Interactive Notebooks

Interactive Notebooks
Interactive Notebooks



Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Leigh Anne! She won the $10 TpT gift card. I appreciate everyone who entered the giveaway and wish I had a gift card for all of you.

Don't forget to shop TpT's cyber sale today and tomorrow to stock up on resources for your classroom.


TpT Gift Card Giveaway

Woohoo! It's time for some Cyber Monday shopping. Teachers Pay Teachers is gearing up for a big sale tomorrow and I'm so excited!

It's time to make your list and check it twice. Then if you're like me, go back and add more to it! There's so much to choose from - - - digital resources, task cards, Christmas activities, and ALL the upcoming units we will be teaching! With all the shopping to be done, we all need gift cards.

TpT has been gracious enough to gift me with a $10 gift card to pass along to you. Enter below for your chance to win. I will announce the winner Monday evening so the lucky person can use their gift card during the sale.

What's in your cart?

Identifying Fractions Digital Task Card Flash Freebie

Happy Monday everyone! I'm back today with another FLASH FREEBIE for you. If you haven't caught the Boom Learning card bug yet, you seriously need to.

I utilize Boom Cards during my RtI and math stations time. Students have fun "playing" and I  have valuable data on their progress. Every year I have parents asking me for extra worksheets for their kids. Boom Learning makes a nice alternative.

 Not only can you see how many problems your kids missed, you can also see the specific problem they missed and which answer they chose. I love this! This data helps guide my remediation groups.

FLASH FREEBIE - Click here to get a deck of identifying fractions task cards for free. Hurry - this freebie is only available until midnight (central time) tonight.

If you're interested in checking out this resource or learning more about Boom Learning cards, click here.


Digital Task Card Flash Freebie

I know you've all seen this meme. It's funny! Then you really start thinking about it, and it's not so funny anymore.
This meme helped me realize how grateful I am that I have the tools that I need to create my own resources for my classroom. Recently I've been making a bunch of digital task cards that are hosted at Boom Learning.

Have you heard of Boom Learning℠? I recently discovered this neat little app that is a big hit with my students. I'm making this an integral part of my instruction and you should too.

What's the hype about?
  • Boom Cards are interactive, digital task cards – no printing, cutting, or laminating!
  • Boom Cards work on any device – SMARTBoards, computers, tablets, iPhones, etc.
  • You can easily assign Boom Cards to your students. Students can play at school or at home. 
  • Student data - track student progress and see where your students are having difficulty.
  • Students love playing Boom Cards! Not only are the cards themselves fun, but the app has also been gamified, so students can earn badges and awards. Students receive immediate feedback to help them learn faster.
  • You can easily acquire free and low cost Boom Cards from Boom Learning and from TpT.
  • You can create your own Boom Cards! Boom Learning studio is easy to use - no special skills needed.  

As you can see, students receive immediate feedback so they can learn as they go. Now you can relax knowing that your students are having meaningful practice.

I recently added a set of digital task cards to this resource.

If you already own this resource, go to TpT and download the update to access the newly added digital task cards.

**UPDATE: This freebie has expired. You can preview these digital task cards here.
FLASH FREEBIE - Until midnight (central time) tonight, you can get a free deck of digital task cards hosted at Boom Learning. Click here to access this freebie and try out Boom Learning for yourself. You won't regret it!

Why I love Boom Learning

Have you heard of Boom Learning digital task cards? Wondering what the hype is all about?

 I recently stumbled across this relatively new platform and I LOVE IT! I tested Boom Learning out with my students at the end of last school year. Boom Learning provided great paperless practice for my kids and they really enjoyed it! Whenever they had extra time, they would beg to work on Boom Learning decks! I was shocked! It's really hard to say no when they WANT to practice skills!

Here are a few reasons why I'm loving Boom Learning digital task cards:

1. It's digital! - For you this means no printing, cutting, laminating, storing and NO CLUTTER! Boom Learning gamifies the task cards to keep the students interested. My kids had a ball buying new avatars with the points they earned by answering questions.

2. It's flexible! - Boom Learning cards can be used on ANY internet connected device - NO capability issues! Also, you can assign decks to individual students or the whole class. Students can use Boom Learning cards at home or at school. Boom Learning is perfect for a whole class setting, math stations, and individuals.

3. Data! - Unlike traditional task cards, Boom Learning task cards are self-grading and students receive immediate feedback after each question. You gotta love that! Boom Learning also has reports so you can see where your students are having trouble.

4. It's affordable! - You can easily afford to buy your own license if your district won't purchase one for you. You can begin with a FREE starter account to try out the Boom Learning app. Currently, the basic account is only $9 a year and is perfect for teachers of self-contained classrooms. $9 is a steal and I'm sure this promo WON'T LAST LONG!! You will need to purchase decks of digital task cards. You can get them either through Boom Learning or Teachers Pay Teachers. There are many free decks to choose from and the others are reasonably priced. The best part is you can preview 4 task cards from any deck that you are interested in buying.

If you are ready to give Boom Learning a try, you can get started with a free deck from me. Click on the picture below to claim this FREEBIE. The link will take you to Boom Learning where you can create your free account.

I promise you are going to love using Boom Learning task cards in your classroom!


What happened to my images????

Oh my!! I'm guessing you have noticed these ugly images all over my blog. Ugh!! They say a picture is worth a thousand words and that means a blog can be difficult to read without the images.

Well, looks like I won't be doing business with Photobucket any longer. It was time to move on anyway. So, I'm in the process of cleaning up the clutter and replacing my images. I imagine it's going to take some time, so please be patient with me.

This is not how I planned to spend my summer, but on the bright side - this didn't happen when I had a bazillion other things going on!

I hope you're having an amazing summer so far!


Take the Stress Out of Test Prep

It's my least favorite time of the year. I've taught all my skills and now I need to start reviewing for the BIG test. Ugh! It's a really important time, but it's also too easy to stress out the kiddies. I work hard during this time so that my students can feel a sense of accomplishment and can feel good about themselves when they do well on the test.

I alleviate some of the test pressure by reviewing with games. I love using PowerPoint games to review concepts all year long. These games are powerful. There are so many valuable teachable moments when we play these games. Many of the games I use are in test format so I can discuss test taking strategies while reviewing concepts. My kids love playing in teams and put forth more effort than if I were to give them a worksheet with the same skills.

I've been working on a set of Boot Camp review games that are played similar to Jeopardy. Because I teach in Texas, these review games are centered around the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). I want each Boot Camp game to have a narrow focus so that I can focus on a specific set of skills at a time.

If you're interested in giving PowerPoint games a try but aren't sure if they are right for you, click here to download a fully functioning preview file. You'll need PowerPoint or PowerPoint viewer to use the file. Because this is a preview, only the 100 point value questions are available in the demo. The full game can be found in my TpT store.

Another of my favorite review games is to play "trashketball" with task cards. This is a great game that requires very little preparation - just use the task cards you already have on hand. My favorite test prep task cards are these by Schoolhouse Diva. Her STAAR prep materials are fantastic!

If you've never played trashketball, you HAVE to give it a try! Your students will LOVE you for it! You can divide your class into teams, but you don't have to. To play, display a task card on your overhead or data projector and have your students work out the problem on their dry erase boards. Call on a student to give the answer. If the student is correct, he or she gets the opportunity to shoot a ball into your classroom trash can for extra points. This game keeps them totally engaged!

I would love to hear how you keep your students motivated during test prep.


St. Patrick's Day Math

St. Patrick’s Day is coming! This is not always a great time to be a teacher. It’s a fun holiday, but the whole pinching thing can be troublesome. 

Since I’m always looking for ways to sneak in more multiplication fact practice, I created some St. Patrick’s Day themed worksheets. To make the whole "pinching thing" less painful for you, I'm offering this resource for free in my TpT store.


Engaging Multiplication Practice

Learning multiplication facts is a huge deal for 3rd grade! I like to make the process as painless as possible. In addition to teaching the basic concepts of multiplication with lots of practice with manipulatives, I like to use music. Kids really enjoy learning with music and music has a way of putting facts into long term memory.

I begin with this CD of skip counting songs from Melody House. I start playing these songs long before my kids are introduced to multiplication. Even though the title says multiplication, these songs do not include multiplication - skip counting only. These songs have been around for a very long time. As a matter of fact, I first started using these songs 17 years ago. The songs are not very modern, but they are extremely catchy. I’ve been told from other teachers that my kids sing them years after they leave my class. That’s a win in my book!
Once my kids have mastered skip counting, I move on to videos by Music Notes Online. This music set comes in CD (audio only) and DVD with music videos. I would definitely recommend getting the videos. These songs are very catchy and my kids love dancing to them.