Monday, April 6, 2015

Multiplication and Division Facts Boot Camp Freebie

Hello darlings!  Hard to believe there are only two months left of school!  I am trying to think ahead and provide you with some innovative and rigorous resources for your youngins'.  For the past three years, I have held a Multiplication and Division Boot Camp in my classroom toward the end of the year.  State testing would be over, thus all of our math objectives would have been taught.  For my thirdsters going into fourth grade, it is imperative that they have their facts memorized.  Of course we work on this all year long, but Boot Camp is a great way to reward the kiddos that have retained their learning and help your strugglers at the same time!  

So how does this work?  

In a nutshell:  I give soldiers a pretest to see which facts they already have mastered.  Soldiers have daily drills (timed tests) and daily P.T. (homework with flashcards). They keep track of their progress with a graph.  I am the Drill Sergeant, so I wear an army hat and get into character.  They love this!

Boot Camp can be used in conjunction with your existing math curriculum or it can be a short stand alone unit.  
1.  PRETESTING: At the beginning of Boot Camp soldiers take a PRETEST.  This will determine which DRILLS (facts) they still need to memorize.   I find that some of my students immediately pass all multiplication facts and so, they take the division PRETEST.  I also have some kiddos who pass their 2's, 3's, 5's, 9, and 10's but they failed their 4's, 6's, 8's, 12's for example.  This determines the FLASH CARDS that they will have to make and the DRILLS that they will have to practice and repeat.

2. FLASH CARDS and DAILY DRILLS:  If you notice in the chart below, this soldier passed her 1,3,10's on her PRETEST, so she marked it PT and colored in the box.  For each of the other DRILLS (facts) she had to create FLASH CARDS and study at home.  
The next day she would come in and take one DRILL test.  Notice she wrote the date that she took the test in the box above the correct DRILL.  If she got 100% on the test, she colored the box in.  If she missed one or more, she had to study those facts again and retake the test the next day.  I used one of my low kiddos to give you a real world example.  You can tell, she kept getting stuck on her 4's so I had her move on and come back to them later.  She was getting very frustrated with herself. 

All students start out as a PRIVATE.  So my little John Smith would be referred to as Private Smith during math.  Students who pass all of the Multiplication Drills are promoted to PRIVATE FIRST CLASS. Students who complete Multiplication AND Division Boot Camp become SERGEANTS.  I also give these kiddos an army camo pencil that I purchased from Party City.  SERGEANTS are simply allowed to play the games when the others are taking the tests.  They also help with monitoring and are giving challenge work when needed.  


3. DRILL ORGANIZATION:  The pic below shows how I store the drills.  I purchased little camo buckets at Party City to add some character, but you could use any storage method.  To keep myself sane for the next year, I laminated the original DRILL (test) on one side of a green piece of construction paper and the answer key on the other side.  I make 3-5 of these for each bucket.  
When it is time for the DAILY DRILL, I call students up by COMPANIES (table groups, ex. Alpha Company, Bravo Company) and they grab the test that they need.  (I have included table signs for your Companies.)  They take the test back to their seats and turn it over face down so they can't see it.  When we finish, I have my kiddos check their own work.  (WHAT?  Don't they cheat???)   They complete their timed DRILL in pencil as an entire class, then they come up to the buckets and check with an answer key with a green pen that are stored in the buckets.  We have a huge discussion on honesty and how cheating only hurts your own brain.  I have only had one incident that was quickly corrected.  I also have my students who have been promoted to SERGEANT, monitor the checkers.  



4. GAMES and ACTIVITIES:  After we complete a DRILL for the day, students pair up with a new solider and complete one of the eight games/activities.  These games are very hands on and require students to manipulate items or complete exercises.   They LOVE these games!!!  Before I allow them to choose a game or assign them a task, I go over each activity with them as a class.  

**Operation Cobra Monkey: Complete Word Problems to rescue your team.  If an Enemy signed card is drawn, you must run in place for 10 seconds.
**Get in Formation: Be the first player to use the paper soldiers to create arrays
**Army Strong: Get more soldiers for your army by finding the missing whole numbers, ex. 5 x n =35
**Battle Buddies: Whole group game, soldiers walk around with a number taped to their back and when signaled, they grab a Battle Buddy and multiply their numbers together
**Battle Row: Be the first soldier to secure four combat vehicles in a row on a multiplication board(horizontally, vertically, or diagonally)
**Fitness Facts: Use a spinner to multiply, if you are incorrect, you must complete various exercises
**Build a Soldier: Complete multiplication problems and use that info to create a soldier following specific glyph instructions
**Create a Cadence: Create a fact song or rhyme to march to







This mission requires a lot of strategy.  Can you tell he is thinking hard?




5. Diplomas and Awards:  Once students complete Boot Camp, they receive a Diploma from me, their DRILL SERGEANT.  These diplomas are editable in Powerpoint.  I also award my SERGEANTS with a fun camo pencil that I purchased at Party City.  The point is, you want to make Boot Camp a big deal and you want your students to pass their facts QUICKLY!



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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Test Prep Resources for Smarter Balanced and PARCC

Hello darlings!  Are you getting reading to take your State Assessments?  I am sure many of you are now taking computerized tests this year.  It is totally new for us, and unfortunately, there are NO resources out there to help you prepare your elementary kiddos!

I created a 23 day Test Prep Unit for ELA that prepares students for the Smarter Balanced Assessment that we will be taking in 3rd grade in Missouri.  While I would have loved to have created ALL the resources needed for this unit, I relied heavily on other amazing TPT authors who have created produces perfect for test prep.

I have spelled out the day by day plans and included hyperlinks to all the resources needed.  MANY of them are FREE, but 7 of the resources I use are paid products.  (I do not get any profits from promoting these resources.  I just found them helpful!)

Even if you decide not to purchase those other resources, you could still use the unit and supplement with your own practice tests and centers.

If you have any helpful resources or webpages you use to prepare your students for the Smarter Balanced Test or PARCC Test, please comment!  I would LOVE to know what you do!

Do Download the FREE unit plan, click HERE!  You will be able to access all the links to the paid and free products!



















Have a great Day!
Amy

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Meet the Teacher- Open House Freebies and Bloghop!




Hello darlings!  I am so thrilled to be involved in the Back 2 School Bloghop with the other fab bloggers listed below.   Visit each of their pages to get some awesome freebies for your classroom.  I don't know about you, but I can use all the freebies I can get right now.  I always seem to spend WAY too much money on Back to School stuff!

       

       

       

       

       

       grab button for First Grade is Fantabulous


During back to school time, any teacher can use new back to school advice and ideas right? 

RIGHT!! 

So this bloghop/giveaway is going to benefit you in 2 ways:

1. You could win over $100 worth of TPT products from some amazing bloggers! Check out the rafflecopter below to enter. We will choose 5 winners at the end of the bloghop on August 13th! This gives you TONS of chances to enter.

2. Follow the bloghop each day to a new blog that will give you tons of advice and ideas, in addition to lots of FREEBIES!

Awesome right?
Here are the products you could win!  Click here to go enter!!

So what am I giving away for free?  If you have been a follower of the blog since last year, you have already gotten to see this little beauty.  It contains a scavenger hunt for your Meet the Teacher or Open House Night where you have your kiddos bring their supplies.  It also contains some files for your schedule, other info, and parent helper sign ups.  This is a Powerpoint file that allows editing.  Yay!  I know how everyone loves to be able to make their stuff personal. 

 To use some cute fonts, download Fonts for Peas for FREE!!!  GO here!
I get the cutest handwriting fonts at Fonts for Peas! kevinandamanda.com/fonts

You can download all the fonts at once with the button on the side of the page!!  I love Kevin and Amanda!

Click the pic to get the freebies!


Don't forget to stop by the next blog on the hop!

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