Monday, November 13, 2017

Fact Fluency Practice {Updated}

A couple years ago I started to use the TouchMath program to help teach my students how to add and subtract.  I must say I LOVE TouchMath!  It has made a HUGE difference with my student’s math fact fluency.  I no longer have students adding and subtracting with their fingers!

Once my students get the hang of adding and subtracting using TouchMath, I have them start working on their fact fluency.  I want them to be able to recall their facts quickly, accurately, and effortlessly without having to use the dots anymore. 

This year I made printable addition and subtraction flashcards for my students to practice their math facts with.  They have the dots on them in case they need them, but their goal is to work towards knowing their facts without having to use them. I give each one of my students their own set of flashcards after we learn the + or – fact.  
I run each + or – fact on a different color paper.  

The students continue to add to their flashcards as we learn more + or - facts.

The flashcards are a perfect activity for the students to do when they finish their work early and/or have some free time during class.  The flashcards even have the answers on the back, so the students can check their answer quickly as they are practicing. 

As the students practice their flashcards they can separate their cards into two piles: “Facts I Know” and “Facts I Need to Learn.”  

I also send a copy of the flashcards home with my students as homework.  I have a letter that I send home with the flashcards explaining to parents what math fact fluency is, why it’s important, and how they can help their child at home.  Not only do I send home the flashcards, but I also provide a handout with other ideas on how they can help their child practice at home.

During math center time my students also practice their fact fluency.  One out of my eight math centers always has an activity that practices fact fluency.  One of the activities I place at this center is of course flashcards!  My students love to make up games and challenges using the flashcards.  Their favorite is to race to see who can solve the problem first.  The person who solves the problem the fastest gets the card.  They love seeing how many cards they can get. 
I also like to change up the flashcards.  I have a set with the math problem written vertically and a set with the math problem written horizontally. 

Click HERE to download my Addition Flashcards with Touch Points from my TpT Store!

Click HERE to download my Subtraction Flashcards with Touch Points from my TpT Store!


For a whole-group activity I have "digital" flashcards we go through that I pull up in PowerPoint and display on my Smartboard.  This is a great student-led activity!  Need to get something done real quick in your classroom or talk to another teacher?  This activity keeps your students busy and learning during that time!  Simply pick a student helper to click through each slide while the class answers each problem! 

You can use these digital flashcards many ways in your classroom!  Use as part of your math lesson, as whole group practice, at a math center, during computer lab time, etc.

Here is a look at what the slides look like...

Each math problem is written vertically and horizontally.

When you click "Enter" in PowerPoint the answers appear in red so the students can easily check their answers!


 Not only do I have the digital flashcards in addition, but subtraction too!



To shuffle your flashcards, simply just move the slides around in PowerPoint!

Click HERE to download my Digital Addition Flashcards with Touch Points from my TpT Store!

Click HERE to download my Digital Subtraction Flashcards with Touch Points from my TpT Store!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Note to Followers

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       I wanted to take a quick minute to let everyone know of some big changes happening in my TpT store!  I have been working hard updating many of my products.  I’ve been adding more content, better graphics, more worksheets, etc!  They are turning out to be bigger and better!  So, if you have purchased anything from my TpT store make sure to check to see if it has a newly revised version available to download in your, “My Purchases” section of your TpT account.  I will continue to update you and let you know which products I’ve updated! 

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Parts of Speech Activity and/or Assessment Idea

Need a quick and easy parts of speech activity or assessment??.....Having your students color-code the words in a sentence based on their parts of speech is a great practice activity and/or assessment.  I like to do this activity after teaching each of the different parts of speech.  I just type up some easy sentences, have my students get out their crayons, and then color-code the words in the sentences.  My students refer to our Parts of Speech Posters that are posted in our classroom to know what color to use.

Here is what the color-coded sentences look like…

Here are the posters my students refer to when color-coding.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Poetry Unit

I like to spend a couple weeks each year teaching my students about poetry.  We do a number of fun activities in addition to reading and writing different poems.  We have a poetry battle, rank poetry, make a poetry journal, and much more! 

Here is a look into my poetry unit....

To kick off my poetry unit I have my students each complete this KWL Chart about Poetry.

We then discuss what poetry is, what a poet's purpose is, what poems can have, etc.  I use and display these posters during my unit!

Over the years I have found poems that are great for young children to listen to.  Instead of having multiple books that I have to search through to find the poem I want to read, I have typed the poems on individual pages and compiled them together.

Each day I choose two different poems to read to my class.  After reading the two poems, my students each vote on which poem they liked the best.  We fill in the Poetry Battle bracket together.  By the end of my poetry unit my class has found their all-time favorite poem (which is usually Brod Bager's poem Booger Love)!

I also like for my students to fill out the Ranking Poetry page after listening to a poem.  I like for them to fill these out after listening to poems that have the different parts of figurative language in them that we have learned about.

Here are some of the different figurative language topics that I cover during my poetry unit.  Each poster has the term, definition, and example.

If you are looking for Figurative Language Posters click HERE to download my 23 Figurative Language Posters from my TpT Store!

Each student makes their own Poetry Journal throughout my unit.  They choose the cover of their journal.  They color, cut, and glue it on the top of a brad folder.  Each poem the student writes gets hole-punched and added to their folder!

Each student also fills out the "About the Poet" page and adds it as the first page to their poetry journal.

Here's a look at the different poems we learn about and write throughout the unit.  I usually pick one poem a day to teach and have the students write during our allotted writing time.

Word Picture Poem
Who, What, When, Where, Why Poem 
Triplet Poem 
Shape Poem 
Quatrain Poem 
List Poem 

Limerick Poem 

-ing Poem 

I'm So Smart Poem 

Important Poem 

If It Weren't For You Poem 

If I Were...Poem 

I Wish...Poem 

I Like...Poem 

I Am Poem 

Holiday Poem 

Haiku Poem 

Free Verse Poem 

Diamante Poem 

Couplet Poem 

Color Poem 

Cinquain Poem 
Bio Poem 
Alphabet Alliteration Poem 

Adjective Poem 

5 Senses Poem 

2-Worder Poem 
Acrostic Poem 

By the end of the unit each student has a wonderful collection of poetry they have written.  I slip a parent note in the first pocket of the folder and send each student's poetry journal home.  The parent note tells the parents all the wonderful things we learned during our poetry unit and invites them to sit down with their child and read each poem their child has written.

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