Classroom Decor Pack Giveaway!

Me, too! And as I start thinking about adding more designs to my classroom decor collection, I'd love to know what very awesome theme you think I'm missing! (You can see all of them here.)

So, if you will 1) just comment on this blog post with a cool design you think I should create and 2) enter the Rafflecopter below, I'll pick 3 winners to choose whichever decor pack they would like to go ahead and start planning their classroom for next year.

As teachers, we can never be too prepared! Thanks for entering! Ends Tuesday, April 15th, at midnight EST!

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Remind App Classroom Ideas

Remind App Classroom Ideas
Have you used the Remind app yet in your classroom? I was hesitant, but now I WILL NEVER GO BACK! Being able to keep parents informed and schedule texts all through an app on my phone has made a world of difference for me this year with parent communication. Using the Remind app along with my Smart Class Website this year has eliminated almost all email questions from parents about homework, tests, and school events. I'm totally serious!

So, I posted a video recently to share with you some ways I use the Remind app to keep my parents up-to-date with classroom happenings. You can watch it here.

Remind App Classroom Ideas

Previously, you could not do two-way communication with parents on Remind. Now you can! Buuuut, you can keep your settings where only you can initiate conversations with parents and not vice versa. I will definitely be trying that feature out next year!

How do you use Remind in your classroom???

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Spring Fraction Ideas

Hey, ya'll! I love spring and it's a great time to add in some fun activities to get students moving. Here is what my students are doing to review fractions before spring break.

Fractions of Whole Numbers Easter Egg Hunt

Of course, you can do this with any type of review questions, but for my students, I made up fractions of whole number problems.

Here's What I Did:

1) I wrote problems on strips of index cards and numbered them.

2) I numbered 24 eggs with a Sharpie marker and covered that with tape so it won't wipe off.
3) I created an answer key (fun! :P).
4) I hid the eggs in easy-to-spot places around the classroom (outside would be much more fun).

Here's What Students Did:

1) Students wrote 1-24 in their recording notebooks. If you are a recording sheet type of teacher, you can download a free copy of this bunny recording sheet that will work with any set of 24 problems. (Spanish version included!)

2) Then of course they went around searching for eggs and solving them in their notebooks.

Afterwards, they checked with a friend and went back and looked at any problems that they had different answers to.
3) Then we checked the problems as a whole group.

If you'd liked an even easier, no-prep way of doing this math egg hunt, check out the following post.

Next up...

What I Did:

1) I bought 6 baskets, some grass, and two packets of plastic eggs that each had 6 pairs of differently-colored eggs (giving me 4 eggs of each color in total with six different colors of eggs).
2) Then I wrote fractions on each of the eggs with a Sharpie.

I made sure to do different types of fractions. Some had denominators of 10 and 100 to compare. Some all had the same numerator. Some all had the same denominator, and so on.

3) I hid the eggs in visible places.

What Students Did:

1) Students were divided up into six teams and given a specific color look for along with a basket.
2) Once I gave them the signal, they searched for their four eggs and then placed them in order from least to greatest.

3) I checked to see if they were correct.
4) Students then hid their eggs in easy-to-find spots and waited for the next round.
5) Students were assigned a new color and began the hunt again.

Last up...

What I Did:

1) I found these fun rabbit headbands last year at Dollar General, but they only had 12. So I bought these foam glitter shapes and some headbands and made 12 more.

We'll see how long this lasts, right?? I'll be adding hot glue next year.
2) On the rabbit headbands, I wrote fractions that needed to be simplified on each ear.

2) On the spring headbands, I wrote a simplified fraction.

3) You only need enough for each student in your class.

What Students Did:

1) Students placed a headband on their head.
2) They wrote 1-20 (for the number of students in the class) in their recording journals. This is when the bunny sheet would come in handy again.
3) They found a friend. If the friend was wearing a bunny headband, they simplified all 4 fractions. If the friend was wearing a flower headband, they wrote 4 equivalent friends.
4) They continued finding other friends and solving problems until they had completed all 20 simplifying and equivalent fraction problems.

We had a lot of fun, and I hope these ideas inspire you to have a little spring fun, too, in your classroom. These are all great activities for bringing the classroom outside, also. And you can cover many different skills with these ideas, not just fractions.

What easy and fun ideas do you have to share with me for fun spring learning? I love to add new ones to my list!

Happy Spring!

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Identifying Angles QR Code Math Game FREEBIE!

Identifying Angles QR Code Freebie

Hey, ya'll! Hope you've had a good weekend! I am so ready for the warm weather. And by warm, I mean at least in the upper 70's. This 50-degree weather is not cutting it!

Here is my latest QR code freebie from my April QR Code Printable pack. In this game, students will identify acute, obtuse, and right angles.

Identifying Angles QR Code Freebie

 I love these tic-tac-toe games because they help students review math skills in a repetitive, self-checking way. And only one scanning device is needed to make this game work.

Here's how it works:

Identifying Angles QR Code Freebie

Identifying Angles QR Code Freebie

To download this freebie, just click here! If you really enjoy this resource, be sure to check out the complete 4th Grade QR Code Printable Bundle!

4th Grade All Year Long QR Code Printables - Low Prep!

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Ten More or Less Smart Board Game FREEBIE

Hey, ya'll! I FINALLY finished my 1st Grade Math Smart Board Pack, so I wanted to share a fun, little resource from it. In this game, students will add and subtract multiples of 10 up until 90. They will also add ten more or less to numbers within 100. If they're correct, the car will zoom. If not, it will crash!

This game is self-checking, fun for girls AND boys, and comes complete with some cool sound effects. :) As stated earlier, this game is part of a pack of 15 first grade Smart Board games that review the majority of the common core standards in math.

If you'd like more of these games, you can find them here!

First Grade Smart Board Games

Be sure to check my Smart Board resources page for more freebies and games for all elementary grades!

Smart Board Freebis and Tips

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Smart (And Easy!) Sidebar Slideshow Tutorial For Your Blog

Easy Sidebar Slideshow Tutorial

Any of my blogger friends feel my pain when trying to keep your sidebar updated with resources/posts that involve images and links? I sure do! It's such a pain dealing with coding, uploading images to Photobucket, or adding links to inLinkz.

Recently I discovered the magic of embedding Google Slides to my class website. All I have to do is make changes to my Google Slide docs in my Gmail Drive account, and my website is automatically updated. That includes the weekly newsletter, daily homework, resources, calendar, everything.

I have become addicted to it lately and just the other day it occurred to me that I can use this same strategy to create a sidebar slideshow with my latest resources that is ridiculously easy to update. If this is something that interests you, I have a video tutorial right here for you. If you find it useful, please let me know! I'd love to see your "smart" sidebar slideshow!

Easy Sidebar Slideshow Tutorial

You can check out how my "Smart" Class Website here at my newest blog.

Are you a teacher author at TpT? Here's a playlist of some teacher author tip videos I've made. Click on the image to watch.

Teacher Author Tips

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Silly McGilly Classroom Ideas

Hey, ya'll! Have you heard of Silly McGilly? He's a lot like Elf on the Shelf, but you can actually TOUCH him (thank goodness!). He came to our classroom this year with a special book. My partner teacher read it to our class at the beginning of March and he stayed in her classroom since he doesn't speak Spanish. :P Two kids were chosen each day to keep Silly McGilly. At the end of the day, they placed him in the windowsill. And every morning, they were greeted by some kind of ridiculous mischief created by Silly McGilly.

Here are a few things he did in our classroom:

1) Turned all the books upside down except his own (not shown in pic).

2) My husband says this was totally inappropriate of "Silly McGilly." Well, I didn't have anything to do with it, so....

3) This trick was a major pain! It's actually really hard reading time upside down!

4) No tricks on this day. Silly McGilly just needed to relax.

5) Especially because his next trick was a big one - he "stached" all of the star student photos!

6) Then he went to the North Pole and kidnapped Snowflake! It seems he was jealous of all the attention Snowflake gets. He said he would only return her if the students found 17 gold coins he had hidden. They had to find them and sort them into mini black pots by matching equivalent fractions (did not take enough pics of this trick - sorry!)

7) The kids only found 16 coins. We thought it would be a dark day. But, Snowflake's kindness softened Silly McGilly's mischievous heart (a little bit). He returned Snowflake to the North Pole and brought back homework coupons for everyone.

8) Apparently, Silly McGilly caught a cold in the North Pole!

And apparently Silly McGilly sneezies smell like Aloe Vera.

9) His final trick was whipping up some of his famous juice and dressing up for St. Patty's.

Do you have a Silly McGilly?? If not, be sure to get one before next St. Patty's! If you do, what silliness has he conspired in your classroom??

I guess next up is a visit from the Easter bunny!

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