Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Storyline Online for Tried it Tuesday

This week, for Tried it Tuesday, I'd like to share with you a fabulous (and free) website:  Storyline Online.

This site is brought to you by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and showcases YouTube videos of famous actors reading popular children's books.

The site also includes activity guides to accompany each book with activities and information about the book and author.

If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet make sure you do!  Storyline Online is a wonderful site to use during reading center rotations, for small group or whole group instruction.


Check out what everyone else has tried on Holly's blog, Fourth Grade Flipper.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Vacation Memory Jars for Monday Made It

Over February break my husband and I, along with my in laws, traveled to St. Augustine, Cocoa Beach, and Universal Studios.  It was my first trip to Florida and I LOVED every minute of it.

I spent a little time over April break looking through our souvenirs from the trip and came across a cool idea to create a Vacation Memory Jar at Echoes of Laughter

I snagged a few glass containers and sand from the Dollar Tree and A.C. Moore.  I found cute little pictures frames and printed off a few pics from our trip.  I then filled the jars with sand, our picture frame, and shells that we had collected along the beach and/or purchased as souvenirs.

Next step, finishing up our scrapbook from the week.  Want more Monday Made It's?  Check out Tara's linky party at 4th Grade Frolics.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tried it Tuesday - Fractions on a Number Line

Today I'm linking up with Holly from Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried it Tuesday.


We have just finished up our fractions unit (based on the Common Core Standards) and I have lots to share with you.

Today I wanted to share how we kicked off our unit on fractions.  We started with fractions on a number line (3rd grade standard:  3.NF.A.2).  Although I teach 4th grade, last year students didn't receive much exposure with fractions on a number line so I definitely wanted to start with bridging this gab. 

I passed out fraction cards to students and they created a human number line.  We organized the cards from least to greatest and talked about which fractions were equivalent.

My students loved the fraction pictures on each card.  It definitaly made the sorting process a lot easier and erased the common misconception that the larger the denominator the greater the fraction.

I made a little worksheet to go along with it for some independent practice.  Then students used a cute little board game to review the concept during math centers.

You can download my Fractions on a Number Line Pack in  my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Currently April

Yippee!  I couldn't be more excited that Spring has arrived and it is finally April.  Now, if only it would stop snowing. 

In honor of Spring I posted some new flower themed writing prompts.  Check them out here.

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