Monday, March 23, 2015

Body Angles

If you're a 4th grade Texas teacher, you know that protractors and measuring angles are part of our new TEKS (the equivalent of the CCSS). A lot of the changes in TEKS  have given me a headache... but I actually REALLY enjoyed teaching my students how to measure angles!

I attended CAMT (Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics) last year in Dallas and was lucky enough to sit in on a presentation from some AWESOME teachers with some great ideas for introducing angles. I'm trying to find their names, because this activity was inspired by them!! 


After introducing my students to protractors and how to read them (SHOUT OUT TO GEOSTIX! pictured above), we started a fun project called "Bendy Bones".
- First up: brainstorming angles we see in real life.
- Next: brainstorming angles we can make with our joints.
- After that, students chose 4 joints to create an angle (elbow, knee, neck, etc)


- Then, student pairs took turns making an angle with their joint while the other created the angle with a pipe cleaner and estimating what they thought the angle measurement would be



- Finally, students put the pipe cleaner onto a protractor, measured the angle, and classified the angle as obtuse, acute, or right


My students LOVED this activity! I literally had to PROMISE we would do it again. I love when students LOVE LEARNING!!

I want YOUR students to enjoy this activity, too! So click the pic to be taken to the link and download it!!


xoxo
-Katie

Saturday, March 21, 2015

March Blogger Match-Up... LOSER :(

Remember the March Madness Blogger Match-Up I wrote about yesterday?? 
Well.... my team lost!!! *insert crying emojis*
The Whole Wheat Class's team, the Sooners, beat my adorable Albany Great Danes... 

Do you also remember how I said when I LOSE, you WIN?? 
Well.... it's true!! 

For a LIMITED TIME, my Rockin' Math Journals is FREE!! By my clock (in the dirty south), it's 11:35. My freebie will be available until 12:35! This is one of my best selling items. Wether you teach 3rd, 4th, 5th, this pack works for you. SO GO GET IT!!  Just click the picture below to be taken to my TPT store! While you're there, PLEASE follow my store and PLEASE leave feedback!! 

xoxoxo
-Katie 



Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Blogger Match-Up!

Do you love basketball? teachers? blogging? FREE STUFF??
If you answered yes to any of the above, you'll LOVE this March MADNESS Blogger Match-Up!


Here's how the awesomeness works: Ashlyn over at The Creative Classroom  linked up SIXTY-FOUR blogger teachers and assigned them a basketball team. If you win, you move on. If you lose, you offer a freebie to your blog followers!! 

So basically, you WIN. And WIN AGAIN. AND AGAIN! SIXTY-FOUR WINS!!! 

I've been assigned Albany. I knew nothing about them, but I know a lot now! 


Here are some fun facts:
- Their mascot is the GREAT DANE. Adorable. 
- Albany is in New York (DON'T JUDGE. I teach math, not geography.... Ha!)  
- Their colors are purple and yellow (Which are the same colors as my son's high school! Go Tors!)
- Their record is 24-8. 

We (I jumped on the bandwagon QUICK) play the Oklahoma Sooners (22-10). 
WISH ME LUCK!!!! I'd love to move on because I'm competitive..... But remember, if I lose, YOU WIN! I'll be giving away my Rockin' Math Journals!


Here's a peak of some of the goodies inside :) 

Make sure you check out all these other amazing bloggers and what team they're supporting (and what goodies they're giving away!!)

Learning with Mrs. Langley cheering on Belmont
Second Grade Stories cheering on Indiana
The Neat and Tidy Classroom cheering on UC Irvine
Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten cheering on Coastal Car.
Miss Johnston's Journey cheering on Maryland
The Creative Classroom cheering on San Diego State
Fifth in the Middle cheering on Wichita State
Lessons with Coffee cheering on Arkansas
The Kinder Garden cheering on Notre Dame
Exploring Elementary cheering on NC State
Inspired Owl's Corner cheering on Oregon
Frampton's Fundamentals cheering on New Mexico State
Learning in the Little Apple cheering on Michigan State
NC Teacher Chick cheering on Utah State
A Tall Drink of Water cheering on Baylor
Sara J Creations cheering on Oklahoma
ELA Everyday cheering on Duke
The Blessed Teacher cheering on Lafayette
Mrs. 3rd Grade cheering on VCU
Rock & Teach cheering on Albany
Create Teach Share cheering on North Dakota State
One Happy Teacher cheering on Gonzaga
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas! cheering on Iowa State
First Grade Roars! cheering on SF Austin
The Learning Chambers cheering on Hampton
Teaching is Sweet cheering on Eastern Washington
Sounds Like Fun cheering on Louisville
Confessions of a Teaching Junkie cheering on Cincinnati
Year2tastic cheering on Kansas
Sparkling in Second cheering on Wyoming
Making Meaning with Melissa cheering on Purdue
One Sassy Teacher cheering on Villanova
Brittany Kiser cheering on Texas
Coach and Teach 24/7 cheering on St. John's
Hardcore Teacher Resources cheering on LSU
The Whole Wheat Class cheering on Oklahoma
Mixing It Up In The Middle! cheering on Mississippi
Teaching Maddeness cheering on UAB
Its Elementary My Dear cheering on Ohio State
Live Love Serve Teach cheering on Providence
 Education Kingdom cheering on North Carolina
A Dab of Glue Will Do cheering on Dayton
Learning to be Awesome cheering on Kentucky
Technology Timeout cheering on Harvard
Kovescence on the Mind cheering on Butler
Blossoms of Blue in 2 cheering on North Eastern
Mrs. D's Corner cheering on Robert Morris
Where the Wild Things Learn cheering on Buffalo
Bright Concepts 4 Teachers cheering on North Iowa (UNI)
A Trendy Teacher cheering on Valparasio
Lucky to Be In First cheering on Wisconsin
O-H So Blessed! cheering on Virginia
Tales of Teaching with Tech cheering on Woffard
Very Perry Classroom cheering on Arizona
A Kindergarten Life for Me cheering on Georgia
First Grade Buddies cheering on Iowa
Miss Case's Classroom cheering on Georgetown
A Grace-Filled Classroom cheering on West Virginia
Third Grade Cupcakes cheering on SMU
The Class Couple cheering on Xavier
More Time 2 Teach cheering on Georgia State
Owl-ways Learning cheering on UCLA




Friday, March 13, 2015

Lucky You! Blog Hop


Lucky YOU!! Welcome to the blog hop, hosted by the awesome Fancy Free in Fourth!

State testing is quickly approaching... Here in Texas, our kiddos take the STAAR writing test at the end of March. EEK! So to get them ROCKSTAR READY (and have a bit of fun while we prep), I've created this St. Patrick's Day Revising & Editing FREEBIE! I want you and your students to enjoy it, too! Just click this link to be taken to the download. :)


WANT MORE FREEBIES?? (OF COURSE YOU DO!!!!)

FIRST: Check out this giveaway and be sure to enter! 


SECOND: Click the button below to hop on over to Fancy Free in Fourth! She has an awesome Freebie waiting for you! Lucky you!  

Fancy Free in 4th


HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Donors Choose and J. Crew!

Have you seen this adorable shirt??


It's from J. Crew and here's why it so awesome: It was designed by Hugo Guinness FOR DonorsChoose.org! 100% of net proceeds goes to Donors Choose!!


I know many teachers that have benefited form Donors Choose. I've had TWO projects funded. I think what they do for teachers is amazing. Don't you?? 

GO BUY A T-SHIRT! 



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Area & Perimeter ROCKS

I think I've posted about the Area & Perimeter Zoo project I do in my classroom each year. It is SO fun, SO educational, and SO engaging.



Here's how it works:
- Student groups (2-3) get assigned an animal
- Groups brainstorm what their animal needs to live and be happy in a zoo enclosure
- Groups design an enclosure using grid paper
- Groups solve for the area and perimeter of their enclosure
- Once calculations have been checked by the teacher, they can design & color!!

Here's what the finished project can look like (keep in mind I have two classes - so our zoo is BIG)!


Here's what's included in the pack:
- 8.5 x 11 poster for AREA
- 8.5 x 11 poster for PERIMETER
- 10 animal templates
- Extension options
- Teacher Instruction Page

So you totally want the pack, right? Well, enter to win it FREE!!!

My Carolina Classroom is hosting a fantastic blogiversary giveaway!!


You can win this set, along with a ton of other great products from other fabulous teachers!! Details and entry opportunities below!





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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Deep in the Heart of Texas Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Deep in the Heart of Texas" blog hop!  Over 40 Texas teacher bloggers have joined together to share what we love about our state as well as ideas and freebies that we love.  You will also have the opportunity to enter to win TpT products and/or TpT gift certificates by entering using the rafflecopters included in each post.  Down at the bottom, you will see all of the blogs participating in the hop.  Just click and you will be taken to their posts.  We hope you love what you find.  Happy Valentine's Day!


HOWDY! My name is Katie and I teach fourth grade in Galveston, Texas. I was born in Houston, which is about an hour away, but moved to Galveston about 5 years ago. I love my island!! I'm 3 minutes from the beach. Life doesn't get much better than living in a beach town-- It's like being on vacation everyday! 


There are SO many things I love about Galveston. I already mentioned I'm 3 minutes from the beach. Can't beat that! There are many lazy summer days spent on the beach, and it also serves as a great place to start teaching my boys to drive during deserted winter months! ;) 

Another great thing about G-town is our road called the Seawall. It's our "freeway" (even thought the speed limit ranges from 35-45... just watch out for bike cops). The Seawall has the best view in town. The Gulf stretches in every direction. It's where people run, bike, surf, skate... It's awesome. Just check out this view!




I. Love. Task. Cards. What teacher doesn't? They're such a fun way to review key concepts AND they're not a worksheet. Ugh. Worksheets. Anyway, I attended an awesome math conference a few years ago where two awesome teachers talked about how they turned old DVD cases into game boards for activities in their class. I thought it was GENIUS. Because it IS! So I created generic Game Boards that fit into a DVD case and I pair them with task cards. Instant awesomeness. 
Here's what students think: YAY!!! GAME!!! 
Here's what teachers see: YAY!!! LEARNING!!! 
Seriously, my students love playing with these game boards so much, it is very common for them to grab a game board, some task cards and PLAY DURING FREE TIME. I'm serious. DURING FREE TIME. Be still my heart! 


Check out the full pack HERE, or click on the picture. They're part of the Blog Hop Giveaway, so BE SURE TO ENTER BELOW!! 




Because I love my DVD game boards SO much, I decided to make a fun Valentine Game Board FREEBIE just for this Deep in the Heart of Texas Blog Hop! Just click HERE to be taken to the link, download and enjoy!! This game board is so cute, you don't just have to use it for Valentine's Day :) Oh, and don't forget to leave feedback!! I LOVE FEEDBACK! 





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