Thursday, 28 March 2019

Free Shark Themed Multiplication Activities

Are you looking for an engaging way for your students to practice multiplication facts? 

Do your students love sharks as much as mine do?

I have combined sharks and multiplication to create a fun, FREE way for my students to practice their multiplication facts and I am sharing it with you. 

Students learn multiplication facts quicker when they have hands on, interactive activities to do. I get my students' minds working with these fun multiplication activities.
All they will need is a pencil, scissors, glue, and a curiosity for riddles!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Multiplication-Practice-2-5-10-times-tables-1335976?utm_source=Terri's%20Teaching%20Treasures&utm_campaign=Shark%20multiplication%20TTT%20post

Here are the details!

The first activity, will have your students solving a shark themed riddle. They will answer multiplication facts to get the answer to the riddle.
The second activity is more hands on. Students will sort multiplication facts, identifying if they are true or false. This is where the scissors and glue come in.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Multiplication-Practice-2-5-10-times-tables-1335976?utm_source=Terri's%20Teaching%20Treasures&utm_campaign=Shark%20multiplication%20TTT%20post

Different Uses

  • Put the cut and paste multiplication activity in a math center. Photocopy one page for each student. Another option is to cut out and laminate the sorting multiplication facts. Place the True and False page in a protector sheet and have students sort on the mat. They will put the pieces away (mixed up) for the next student.
  • Use the worksheets as a whole class activity after your students have learned the multiplication concept. These multiplication activities make great practice activities.
Answer keys are provided so you can easily mark the pages. The answer keys are easy to read for student use so you can have them mark their own work if that is better for you. 

Will the multiplication activities work for your students?

These printables are great for any student who is beginning to learn their multiplication facts. Ideal for 2nd grade and 3rd grade students. If you have 4th grade and 5th grade students who need extra practice with multiplication facts, they will enjoy these activities also.

How do you get a FREE copy?

To get your FREE copy today just click on any of the pictures or right here.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Multiplication-Practice-2-5-10-times-tables-1335976?utm_source=Terri's%20Teaching%20Treasures&utm_campaign=Shark%20multiplication%20TTT%20post
Cheers,
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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

The Importance of Teaching Students About Syllables

I have read a lot of research articles about the importance of teaching students the ins and outs of syllables and I could bore you with all the technical mumbo jumbo, but I won't. I will let you know the highlights of my research (and 14 years of teaching) and do so in easy to read language. No one (well not me at least) has time for the crazy talk of research when they are looking for new teaching tips and ideas.
If you want to read some of the research for yourself, I will leave a list of some of the articles I read, at the end of this post.

What are Syllables:
Syllables are part of phonological awareness and is a strategy we teach to students after they have mastered decoding by sounding out individual letter sounds and rhyming skills. Or to put it another way --- Syllables are the building blocks of words!

Teaching students syllable awareness (how to identify the number of syllables in a word and how to break a word up into syllables) is an important part of reading and writing.

Why Teach Syllables:
1) It helps students decode words quicker because they will be chunking sounds rather than sounding out individual letters.
2) It can help students read more fluently and accurately.
3) There are positive benefits to oral language because it helps with the pronunciation of words.
4) Helps students spell during writing times because they are breaking the word into smaller parts.

What is the difference between syllable blending and segmenting?
Syllable blending is when a student is given the syllables (usually orally) of a word and he or she has to blend them together to identify the word. For instance, if the teacher were to say "pen - cil" the student would blend them together and say "pencil".

Syllable segmenting goes the other way. The student is given the word in its entirety and they are required to break it up (segment) it into its syllables. For example, the teacher says "butterfly" and the students would say "but - ter - fly".


Ways students can identify the syllables
1) Students can put their hand under their chin. While they are saying a word, they count the number of times their chin pushes their hand down. When the hand is being pushed down, this is where the word is segmented by a syllable.
2) Students can clap the "rhythm" of a word. Each clap is a syllable. If students have a difficult time clapping while they are saying the word, they can put up a finger for each part or us a block or counter to place on the table for each part.
If you use GoNoodle with your class, check out this fun song!

It is important to remind students that each syllable segment must have a vowel in it.

When to teach syllables?
Almost all of the research I read said that teaching syllables should not be just a quick lesson or mini-unit but that we should be giving our students repeated exposure to syllables throughout their time in school. We are still teaching our students new vocabulary that they have to read and write all through elementary (and beyond) school and looking at the syllables of these words will help them just as much as it helps first graders decode and write beginning words.

This is one of the reasons that I still have my 4th graders identify the number of syllables in a word and to segment new words into their syllables. I do this as part of spelling/grammar, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies lessons.

During Language Arts blocks students work on syllables for many of their spelling units and I also incorporate it into my literacy centers. I find that students enjoy practicing literacy skills far better when they are put into a literacy center or game.

Engage your students with these fun syllable sort literacy centers.

I currently have 14 different themed syllable sorts that I incorporate into my literacy centers. Sometimes students will work on them with a partner (especially if they feel less confident in reading the words) but they mostly work on them independently.
After I have taught them how to complete one of the centers, they quickly become familiar with the task and need very little (sometimes just a quick reminder) to no instructions on how to do the others because the task is the same for all of the themes. 

What themes are currently available?

  • school / back to school
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas (FREE) 
  • Valentine's Day
  • Easter
  • Earth Day
  • Winter (great for January/February)
  • Summer
  • Camping
  • Ocean
  • Space
  • Canada (great for provinces and symbols)
  • Food
You can check out any of these (and bundling options) by clicking any of the photos or right HERE


Want to try out a FREE literacy center?
I have made my Christmas syllable sort center free so that you can check out what it is like before you purchase the other themes.


You can find the Christmas literacy center here.

Want to read more about syllables? Here are some links to some of the articles I found interesting and informing:
The Effects of Syllable Awareness Skills on the Word-Reading Performances of Students Reading in a Transparent Orthography by Birkan Guldenoglu

Threads of Reading by Karen Tankersley (affiliate link)

Effects of Syllable-Based Reading Intervention in Poor-Reading Fourth Graders by Muller, Richter, Karageorgos, Krawietz & Ennemoser

Cheers,


Saturday, 9 March 2019

Free St. Patrick's Day Alphabetical Order

Do you have a class that needs differentiated St. Patrick's Day activities?

All your students can be working on alphabetical order with these St. Patrick's Day alphabetical order pages. They are differentiated to help with students who need extra time to complete an activity. The pages look similar, one just has fewer words. There are 15 or 10 words for your students to order.
free st. patrick's day alphabetical order worksheets terri's teaching treasures

These St. Patrick's Day alphabetical order pages are perfect for literacy centers, morning work, or working with words.
If students finish early they can color the leprechaun themed pictures.
free st. patrick's day alphabetical order worksheets terri's teaching treasures

Paper Saving Tip:

If you want to save paper and use these in a literacy center all you have to do is place the pages in page protectors and have students use whiteboard markers to complete the activities. Once students are done and the page has been checked, all they have to do is wipe it clean and the next student can use it!

Another way to save on paper is to print 2 pages on 1 sheet of paper. This will make each page half the size but they will still be readable and have plenty of room to record answers on. 

Low prep for you, differentiated for your students!

Get your FREE copy by clicking on any picture or right here!
free st. patrick's day alphabetical order worksheets terri's teaching treasures
Are you looking for some St, Patrick's Day Math ideas? Here is a blog post I wrote about my St. Patrick's Day multiplication centers.










If you have a smartboard in your classroom, I have created a fun way to complete your attendance during March. Check out these FREE St. Patrick's Day smartboard attendance slides. 



Cheers,

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Teaching Growth Mindset

This year I noticed that many of my students were using a lot of negative self talk and that they were giving up on a task before they even started. Something needed to be done about this so I did some research on Growth Mind Set and decided that this is exactly what my students needed.


We begin by watching the story The Dot and talk about how the Vashti changes over the story. This story makes it VERY clear that she goes from having a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. This story leads to introducing the terms "growth" and "fixed" mindset. 



We then created our first classroom bulletin board together. I showed them the fixed mind set message and together they decided on what the growth mind set message went with it. You can get the posters for this bulletin board from The Blessed Teacher.

We went over a lot of different scenerios and partner talks and then we completed Jennifer Runde's (All her stuff is AMAZING!) Growth MindSet Stick-It Together activity.

Here are some examples of what my students came up with.



Throughout our study I use many video and these are 2 of the ones my students get the most information from.


 


One Two of the BIG takeaways from our lessons were that they are still learning and that mistakes are part of learning. Also the power of the word "YET". I still here them using the word now and it makes me smile. I have a giant Yet sign on the wall by our classroom door and students see it when they come in/leave the room, as well as when they are doing their work because it is at the front of the room. 

We listen to The Power of Yet song during our lessons and it is so catchy that the kids can't stop singing it. 

Growth mindset is not something that should be touched on for a couple of lessons and then left. We refer back to it often and I even hear students reminding their peers when things get tough. I was shocked when they noticed that the main character in Abel's Island (class read aloud) was showing a growth mindset because he never gave up. I was a proud teacher when they brought this up :) 


I am sure I will write more posts or update this one throughout the remainder of the year because growth mind set has become the norm in my classroom now. 

Cheers,







 
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