The Game That Is Worth 1,000 Worksheets

My kids love playing this game when their morning math is done. It’s the best way to practice math facts and have fun.

Denise Gaskins' Let's Play Math

[Rescued from my old blog. Image via Wikipedia.]

Math concepts: greater-than/less-than, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, negative numbers, absolute value, and multi-step problem solving.

Have you and your children been struggling to learn the math facts? The game of Math Card War is worth more than a thousand math drill worksheets, letting you build your children’s calculating speed in a no-stress, no-test way.

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Share My Lesson

It has happened again! I have stumbled upon another great teaching resource with lesson plans! The website is Share My Lesson. The best part of this one is that you can network with teachers all over the word and it is free! You can search by Common Core State Standard, topic, grade, and subject. I haven’t played much with it to see just how much is on there, but from what I’ve found in the first few minutes, it’s a keeper!


Brain POP Jr.

I am lucky enought to teach in a district who provides a subscription to the Brain POP Jr websites. If you are not familiar with this site, it offers educational videos featuring Annie and Moby. Together, they teach about many different topics covering reading and writing, math, science, social studies, health, arts, and technology. There are also quizzes and teacher lesson resources. FOr older students, there is a Brain POP.

I used the Nonfiction Text video today to remind my 2nd graders of the informational text features. My kids love Brain POP videos because they are funny. I don’t think the realize they are learning as they are laughing.

Smart Board Math Manipulatives

I stumbled upon this website the other day when I was planning my math lesson. I needed base ten blocks for my Smart Board and found a whole slue of manipulatives to use with my kids! 🙂 My kids loved being able to come up to use the base ten blocks and I believe it helped their understanding of represendting numbers. Today we are using the clocks. My kids

Sunday Funday

It’s Sunday morning here in Missouri. I’ve been up since 6:30, did my 3 mile run through my small town, and now I’m back in my apartment on Main Street thinking about the upcoming school week. I will soon be heading to school to work on my plans for my 22 second graders for the week.

I’m trying out one of the model Common Core curriculum units on the DESE website. If you aren’t familiar with the model curriculum units, these are units developed in reading, math, science, and social studies. They are perfect, but it gives you a good idea of integrating ELA (English Language Arts) in all subject areas. My school is in a transition between the Missouri GLEs (Grade Level Expectations) and the Common Core State Standards. These unit plans show what GLEs and CCSS are covered. The curriculum unit provides unit with a unit template, assessments, and instructional activities that can be printed. Such a great resource!


I’ve picked Understanding Place Value to 1,000 to start my year with. This unit involves a lot hands on card games practicing identifying place value. The kids will also be keeping a Math Journal or Essential Vocabulary Notebook. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr is used as a read aloud throughout the unit, which I am excited about!

I’ve got two episodes of Law and Order to watch and another cup of coffee to drink before I head to work. Enjoy your Sunday!