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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.
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.
Fraction Attraction Pack: Least Common Denominator and Equivalent Fractions
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Fraction Attraction Pack: Least Common Denominator and Equivalent Fractions

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Students tackle fractions with confidence while using Fraction Attraction resources! This packet contains: • A 3-Step Fold-Up which would fit well in a math journal or as a stand alone resource. The fold-up explains and demonstrates how to find the least common denominator and change each fraction to an equivalent fraction. • To assemble a 3-Step Fold-Up, run the cover on one side of a paper and the inside of the fold-up on the other side. Next, trim the copies on the lower grey line found on the inside of the fold-out. Then, with the inside face-up, fold the paper vertically down the center. Next, have students cut on the dotted lines. The fold-up is now ready to use! • A half-sheet handout. This handout contains the same information as the 3-Step Fold-Up, just in a different format. I find the half-sheet works well as a reference sheet. Many students like to take it home and share with their parents. • Two page worksheet. The worksheet provides an organized format which will help the student practice the skill. • A one-sided cut and paste worksheet is also included. The focus of this worksheet is to practice finding the Least Common Denominator. • A “M” sheet. I use “M” as an icon for finding the LCM. It is referred to on both the fold-out and half-sheet reference page. Some students may want to use the “M” icon when listing multiples. • Answer keys for all worksheets are also included.
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.
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.
Change a Mixed Number to an Improper Fraction & Back Again and Practice Pages
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Change a Mixed Number to an Improper Fraction & Back Again and Practice Pages

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Teach your students fraction basics! This product is a two part fold-up. Part one is "How to Change a Mixed Number to an Improper Fraction". Part two is "How to Change an Improper Fraction to a Mixed Number". Also included with this product is a 2-sided practice page and answer key. Each fold-up defines how to make the conversion and shows an example. As the teacher, you can decide if you want to cut the two apart and present each at different times or leave the two together and present at once. The choice is yours. Either way, the fold-up will fit nicely in a math journal (just trim on the grey line before distributing to students for a better fit) or work as a stand alone resource. The top portion of the fold-up was intentionally left blank and could be used as a place for students to record a few examples of their own. The front cover is intentionally upside down, this makes for easier printing. I would recommend, however, that you run a test copy to make sure everything folds up properly.
Fraction Attraction Pack: Dividing Fractions plus Reciprocal Fractions
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Fraction Attraction Pack: Dividing Fractions plus Reciprocal Fractions

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Students tackle fractions with confidence while using Fraction Attraction resources! This packet contains: • Fold-up One explains and shows an example of how to divide a whole number by a fraction, how to divide two fractions, and how to divide mixed numbers. • Fold-up Two explains what a reciprocal fraction is and how to write a reciprocal fraction. • Fold-up Three explains how to change an improper fraction to a mixed number. • A full-sheet handout. This handout contains the same information as the fold-up , just in a full-sheet format. I find this format works well as a quick reference sheet. In addition, many students like to take it home and share with their parents. This page could also be made into a poster. For information on how to make posters be sure to visit my blog post. • Four one-sided worksheets designed to help students practice the various types of dividing fractions problem types. • A cut and paste page to practice reciprocal fractions. • Answer keys for all worksheets are also included.
Solve & Check with QR Codes: Long Division: Double-Digit Divisor no Remainders
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Solve & Check with QR Codes: Long Division: Double-Digit Divisor no Remainders

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Solve & Check cards POP with Color! This set features solving double-digit divisor long division problems. There will be no remainders. A Solve & Check Math Skills set contains: • 32 math skill cards. Each card has an equation in the center along with 4 possible answers (an answer is located in each corner of every card). After solving the equation, the student finds the answer the got and scans the QR code. If the correct QR code is scanned the word ‘YES!!!’ will be revealed. If an incorrect answer is scanned, the word ‘Sorry’, ‘No’ or ‘Try Again’ will be revealed. Please view the preview page for and example of the types of questions on the task cards. • Four white-out cards which can be used to cover QR codes that are not being scanned • Card cover which can be used to help identify the math skill when displaying or storing the cards. • A two-sided student recording sheet. • A two-sided color coded answer key.
Canceling to Multiply Fractions - "Cross-Eyed Method" Fold-Up and Practice Pages
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Canceling to Multiply Fractions - "Cross-Eyed Method" Fold-Up and Practice Pages

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Students love the silly name! After teaching my students how to multiply and divide fractions, I have students practice both skills until they have them mastered. Over the course of this process, students experience how unappealing multiplying larger numerators and denominators can be...not to mention how tedious reducing ‘large’ fractions to lowest terms can be. This product also contains a 2-sided practice page as well as answer keys. Once the above has been accomplished, I share what I like to call “The Cross-Eyed Method”. Most textbooks call this "Canceling before Multiplying Fractions". Essentially this method reduces the fractions before multiplying. Therefore, not only are the numbers you multiply smaller, but if done completely your final answer will be in lowest terms! This packet contains the materials needed to introduce the “Cross-Eyed Method” as well as practice the method. • The first product is a matchbook fold-up. This fold-up explains how the method works and gives several examples. This would be a great resource for a math journal. Pictures of assembled fold-up is included. • The second product in this packet is a ‘quirky’ fold-up that allows the students to practice the ‘cross-eyed’ method. This fold-up includes a front, inside and practice problems cards. I have included several pictures, as well directions, on assembly and use of the this product.
My Turn to Learn QR Cards: Convert Between Standard & Scientific Notation
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My Turn to Learn QR Cards: Convert Between Standard & Scientific Notation

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Turn to Learn task cards are fun to use because students love using a QR code reader to check their answers. This product contains: • 24 Task Cards. Students are asked to convert between standard and scientific notation. Please see preview page to see an example of the problems. • 24 cards with a corresponding QR code. The QR codes are the answers to the problems. • 2-sided workspace recording sheet that students can use to solve the problems. Students needing more space will have to use their own paper. • Traditional answer key for those not wanting to use the QR code component. To Assemble: Print off all task card problems. Then print the QR codes on the back side. Be sure the Question numbers match up. I like to run task cards on card stock and laminate for durability. Cut on dotted lines. Put cards in sequential order, with cover and directions on top. The margin on the left side of each card is for binding (or hole punch). I prefer to bind. How to Use: Students use the 2-sided workspace recording sheet to solve each of the 24 questions. Students then use a QR reader to check answers as they go or after they’ve finished a predetermined amount of questions.
Properties of Math Posters in Tangerine and Pink Polka Dots with Lime Accents
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Properties of Math Posters in Tangerine and Pink Polka Dots with Lime Accents

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This product contains 7 Properties of Math Classroom Posters: Associative Property of Multiplication, Associative Property of Addition, Commutative Property of Multiplication, Commutative Property of Addition, Identity Property of Multiplication, Identity Property of Addition and Distributive Property. Each poster is labeled with the Property, has a definition and an example. The posters are all created with the paper layout on landscape. You can run the posters on a standard 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Or you can enlarge them. For directions on how to make larger posters read my blog post on the subject. If you like the Tangerine and Pink Polka Dot with Lime accents theme, be sure to check out my store for other classroom poster kits in the same color combination!
Integer Rules: Fold-Up Resource & More
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Integer Rules: Fold-Up Resource & More

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Integer Rules resource for students and parents! This fold-up resource provides students with the rules for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing integers. Included in this packet is a four-flap fold-up. The fold-up explains the rule for each operation and provides examples of each. The teacher has two options for the inside of the fold-up. One option is completely filled in. The second option has empty example boxes for the students to fill in with problems of their own. To assemble the fold-up, run a copy of the outside (p.3). The outside will appear to be upside-down. This is done intentionally for a proper fold-up. Next, choose the inside (either p. 4 or 5) and run it on the backside of the outside. Next, with the inside face up, bring the bottom of the page up to the center black line and fold. Then, bring the top of the page down to the center black line and fold. Finally, cut on the 2 dotted lines. The end result should be a four-flap fold up. I have also included to 2-sided worksheet to use with students. Also, included is an answer key.
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.
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.
Pokey Porcupine Poke Cards: Least Common Denominator
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Pokey Porcupine Poke Cards: Least Common Denominator

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Pokey Porcupine provides a fun way to practice math skills! This Pokey Porcupine card game allows students to practice finding the least common denominator while playing a friendly game of Poke. In addition, the cards could be by individual a student at their desk. Be sure to check the preview for the types of questions students will be asked to solve. The set contains: • 36 poke cards. • Instructions for assembly. • Instructions for game play. • Answer key.
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.
Greatest Common Factor Poster
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Greatest Common Factor Poster

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The teaching aid demonstrates how to use 'The Upside Down Birthday Cake' Method for finding the Greatest Common Factor of two or more numbers. Print individual sheets for your students or chose 'tile printing' to enlarge to poster size. Note: If you do tile print, you will need to assemble the pieces to make the poster. For information on how to enlarge visit my blog post: http://mrsbsbest.blogspot.com/2012/08/making-posters.html
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!
The Less Paper Classroom: Multiply a Fraction & a Whole Number
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The Less Paper Classroom: Multiply a Fraction & a Whole Number

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I began creating the Less Paper Classroom product line after seeing a need for a true digital product I could use in my own classroom. I believe being completely paperless is an unfair expectation for any classroom, I do believe, however, that using less paper can be achieved, and this product is designed to allow the teacher to do just that. This product includes 25 full page PDF solve cards. Each solve card features a multiplication equation (a fraction times a whole number). In addition, each solve card is followed by a full page PDF check card. Each check card features a large QR code, which should be able to be scanned from anywhere in the room if projected on a classroom display screen. Once scanned, the QR code reveals the correct answer. Also included is a traditional recording sheet and a traditional answer key. One huge benefit of a less paper product, is that after downloading the classroom teacher has literally no prep at all. How cool is that? The zip file contains several different file formats. Choose the one that best suits the many ways you plan to use them: Both Solve and Check Cards, Solve Cards Only, Check Cards Only. I have also included a page describing several ways I have used these cards in my room. While this product was designed to be used on a tablet, iPad or projected on a classroom display like a mimeo or a smart board, you could certainly print it out and use it in a more traditional way if you like. Be sure to check out my blog to read posts about my journey to becoming a Less Paper Classroom and watch for additional "The Less Paper Classroom" Products arriving in my store soon!
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.