Friday, October 17, 2014

Ways to Make a Number Art

Today I have a fun and easy art project that incorporates math/numbers.

First, you start with a number. I chose a single digit but you could really pick any number (even decimals or fractions!). I also used a font on the computer but you could hand draw it or cut it out of paper.

Second, you draw lines around the number that give you fairly large size boxes. You can do as many lines as you want. The more boxes, the more practice with different facts.

Third, you then fill in the boxes with ways to make that number. In the example above, I used only multiplication and division but the possibilities are endless. You could use addition (1+8, 6+3), subtraction (10-1, 19-9), exponents, equations or more. Each box is just repeating the same fact over and over. I really have found that this repetition gets the facts into the kids brains. The more they write it, the more they remember.

Fourth, you can decorate it! I used colored pencils but you can use markers, crayons or even watercolors. These look really cool when hung up in the hall together.

How would you use this in your room?

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Halloween: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I LOVE Halloween! It is my absolute favorite holiday. That is an old picture from Halloween where I was dressed as a chef and my daughter as a lobster. I love dressing up in costumes. I love the decorations. I just love it.

It was also a lot of fun to celebrate it in my classroom. I would decorate my room and surprise the kids with hanging skeletons and scary spiders. However, time in the classroom is very limited (duh) so I had to find a way to celebrate Halloween while making it educational. My solution? Halloween printables! This way, I could keep up with our learning but have it Halloween themed.

My graphic design skills have (hopefully) improved since I first started teaching so I will spare you blurry pictures of boring worksheets. I revamped what I had my kids do to make it more visually appealing.

Now if you are not addicted to clipart and fonts like I am, then you can just pull out a blank piece of paper and get the same effect!

Here are some of my favorites:

Can I just say death to rounding? Yikes! Some kids picked it up liked it was candy. With others, it was like that time I had a C-section and the drugs wore off too soon. PAINFUL! This activity was another way to get my kiddos to round.

This maze is intense! The kids have to really pay attention and know their multiples to solve this correctly.

I compiled all of these (and more) into one easy to use packet if you are interested. It's 100 pages of awesome!
I also had a request to make a version for grades 1-2 so here you go!


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