Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SuperSpeed Math

In getting my classroom ready for this year's cast, I spent some time making sure my SuperSpeed Math was all ready to go. What is SS Math? It's only one of the most fun ways for your students to review their basic math facts in a game format. Let me explain.

As teachers, we all know how important it is for our students to have an instant recall of simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. SS Math makes students want to practice every day! There are 2 levels for each type of fact. The first level gives the facts in order and the second mixes the facts up. Another feature of these levels are the gnarlies. These are the facts that are most troublesome for students. They are noted on each level in darkened squares.

How does this amazing game work? Students work in pairs. One student is reading the problem and then giving the answer while the 2nd student is checking those answers. After 1 minute time, the answering student notes the problem they last answered correctly. A second minute is provided and the goal is for the student to go past that "record". Roles are swapped and the 2nd student gets to answer while the 1st student checks.

If a student breaks their record, the next time they play, they move down one row. They remain on the same row the next time. I use a form I created for the students to record their progress on which helps them remember where they should start each time. That form is available here. For each turn, the student writes the letter and number coordinate for the problem they last answered correctly. A check is marked in the box if a new record is achieved on the 2nd minute. When they play again, the student counts the number of checks and they start that many rows down.

In order to keep the pages organized, I did a couple things. First, I printed the blank problems front to back and printed the answer pages on front only. I did this so the answering student wouldn't have something to cheat from. After laminating the pages, I stored them in plastic pocket folders, creating enough for each pair of students in my classroom.

The record forms are kept in a separate folder so that it doesn't matter which SS Math folder the pair gets. All of the folders are placed on a shelf for easy access. You can see my folder below. I have not put in the multiplication or division facts because those are just introduced to my 3rd graders and it will be well into the school year before the students are ready for them.

SuperSpeed Math Folder

Test pages printed front to back

Answer pages printed on the front only

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

Many thanks to Nancy at Mrs. Stoltenberg's Second Grade for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award!

Here are the rules for this award:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Include a link to their site.
3. Include the award image in your post.
4. Give 7 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
6. When nominating, include a link to their site.
7. Let other bloggers know they've been nominated.

So, 7 random facts about myself:
1. I teach at the same school I went to from K-12 and my 4th grade teacher is just across the hall!
2. In college, I was the secretary/treasurer for a co-ed honor fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi.
3. Playing computer games online is a weakness of mine.
4. I'm the website coordinator for my school. (Just means I update the information that's on there.)
5. Over the years, I've collected M&M characters items like the dispensers that come out at Christmas time.
6. When I was in high school, I won a oral speech/writing competition at a pageant.
7. I'm a Team Beachbody Coach and as of today, with the help of exercise and Shakeology, I've lost 20 lbs!

Now for the nominating:

I'm going to take the idea I saw on another blog (I just don't remember which one!) because there are so many out there who have already received this award. If you don't have the Versatile Blogger Award, leave a comment for me and I'll stop by your blog. My hope is to spread the love to blogs that might not have a much attention yet by doing that. Don't be shy! Let the blogging world know you're out there!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

One Lovely Blog Award

Thanks so much to Nancy (Director of WBT Certification) at Mrs. Stoltenberg's 2nd Grade Class for giving me the One Lovely Blog Award!

Blog Awards

Here are the rules for this award:
Once you receive the award, you have to pass it on to others! Here are the 3 rules to follow:
1. Follow the person who gave you the award.
2. Link back to the person who gave you the award.
3. Pass the award on to 15 new bloggers.

Here are the blogs I'm passing this award on to. Be sure to visit them!

I know it's only 11, but it was hard to find active blogs that don't already have this award. I'll try to find a few more to add.

1. Shepard's Shining Stars
2. Mrs. Wilson's 4th Graders
3. Third Grade Bookworm
4. 4th Grade Frolics
5. Miss Third Grade
6. 3-6 Free Resources
7. A Whole Brain Teacher
8. Mrs. Slatton's Kindergarten
9. Mrs. Norton's Whole Brain Teaching Journey
10. Joy Button's Amazing Journey with WBT
11. WBT Blogger