Tuesday, December 2, 2014

iHeart Math Holiday Hop

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I have the pleasure of linking up with 22 wonderful math bloggers for an almost month long holiday hop.  We are excited about this collaboration because each day you can access a different blogger with  several holiday tips and a special gift.  The calendar above is an image map and will to take you to each blogger's post.  Please be a ware that each post does not go live until the day it is scheduled so if you click on a link to early in the month, you will get an error message.

Stocking Stuffer #1 Giving Back

This time of year when I am so busy and I have so many things planned with my students and my own children I like to take some time to remember that not everyone has a life this full.  Many older people spend their days alone and are looking for ways to pass the time.  I like to spread holiday cheer to these folks by helping my students establish connections with senior members of our community.  My favorite way to do this is by taking a class caroling at the adult day care center.  The smiles on everyone's faces are priceless!  

Stocking Stuffer #2 Holiday Math Tip

Living in the Northeast, the holidays and snow go hand in hand.  In the weeks leading up to the holiday vacation, student focus isn't at its best.  I find a great way to increase engagement in my math class and to review what we have been learning is to have a snowball toss.  Give each student a small piece of scrap paper and have them write something on it.  This could be something they know about fractions, an equation that equals 100, a division story problem or anything else you might be working on.  When they are done, have them crumble up their paper into a snowball and throw it at a target that you have drawn on the board or displayed on the screen.  Then each person goes up and picks up a snowball to read to the class.  It is a great way to share student thinking without putting anyone on the spot because they read someone else's idea.  It also will increase your student engagement and bring out misconceptions.  


A Special Gift

There is nothing like some holiday themed activities to help pass the long days of December.  I want to thank everyone for their support this year and give back to all my readers with a special gift.  

Primary teachers
Reindeer theme take away from 10 freebie!
Upper Elementary Teachers
Fraction addition and subtraction story problems reindeer task cards
Thank you for checking out our #iHeartMath Holiday Hop!  Make sure you stop by tomorrow and see what Sarah and Courtney over at Adventures in Guided Math have in store for you!


12 comments:

  1. I love the snowball activity. We will be doing this to let out some steam this week! Thanks for the idea!!!

    Elizabeth
    Hodges Herald

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  2. I love the snowball idea. Definitely going to try that when our snow starts up. Great post...as always!
    Brandi
    The Research Based Classroom

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    1. We have had several snowstorms already! Luckily the last batch just melted off and we are ready to start again.

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  3. The snowball activity is always a hit in my classroom; we do it with different literacy activities too.

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  4. The snowball toss is a great way to make formative assessment fun for students and teachers!

    Greg aka Me Elementary Math

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  5. What a cool blog hop!
    Thank you for the reindeer game. I also love your snowball toss:)

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  6. I love the reindeer subtraction, Tara! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!
    Linda

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    1. You are welcome! My kids had a lot of fun with it.

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  7. Love the idea of a snowball toss. I can definitely see my grade 8 students getting into that, especially the boys. Thanks for the great idea!
    Kim
    Teaching Math by Hart

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