Fun, Easy, and Free Egg Carton Math Games

Egg cartons are such an inexpensive and overlooked teaching tool. There is so much you can do with them. We have this amazing place in the Phoenix area called Treasures 4 Teachers. They are an organization founded to help teachers get supplies they need at little cost.  They have a huge warehouse chock-full of teaching […]

Making Test Prep SNOW much fun!

So, here in the desert it doesn’t snow. In fact, quite a few of my students have NEVER even seen snow. Imagine their surprise when I told them we were going to have a snowball fight in our classroom… HA! To motivate my kiddos during our last stretch of test prep, whenever we were finished […]

Pick My Pocket! A Permanent Center for Your Classroom

You all know I just love sharing some of my favorite things from the “WAY BACK FILES” and this is another one.  For this months BRIGHT IDEA, I thought I would share my “Pick My Pocket” board. It is so simple. There are no gimmicks or magic buttons. It is just a large, laminated poster […]

Math Manipulative Tidbits

So far this summer, I haven’t checked many things off my to-do list.  Partly because I am teaching summer school, and partly because I am just plain tired!  My summer class is actually really sweet and kinda dreamy, which makes being there a lot more fun.  I am teaching 2nd grade math, but since it […]

A few labels to start the summer…

Now that summer has begun, I have a HUGE list of things I want to get done.  First on this list is cleaning up my desktop.  It is cluttered with links and documents and things that just plain need to be put in their place!! Below are a few things I found that might be […]

Up, Up and Away!

Looking for a great unit for teaching flight?  I just uploaded my new “Up, Up, and Away!” unit to Teachers Pay Teachers! It is chock FULL of fun, engaging activities for teaching all bout kites, hot air balloons, and other things that fly!  It also has beautiful images of some of my favorite things!   I have […]

Organization Tip- Linky Party!

I have the best intentions when it comes to organizing… but honestly it is NOT my area of expertise!  I thought this was worthy of sharing on Fourth Grade Froggies Linky Party! We are implementing Investigations Math this year, and “Workshop” is a big component.  I wanted to find a CHEAP solution to organize materials […]

Cool Folder!

So, we had our district-wide staff development day today, and we learned more about our new math curriculum and our new Investigations math textbooks.  Our afternoon presenter (yikes…can’t remember her name!) showed us how to make these clever folders. I think of it more as a little wallet.  Either way, I thought it was neat, […]