractions on The Math Penguin.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Converting Customary Units of Measurement and Class Matching Game

Measurement is coming up and here in Texas, 4th graders convert customary units only!  Hooray--in 5th, I taught customary and metric conversions, so this will be nice until the standards change again.  ;)

Here's a little activity to spice up matching games in your classroom!  This is for finding equal amounts in customary units!
I've spent way too long putting together Measurement is a Zoo, 70 pages devoted to customary conversions!  This file is meant to introduce conversions before moving on to more rigorous word problems.  I feel that students need some time to grasp the concept of conversions before you scare them off with the tricky problems!
Above is a picture of the Converting Length section.  Each section (Length, Weight, Volume, and Time) has 4 teacher examples, 3 student worksheets, and a quick quiz with 1 problem.  There are 2 strategies built in to teach conversions: conversion tables and The 5 Steps.  Learning both helps students understand the way conversions work.
As pictured above, I included some activities that can be used in a variety of ways: posters, 8 word problem cards, and 28 matching cards!  There is also an example page and worksheet called Tricky Zoo Time where students have to change things like...1 hour 35 minutes into 95 minutes.

Click the pic to check it out on TpT!

Thanks for stopping by!  
BTW...for scrolling down this far, you get to find out a little secret...
The first person to comment with their email address on this post will have Measurement is a Zoo! sent to them.  I will do that from time to time so pay close attention!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Mardi Gras Math Fun/ Clip Art Linky

Ok--I'm going  to include my clip art linky stuff on top of my original post!  I'm new to being clip art obsessed, so let me share the super cute stuff they made me want more, more, more!  I hope you will check out some of these awesome graphic artists!


Head over to Primary Polka Dots to see more awesome clip art!
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Now to Mardi Gras!
So I'm a pretty big fan of Mardi Gras.  I grew up in Mobile and love traveling to New Orleans.  Mardi Gras is February 12 and in honor of an awesome holiday, I created some Mardi Gras Word Problem Task Cards.
But first here's some Nola pics.  I've seen a commercial filming two different times I've been there.  Below is one for Capital One.  I love the music and the art sold on the street!  What a fantastic city!

For the task cards, I left the racy stuff out and kept it rated G for the kiddos.  There are 16 word problems, ans answer sheet, and a key.  If you want something to weave in with Valentine's activities, this is great for you!

Click the pic to check it out! 

I posted some science notebooking ideas at The Science Penguin, so be sure to stop by there!
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