March 26, 2020

Measuring Angle Tips for your Fourth Graders with freebies

Measuring Angles and Identifying Types of Angles for 4th Grade Math and Third Grade Math with free angle activities

Measuring and Drawing Angles can be tricky for some Third Grade and Fourth Grade Students but with lots of practice...mastery is just around the corner.
Before I teach how to measure angles, I always begin with introducing geometry terms like "ray", "vertex" and "protractor" so the children have better understanding of this sometimes abstract concept.  Talking about the types of angles is also very important.  We do all sorts of activities to help the students remember the features of different angles.Types of Angles 4th Grade Measurement Blog Post Free Activities
   
Real Life Experiences :We also look for angles around the classroom and in our lives.  Sometimes my students are able to make connections by seeing angles in clock hands, slices of pizza or furniture design (like our flooring and desks). I love seeing them get all excited to recognize angles in everyday objects that they had never seen before!  We draw angles EVERYWHERE like in the air during math lessons, in sidewalk chalk during recess, and even on our windows with LEEHO Window Crayons.  Students even did a lesson where they went around their houses and took pictures of the angles they saw.  We then used our tablets to label the different types of angles that they found.

We are even known to explore making angles using play doh, clay or shaving cream.  You know me, I love kinesthetic learning experiences.  If I can incorporate a hands-on tool, I am one happy teacher!
Hands on fun is an excellent way to learn.  It helps the brain connect the movements to the types of angles and students can better remember the concepts.

Lastly we begin using a protractor to understand how to measure angles with activities such as these.
Measuring Angles and Identifying Types of Angles for 4th Grade Math and Third Grade Math with free angle activities
Don't forget the protractor's tiny midpoint hole is where the angle's vertex is aligned. Keep that protractor straight with the angle's bottom ray.
I made this ANGLES FREEBIE just for you.  Grab it HERE
Measuring Angles and Identifying Types of Angles for 4th Grade Math and Third Grade Math with free angle activities
The next angles activity I created ask the students to measure angles with their own protractor.  After measuring the angles, children are asked to name the type of angle.
Measuring Angles and Identifying Types of Angles for 4th Grade Math and Third Grade Math with free angle activities

Grab this Measuring Angles FREEBIE HERE (same as above link)
Measuring Angles and Identifying Types of Angles for 4th Grade Math and Third Grade Math with free angle activities
Ending a math lesson with some musical fun is the BEST!  This Angles Song is catchy and addictive. Check out this fun song from Stacy Gray's Class on YOUTUBE 
If your kiddos are like mine, they will love it!

When my students get additional time identifying and measuring angles with hands on activities and plenty of practice, even my students who are usually challenged in math, hit a homeroom out of the park.
Click HERE to learn more about what skills and activities are included in my Angles Resource.

I hope my angles tips and measuring angles FREEBIES help you get started to a great geometry unit.
You've got this :)

March 11, 2020

3 Cool + Simple Tricks to Multiply by 9 that your students will LOVE!


It's MULTIPLICATION TIME!  My students are so excited to be practicing their Nines Multiplication Facts now! Time to bring out the multiplication games and multiplication math centers.


How I introduce the 9 Times Tables

9s are super fun because there are so many great patterns and tricks when it comes to the Nines!  The first 9s trick that I love is how the product of 9 times any number always equals nine when you add the digits together.  I love watching my students' faces when I write the Multiplication Nines Facts on the Smartboard and we work together to prove it!
Multiplication Facts free Activities for Third Grade math and Fourth Grade math


You can do this with literally any number:


Multiply 9 by any number!
Go ahead!  Try it!


Another cool trick when you multiply by nine is that we notice a pattern with the first five facts (9x1=9 to 9x5=45) to the next five facts (9x6=54 to 9x10=90). The numbers in the product are reversed. 😉




I saved the best for last!  A third awesome trick (that I would have loved as a kid) is how you can use your fingers to help you multiply by 9.  First, hold out your hands and imagine that they are numbered 1-10, like this:



Then, if you are multiplying 9x4, you put down your fourth finger.  The fingers to the left of the fourth finger are the amount of tens, and the numbers to the right of the finger are the amount of ones!  










Before and after I introduce a new multiplication family, I always begin with a pretest to see what my students know.  This helps me identify which students will need more support and additional time in my math small groups.  I use this worksheet below as a pre and post test. I'm offering it below to you as a freebie.

Grab this freebie HERE   
Multiplication Facts free Activities for Third Grade math and Fourth Grade math
Once we understand multiplying by 9 using arrays, pictures and manipulatives, we begin practicing facts for accuracy and fluency.  There are several multiplication activities that the students enjoy including tic tac toe games, BUMP, Number Puzzles and Sorting Worksheets.

Here is one of our favorite practice activities. Cut, Sort, Glue.

In this multiplication practice activity, students cut our math facts and then decide if the fact is true or false.  Some students are able to do this independently while others need to draw pictures or make an array to get the multiplication product.  Either way, the kids enjoy practicing facts with this worksheet. 
Multiplication Facts free Activities for Third Grade math and Fourth Grade math

Grab this Multiplication Times 9 FREEBIE HERE
(same link as above)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r8b7hze2jbvm8of/Multiplication%20Times%209%20Blog%20Freebie%20PDF.pdf?dl=0

I love ending a math lesson on musical note. Check out this Multiply by 9 Song by Jack Hartmann on YOUTUBE. If your kiddos are like mine, they will be humming the tune soon :)

Bottom Line: Knowing Multiplication Facts with instant recall and accuracy is crucial for higher learning in math. Once students understand the basic concept of multiplication, looking for patterns within times tables and practicing facts in a fun way can help students achieve mastery. 

If you like these free activities check out my Multiplication Times 9 HERE on TPT.
Multiplication Factor 9 Activities and Games