Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Array City: Ideas to Integrate the Curriculum

This week I introduced arrays and repeated addition to my second graders. I explained rows and columns and how arrays help us to count things faster. The first day, I gave them stickers and they created their own arrays on index cards. Today we built a city! Read on to find out how...


I originally saw this idea on Pinterest and followed the link to Resources From the Hart. I just knew I had to adapt the lesson for my second graders. If there is a way to connect math to art, writing, and more, I am all for it!

Review repeated addition and beginning multiplication skills with this popular math craft and bulletin board display.

Each student started with the following items: one sheet of black paper per student, colored construction paper, glue sticks, scissors, black felt tip marker, and a white crayon or colored pencil.

Review repeated addition and beginning multiplication skills with this popular math craft and bulletin board display.

I modeled a sample array city for them. I showed them how to cut different size buildings. I explained that every window does not need to be the same size. I stressed the importance of lining the windows up into rows and columns to clearly model their understanding of what an array should look like. I also told them they could not repeat the same array. Each building needed to be different.

Review repeated addition and beginning multiplication skills with this popular math craft and bulletin board display.

Students worked at their table with their partners. They needed to check each other's work, before any windows could be glued down.

Review repeated addition and beginning multiplication skills with this popular math craft and bulletin board display.

After the windows were glued, they needed to write how many rows of windows there were on each building and how many window were in each row. This showed their understanding of rows and columns. Then, they needed to write a repeated addition sentences to connect their understanding to arrays.

Review repeated addition and beginning multiplication skills with this popular math craft and bulletin board display.

When they were finished, their partner checked their writing and made corrections where needed. Then, each student traced over their writing with a black marker to "seal the deal." Finally, they used their white crayon to add a night sky to their city. Below is the finished product!

I extended this even further and had each student write a word problem to go along with their Array City. Tomorrow, during math, we will pass out the word problems to different students and have them solve them and share their answers with the class.

Review repeated addition and beginning multiplication skills with this popular math craft and bulletin board display.

Review repeated addition and beginning multiplication skills with this popular math craft and bulletin board display.

If you are looking for some other ways to help your students learn and understand multiplication strategies, here is a FREEBIE for you:

Multiplication FREEBIE
Array Task Cards


I hope you can get some inspiration from this project and adapt it for your students too. Enjoy!


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Back To School Ideas



Back To School is in full force! And we all know, there is no tired, like teacher tired during the first month of school. I am going to share a few time saving tips with you that will help ease your stress levels and help you relax a bit during the beginning of the school year.


Are you required to post student learning standards each day? I was spending WAY TOO MUCH time writing the CCSS out on the board each day. It took up valuable learning space on my board and I was getting frustrated. To solve this problem, I created kid-friendly standards posters I could change out easily and quickly in a pocket chart. The front of each card has the standard, in kid-friendly words. The back of each card, has the actual standard written out with the standard number and strand.These are available for all the ELA and MATH standards grades K-5. Now, when I have my admin, a parent, etc. come into our classroom, they can easily see what skills we are working on throughout the day.

Easy to use student friendly standards cards in kid friendly language make switching standards out so much easier.



Do parent conferences stress you out? Do you hate prepping for them or don't know how to organize all the information you want to tell them in 15 minutes? I have the resource for you! Getting organized for conferences has never been easier, since I started using this personalized conference binder. It has all the forms and information I need at my fingertips. 


All the forms are editable, which helps save time too! This pack includes:

1. A conference note to send home with the date and time of the meeting. 
2. A reminder note
3. Sign in sheet
4. Missed You At Our Conference note
5. FIVE conference checklist options
6. Personalized binder cover


I love to use these editable parent teacher conference forms to help make conference run smoothly.


This is, by far, a new favorite in my classroom! Be the coolest teacher on campus with this Back To School bulletin board. Bridging the gap between school and social media will make you a hit with your students and their families. Each student will create their own Instagram page with a personalized picture, comment, and hashtag. This is a great student center bulletin board that you can leave up all year! I emailed the parents and asked them to email a picture of their child doing a favorite activity, on a summer trip, or just hanging out. They kids were so excited to see their faces up on the board as each picture was sent in. It is a great motivator and they love reading what each caption says.

I love to create a personalized bulletin board Instagram style at the beginning of each school year.


Do you get frustrated always having to stop your teaching to help a student log on to a website? Are you looking for a way to organize their user names and passwords? I have the resource for you! And the best part....it's FREE!

I was getting so frustrated every time we went to computer lab and I would always have several little kiddos tell me they couldn't log on to a site because their password didn't work. Nobody has time for that!  To solve this problem, I created individual student password cards! This was a game changer for me. Just write the student's name, user name, and password on the card. Then, laminate them and hole punch so you can put them on a ring. Each time I go to the computer lab, I grab the appropriate password ring and off we go. Ta Dah! Problem solved! You can grab this FREEBIE by clicking HERE.

These free classroom password cards are great to make sure your students always know their log in information.

I hope these back to school tips have given you some ideas that you can use in your classroom. Best of all, you can start implementing them immediately! Enjoy!

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