Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Easter Egg Math Facts

Since my school has a two week long March Break, I only have four days with my students before Easter.  Being so short, there's not much time to make decorating the classroom worth it or to even do much Easter activities.  But I thought of one quick and easy idea that will be great for the students who finish their Math work early this next week.

I decided to buy some plastic eggs, take a permanent marker, and write down some math facts.  On the top part of each egg I wrote down the multiplication statement and at the bottom, the answer (obviously mixing up the colours).  Putting them in two baskets, all the students have to do is match the right top with the right bottom.  This is great not only to keep students busy and practising their multiplication facts, but also for me to check after for assessment.

Problem is - I bought a bag of 40 eggs.  What to do with the rest?  

Some ideas I have... 

- Write a different journal topic in each egg, and when the students are finished their work they have to pick an egg and write a journal entry.
- Put a little treat in each egg to give to the students for Easter break.

Any other ideas?? :)

A Cup of Hot Chocolate...

Looking on people's facebook statuses, talking to the server at Starbucks, and having a phone call from my Mom, I feel that all I have heard today were complaints about the cold, cold weather.  And, I just chimed right in. After I said to the man at Starbucks 'it's spring for Pete's sake!'.  So while, I originally thought I was going to be pretty late with posting this bulletin board, thinking that by this point it's bound to be warm and springy outside, I'd say it still fits the weather right now.

A Cup of Hot Cocoa and a Good Book!

I taught the students about the 5 Ws and had them write book reports on one of their favourite books.  I then had them write good copies of these book reports onto marshmallows in order to fit the theme of the bulletin board!

My mug could have been a bit bigger,,,but gets the point across :).  The rest was pretty simple as I used the background, border, and snow bottom from my last bulletin board on the Lost Snowmen.  

I got the main idea and the marshmallow template from Mrs. Lirette's Learning Blog .  While you might think it's a bit late to use in your own classroom, I would say it's perfect when thinking of those chilly, rainy April days! :)