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This year marks my 30th year of teaching! I have taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, sixth grade and currently I teach 5th grade. While I have taught all subjects, I specialize in creating math and science products that align with current standards.

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This year marks my 30th year of teaching! I have taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, sixth grade and currently I teach 5th grade. While I have taught all subjects, I specialize in creating math and science products that align with current standards.
Place Value Chart with Decimals
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Place Value Chart with Decimals

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This Place Value chart contains Millions thru Thousandths place value. Each page contains 2 charts. I like to laminate several of these for use in small groups or at centers. Students can write and wipe various numbers for place value practice. I hope you enjoy this free printable.
Multi-Colored Genre and AR Classroom Library Kit - Includes Editable Labels
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Multi-Colored Genre and AR Classroom Library Kit - Includes Editable Labels

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New! This product now includes editable labels that can be customized using powerpoint! This product has everything you need to organize your classroom library by AR Book Levels or the following 10 genres: Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Traditional Literature, Informational, Biography, Autobiography and Poetry. Colors Used Include: Sky Blue & White Polka Dot, Lime Green & White Polka Dot, Tangerine & White Polka Dot, Hot Pink & Polka Dot, Red & White Polka Dot, Lemon Sherbert & White Polka Dot This set includes: ~Genre Posters: One poster for each genre. Each poster contains a definition and several titles from the genre. ~Genre Labels: One set of 4.25”x 3.5” genre labels for book tubs or bookshelves. ~Book Label Code Sheet Poster: One poster that serves as the ‘key’ for the book spine labels. ~Book Spine Labels: One sheet of sixty book spine labels for each genre. These labels work with Avery Return Address Labels (60 per page). ~AR Book Level Labels: One set of 4.25”x 3.5” AR labels for book tubs or bookshelves ~Editable Multi-colored Poster Page (Powerpoint needed) ~Editable Labels (Powerpoint needed) Personally, I prefer to leave the posters a standard 8.5 x 11 size. My thinking is that I don't need someone to be able to read them from across the room. Instead I want them to be a resource students can use when browsing the library. Therefore, a standard size is perfect. The posters, however, can be enlarged. For directions how to make posters using your printer, read my blog post on the topic.
Types of Fractions (Improper, Proper, Equivalent, Mixed Number)
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Types of Fractions (Improper, Proper, Equivalent, Mixed Number)

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Help students distinguish types of fractions! This foldable features four types of fractions: Improper Fractions, Proper Fractions, Equivalent Fractions & Mixed Numbers. It works well in a math journal or as a stand alone resource. Each type is defined and an example is shown. This foldable can be run with all labels on. All your students need to do is cut, fold and glue. Or, you can run a blank template and a 'parts' page and allow your students to assemble. Still another choice would be to run just the cover and have students glue inside parts in or vice versa. It's really up to the teacher. If you don't teach all four types or if you'd prefer to teach them one at a time, simply cut the four types apart and present each type one at a time! I try to make my foldables as versatile as possible. When running copies, be sure to do a test print to make sure the front cover and inside are copied properly and fold up right.
Long Division - Step by Step
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Long Division - Step by Step

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For students who are either just getting started with the long division process or with students who are struggling with the process. The example shows a double digit dividend being divided by a single digit divisor. The final answer does have a remainder. The fold-up breaks the process down into six steps: divide, multiply, subtract, bring down (repeat if needed), remainder and check. The steps are listed and a visual representation is shown. The fold-up will fit nicely in a math journal (just trim on the grey line for a better fit). In addition, I decided to create a one page handout (handout is the one without the dotted cut lines) of the steps. My thinking is that this particular information might be a better resource without the flaps.
Science Experiments for the Teacher Who Doesn't Like Teaching Science
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Science Experiments for the Teacher Who Doesn't Like Teaching Science

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Note this product is part of a "Bundled For Savings" pack. Be sure to check out Bundled for Savings: Science Experiments for the Teacher Who Doesn't Like Teaching Science to purchase all FOUR sets of this product at a substantial savings! Yes, that's me...an elementary teacher who is not fond of teaching science. I know there are many of you out there, because I hear it from my colleagues all the time. I can't tell you how many science experiments I've had kids do that were total and complete flops over the years. Oh...and if you LOVE teaching science...you will find these experiments useful too! Finally, after 24 years of teaching, I have found tried and true experiments that the kids love, are easy to do, and actually work! This packet contains 5 easy investigations. The materials needed are easy to come by and inexpensive. I did not come up with these experiments myself, nor do I claim to. I have just compiled them onto easy to use sheets for students. Each experiment is described in detail on the front side and the backside provides students with space to record their observations. In addition, I have included an easy explanation of each experiment. The experiments include: Climbing Colors - A chromatology experiment. Materials needed include a washable colored marker, coffee filter, small plastic cup, water, measuring cup, scissors, and a ruler. Magic Milk - A color reaction experiment. Materials needed include whole milk, dinner plate, food coloring, Dawn dish detergent, and cotton swabs. Muscle Sand - A forces experiment. Materials needed include a paper towel cardboard tube, sand, tissue paper, rubber band, and a wooden dowel (12 inches long). Up, Up & Away - A chemical reaction experiment. Materials needed include a small uninflated balloon, small funnel, empty plastic water bottle, baking soda, vinegar, measuring cup (1/2 cup), and a measuring spoon (tablespoon) Hip Clip - A surface tension experiment. Materials needed include 2 clean, dry medium-size paper clips, 2” by 3” piece of tissue paper, bowl, water, and a pencil with an eraser.
Geometry - Types of Lines
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Geometry - Types of Lines

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Perfect for a math journal! This matchbook foldable focuses on intersecting, parallel and perpendicular lines. A definition and a visual representation is given of each. To assemble a matchbook foldable, make a two sided copy (cover on one side and inside on the other). While looking at the inside, bring the top down to the bottom horizontal line and fold. Then bring the bottom up, folding on the bottom horizontal line. The finished product will look like a giant matchbook. I would cut the three line types apart (on dotted line) after the folding is complete. Always make a test copy before copying for your students to make sure the cover and inside fold up properly. Note that the cover is intentionally upside down for easier printing.
Geometry - Classifying Triangles and Practice Pages
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Geometry - Classifying Triangles and Practice Pages

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Students love fold-ups! This product includes: • A six flap fold-up that classifies triangles by their angles (right, acute and obtuse) and by the length of their sides (equilateral, isosceles and scalene). A definition and a visual representation is given of each. • This product also includes two 2-sided practice pages and answer keys. Always make a test copy before copying for your students to make sure the cover and inside fold up properly. Note that the cover is intentionally upside down for easier printing.
Science Process Skills Foldable
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Science Process Skills Foldable

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This foldable features the most commonly used process skills: observe, classify, measure, infer, communicate and predict. The front cover has each process skill. Open the flap to reveal the definition. As a teacher you have several options on how to use this foldable. You can run copies with all the parts already on the template or you can run a blank template and all the pieces. This will allow students to assemble themselves. A third option, is to run the cover with the parts in place and then have the students cut out and glue the matching definitions. This foldable works well in a science journal or as a stand alone resource. Note that the grey line is a trim line. As a teacher I trim on this line before giving copies to students. Trimming on the trim line makes for a nicer fit in a science journal. Please visit my blog for additional pictures of this foldable.
Bathroom/Drink Passes (4 passes per sheet)
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Bathroom/Drink Passes (4 passes per sheet)

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These passes can be used when students request to leave the classroom to either use the bathroom, get a drink or both. I print several passes for each student, I write their name on the back with a sharpie, so no one will be tempted to use another student's pass. Students can keep the passes at their desks and turn in to teacher when using. I choose to put tickets in library card pockets on the wall. I laminate both the pockets and passes which allows them to last all year.
FREE! Predator-Prey Relationships Matchbook Foldable
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FREE! Predator-Prey Relationships Matchbook Foldable

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This product is a matchbook type fold-up identifies the predator prey relationship within an ecosystem. To create this matchbook fold-up, simply run the outside sheet (upside down for easier copying) on one side of the paper and the inside sheet on the other side of the paper (always run a test copy to make sure the fold-up folds properly). To fold a matchbook fold-up, lay the inside face up. First, bring the top of the page down to the bottom horizontal line and fold. Then, bring the bottom of the paper up and fold on the bottom horizontal line. When finished it should look like a giant matchbook. Fold-ups are a wonderful resource that fit well in an interactive notebook or can be used as a stand alone resource. I find that my students refer to the fold-ups throughout the entire school year!
Flip for Math: Lattice Method Multiplication Plus Jumbo Practice Cards
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Flip for Math: Lattice Method Multiplication Plus Jumbo Practice Cards

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A step-by-step guide for using the Lattice Method for Multiplying! The purpose of a ‘We Flip for Math’ Flip Book, is to provide a struggling student with a step-by-step guide to take them through the process they are struggling with. I have various flip books available in my classroom, but only after I’ve taught the concept and we have practiced it a number of times. The complexity of some skills can be quite challenging for many students. Being able to remember all the steps can become overwhelming for some. A flip-book can help walk these children through the process. In addition, I have found flip-books can be helpful when sending homework home . Including a flip book can make for very happy parents! Just a bit about the Lattice Method ~ Teaching the Lattice Method for Multiplication to my 5th grade students has proven to be very worthwhile. While not every student will choose to use this strategy, I do find that an amazing number of students will. This was proven during state testing--time and time again, I saw lattice grids on the scrap paper they were allowed to use. Once students become proficient with the process, they will find that they can solve a multiplication problem faster than they would using the traditional method. And, even more important, their answers are correct! This packet contains three flip-books. • The first book features using the Lattice method to multiplying a 2-digit number by a 2-digit number. • The second book practices using the Lattice method to multiply a 3-digit number by a 2-digit number. • The third book models how to multiply a 3-digit number by a 3-digit number using the Lattice Method. • 10 jumbo practice cards. Detailed jumbo answer key cards are also included. • Ready-made tabs which could be used to easily find each problem type in a combined book. The purchaser has two assembly options. You can make three separate flip books or combine all three problem types into one book. Individual covers are provided as well as a fourth cover that would be used if the three books are combined. Ready-made tabs which could be used to easily find each problem type in a combined book.
Division Strategies: 2-Digit Divisor Partial Quotient Fold-Up & Practice
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Division Strategies: 2-Digit Divisor Partial Quotient Fold-Up & Practice

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Perfect Partial Quotient resource for students and parents! The new Common Core Standards for Math prompted me to create this Partial Quotient Strategy pack for use with students and with parents. This fold-up resource models how to use the partial quotient method to solve a double-digit divisor division problem using the partial quotient method. The example shows a simple strategy that could be used with any equation. It then goes on to explain that once you master the method, you will be able to see faster ways to reach the answer. I do teach the Partial Quotient Strategy to all my students. We begin with single-digit divisors and then quickly move on to double-digit. I feel the real power of partial quotient is recognized when using it to solve double-digit divisor problems. If practiced enough, students will learn the method and most will use it when doing double-digit divisor equations. Thus, eliminating the dreaded double-digit divisor problem being solved with the standard algorithm. Now for parents. When I first began teaching this method I kept hearing time and time again how challenging the math was. How the parents could not even help their child with their math because the way we are solving problems is ‘not the way they learned it’. So, I created this fold-up resource not only for my students, but for their parents as well. Having this resource with homework or in a math journal has remedied any concerns or problems. Included in this packet is a one-fold fold-up. The fold-up gives an example of dividing a 2-digit divisor equation using the partial quotient method. I have also included to 2-sided worksheet to use with students. Also, included is an answer key. If you would like to see pictures of the single-digit divisor fold-up, please visit Mrs. B's Best Blog. While the fold-up shown is not the one included in this product, it does show you how to assemble the fold-up.
I Have, Whoooo Has? Multiply and Divide Integers
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I Have, Whoooo Has? Multiply and Divide Integers

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"I Have, Whoooo Has" is a fun game that can be used to practice a variety of skills. This pack includes THREE sets, all designed to practice multiplying and dividing integers (to see examples of types of questions asked take a look at the preview page). I have found that having a deep understanding of multiplying and dividing by powers of ten is critical to mastering the metric system which is usually introduced later in the school year. Laying the groundwork early with this type of practice, makes the metric system so much easier for all students. Please take a look at the preview page to see the types of questions asked. Each set includes 24 cards. Also included are card covers. I usually run a cover on the backside of each card. This allows me to easily keep sets together and not mixed up. Plus, it adds some color to the game. If colored printer ink is at a premium, you can choose to run the black and white cover instead. Again, this will allow you to keep the cards in the proper set. You can play this game whole class by distributing cards to all students. Note that some students may have more than one card. Next, the teacher prompts the student that has the first card to start by reading their card. Students will have to determine the next number in the sequence. Whichever student has the card with the correct answer will read theirs. And so on. The game continues until the last student reads their card, "I have the last card!" Another alternative to playing whole class is to play it with small groups of students. The process would work the same way, however each student would have multiple cards. I like playing it this way even better, because it really keeps the players on their toes. So, in my room, this is usually an activity that groups of 6 or 8 play. Now, since you have 3 sets with this purchase, you could have three groups of 8 playing at once in your room. As I said, if a player has multiple cards, they have to be paying attention. Let’s face it we all know that many students will be less attentive once they have read their card.
Fractions - R.E.D. (Review Every Day)
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Fractions - R.E.D. (Review Every Day)

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Give students the review they need to master the skill! If there is one thing I have learned since I began teaching math to 5th graders 10 years ago, it is that students must practice a skill repeatedly. Just because a student is able to change an improper fraction to a mixed number for the chapter test, does not mean they will remember the skill a month later. With this in mind, each day I set aside a portion of time to practice previously taught skills. From this practice, RED, Review Every Day, was born. This packet contains 28 quick half-sheet reviews focused on fractions. This Review Every Day includes the following fraction skills: Reducing fractions to lowest terms, comparing fractions, ordering fractions, writing equivalent fractions, finding the least common denominator, adding & subtracting fractions with alike and unlike denominators, multiplying and dividing fractions with a whole number, multiplying and dividing two fractions, multiplying and dividing mixed numbers, changing improper fractions to mixed numbers and changing mixed numbers to improper fractions. Please note that this packet does NOT teach the skill, but only serves to review the skill after you have taught it to the students. Each review has anywhere from 8 to 12 questions. In my classroom I spread the 28 lessons out and usually do not use them one day after another. I have other RED lessons that I would mix and match. So, for instance, Monday might be Fractions 1 and Tuesday might be Decimals 1. By Friday, I may be ready to use Fractions 2. Each review is a half-sheet. Lesson 1 and Lesson 3 are on page 1. Lesson 2 and Lesson 4 are on page 2. I do this intentionally. If you run page 1 on the front and page 2 on the back and then cut the sheet in half, you will have Fractions 1 on the front and Fractions 2 on the back. The entire document is set up this way. This saves paper, and allows the teacher to teach the lessons in order and in a more efficient way. At the back of the packet you will find the answer key which provides the answers to all questions.
I Have, Whoooo Has? Dividing a Decimal by a Power of Ten
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I Have, Whoooo Has? Dividing a Decimal by a Power of Ten

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"I Have, Whoooo Has" is a fun game that can be used to practice a variety of skills. This pack includes THREE sets, all designed to practice dividing a decimal by a power of ten. I have found that having a deep understanding of multiplying and dividing by powers of ten is critical to mastering the metric system which is usually introduced later in the school year. Laying the groundwork early with this type of practice, makes the metric system so much easier for all students. Please take a look at the preview page to see the types of questions asked. Each set includes 24 cards. Also included are card covers. I usually run a cover on the backside of each card. This allows me to easily keep sets together and not mixed up. Plus, it adds some color to the game. If colored printer ink is at a premium, you can choose to run the black and white cover instead. Again, this will allow you to keep the cards in the proper set. You can play this game whole class by distributing cards to all students. Note that some students may have more than one card. Next, the teacher prompts the student that has the first card to start by reading their card. Students will have to determine the next number in the sequence. Whichever student has the card with the correct answer will read theirs. And so on. The game continues until the last student reads their card, "I have the last card!" Another alternative to playing whole class is to play it with small groups of students. The process would work the same way, however each student would have multiple cards. I like playing it this way even better, because it really keeps the players on their toes. So, in my room, this is usually an activity that groups of 6 or 8 play. Now, since you have 3 sets with this purchase, you could have three groups of 8 playing at once in your room. As I said, if a player has multiple cards, they have to be paying attention. Let’s face it we all know that many students will be less attentive once they have read their card.
The Early Bird Task Cards for Rounding Whole Numbers
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The Early Bird Task Cards for Rounding Whole Numbers

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The Early Bird Learns! This set contains: • 24 task cards designed to practice rounding whole numbers to the place value of the underlined digit. • Title task card. • 3 take a break cards. • A student recording sheet (color and black and white). • Answer key. I would recommend printing task cards and answer key on white card stock and then laminating for durability.
Metric Measures Mat
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Metric Measures Mat

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Students use this one page mat as an aid when making metric conversions. You can laminate several copies and make them available for student use. Or, do as I do, purchase heavy weight sheet protector sleeves ($20 for 100)and have students slip various papers inside. Using a erasable marker they can write information of the protector, erase, and reuse an unlimited number of times. Saves laminating and paper cost.
I Have, Whoooo Has? Multiplying a Decimal by a Power of Ten
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I Have, Whoooo Has? Multiplying a Decimal by a Power of Ten

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"I Have, Whoooo Has" is a fun game that can be used to practice a variety of skills. This pack includes THREE sets, all designed to practice multiplying a decimal by a power of ten. I have found that having a deep understanding of multiplying and dividing by powers of ten is critical to mastering the metric system which is usually introduced later in the school year. Laying the groundwork early with this type of practice, makes the metric system so much easier for all students. Please take a look at the preview page to see the types of questions asked. Each set includes 24 cards. Also included are card covers. I usually run a cover on the backside of each card. This allows me to easily keep sets together and not mixed up. Plus, it adds some color to the game. If colored printer ink is at a premium, you can choose to run the black and white cover instead. Again, this will allow you to keep the cards in the proper set. You can play this game whole class by distributing cards to all students. Note that some students may have more than one card. Next, the teacher prompts the student that has the first card to start by reading their card. Students will have to determine the next number in the sequence. Whichever student has the card with the correct answer will read theirs. And so on. The game continues until the last student reads their card, "I have the last card!" Another alternative to playing whole class is to play it with small groups of students. The process would work the same way, however each student would have multiple cards. I like playing it this way even better, because it really keeps the players on their toes. So, in my room, this is usually an activity that groups of 6 or 8 play. Now, since you have 3 sets with this purchase, you could have three groups of 8 playing at once in your room. As I said, if a player has multiple cards, they have to be paying attention. Let’s face it we all know that many students will be less attentive once they have read their card.
I Have, Whoooo Has? Division Patterns with Multiples of 10
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I Have, Whoooo Has? Division Patterns with Multiples of 10

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"I Have, Whoooo Has" is a fun game that can be used to practice a variety of skills. This pack includes THREE sets, all designed to practice the division pattern of multiplying by multiples of 10. A sample equation might be: Whoooo has...2,500 divided by 5? or Whoooo has...10,000 x 1,000? Students should understand that to solve they divide the basic fact then add then subtract the number of zeros in the original equation. Don't worry, I have included a poster in the packet that demonstrates how I teach the topic. Each set includes 24 cards. Also included are card covers. I usually run a cover on the backside of each card. This allows me to easily keep sets together and not mixed up. Plus, it adds some color to the game. If colored printer ink is at a premium, you can choose to run the black and white cover instead. Again, this will allow you to keep the cards in the proper set. You can play this game whole class by distributing cards to all students. Note that some students may have more than one card. Next, the teacher prompts the student that has the first card to start by reading their card. Students will have to determine the next number in the sequence. Whichever student has the card with the correct answer will read theirs. And so on. The game continues until the last student reads their card, "I have the last card!" Another alternative to playing whole class is to play it with small groups of students. The process would work the same way, however each student would have multiple cards. I like playing it this way even better, because it really keeps the players on their toes. So, in my room, this is usually an activity that groups of 6 or 8 play. Now, since you have 3 sets with this purchase, you could have three groups of 8 playing at once in your room. As I said, if a player has multiple cards, they have to be paying attention. Let’s face it we all know that many students will be less attentive once they have read their card.