Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mathematical Mondays: Free Math Fonts that Create Symbols and Manipulatives

Do you like to use cute fonts?  Do you try to make math materials and don't have the symbols you need?  

I stumbled across these math fonts on Sunday while looking for some regular fonts.  You can create bar models, numbels lines, fractions and so much more using your keyboard.  Check out the following links to get Free fonts for your math sheets.  

(School started today and I'm a day late with this post…so this needs to be short and sweet today…sorry!)



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Scientific Saturday: Music in the Classroom

I have started collecting videos and music to incorporate into my lessons.  Here are a few to start the year.  I am saving them in my Live Binders with each science unit for easy access.  Live Binder is a free online file system.   You can "pin or tab" links on the web into your files.  

 The songs are for matter, scientific method and water cycle.

This is the same matter song but just lyrics.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Creating Bulletin Board Letters

Here is a post from August 21, 2012…It was a technology tip for a linky party.

I am sitting here wracking my brain about what I can share with teachers using technology.  I am not an expert, but I do okay. I couldn't come up with anything.

 I decided to share how to make great looking letters for bulletin board using your computer...that counts right???  Many people now use die-cut machines like Cameos and Cri-cuts.  You don't need fancy tools to create something like this....

1.  Choose a bold font that you like.  I set the page as landscape, I used SAF 
and size was 550.  You have to type it in yourself...my computer only goes up to 72.

2.  Type out your words, highlight and click on text effects, the outlined blue A on the tool bar.  Choose outline and line effects.  You can also right click, go to fonts and click on text effects at the bottom.
3.  Click on text fill and choose no fill.  Click on text line black.  Click on weights and arrows. I chose solid line and 4 point, it is your preference on colors and lines.  I choose thicker lines, so I can cut them out and still have some black showing.

5.  You are ready to print!  I added some scraps of paper and stitching using a sharpie marker.  I made this on foam board.

I hope this technology tip will help someone out there!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mathematical Mondays: Math Talk

To help children build their mathematical comprehension, we need to give them more opportunities to talk about math.  My school system will be adopting "Go Math" this year, and they have built math talk right into their lessons.  It is something that most teachers do naturally, but I think it is an area that we can become more conscious of, and try new ways to include it in our lessons.

There is a great article called "Math Talk 101" on Scholastic.  It shares ways to get started with math talk and how to become more conscious.  There are free printables for your room.  The one below is available as a poster or bookmarks for students.

I found another website, "The Cornerstone" with more suggestions to get kids talking about their math. One idea I would love to try is some videotaping of my students explaining strategies.

You could create an anchor chart to hang in your classroom.  There are many great examples on Pinterest.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Scientific Saturdays: S is for Scientist

Finding literature to fit a specific grade level and topic can be a challenge!!!  I have ordered many books and after I receive them, I discover that they are way too easy or way too hard for my students.  I love using Amazon so that I can preview a few pages before I order.  I look at their age suggestions as a guideline but I like to make my own decisions.

Starting a new grade level for me, also means building up my anchor texts for math and science.  After teaching third and fourth grade, I am lucky to know what books most teachers are using in their classrooms.  I hate hearing a chorus of "We read that last year!!!"  I know that the kids are doing something different with the book than a previous grade, but I still like them to hear new stories.
One book that I purchased for my first science unit is "S is for Scientist."   This book has endless possibilities!!!   I will use this book for many lessons throughout the year.   The first week of school, we will be setting up our science notebooks.  I am going to focus on "Things that Scientists Do."  I will have kids collect verbs in their science notebooks while I read the book.  It will be a great way to show that scientists have many roles and skills.  I have included a freebie below.
I also found a free teacher's guide from Sleepingbearpress.com while looking for ideas to go with the book.  It has 27 pages with many ready to go sheets and lessons to fit your science needs!!!