Saturday, December 29, 2012

Decimals ... with a freebie and giveaway (if you hurry!)

So, first I just have to say how much I LOVE the winter break. Not only do I get time to spend with family, but I also have been able to do some things for ME ... yes ME! :)

Anyway, before break we were working on decimals in my classroom. I think it is one of the toughest things for me to help my 4th graders understand. This year, since I am teaching with Everyday Math, decimals came up even earlier in the year than I had previously taught it. I was trying to think about what I could do to make sure my kiddos really understood what a decimal is and means. Previously, I taught a homogenous group for math. This year, my group is heterogeneous, which means that I have a wide variety of levels in my room. I've really been trying to use as many hands-on manipulatives as I can, so I broke out the base-ten blocks.

Isn't this clipart so cute?! It is the base-ten set available at . I decided that I wanted to create some visuals to go along with my lesson ... and an "I have, who has" game because my kids are OBSESSED with it! So, I finally just put the finishing touches on the rest of the decimal activities/visuals pack and uploaded it to my teachers pay teachers account. Follow the link here to check it out for yourself.

AND if you are one of the first two people to comment on this post with your favorite decimal lesson AND your email address, I'll send you a copy for FREE!!

The other thing that was really tricky for my class this year was converting between decimal measurements. And I can't blame them ... it's tricky! So, I adapted an idea I found online and created my own "cheat sheet" for them. Click the picture below and get your own copy for FREE! :)  Hopefully it will help your students as much as it helped mine.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012


This is one you DON'T want to miss!! Tips for Top Teachers is having a HUGE giveaway!! Click on the picture below to find out the details! 
I just love the Christmas season ... :)