Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spring Break Learning Opportunities

In two short weeks we'll be on Spring Break. I wanted to provide my students with optional learning opportunities but I didn't want to overwhelm them. I put together a couple of activities that I'll send home with them.
1. I purchased Amy Lemon's Student Reading Challenge from Teachers Pay Teachers. This reading challenge is a bucket list that students can complete during any of the school breaks.
2. I try to incorporate STEM activities into my classroom and ran across these "STEAM Break" activities on Teachers Pay Teachers... for FREE. They are from Digital Divide and Conquer, I love the PBL Units from this shop and was excited to see some STEM activities students could complete at home.
3. The last activity I included was a sheet with multiplication and division practice I found in my files.
All of these activities are optional, students do not have to complete them. I'll give out stickers for Super Improver Cards and probably put together some other prizes for students who choose to participate.  Do you send home activities for students to do during school vacations?

Monday, March 7, 2016

Bunny Marshmallow Math

 Spring has sprung! After getting all excited about a possible Snow Day on Friday only to have the roads completely clear enough to go to school... on time...I'd rather have the warm weather. After school today I treated myself to first pedicure of the season and I'm ready to rock my maxi skirts and flip flops. Spring Break for me is in three weeks, the week of Easter or as I like to call it, Resurrection Day. I thought I'd do some seasonal activities as I know the students will be pretty antsy about the upcoming vacation.

I have another version of a Marshmallow Bunny Activity on the Teaching Oasis but decided to revamp for this year. It covers multiplication, fractions, data collection and line plots. It's geared towards Virginia Math Standards:3rd grade. I'm looking forward to this activity with my students, I'm sure they'll love it. You can download it at the link below.
Marshmallow Bunny Math