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Hey y'all!  This post goes along with a video I posted on facebook that you can see HERE!  I have gathered some of my favorite math ideas, tips, and tricks to share with you!

1.  We are Mathematicians!  This is my favorite back to school math activity!  As a class, we discuss what the word Mathematicians means.  We create an anchor chart to discuss what mathematicians do, need, etc.  Then, students create themselves as mathematicians and write in a speech bubble how they will be mathematicians this year!  It's from my Let's Get Started pack, BUT you can also find it separate HERE!
2.  Math Desk Toppers:  Several years ago I decided that I didn't need my students to have their names on their desks.  We switch desks often so I didn't want to have to switch the tags or move the desks around.  BUT, I still wanted a math reference tool for them to use on their desk.  That's when I came up with the Math Desk Topper!  It has visuals that students can use throughout the year!  You can find my 2nd grade one HERE!
Here's how they look on the desks:
My friend wanted some for third grade, so I made her a set too!  You can see those HERE!
3.  Math Vocabulary!  It's important for students to see those terms that we are constantly emphasizing.  Creating a space for math vocabulary and terms is a great idea!  These cards are from our Magic of Math units, but you can also find them HERE!  If you'd like the Math Vocabulary bulletin board letters for FREE, join our Engagement Made Easy group and you can grab that download!
4.  I also talked about early finisher activities to use during the math block.  You can find the FREE activities that I talked about in the video HERE!
Here's another look at those early finisher activities :)  Students practice their fact fluency in a fun way!
5.  Assessing fact fluency can be challenging, but Hope and I have tried to take all of the thinking out of it for you!  You can find a post about it HERE.  Click HERE for Addition and Subtraction.  Click HERE for Multiplication and Division.  Click HERE for all four!
6.  Math Reflections- a powerful way to assess students quickly is by having them write about what you did in math for the day.  They can explain a skill, write about a vocabulary term, or explain the steps to solving a problem.  It's ZERO prep, it integrates writing, and you can see in an instant if they understand!
7.  Math Storage:  Several years ago I decided to take all of my math materials out of the filing cabinet and organize it by math tubs.  It saved my sanity!  All of the books, cards, games, and centers were all in one easy to find place!  You can read all about my math storage HERE!
8.  Math Tools- we LOVE using lots of different manipulatives in the classroom, but here are some of my favorites:
9.  Math Stations:  I've talked A LOT about math stations on my blog.  You can see a post for how I used this cart and chart HERE.  HERE are my favorite apps!

10.  Math Displays:  I talked about some of these in my other video, but I wanted to share a few more with you!  I keep a number line, number words, hundreds chart, word problem tips, and shape posters up all year along with a math bulletin board and math vocabulary wall!
Click below to find each of the items:

I hope you found some useful math tips and tricks in this blog post and by watching the video!  Have fun with your little mathematicians this year!
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I don't think it's any surprise that I love directed drawings.  I've been talking about this for a couple of years now on this blog of mine.  We even incorporate them into our Rooted in Reading units.

I had a lot of drawing ideas over the summer.  I'm a doodler BIG TIME.  So, I thought... why not compile some of my favorite doodles?!  I put together two drawings per month, 24 total.
For each drawing there are a few different writing pages that go along with the art piece.  Sometimes I do directed drawings to accompany a character study.  Other times I do them for a holiday.  Sometimes we do them just to do them!  They are a quick, easy activity that you can pull out when you have a few extra minutes!
Often times I use directed drawings as early finishers.  I just keep a file of directions and students can choose which one they want to draw.
Other times I will put them in a writing or art center.  It is minimal prep for me, but the students LOVE it!
And sometimes we draw just to draw!  It offers a nice release for the students... plus it is normally peaceful which is an added bonus!
I've been obsessed with panda bears after watching Born In China!  I could seriously watch panda babies on TV all day long, ha!
One more idea before I go!  Do you send home a compilation of work from throughout the year before school gets out?  It can be a lot of work to keep things, store them, and then organize it for all of your students.  With the drawings, you can use plastic sleeves or a folder.  Just keep them all together throughout the year and it will be such a nice gift to send home to the parents.  They will have a collection of their child's art and writings from a whole year!
For this portfolio, I just put ten page protectors together with ribbon.  I can add the drawings to it as we go!
If you are wanting to know more about the format and how the unit is put together, you are in luck!  I've created a Fox Freebie just for you!  You can click on the picture below to download your fox directed drawing and writing!
You'll find that my unit is set up exactly the same way as the freebie :)
Oh, and if you need a reason to incorporate drawing into your day, I've got a wonderful quote for you!
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