Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sweet Tweet Arrays

One of my dearest blogging friends and I have paired up to have our own little product swap! How fun is that? Tania from My Second Sense is one amazing lady! Our classes were paired up to be pen pals this year. It has been so much fun for our kids to write one another letters and send them across the country. I am in California and Tania is in North Carolina. At first my kids thought North Carolina was a different country. So needless to say, we had a few geography lessons to fix that idea!

One of the concepts I love to teach is multiplication. It comes at the end of the year, and I just feel like my kiddos are growing up and getting ready for third grade when I start teaching them about arrays. I was really excited when Tania sent me this amazing packet.
It is FULL of fun and creative ways to introduce and teach arrays. Here are some of the things that are included:

Anchor charts and teacher task cards to model arrays with the kids. I used this as a whole group activity, but it could easily be used for small groups too.

Individual student array cards. These are great to have a center or use on a small group.

I loved the anchor charts in the packet. They clearly explain the differences between rows and columns. This is always tricky for my little guys, but not after the visuals I showed them! Here they are hard at work identifying the arrays using the task cards and their student sheets.


They loved using the picture cards and writing their multiplication sentences.

After the kids got the hang of identifying arrays correctly, they were able to make their own arrays. Each students was given a sheet of birds and told to make their own array. Then they needed to identify the amount of rows and columns to make their multiplication sentence. They had a blast! 


When they were finished, each child shared their array with the class and explained how they created it! They were so proud of themselves! Then, we created a class book with our new arrays! If you are looking for a comprehensive, fun way to engage your students and teach them about arrays, this is the packet for you! Tania has thought of it all. Head on over to her TpT store and grab your copy now! Your kids will thank you.

If you don't already follow Tania's blog, head on over and become a follower. She has great ideas, a wonderful sense of humor and terrific products to share. You don't want to miss out!
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2 comments :

  1. Oh! I love how amazing you make me sound. This was totally tweet of you.
    I WILL go to the post office tomorrow. Even if I have to take the day off :)
    Love ya'
    Tania
    My Second Sense

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  2. Cute ideas! I have been working on arrays with my 2nd grade math group. I am heading over to your shop to check this out! :)

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