Thursday, June 13, 2019

Let's Talk Shapes--Composite, Square, Rectangle



Let's talk area and perimeter. More specifically about area and perimeter of those combined shapes, complex shapes, what ever you want to call them. 

I remember my first year teacher I was like "This is the same as finding area and perimeter of a square or rectangle but you just combine it". Well, the spelled recipe for disaster. Ha! We got it figured out but time sure does make it easier.

So. This is NOT just the same as area and perimeter of "regular shapes". I'm always looking for fun ways for students to explore area and perimeter...less telling and more DOING.

It takes a lot of breaking down of the shape to find area and perimeter--I have a blogpost about there HERE

But instead of breaking things down I think this activity is perfect because students are BUILDING, using their number knowledge, problem solving, demonstrating, and evaluating--all of the good things that you want them to do to find the area and perimeter of squares, rectangles, and complex shapes.



I have them build using manipulatives but if you just want them to build shapes on graph paper or grids that totally works too. I have different sized grids that students can show their work on--#accountability. Area and perimeter works like that too.

These "Build-a-shape" activities are perfect for that! Students read the task and try and build--most tasks are totally possible while other tasks test their area and perimeter knowledge. 



The cards build on one another! I totally recommend doing these a day at a time or they could be used as something to complete after other work--or a fast finisher--even though these aren't necessarily all that fast.It's a super meaningful activity.

You can find this activity HERE in my TPT Store! And I have a few other area and perimeter things too--so check it out!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Happy Printable Reading Bookmarks

Who doesn't love a good bookmark?! AND especially a printable one? When I was a little girl I remember collecting all sorts of bookmarks from the book fair and on trips to Barnes and Noble. I am totally loving these printable reading bookmarks...and astrobrights paper made them extra happy with the bright colors.

Just sharing here because I think they would make a perfect class gift this holiday season--well, and anytime of the year! Everything from Dinos to tacos are included...what could be better than that?!! Just print (laminate if you want) and go!

How are you going to use these with your class? I'd love to know!

Happy reading friends!



Monday, October 8, 2018

Book Love With Book Notes

How do you let your kids spread the word about a book that they absolutely loved? Sometimes things get lost via word of mouth and forgotten after class meetings! Ack! I wanted a way for students to share their love of books with each other beyond those class meetings.

I personally love when I would walk into a Borders (RIP) and there would be book recommendation cards by books...and now Barnes and Noble does the same thing.

Translating that to the classroom is tricky because of TIME and SPACE.

I've been using these book notes and they are EVERYTHING!



They are so easy for your students to use! Just print, fold, and have students write their raving reviews about the books that change their lives. It's so easy to tuck the notes in books and fun to discover as they are starting to reading a book or looking for their next book to read.


We are all about hashtags....are your students? Anyways, they get to leave a note and create a fun little hashtag for the book. It's legit and they love it.



What are some RAD books that you have read recently?!

I just finished Once Upon a Marigold and Princess Academy--kind of on a princess kick after reading LOTS of historical fiction.


There is a book note for every student--seriously--all the fun. Where were these when I was a student?


Anyways, you can find these in my TPT store HERE

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