If you're new to my blog, I'm a third grade teacher who is 'teaming' this year. I teach Math and Science while my friends teach Reading and Social Studies. I can't believe I never did this before!! It is less stress & less planning, but our students' scores are also SKY ROCKETING because we are becoming so very good at our subject matter!! :)
Now, although we've taught a million years, I have been trying to come up with new and exciting things on the fly this year with Math & Science. This one is a hit! Most of our boys and girls were not to concerned with memorizing their facts. I know, I know, everyone learns and grows at different rates, but there comes a time that you just have to buckle down and memorize the last of those facts to make the rest of your math career easier!
We have use Math Magician, but finally started giving the boys and girls timed multiplication tests with a Pizza Party as a final reward. Our portables have very little wall space for posters and charts, so this sprang to mind the other day....
In the pass I use to have the children make class chains when we mastered an AR test. Each link was one passed test. So now in Math, when they pass their 'ones' test or their 'six' test, our Math students earn a link! This picture is what the Morning Class chain looked like after their zeros, ones & twos! Then to expanding it a little further we decided to make it a contest of whoever can best estimate the number of links will get to take the entire thing home! They walk into the room counting the links ~ I LOVE SEEING THEM SO EXCITED!