Math Concept Posters + Giveaway!

Happy Friday! What a week! Let me start off by patting myself on the back for TWO blog posts this week!    Today’s post is a link up Blogger Product Swap with Learning to Be Awesome and The Core of Grade 4.  I have had the pleasure of using the The Core of Grade 4’s Math Concept Posters in my classroom. So, let’s get right to it.  I am excited to share this product with you!

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So, Math is not my strength.  Neither is Science.  I am a Reading and Writing girl at heart.  I live in books, notebooks, words, and pencils.  When I first looked at this product by Amy, I thought it would be a great tool to use with my students. We use Math Journals every day and most of our Math Workshop is spent in our notebooks.  I was excited to use this as an anchor chart for my students in their notebooks. I debated about how to use this resource in my classroom because it really lends itself to being used in so many ways!  Amy suggested it could be used in their math journals, as an assessment, or developed as a class.  I work at a Title One school and we have an extremely diverse population. My classroom includes ESE, ESOL, Gifted, and regular ed students. The range of math levels in my classroom is very wide.  So, I chose not to start this with my whole group, but rather two students.  I did this for two reasons:

  1. To better understand how to answer the questions!  The questions are GREAT questions and if students have mastered the standard, they should be able to answer the question! I love it. I should be able to answer the question as well.  Lol 🙂 I am new to 4th grade after being in 3rd grade for a LONG time and 5th for one year.  I have to learn everything I teach this year.  I love 4th grade, but it has been a very overwhelming year. And 4th grade Math is kind of crazy! 🙂
  2. To see how my students responded.  I began this work with two of my higher level students to gauge how my highest level response might look like in my classroom.  This gave me a point of reference when I use these in the future with the other students in the classroom.

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I started using the Math posters with my gifted student.  I pulled two of the concept posters based on what we have already learned about fractions.

She knocked my socks off.

I started by sitting down with her and showing her the first poster.  (I shrunk them down 85% so we could glue them in our math notebooks. Next time, I will probably shrink them a tad more.)  We did the first question together, which was “How can I use efficient strategies to compare fractions?”  I just began this conference with the question, expecting to discuss her thoughts and how she would answer it.

Her eyes began to sparkle and she timidly asked if she could just write  on the paper. She’s always one step ahead. She then proceeded to give two examples and then labeled her strategies.  I encouraged her to explain a little bit more.  She was good to go on this task, so I gave her the two fractions posters of the material we have already learned and told her to just work on the rest of the questions answering them the same way that she did.  She literally ran back to her desk to get started.  It was hilarious.

Later, during our Math Intervention, I had her work with another student to complete the posters together.  It was heartwarming to watch these two girls excitedly try to figure out how to answer the questions while discussing all the things we have been learning about fractions so far.

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For higher level students, the questions offer a nice challenge for students to answer and make their own chart for their Math Journal.  This could also be used for an assessment after learning the unit.  I will probably use these as a wrap up activity when we end our unit on fractions.  I might have my students complete with a partner and then have a gallery walk around our classroom.  As I experimented with these two students, I learned so much about what they could do and where I could go next to extend their thinking.  These concept posters turned into such a natural yet higher level assessment.  The best part?  My students loved it!

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I am ecstatic with how this worked out with my students! 🙂 I am nowhere near finished using this product.  I am only on the tip of the iceberg.   It is often very difficult to meet all the needs of all of your students.  The past few years, I have worked to find ways to continually challenge my higher level students.  This resource is another way to do that.

You might also want to check out her store The Core of Grade 4 because she has these Concept Posters for grades 3-5 on a variety of concepts in Math and Science!  I had a very difficult time making a choice because I could use them ALL!! 🙂  I already have the rest of my Fractions, Place Value and Measurement Posters ready to go!

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Next week, we are getting into Fractions and Decimals.  These concept posters are going to help keep me focused!

Now that you have heard all about this resource and seen the magic in action, enter our giveaway for a chance to get this product for FREE!!!

Amy is also reviewing a product of mine over at her blog The Core of Grade 4.  You can check out my product Bookagram and enter our giveaway for my product.  We’ve got your Math and Reading fix on a  Friday!

I hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for stopping by!  🙂

Hump Day Highlight

Guess what day it is….Guess what day it is…Mike, Mike, Mike….It’s HUMP DAY! Woot! Woot!  Oh, I crack myself upSmile  Seriously though…ready for Friday!

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Happy Wednesday, friends!  Today, I am doing my FIRST EVER link up with one of my all time favorite teacher blogs Mrs. Stanford’s Class.  Before I even tell you about my Hump Day Highlight, I just have to say that if you ever need any techy help, you should check out her blog and YouTube channel.  I found her blog over the summer and she has truly helped me on my TPT JourneySmile 

Moving right along, to what’s happening in my 4th Grade Classroom. Do you ever feel like you have to move on with curriculum whether your kiddos are ready to or not?  I can sense the nodding of heads.  Do you feel like it’s your fault because there are more who haven’t mastered a concept than have?

That’s exactly how I feel this year.  I have felt so much pressure for my kids to do things and be somewhere they are not.  Especially in Math.  The concept I am talking about in this situation would be two and three digit division.  A difficult concept if you have not mastered:  1)basic multiplication facts 2)the concept of basic division.  I feel like I overused “concept”…You get the idea. Smile

Well, Math is not my strength and I have worked REALLY , REALLY hard this year to create materials and lessons that engage my students, make sense to me, and most importantly-make sense to them. 

We worked on the 4th Grade Division standards in the Fall.  Even though I had to move on after Thanksgiving Break, it is so apparent my students have not mastered this.  During December and continuing through January, our focus will be Fractions.  However, my students still NEED Division practice & to master their basic Multiplication Facts. 

So, that’s the story behind my product Division is SNOW much fun!  I needed a fun way for my students to continue working on Division.   These are Winter-Themed Division Task Cards and Printables. 

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On Monday, we were very fortunate to have a Pro-Ed Day, so I could get these laminated and ready to go for this week.  There are 36 Task Cards that look like this:

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This is the recording sheet they will use for the problems:

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There are 4 of these numbered up to 36.   I also included this sheet, which I planned on using at first. 

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The reason I am not using this sheet in my classroom is because my students tend to NOT show their work. (I’m sure my students are the only ones who do this…) So, I needed to provide an answer sheet with enough workspace.  And of course, remind them to use it! Smile

How am I using these in my classroom?

We have a 30 minute Math Intervention, which in real time ends up being 10 minutes.  15 if I am lucky.  So each of my kids will do one problem per day.  We will rotate through all of the problems.  I will work with small groups on one problem, while others work with a partner and/or independently.  By using only 9 problems per sheet, I will know how they are doing BEFORE completing 36 division problems WRONG. Waste of time. 

Also, to keep myself and my students organized I will only start with the first 18 so they only have 1 page to keep track of- front and back.  I have 21 students in my class.  Four will be on the computer and Four will work with me.  So, I have options for students to work with a partner or individually.

This product also includes the problems in a worksheet format if anyone wanted to go that route Smile

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Other highlights of the week which are NOT school related, but made me very happy are:

  • More Living Room Yoga with this guy:

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  • Titan’s First Birthday! On January 3rd, he turned a year old! He is a spoiled little puppy!

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  • And…Titan enamored by the Cricut Smile

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It was pretty entertaining to watch Smile Please ignore the background mess.  The office/craft room/crap room/guest bedroom is still under construction! We just moved in October.  I was supposed to be cleaning and got sidetracked by the Cricut on Saturday night.  So it is STILL under construction!

I can’t wait to link up with all of the other wonderful bloggers for their Hump Day Highlight! Smile I will be sure to get my glass of wine and enjoy some good reads!

Happy Hump Day!  Friday just got a little bit closer Smile