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Double Digit WORD PROBLEMS for the Partial Sum Method

Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE the partial sum method? (HAHA, KIDDING!)

It’s only fitting the first method I created a resource for word problems is for partial sum ūüôā

 

Here’s why I LOVE the partial sum method:

  1. It’s great for visual learners. I’m a visual learner and I love how I can easily see what I’m doing when I’m adding tens and ones.
  2. It’s great to use for your students that struggle in math. It’s AWESOME for intervention. Your lowest math students will succeed and feel incredible that they can succeed using this method!
  3. It’s so much more fun than the traditional method!

Check out this product HERE and let me know what you think! Hope you like it!

-Mrs. B

 

 

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Opinion Writing Pack and a FREEBIE!

Calling all 2nd and 3rd grade teachers! Do you need an easy opinion writing unit that doesn’t take YEARS to prep, is common core aligned, engaging, and student centered? Well look no further!

OPINION WRITING PACK GRADES 2-3

 

From ready to print anchor charts, to sorts, games, graphic organizers, writing prompts, assessments, checklists, etc. this pack has pretty much EVERYTHING you need to start a successful writing unit. One of the reasons I love this unit so much is because of the resources to help scaffold and differentiate instruction when needed. If you teach ELL students, this resource is especially helpful! The graphic organizers, charts, sentence stems, etc. really help every student succeed! I even included a breakdown of how to use all the resources to implement a 4o day opinion writing unit!

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A few years back when teaching 2nd grade, I was trying so hard to teach opinion writing with the common core standards without having all the resources I really needed. I¬†felt that my teaching was all over the place. I would use free revised Lucy Calkin’s lessons that I found online, various common core aligned lessons/activities/printables I found, and random books I had in my classroom library to help. While I was happy with how my students’ writing was improving and progressing, I felt lost, stressed, and ALWAYS thinking about WHAT I was going to teach next. I never really had a full plan with where I was going. That’s¬†when this pack was created. It made my life so much easier, my students writing so much better, and it was actually a very fun unit to do! Other teachers have tried it and so far I’ve heard only positive results! I hope your classroom has the same success and fun as well!

PREVIEW THE ENTIRE PRODUCT HERE!

Get one of the opinion writing graphic organizers for free  HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mrs. B

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January Edition: Multiple Methods to Teach Double Digit Addition

I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing, and fun holiday and New Year! While I spent the majority of my time spending quality time with my family, I did manage to sneak in some time for creating more products for all you!

I’ve been so pleased at how many of you like and have implemented the use of multiple methods for teaching addition into your classroom! So, I’m trying to create more products for you all to use! Here’s a “January” (or any winter month for that matter!) pack for double digit addition. These charts are perfect to help introduce or practice each method, handouts for parents, or reference pages for your students. The practice pages are perfect for math centers, independent work, morning work, homework, sub plans, etc. And an assessment is always helpful as well!

 

This product includes two charts for each of the three methods (one chart for regrouping and one without regrouping), 2 practice pages for each method with answer keys, and an assessment. You can preview the entire product HERE! Enjoy!

-Mrs. B

 

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Base Ten Method for Addition

I’m so excited to share another method to teach addition for The Common Core Standards. If you’re reading this, you’re probably familiar with the other methods I have shared (PARTIAL SUM and DECOMPOSITION). I’m hoping you had great success introducing and teaching the methods in your classroom, and you are back to get another method!

I call this method: Base Ten

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I call it this because you are essentially drawing out the base ten blocks for the ones and tens. To make it easier and not so time consuming, I’ve simplified it to drawing dots for the ones (instead of the little unit block), and a line for the tens (the ten-block or rod/long). Trust me, if you let the students draw it out the other way to look exactly like the base ten blocks, some spend WAYYYY too much time trying to make each rod have ten cubes on it. It becomes more of an art lesson than a math lesson. And since the purpose isn’t for the drawing,¬†this is an easy way for students to still identify with the base ten blocks, while not spending an entire lesson making perfect looking “rods”.

Here’s mini anchor charts that help show how it works (one without regrouping and one with regrouping):

Teaching the method without regrouping is pretty simple. I focus on the base ten method without regrouping for at least a few days. You want your students to have this down completely before you add regrouping into the mix!

You have students draw out the dots for the ones place. Then, you have students draw lines for the tens to the left of the dots. Make sure they line up the ones and the tens for easy adding. After the lines and dots are drawn, have students add the ones first (this is important to do first for when you introduce regrouping), followed by the tens.

When you are regrouping, you draw out dots first followed by lines. When students count the dots and realize there’s more than ten, they circle ten of the dots, draw an arrow over to the tens, and add a line for the regrouped ten. They finish the same way, by adding up what ones are left over and last add the tens.

I really love this method because it has that visual component that really helps students understand what is happening when you have to regroup ones. Where was this method when we were in elementary school? I would carry the one over to the tens place, but I’m not sure I understood this conceptually until much later.

Check out the entire resource HERE that includes charts, a sort, practice pages with answer keys, and two assessments! Let me know how you like it!

BASE TEN ADDITION PACK!

-Mrs. B

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Helping Students with Math Fact Fluency!

Learning math addition and subtraction basic facts in the primary grades is essential to be successful in math in the upper elementary grades. When I taught fourth grade, there were still always a few students that had a hard time with these basic facts. It was heartbreaking to see them struggling with fourth grade concepts just because they didn’t have these facts memorized.

So when I taught second grade, I wanted to make sure that students were given plenty of opportunities to REALLY know these facts like the back of their hand! I found that this Math Fact Fluency Program was the perfect way to give students a fun and motivating way to learn these facts but not take too much time out of every day. It works great for any classroom because it is differentiated for every student. Every student works at their own pace to master the addition and subtraction basic facts 0-12.

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The program comes with 26 leveled tests for addition and subtraction, flashcards that match each test, a whole class progress chart for monitoring, and an individual student progress chart that each student fills out as they pass each level.

This program takes 5-10 minutes out of your day and REALLY helps!

Take a look at the whole thing HERE!

Hope you enjoy it!

-Mrs. B

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Letter Sorting

Before students can become fluent readers, there are many foundational skills needed. One skill is knowing the difference between lowercase and capital letters. An easy¬†way to help your students practice this is by SORTING! Here’s an easy no prep cutting/gluing sorting page:

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Another foundational skill that readers need is the ability to distinguish between letters and words. Here’s ¬†a sort for that!

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If you think you could use these in your class, check out all 12 of the sorts I’ve created right here: LETTER SORTING!¬†

Thanks for stopping by!

-Mrs. B

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How to Easily Assess Sight Words

I always get a little anxious before report cards and conferences. I am the type of teacher that spends so much time debating what grade I’m going to give each student for every single standard. I have found that the easiest way to ensure each student is getting the most accurate and appropriate grade is to have artifacts/assessments/work samples from each student that demonstrate their knowledge on each thing. Sight Words is a big one in second grade. It comes up multiple times directly and indirectly on the report cards we use (sight word knowledge, reading fluently, reading at grade level, etc.). I want to make sure I know exactly what sight words my students know and don’t know. So, I created this easy assessment!

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Using this assessment pack, you can assess students’ sight word knowledge one on one in about 5 minutes!

Here’s what you do:
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Have one of these checklist pages printed for EVERY student. I keep an assessment binder with a divider for each student. On the divider I write their name and number so I can easily find their tab.

Give your student this sheet below. I have ones made for all the DOLCH word lists (pre-primer, primer, grade one, grade two, and grade three).

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The words on these sheets are in the same order as the checklist. As the student reads them aloud, you are highlighting or checking off the words read correctly on the checklist! It’s that simple!

I have found that this way is extremely effective, and I have a list of all the words that the student knows (and doesn’t know) when I’m ready to do report cards and parent teacher conferences. I also give these word lists out to parents at conferences so they have a copy of the words to practice at home.

HERE’S THE LINK TO THE ENTIRE ASSESSMENT PACK!¬†

I hope this assessment pack will help some of you before conference and report card time!

Let me know how you like it!

-Mrs. B