Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Learning with Sticky Notes and Yarn

This hands-on review idea comes from Hands On as We Grow! (They did sight words). You can use it to assess students on any topic: operations and algebraic thinking, synonyms and antonyms or food chains (just to name a few). The food chain activity doesn't even need sticky notes (just print out images). The possibilities are endless with yarn and tape!

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Eyejot is a free web 2.0 tool that makes it super easy to send video messages to your students and their parents with just the click of a button! You can welcome your new students before school starts or send a reminder to parents. Here is an example of a video message I made for one of my education courses.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Check Out Our Experts!

First day of school activities: Visit We Are Teachers to check out my blog post!
(includes: I'm an Expert at, Paper Chain Gang, and a back to school science experiment!)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stacked: Learning with Styrofoam Cups

Check out my post at We Are Teachers: Ways to teach English Language Arts (featured above), Math, Social Studies, and Science using styrofoam cups!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Equivalent Fractions Musical Plates

Get children up and moving with this fun, kinesthetic fraction activity! Children are given a fraction and dance around to music, trying to find its equivalent. Written and visual representations of fractions are used to assess children's understanding!

post-it notes
paper plates
sharpie to write fractions
visual representations of fractions to glue on plate

Give each student a fraction written on a post-it note. Students remember their fraction and stick it on their shirt. Next, lay out the paper plates with fractions written (or pasted) on them. You should make a variety of equivalent fraction plates for each student and spread them far apart. Then, each student will have to really look to find a plate that is equivalent.

Start up the music and children dance and hunt for a fraction that is equivalent to their own. When they find a fraction that is equivalent, they stand on the paper plate. If they don't find an equivalent fraction before the music stops, they're out! For each round, students keep hunting for fractions. Once there are no more fractions that are equivalent to their own, they sit out. They found all of their fractions! 

This activity can be played as a whole group or with small groups to assess the children's learning.