Friday, October 31, 2014

Five for Halloween Friday!

Hip, hip, hooray, it is Friday! 
It will be a day full of excitement, so I am thankful that Halloween falls on a Friday. 
Hope your day is full of treats! 
I know that my sons are so excited, as will be my students. The day is finally here and they will definitely be full of cheer! 
We will not parade in costumes today or party out, but we will have some fun brain breaks, enjoy an extended recess, and enjoy some candy corn during math. I am looking forward to working on "Halloween Math" with my students today, it will be a sweet lesson on collaboration, comparing, graphing, measurement, and estimating.  
Need a last minute lesson or something sweet for November? Check out the Halloween Math dollar deal from Fifth in the Middle
Love candy corn and want to extend the learning a little more? Check out Candy Corn Sentences task cards. It is a freebie! 
Do you Kahoot?  We LOVE it! 

If you are trying to integrate technology or encourage device use, it is perfect. In addition, you can collect data after playing the game (aka quiz) and it is scored/calculated for you. Easy, free, and fun - that is a recipe for a perfect technology addition to my classroom!

During the game, the teacher logs in and projects the quiz. Students join at by entering the game pin number and then a name. As you play, the questions are projected and students select the answers by pressing the color/shape on their screen. The answers are automatically scored and game points are awarded. They earn points for accuracy and speed.
You can adjust the length of the wait time and once everyone answers it moves on to the results. The answer and question page are revealed; you can review to clear up misunderstandings.
At the end you can download the results, the players and their answers are provided so you can look further at who missed what. If you are at a 1:1 school, you could probably use it as a grade!
There are tons of quizzes already created in the public section. You can use it as is, duplicate it then edit it to your class/needs, or create one from scratch. You can also share the quizzes you like with other users.
Here is a quiz I made on interjections to go along with the lesson I use from the Walking Classroom.
Do you have a fun, easy to use, free website or app that you love to use in your classroom? Please leave me a comment, I am always looking for more ways to integrate technology in my classroom.

Speaking of technology, I am trying to build up my devices in my classroom since we are not a 1:1 school. I have a donors choose project that is slowly getting funded. If you are looking for a project to donate to, check mine out. If you donate, you can have double your donation in products from my store, just leave me a message in the comments. 
If you know of any inexpensive devices that work well, let me know. 
Last night, my boys, carved their pumpkins. I think they turned out great! 
I especially like the way my husband and my middle son worked with the funky shape on the pumpkins on the left. That crooked smile makes me smile! 
I am thrilled to report that the carving event was pretty calm. My youngest cried a little about the yucky guts. He was really tired, but eventually he came around with some help from his brothers. 
We only had to remind them once that we wanted a drama free evening and no arguing, surprisingly that worked! Let's hope the rest of our Halloween events can remain that way.
Tonight will be the true test. It is our first Halloween with our highly anxious dog. He barks like a maniac when people approach our house, so he will be escorting the boys on their quest for candy. We'll see how that goes! I know the boys cannot wait to put his costume on, fingers crossed that he doesn't eat the outfit!

How about a free treat?
We have been working on decimals and number lines in my classroom for many days. We are working mostly on helping them zoom in on the number line and their numeracy concepts. Needless to say, it has been an eye-opening experience.
In an effort to break up the monotony, I made a little scoot activity to check their understanding of naming the decimal fraction on a number line that has 2 points already labeled. Click here to access the cards.

If you use them, please let me know your thoughts, feedback is definitely welcome!

Hope you have a wonderful Friday!

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