Monday, May 13, 2019

Math Graphic Organizers

Do you use graphic organizers in all areas of your curriculum? I know we often utilize them in reading and writing lessons, but they are fabulous tools for any subject. They even work great in math activities!

A sequencing organizer can be used to plan out the steps of a multi-step problem. It's amazing how separate boxes for each step can help keep a student organized when they need it!

A modified KWL organizer can be used to break down a word problem. What information do we know? What information are they asking us to find? And after we've solved it, what information did we learn?

A vocabulary square can be used to define a math term and show an example of the word. (I love this for geometry units, especially!)

Even though I know many teachers have used a lot of my graphic organizers in their math lessons, I have recently been adding specific math organizers to my store. So far, I have a pack of math problems organizers, a part-part-whole organizer set, and a resource that deals specifically with key words in word problems.


The math problems organizer pack includes eight different organizers that work great with word problems or problems that may be solved with a few different strategies.


The part-part-whole organizer set includes five worksheets that I suggest laminating or using in a plastic sleeve for students to use again and again when solving addition or subtraction problems.


The clue words organizer makes a great addition to any student's math notebook and becomes a handy reference when reading word problems and trying to decide which operation is needed to solve the given problem.


I have a few more organizer packs just for math in the works that should be available this month (including the vocabulary square above), so be sure to check out my most recent resources or follow my store to stay up-to-date with what is available.

Happy Teaching!
Katrina

Friday, May 10, 2019

Day 5 of Freebies!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


In honor of the teachers who do so much for so many students around the world, I am releasing a new freebie in my store every day this week! 

Today's freebie is a printable thank you card template. Use these to jot down a quick thank you to a student, parent, or colleague to show your appreciation. It is recommended that you print these on colored cardstock to avoid show-through.


Go ahead and visit my store and download it today! I hope you enjoyed the week of freebies! Be sure to follow me to stay up-to-date on my latest products and freebies.

Happy Teaching!
Katrina

A Letter to the New Class

I have been slowly returning to the classroom after being home with my boys for several months. It's an interesting experience walking into school at the end of the year when a lot of students have checked out and want to be out enjoying the weather instead of inside learning.

I know some teachers struggle to find activities to keep their students interested and motivated. If you are looking for a great activity for the end of the year that will encourage your students to write and reflect upon their school year, I have just the thing for you!


Invite your students to write a letter to next year's students! They can ponder the ups and downs of their school year, think about what was fun and what they learned, and give the next students some idea of what is coming in their next school year. You can save the letters until the new school year and distribute them to your new class or let your students send them to the younger students now.

If you do this activity with your class, I'd love to see how some of the letters turn out! Share them with me on Instagram @KatrinasResources!

Happy Teaching!
Katrina

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Day 4 of Freebies!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


In honor of the teachers who do so much for so many students around the world, I am releasing a new freebie in my store every day this week! 

Today's freebie is a homework swap coupon. Award your students with the ability to swap out a homework assignment for a different activity of their choice. The choices on this coupon include: Read for 20 minutes, Play math games for 20 minutes, or Write 1 page about any topic.

These coupons help demonstrate that homework and practicing academic skills outside of school is a valuable activity, but allows your students the freedom of choice. Use as a reward for winning a contest, reaching a goal, or doing a good deed in class.


Go ahead and visit my store and download it today! Be sure to come back tomorrow to grab the next freebie!

Happy Teaching!
Katrina

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Day 3 of Freebies!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


In honor of the teachers who do so much for so many students around the world, I am releasing a new freebie in my store every day this week! 

Today's freebie is a printable for a note home recognizing positive behavior at school. Fill it out with a student's name, behavior, and quick explanation of what they did. Your students will be beaming with pride to take one of these home and parents will be happy to read about their children's good work!

Print these black & white pages on bright colored paper for some extra pizzazz!


Go ahead and visit my store and download it today! Be sure to come back tomorrow to grab the next freebie!

Happy Teaching!
Katrina

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Day 2 of Freebies!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


In honor of the teachers who do so much for so many students around the world, I am releasing a new freebie in my store every day this week! 

Today's freebie is a printable for a quick note home. Use it to share a tidbit about something that happened in class, express pride in an awesome thing your student did, or let a parent know about an upcoming event.


Go ahead and visit my store and download it today! Be sure to come back tomorrow to grab the next freebie!

Happy Teaching!
Katrina

Monday, May 6, 2019

Types of Sentences

Depending upon the purpose of the sentence, there are four types with different names and varied punctuation marks you may use.

Declarative

"Telling sentences"
Make a statement or express an opinion.
End in a period (.)
Example: The dog is playing outside.

Imperative

"Commanding sentences"
Give a command.
End in a period (.)
Example: Brush your teeth before you go to bed.

Interrogative

"Asking sentences"
Ask a question.
End in a question mark (?)
Example: What is your sister's name?

Exclamatory

"Feeling sentences"
Express strong emotion or feelings.
End in an exclamation point (!)
Example: I can't believe it!

Are you teaching Types of Sentences in your classroom? 

Check out the resource below to add to your teaching!





Day 1 of Freebies!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


In honor of the teachers who do so much for so many students around the world, I am releasing a new freebie in my store every day this week! 

Today's freebie is a versatile exit ticket you can use to find out what your students wish you knew.


Go ahead and visit my store and download it today! Be sure to come back tomorrow to grab the next freebie!

Happy Teaching!
Katrina

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Teacher Appreciation Week

Starting tomorrow, Teacher Appreciation Week is upon us. How do you plan to say thank you to the teachers in your life?

We all know that it's the thought that counts, but if you need a gift idea for the special teacher in your life, the following are some of my own Top 5 personal favorites...

  1. A gift card for a cup of coffee (Around here, Tim Horton's is most people's drink of choice, but Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks are popular, too!)
  2. Pens, pens, and more pens! (My favorites are Paper Mate InkJoy with clicky tops, but I know Paper Mate Flairs, Pilot G2s, and Sharpies are on the top of a lot of teachers' lists!)
  3. Sticky notes (With so many varieties, sizes, and shapes, a teacher can never have enough sticky notes!)
  4. Candy (Together with coffee, I feel like chocolate keeps a lot of us teachers fueled throughout busy days! Plus, if our lunch breaks get cut short with answering emails or answering a phone call, we can snack on some candy quicker than eating a full meal.)
  5. Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card (So many educators around the world use this fabulous website to find quality, teacher-created resources for their students. Help the cause and support teachers in the process! It's a win-win-win!)

Teachers, what items would be in your Top 5? Feel free to leave a comment below!