Many students think that math and fun do not belong in the same sentence.  But, that's not true! There are LOTS of way to have fun with math.  Here are three of my favorites:

1.  Jenga
Everyone loves Jenga, so it is a FANTASTIC way to add some fun to math practice.  I bought 4 block stacking games in the Target Dollar Spot.  Each game has 39 blocks. I numbered each block from 1 to 39 on both ends of the blocks. Then, I created 39 questions to practice adding and subtracting decimals.

I broke my students into groups of 6.  I gave each group a game, 6 answer sheets, and a question sheet.  The first player picked a block that he/she would like to move.  All group members solved the problems.  Each student shared his/her answer. If all students did not get the same the answer they must discuss the different answers and figure out which is correct.  Then, the student can move the block and place it on top.

My students LOVED it!  Click here to grab my Decimal Addition & Subtraction Block Stacking Game for free!

2.  Scoot with a Twist
Do your students love playing Scoot?  Mine do!  I love using Scoot as a way to review concepts in the classroom.  Recently my partner teacher and I organized a large Scoot game that went between our two classrooms.  It was AWESOME!  There were enough cards for all of our students.  The cards were spread out between our two rooms.

Our classes loved the game.  They also loved traveling into another classroom to continue playing.  In fact, we had a lot of people asking us what was going on as they walked down the hallway.  I can't wait to do it again!

3.  Create a Game
Most students love playing games in the classroom.  So, creating a game would be even better!  I have done this in a few different ways.  I have had students that needed enrichment create a game to teach a concept because being able to teach something to someone else is a higher level thinking skill.

I have also done a whole class Create a Board Game assignment.  I love this assignment because it allows students to show their creative side.  They love sharing the games and we always have a Game Day after the assignments are finished. If you would like to see how I set up this assignment you can check out my Create a Board Game resource by clicking here.

How do you make math fun in the classroom?
I am excited to participate in a Best of 2016 sale with a LOT of other TpT friends! I have placed my top 10 items on sale in my TpT store. You can search #bestof2016sale to see all of the amazing resources that will be on sale.

Here are my Top 5 best selling resources:

 5. Shop or Save? An Adding & Subtracting Decimals Game
This is a great game for practicing adding and subtracting decimals! It can be played in a math center or during a whole class lesson. Click here to find it in my store.

I am SO excited to join up with Daisy Designs for a Wish List Linky describing the top 3 wish listed items in my TpT store.  

The Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Sale begins tomorrow and this linky will be the perfect way for me to find more resources to add to my cart.  Woo hoo!  All stores will be on sale and then there is a promo code, too.  Don't you just love that graphic created by The Creative Classroom?

So, here we go!  The top 3 wish listed items in my store are:

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I am joining many other TpT sellers in a Give Back Friday event.  50% of the profits of my top selling Create a Board Game project and a brand new Google Interactive Current Event research project will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

My dad has Lymphoma and two of my sisters-in-law have battled cancer.  It is a cause that is near and dear to my heart.

My post went out late, so I am planning to continue this through Saturday.  Have a great weekend.

I am joining up with Double Dose of Learning for a #whatimplanningwednesday post.  You can search the hashtag on IG to see what other teachers are planning, too.

It has been a crazy few days with parent conferences and a professional day.  I need to get back into the swing of things.  Here are a few of the things I am planning for tomorrow (and the rest of the week).

I am working with my students to build better reading responses.  They ALL have fantastic ideas when we discuss books, but writing them down is another story.  One of my favorite resources for helping students write better responses is a resource from Runde's Room called Stick it Together.  It's a collaborative activity and my students love it!
I can't believe that Halloween is right around the corner!  Are you still looking for activities to do with your class?  You've come to the right place!  Here are some things that I am planning on doing:

1.  STEM Challenge
There are LOTS of fun Halloween themed STEM challenges.  A simple Google search will bring up loads of different ideas.  I am planning to have my students create pumpkin ziplines.
I found little pumpkins at my local grocery store on sale for 10 for $10.  I can't wait to see the finished products.  Click here if you are interested in checking out the resource.

2.  Spooky Stories
Kids LOVE to write spooky stories.  This can be approached in a lot of ways.  I like to find some spooky images and use them as inspiration.  I also found a great FREE resource called Halloween Spooky Tales Writing. I like to have students read the spooky stories to classmates with props.  It's so much fun!

3.  Halloween Math
My students are mastering traditional multiplication.  I created a game for them to practice the skill.  I am using dollar store eyeballs.  I bought 3 packs and wrote a digit (0 -9) on each of the eyeballs.  I also created number cards in case the eyeballs cannot be found.  I also bought a plastic cauldron to hold the eyeballs or eyeball number cards.  You can find this resource here.

A friend of mine wanted to do something similar, but with factor pairs.  So, I added another sheet to use this game to practice that skill, too.  Don't you love getting two resources for the price of one?

4.  Dressing Up
Dressing up is something that you either love or despise.  To be honest go back and forth.  This year I am leaning towards dressing up or having my class dress in Halloween colors.  I found the cutest Harry Potter t-shirt at Target that I plan to wear either way.  

I hope you find these ideas useful.  What fun activities are you planning with your students?

Happy Monday!  I am writing to let you know that I am one of many TpT creators helping Jasmine from Lesson Plans & Computers celebrate reaching 500 followers on Facebook.  She has put together an amazing giveaway!  I hope you'll check it out for your chance to win some amazing products!

I am so excited to join the blog link up hosted by Glimmers of Learning!  Summer is here and it is time for teachers to rest, relax, and recharge!  Here are the top 3 things I am going to do to recharge this summer:
Yes, you read that right.  Harry Potter helped my students understand how to divide fractions.  How?  Read on and I will explain.

Multiplying fractions was one of the easiest things for my students to grasp this year.  Not surprising, really.  If you can multiply numbers, you can multiply fractions.  I figured that dividing fractions would be just as easy.  Yeah, no.

My students understood the concept of dividing fractions.  They even understood why the reciprocal is used.  But, they couldn't remember to actually DO IT!  So, they would solve the problem by multiplying the original equation without the reciprocal.  Wrong answers all over the place.

Here is where Harry Potter saved the day.  (To be honest the credit should really go to Hermione Granger, but I digress.)  I am a huge Harry Potter geek.  My students know it and have come to love the series as much as I do.  But, I never thought it would help my math instruction until I remembered the scene where Harry and Ron (along with everyone else) were trying to levitate the feather.  The spell was Wingardium Leviosa, but that part I was thinking about was the wand movement.  Swish and flick!

Swish and flick!  Immediately I thought Switch and flip.  Do you see the beauty?  During my next math lesson I asked my class if they remembered that scene and had them think about how it could relate to math class.  I was rewarded with some excited talking and they came up with the spell name and the wrist movement.  They weren't quite sure how it related to our math lesson.  "Let's practice," I said.  I had them grab their pencils like a wand and while swishing in the air repeat after me:
When you want to divide fractions
you must switch and flip! Switch and flip!

They loved it!  We created an anchor chart and they copied some notes into their Math Notebooks.  There was much laughter during the lesson and more than a few students were overheard whispering, "Switch and flip!" while completing their work.

I love teaching math and I LOVE Harry Potter.  Blending them together in one lesson was awesome. You can check out a set of dividing fractions notes here.

How do you connect the things you love in the classroom?

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