As a classroom teacher I fully believed in crafting high quality, experiential learning experiences for my students. I tried my best regardless of the curricular area to get my students outside the four walls of my classroom and exploring their environment. Furthermore, I truly believe in authentic learning experiences where a teacher helps the students connect their textbook learning to its real world applications. It was this ideology that help inspire me to create, Shape Hunt, an interactive math game that gets students out of their seats and hunting for math concepts in their everyday lives.
As you will remember, showcased some other math games from my geometry unit such, Quadrilateral Find Five. and Shape Bingo. I have also shared some of my favourite math apps for building spatial reasoning. Shape Hunt is yet another activity in that same geometry unit on shape identification. In this activity I also review skills from my measurement unit by having students practice finding the area and perimeter of each shape. Therefore, it is a multifaceted activity that infuses geometry, measurement and calculation into one lesson. I have adapted this game for different grades by choosing age-appropriate shapes for my students to find. For example, for the younger grades you could ask them to hunt squares, triangles, circles and rectangles.
Shape Hunt requires students to search their surroundings to locate different and identify shapes, then measure and calculate the area and perimeter. I often assigned this activity in pairs to encourage mathematical talk. If it is a nice day I would take the kids outside to the playground to hunt for shapes. This activity is a break from math drills and work sheets, and allows students to get hands on and engage with the geometric concepts.
A PDF of this game can be downloaded for free at on my Teachers pay Teachers store 🙂 Continue reading “Shape Hunt Math Game and Lesson Plan”
Another one of our resources was featured in a really, really great corner of the web. Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational is a blog dedicated to providing at home learning resources to supplement in school learning. It is a treasure trove of resources for moms, teacher and homeschoolers alike. Every Monday they round up some of their favourite resources that can be used for home learning. This week they elected to feature our Sight Word Go Fish game. However, ours isn’t the only excellent resource they culled. So head over to the Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational blog to see the other great resources they found!
Another resource is up on The Jordan Project Teachers pay Teachers Store this week. Today’s resource are the series of handouts I used to organize my home reading program. At the start of our home reading program I would send home the Reading Log Handout, which outlines the expectations of our reading program as well as tips for reading with a child in the home. The log would be packaged with an appropriate reading level book in a large zip lock freezer bag. When the time came, for my extra avid readers I would simply print off and add extra reading log pages to their home reading package. Below you can read the handout I sent home to parents which outlines the simple but effective structure of my home reading program. From there, head over to the store to download the entire Home Reading Package. Continue reading “Home Reading Program and Log”
In light of The Jordan Project Teachers pay Teachers Store being up and running I figured I should start a recurring theme to highlight some of the free resources available. As you remember our store is still a work in progress but I have played around with some of the pricing resulting in even more free materials. My main motivation behind the store is to help ease my colleges planning, so please go explore. I am loving watching all my resources be downloaded. You have no idea how much my heart leaps knowing that exceptional educators all over the place are downloading and using MY curricular design. I seriously am so over the top excited about it all.
As for this week, the free resource is a simple classroom management tool to help organize the learning environment. It is a series of beautiful and minimal supply labels for teachers to use to decorate and label the supplies in their classroom. Each label is 4 inches by four inches and can be cut out by hand or with a 4 inch die cut. It is up to the educator but I always laminate my labels to help them withstand the wear and tear of little hands. Outside the classroom, these labels could also be used by the extra organized mama who wants to keep an orderly, curated home learning space. Enjoy, share and don’t hesitate to send pictures of how you use the materials. I love seeing my work in real time.
As always, giving credit where credit is due, the awesome wreath graphic from the exceptionally talented people behind Angie Makes
As of next week, I will begin a teaching position doing math intervention for at risk students in a Harlem Public School. I am incredibly, heart pumping excited for this next chapter in my teaching career. My work in Harlem will be unlike any of my previous experiences as a Canadian public school teacher. I am confident that as I work to teach my students mastery over the mathematical concepts that they will be teaching me equally as much about what it is to be a thoughtful, culturally aware, engaged educator. I am eager to grow my professional competencies as I experience the grind and joys of inner city, urban teaching. So with all the excitement in me building, and my patience to begin waning, all I can do is start to plan by scouring my math materials to see what might be applicable to my new students. I have unearthed a few games that I have created and used in my math classroom that I thought I should share with the greater teaching world. Throughout my teaching career I have always struggled to find resources that reflect my exact vision for my curriculum or meet the precise, unique needs of my students. So as a result I tend to devise all my own worksheets, games and handouts. Often my creations are inspired by things I see done by others or a need I see arising in a child, but in the end I tailor my inspirations into something that aligns with my educational philosophy. So with that in mind, please use these resources, adapt them and if possible give me your feedback so I can better them in the future. Continue reading “Teaching Moments: Math Games”