January 12, 2013

Product Swap


I was lucky to swap products with Laurah at

      Laurah is an ESOL public school teacher who currently is working with grades 2 and 4. She has a ton of teaching experience with ESOL populations ranging from Kindergarten through 8th grades. Her blog, The ESOL Odyssey, offers many classroom ideas for teaching all children and incorporating technology. Laurah's kindness and thoughtfulness is demonstrated throughout her blog--one example is her outreach to help those teachers affected by Hurricane Sandy.

     I chose Laurah's Common Core Math Writing Prompts Set 1.
There is 22 pages...here's my printer printing away...
       Each page has graphics to go with the questions asked and the format is very clear and easy to read.

      The beginning pages really help students to think about math and how it relates to them and everyday life--understanding and making real-world connections are key.
Not only did these reflection questions get the kids thinking, but it was also eye-opening to me as their teacher. (see above)
I let my kids walk around the room while doing this activity. Not only did they have fun, but they also stayed on task! I was amazed at what they noticed mathematically!

      One part of the pack that I really like is the connections to literature. After reading a book, Laurah gives you questions to think about an activity to do. I left the activity for The Math Curse for my substitute to do. The kids loved the read aloud and had more fun thinking about how they use math! (Sorry no pics for this one!)

     I really dug deeply into the activities around equations.

 The kids had fun trying to use different operations and parentheses with this activity. I love that I can really see how the students think--some are more advanced using parentheses and multiplication, while others only use addition and subtraction.
     There is also a reflection piece for each question.
To build onto this learning about equations, there is another question that links real-life to math.
      My students had a lot of fun with these activities and yours will too :)

 The other topics in the pack are: patterns, money, expressions, elapsed time, functions, line and bar graphs, & median, mode, and range. All of which will be covered in my 4th grade curriculum.

Definitely go and check out Laurah's blog and store! You'll be happy you did :)


To celebrate the product swap, I'm having a 20% off sale at my TN and TpT shops tonight through Sunday!

And..a rafflecopter giveaway for the product Laurah reviewed:
                                See Laurah's review of The Little Match Girl

a Rafflecopter giveaway

No comments:

Post a Comment