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Do your students need practice with money word problems? Are you sometimes rushed in the morning and need something quick? I finally finished my update of the Supermarket Shopper, a classroom activity that is handy when you're short on time--and isn't that most of the time? The Supermarket Shopper is a versatile activity that can be used for elementary school students to practice addition, subtraction, (and multiplication and division). What I like about it the most is that it takes less than a minute to be ready and can so easily provide differentiation.
Setting up the board does take a bit of time but once it is set up, it is good to go everyday with very little effort on the part of the teacher. If it is set up on a tri-fold it can easily be stored and pulled out again when needed.
The supermarket is divided into four departments and each department has food items.
The food items are given prices. This is where differentiation comes in. Younger kids will have prices with lower numbers and more able math students will have prices with higher numbers. Complete directions for differentiation are included.
Four word problems are posted on the side of the supermarket board. Each day only the numbers need to change. So teachers give those price cards a shuffle! Now the problems are different because the numbers are different. This provides repetition for students to learn how to solve word problems. After a few days four new word problems are posted.
Here a student is finding the amount of money to pay for a food item. The student must find the price of the item by looking on the supermarket board. Then the student counts out the correct amount of money. The coins are cut and pasted to the answer sheet. Students can work collaboratively to check their work.
Here is an example of a word problem sheet. The objective in this example is addition. An objective can be practiced until students reach mastery. Many different objectives can be mastered using the Supermarket Shopper!
Kids love the Supermarket Shopper because it is different and fun! If you think the Supermarket Shopper might make your life easier and motivate your students to enjoy a fun math activity, you can get a better look at A+ Kids.
How many of you are Downton Abbey fans? Even though the show is long over I still love it. To celebrate Valentine's Day my husband and I decided to take advantage of the mild February weather and traveled to New York City. We visited the Downton Abbey Exhibition and then went out to dinner. It was a perfect day to celebrate!
We were greeted by Mr. Carson who reminded visitors that he keeps a strict count of the silver.
Standing in Mrs. Patmore's kitchen was awesome. I felt like I should get busy helping or at any moment a bell might ring summoning attention in another room of the house.
The dining room was impeccably done. Portraits of the Crawleys decorated the room with lots of good information about the characters.
In a video, "Protocol with Mr. Carson," Mr. Carson reminds everyone of the proper behavior that is expected in the dining room. Missteps quickly identify one as---not one of the elite. Clips from characters are shown on the screen. The old-fashioned Dowager has plenty of advice for everyone.
Lady Mary's bedroom is complete with her lingerie.
The Dowager is highlighted stating some of her more memorable quips.
Lady Mary and Lady Edith ready to party. Glass cases display their jewelry.
Lady Edith's Wedding Dress
There was no shortage of fashion at the exhibition. It was so much fun viewing all the costumes. Pictures of the characters wearing the outfits with brief descriptions identified each one.
Downton Abbey is hiring household help. I filled out an "application." It appears I am on the list to be interviewed by Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Carson for the position of housemaid. After reading my educated responses, someone decided that training to become a housemaid is the job I am best suited to do! WHAT??
The outfit of my dreams? Yikes! Help me Anna Bates!
If you are a Downton fan, it is a real treat to visit the exhibition and get a little closer to the Crawleys and learn some secrets about the show's creation. The exhibition is touring across the country. Google it and see if it will be near you. The New York City exhibition closes in March.
After two hours of humoring me at the exhibit, a venue I chose, we walked over to the restaurant my husband chose. Loved it! Dinner was delicious, complete with a Swiss chocolate wrapped in a Valentine heart-shaped box with a red ribbon. So sweet!
How did you celebrate Valentine's Day?
Downton Abbey fans tell me what you think.
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"How do you see your role in the classroom in terms of the first month of school?" That was a pivotal question on my job interview many years ago. Sometimes the more things change, the more the stay the same. Whether it was asked during your interview or not, the answer can make or break your classroom management plan. If you don't accomplish anything else during the first weeks of school but to have control of your class, then you have done a good job! It was my answer and the school superintendent interviewing me agreed!
It is absolutely critical that clear, concise rules and procedures are established during the first few weeks of school. Nothing can be accomplished until the class knows that you, the teacher, are in charge. Just as teachers have high expectations of students, students have high expectations of teachers. If you send the message that you don't always mean what you say and are quite lax about enforcing established rules, don't be surprised when your students do whatever they please in your classroom. This doesn't mean there are no exceptions, but there needs to be a valid reason for an exception and the student should understand that he is getting a special privilege.
So what rules are important and how do you establish them? Here are a few helpful hints.
1. Greet your students warmly. After giving seat assignments, taking attendance, putting away all their school supplies, etc., begin discussions about the wonderful school year you are about to share. Discuss how important it is for the teacher and classmates to respect each other. Discuss how people feel when they and/or their property are not respected. It is as important to give respect as it is to receive it.
2. Together with the kids write a list of the classroom rules. Keep it short. Too many rules can become overwhelming for kids. Write rules that encompass many things. Here are a few examples. You can verbally expand on these rules but they do not need to be written out. It is always nice to say to kids, "We only have 3 or 4 rules to follow. So I expect everyone to follow them." It makes the requirements seem much more doable!
- Respect the teacher and your classmates. It is wrong and rude to use inappropriate or insulting language.
- Respect the property of others. Materials are expensive and cannot always be easily replaced.
- Listen when others are speaking. It is rude to interrupt lessons or the conversations of others.
- Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself. It is not okay to risk the safety of someone else.
3. After discussing rules and receiving student input, give students the opportunity to write the rules they feel are most important. You will have an opportunity to view what your students think and kids have the opportunity to assess what they learned in the discussion.
Read about my newest resource and then download FREE brag tags created especially for you, my followers! The free brag tags are not the same ones offered in this resource. The free brag tags can be downloaded below.
Of course you know what to do, but time is often a factor at this time of year. If you are short on time you might want to try my new resource highlighting three areas of school rules. My principal always wanted them addressed the first week of school. After a long vacation kids need reminders!
Important areas to discuss:
- classroom rules
- school bus safety and
- fire safety
includes boy and girl clip art
includes boy and girl clip art
After a class discussion kids can list the highlights of what they see as the most important. When you have completed each section, there is a brag tag for you to reward your students.
- Rules are something I spend all year on with my students, thanks for sharing another way to cover rules.
- Thank you! I especially love the brag tags that go along with each topic!
Getting to Know You Activities
Get off to a good start! Plan to do an activity that you know they can complete with success. Getting to know you activities are especially appropriate and fun this time of year! We want kids to be happy and comfortable. Kids love to share information about themselves and learn what their classmates have been doing. To make the most of these activities be sure to take notes documenting what you see when the kids are working.
Teacher tip: Keep a year long log. I always started the year with a large index card for each student. (Before meeting the kids, I wrote their name and any services they are mandated to receive, OT, PT, Speech, etc. This helps to have important information at your fingertips) Be sure to date every comment. Your notes may include observations such as: works well with a partner, work is neat, poor organizational skills, able to stay on task, poor spelling, unable to write a sentence. The list is endless! After a few days, you will have a wealth of information about each child. What last year's teacher saw may not be what you see. As the year progresses add information regarding academics and behavior. Also write dated notes whenever you have a parent conference--in person or on the phone. These notes are invaluable when writing report cards and to prepare for another parent conferences.
Classmates, so alike, so different
Find the Classmate who. . .
Two Truths and a Lie
Be sure to tell kids to make each statement believable. Who could guess the lie this fourth grader told?
- I love to dance on stage.
- I've never been on a plane.
- I have four pet chickens.
Before you go, be sure to download the FREE brag tags I made especially for you. I hope you and your kids enjoy them.
However you start off the school year I hope you and your students have fun! The beginning of the year is such an important time as well as a very exciting time! I wish you a great school year!
If you have any comments about this post, I would love to hear from you! What's the most important thing for you to accomplish in those first few days?
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