Elementary teachers have to plan and prepare so much content every single day. Additionally, they must manage tons of paperwork, develop new classroom management techniques, and communicate with families. Thus, it is absolutely exhausting to be a teacher! Luckily, there are ways to help reduce some of the stress. For instance, the entire team can follow the same classroom management technique to help with consistency. Or, teachers can send out newsletters to alert parents of upcoming events. They can even [Read More…]

## November Ideas in the Classroom

Turkey. Mashed Potatoes. Buttery Rolls. While students need to focus on addition, subtraction, and writing, it is hard with food on the brain! Students know that Thanksgiving break is only a few weeks away. This means time eating delicious food, watching an amazing parade, and spending time with family. Since teachers understand this excitement, they plan hands-on Thanksgiving lessons. This is the perfect way to help students focus while letting them know how much you care about their interests. Luckily, [Read More…]

## Fall Crafts and Lessons

Believe it or not, fall is around the corner! The leaves are already changing colors, and the weather is getting cooler. Honestly, this time of the year always feels special. Students are now into a routine at school and are so excited about all the new activities. Since teachers love this excitement, they make festive lessons for students to celebrate this time of the year! Yes, it is time for all the Halloween and Thanksgiving preps to start! While planning [Read More…]

## Math Puzzles

Do you have students enter your classroom each year with math anxiety? I’m sure you do! Often, students become terrified of math from a young age. When this happens, they struggle to review previously learned concepts and be open to new material. Therefore, teachers work so hard to show students that math does not have to be scary. Yes, it may be complex and contain so much information to learn, but math is actually fun. For instance, the September Math [Read More…]

## A Crafty Approach to Math

If you asked an adult a subject in school that terrified them, many would say math. Sadly, this would still be the same answer if students responded to this question. For various reasons, math scares students. However, no teacher wants their students to develop anxiety over math! They want students to see how hands-on and exciting the subject is. Thankfully, a crafty approach to math is the perfect way to prove how fun this class is. The Art Projects for [Read More…]

## Math Videos for Primary Classrooms

I start my math lessons with math videos almost every day.

They are a great way to warm up and start thinking about numbers. They’re a great review of the concepts we’re working on.

Most of all, they are so fun and interactive that my students LOVE math time!

Here are some of our primary favorite videos:

Dancing Monsters Count to 50

This is our absolute favorite for early learners for counting to 50.

The cute monsters dance around to the beat, while students count in groups [Read More…]

## Math Doodles: First Grade Math Skills + Fun!

Here’s an easy way to make math time more fun!

Integrate math, art and writing to practice ANY math skill through the whole year!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Here’s how it works:

Choose a math skill to practice. (ie: Addition Doubles)

Use the built-in spinner to choose a number to double. (ie: Spin a 2)

Write the equation in one of the spaces provided. Find the answer. (ie: 2+2=4)

Use the answer (4) to choose which doodle design to use on the Doodle Chart.

Use that design to [Read More…]

## Math Crafts – Math + Art

Math can be so much more engaging when you teach concepts in a new way. This year, I added some new math crafts to my math lessons, and the results were amazing!

HANDS-ON FUN

In my experience, teaching math has always been more effective when there are a lot of hands-on activities included in instruction. This includes lots of blocks, spinners, dice, cards, and other manipulatives. Little hands and brains seem to learn so much better when there are concrete objects to [Read More…]

## Math Daily Warm Ups and Intervention Binder

I had a BIG teaching dilemma last year.

My teaching partner was new to first grade and didn’t know ANYTHING about teaching math at this level. I needed to keep my math lessons organized through the school year, and I was worried our math lessons would fall behind or not be as effective when I wasn’t there.

So the question was…. How could I make sure that my new partner stayed on track without spending HOURS on the phone talking about math lessons, [Read More…]

## Math Videos for Primary Classrooms

I start my math lessons with math videos almost every day.

They are a great way to warm up and start thinking about numbers. They’re a great review of the concepts we’re working on.

Most of all, they are so fun and interactive that my students LOVE math time!

Here are some of our primary favorite videos:

Dancing Monsters Count to 50

This is our absolute favorite for early learners for counting to 50.

The cute monsters dance around to the beat, while students count in groups [Read More…]