January 31, 2020

Reading Conferences Made Easy with a FREEBIE

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Reading one to one or in a small group is imperative for helping beginning readers.
Here are a few tips for an easier and more engaging Reader's Workshop.

Tip ONE - I get a mini "high" shopping at The Dollar Store or in Target's Dollar ($3) Section where I can always find adorable treasures to give my students.  I am always on the hunt for something mini cute and inexpensive to give to the kiddos to use a reading pointers.  Here are some of the pointers I have given out to my readers this year. (drink stirrers, mini erasers, plastic fingers, mini flashlights, dollar store tiny animals...)  I pass out a new reading pointer every other week to the students when I read with them one on one. My students get so excited to receive this small gift. The reading pointer encourages beginning readers to focus to the text and point to the words as they read.
Reading Conferences for kindergarten readers, first grader readers and second grade readers
Tip TWO -
Change things up. Have a dessert tub.  We call books that are not leveled our Dessert Books.  We read these books for pure enjoyment.  This tub includes science and social studies literature that I have already read to the class, seasonal books and even books the children wrote on their own (a classroom favorite).  Sometimes the students like to read for enjoyment and not always their "just right" leveled texts. 

Tip THREE -
Send home books to read weekly and/or assign books through RAZ Kids or EPIC.  EPIC is a free service we use in the classroom on our iPads.  EPIC has fiction books, non-fiction books, "read to me" audio books, and videos too! My students especially love reading non-fiction books about animals. EPIC

Tip FOUR -
When reading with children one on one or in a very small group, send home a positive note to parents and caretakers showcasing strengths but also giving suggestion for things to do at home. My students are so proud to take these notes home because the note says great things while giving reminders how to improve as a reader.  My parents love and appreciate this easy-to-fill-out communication tool.

Here is an example of one of my reading conference forms.  

Reading Conference Form parent communication forms for Kindergarten reading, 1st grade reading and second grade reading free
Reading Conference Form parent communication forms for Kindergarten reading, 1st grade reading and second grade reading free
Grab this Reading Parent Communication FREEBIE HERE

If you like this freebie, check out my Reading Conference Forms Parent Communication Resource. It is such an easy and organized way to communicate with families about their student's reading progress. Thousands of teachers have purchased it and it has over 2,000 4 STARS. These forms include specific decoding strategies and comprehension strategies for both fiction and non-fiction texts. These communication forms help parent and caretakers have a better understanding what expectations are important for beginning readers.

Reading Conferences for kindergarten readers, first grader readers and second grade readers
I hope you found these classroom reading tips and this reading conference FREEBIE helpful.

Bottom Line: Reading with students on one one or within small groups is so important for student reading growth.  Parents are our biggest ally.  Communicating with them effectively and quickly to support reading at home can be a game changer.  



January 26, 2020

Fun Ways to Teach Divisibility Rules with a Freebie

Fun ways to Teach Divisibility Rules to Fourth Grade Math and Fifth Grade Math kids

 Mastering and understanding divisibility rules can be helpful for long division and greatest common factor. However, memorizing divisibility rules can be challenging for some kids.

I love incorporating fun hands-on ways to teach division in my classroom.

Here are just some of my students' favorite division practice activities
* Using Anchor Charts as a reference
* Flash Cards Practice and Memory Game
* Multiple Choice Worksheets
* True and False Cut, Sort and Glue Activities
* Color by Number Activities

Here is an example of Divisibility Color by Numbers Activity
Students use crayons or markers to color numbers divisible by 2, 3, and 5. Great for independent review, morning work, early finishers and math centers.
Divisibility Rules Practice Activities and Worksheets for 4th grade math and 5th grade math
Divisibility Rules Practice Activities and Worksheets for 4th grade math and 5th grade math

Grab this Divisibility Rules Activity FREEBIE Here

Divisibility Rules Activity Worksheet free for 4th grade math and 5th grade math


I often give my students a chance to practice math concepts through multiple choice activities.  Multiple choice questions allow students also to practice the same format they see on some standardize testing.
Divisibility Rules Practice Activities and Worksheets for 4th grade math and 5th grade mathDivisibility Rules Practice Activities and Worksheets for 4th grade math and 5th grade math

If you like these free activities for your fourth grader or fifth grader, check out this Divisibility Rules Resource.  My students enjoy using the anchor chart in this packet to help complete true and false activities, color by number activities and divisibility charts.
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Divisibility Rules Anchor Charts, Activities and Worksheets for 4th grade and 5th grade math


I hope you find the Division Freebie Activities engaging and enjoyable for your mathematicians.

January 19, 2020

Tips for Mastering Multiplication Facts with FREEBIES, Games and Activities

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Make Math Facts Fun

Instant recall and mastering multiplication facts for fluency is needed for exponents, making common denominators for adding and subtracting fractions and solving algebraic equations just to name a few. However, practicing facts with flash cards can be redundant and dull.  Memorizing multiplication products can be challenging for many kids.

I love incorporating fun hands-on ways to teach multiplication in my classroom.

Here are just some of my students' favorite multiplication practice activities and games
* Playing Multiplication War with a deck of cards
* Playing Multiplication War with dice
(Student each roll two dice multiplying them together for the product.  Largest number wins)
* Playing Four in a Row Game
* Playing Bump
* Playing Multiplication Jenga
* Playing Memory using number cards or flashcards
* On-line games and apps like IXL and Multiplication Kids app
* Number Puzzles
* Tic Tac Toe
* Factor Find Dice Game
* Writing Multiplication Math Facts with shaving cream, sidewalk chalk or in colored sand
* Color by Number Multiplication Activities

Here is an example of Number Puzzles.
Students use crayons or markers to color the doubles multiplication equations. Great for morning work. 
Multiplication Number Puzzle Fact Practice Activities Free
Tic Tac Toe is another game my students love. 
It is great for math centers, morning work and even as an activity for early finishers
Multiplication Tic Tac Toe Practice Activities Free
Factor Find is an easy and fun dice game for 2 students.  Students take turns rolling dice and coloring the box matching the factor number they rolled to make the equation true. 
Multiplication Game Practice Activities Free

I have incorporated all of these games (and more) into my multiplication resources. I make them into individual student journals for kiddos to work on independently or with a partner.
Here are just a few of my go-to resources for practicing multiplication facts.


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I hope you find the Multiplication Freebie Games engaging and enjoyable for your beginning multiplication mathematicians.