Math Game Monday Revisited

Today for Math Game Monday I am revisiting one of my favourites from when I taught Grade 3/4. My teaching partner at the time had used it in his Grade 5/6 class the year before, working to the hundredths of a second. Either way, the game can be played and loved by many age groups!

It's called 10 Second Walk. Basically students have a starting line and walk up to the board and push the "stop button" (picture of a Stop sign) that is on the whiteboard. Record each student's time on the whiteboard, working through as much of the class as you want to! The winner is the student who is closest to 10 seconds. 


Swap, Share, Give Linky!

It's time again to link up with my Aussie Friends for a Swap, Share, Give Linky! 

How does it work? Well we have all been teamed up with a friend to Swap a Resource, then we will Share a Freebie with you, then Give you a chance to win all the packs swapped in our linky. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it!

Firstly, I SWAPPED with Jem from Jem's Bright Buttons. Jem is a Foundation/Kindergarten teacher in Victoria like me! I live by the river, she lives by the sea - in one of my favourite cities actually! 
Jem's Bright Buttons
Jem let me have a peak at her pack ABC Foldable Readers and I LOVE it!

First of all, she has two versions; one for teachers in Victoria, Australia and another for teachers in the rest of the world! I'll show you an example of both so you can see the differences in font.


Five for Friday!

Its Friday! Not that days of the week really matter too much to me at the moment with a 4 week old baby, but I'm excited for all my teacher friends! Its time to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

My week has been full with looking after this little one! I miss the routine of school but love the daily newborn cuddles that I get! I loved it even more when I received the Term 2 Reporting Timeline on my work email today and know that I don't have to write them!

A friend recommended watching a video associated with The Happiest Baby on the Block and it is amazing how well the strategies work. We are learning everyday and this video was a game changer for us in dealing with newborn cries! You can watch it here. 


Teaching Key Words with a Freebie!

When you are teaching the Four Operations, do you find yourself saying Addition, the Plus, then Add Together? Does this matter? What do you think?

I always seem to switch and change and strongly believe there is nothing wrong with that! Children should be encouraged to learn all the words that could be used for each operations - we know here in Australia they always put some different terminology in our National tests!

So this being said, your students should know the difference being sum and product. They should also know that Subtraction also means take away, remove, decrease, minus, left over etc.

So here is a freebie for you to download to print out, enlarge if you like, laminate, put up on your Smartboard, whatever you need to do to get through to to your class that their are multiple names for each operation.

Click here to download.

Math Game Monday!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter Break! I'm just excited that Lent is finished and I get to eat too much chocolate again. Hmmm, love Cadbury Easter Eggs!! 

This week for Math Game Monday I am going to review a website that I discovered last year and loved! Have you visited

Firstly, I love it because you can choose your Grade level straight away. 

Then there are sub-categories of:

More (including space, geometry, patterns and art)
Just for Fun

and heaps of games under each sub-category. 

This is an example of Grade 2 Numbers!

I clicked on Comparing Number Values and got to choose whole numbers or facts and the level easy, medium or hard. Each game is clear, fun, has sound and interactive! 

I used it on the Smartboard during the week as warm up activities, then children played the games by themselves on a Friday during our ICT time. soon became our go to website when teaching a new concepts. The parents loved the kids playing it at home too!


April Currently

I'm linking up with Farley at Oh'Boy 4th Grade for another Currently and what a month it has been!

It is Good Friday in Australia and that means the Good Friday Appeal in Victoria. Every year on Good Friday we “Give that they shall grow” and raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. A wonderful cause I am sure you agree! They telecast it all day and I enjoy seeing how much my home town and surrounding towns raise.

Loving and Eggs-Plain your name
We are loving our new little boy! Eli Donald arrived on the 23rd of March so is not even 2 weeks old yet. I am loving everything about him, especially the new baby smell! We got his name from a boy who I taught once called Eli (lovely child and my husband said at the time how much he loved the name). His middle name Donald is both my father’s and my grandfather’s name.

Next weekend we are having a big family get together and Eli will get to meet his Great Grandma, cousins, aunts and uncles. I am excited to see everyone again – love my big family!

I would love some new clothes now I’m not pregnant anymore. Although we probably should get a few things for Eli first – we didn’t know what we were having so didn’t buy a lot ahead of time. Eli was a smaller baby (6lbs 12oz) but is growing now! I would love a baby carrier of some sort – sling perhaps?


I have been procrastinating getting some things finished for school. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can get a few more things organised, although I would rather play with Eli and our puppy dog Lexi!


Math Game Monday - 70 Cool Math Games

It's time for another week! All those Australian teachers who are on their Autumn/Easter Break - enjoy - all those others who are heading back to school for another week, I'm sorry! 

Today for Math Game Monday I have a great blog post for you to visit! 

I came across this great blogpost by Melinda at Top Notch Teaching where she has done lots of the hard work for us. Melinda has searched the internet, tried and tested and put together a blogpost of links to 70 very Cool Math Games! Everyone will be able to find a great game to play with their class here! Best thing is they suit different year levels and different math topics. My Greedy Pig (chance and probability) is included. 

Click here to be taken straight to the blog post!


Jumping Jelly Beans! Math Activities for Kindergarten!

One of my favourite holidays is nearly upon us! Easter! Easter symbolises the end of Lent and that I can eat chocolate again, so that always makes me happy! Especially when there is Cadbury chocolate around. Which holiday is your favourite?

I have been working on this Jumping Jelly Beans pack for what seems like ages! It wasn't because it is big or hard or anything, just I would start/keep working on it, then somehow get distracted! With Easter on it's way, and I know in some countries Jelly Beans are a symbol of Easter, I thought I better get it done!

In this pack I have tried to include variety as well as enough activities to keep you working on Jelly Bean Maths for at least a week! There are Number and Counting activities, Patterns, Shape activities, Measurement and Data collection. All activities are perfect for Kindergarten but could be used in Pre-K and 1st Grade depending on the needs of your class.

Here is a little sneak peak...

You can download it here


The 5 L's of Listening and Learning...

Have you heard about the 5L's? Its a simple way to teach children how to be a good listener. All they need is the 5L's!

Their ears are listening
Their eyes are looking
Their lips are together
Their hands are in their lap
Their legs are crossed

A teacher at school asked me to whip up a set of these posters for her classroom. So... an hour later, I loved them and wanted to share them with you all! Best of all, I have listed them for Free!

You can download it here.


Vowel or Consonant?

I hope everyone's week is going well! It has started to cool down here and Autumn will start to show it's full colours soon! 
I know I am a Math's blog, but occasionally I feel motivated to create something that isn't Maths related. I was was talking to some teachers at my school who needed their Grade 2 class to know the difference between a vowel and consonant when discussing spelling patterns. I put this little set of posters together for them and wanted to share with you all! 

Firstly I created a definition sheet for "What is a vowel" then an individual sheet for each vowel sound. I know how confused children get when we start talking about how "y" can make vowel sounds so I included one for y too! This is the display they created in the classroom. 

For the consonants, I worked on the same principle. however, since there are so many consonants I put multiples on the same sheet. The idea being, that if you wanted, you could laminate whole sheet as above, or cut out the letters individually and sit around the definitions. 

Aren't the clipart letters adorable? My brother drew them for me, he is very talented! Here is the
link if you want them for your products too!

You can download the Vowels and Consonants pack here


Number Flip Books

How has your week been loyal followers? Where in the world are you reading this post from? 

Children in Australia are working through their first term of the year at the moment... For Kindergarten/Foundation children, they are learning their numbers and developing their ability to represent numbers as pictures, words and digits. 

As I've discussed before in my post about Number Detectives, when we investigate number, we look closely at each number (0 to 10) one at a time, a week on each. This means we have plenty of time to learn about each number, begin to introduce children to addition and integrate number with many other aspects of beginning number like one to one correspondence (cardinality), shape, pattern and measurement. 

One of the activities we complete each week is our Number Flip Books. Firstly, we do rainbow writing on the number, practising writing it over and over again. Then we make our little flip book and stick the top part in our Maths Book. Underneath each flap we write, draw, stamp or stick that number of things.  We change it up each week so we aren't doing the same thing... 

Here is an example for number 4!

Think you like this idea? Luckily, I have put together a pack for you to simply print and photocopy for each student in your class each week! 

You can download your copy here!

If you are a Kindergarten/Foundation teacher looking for some more number activities you might also like my One to One Correspondence/Cardinality set - lots of hands on activities to help children develop their understanding of number! 

Click here to download. 

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