The year is coming to a close. I personally have 8 more teaching days. Rather than allow my students to check out, I am challenging them to use everything we have learned this year and apply it to something fun. I recently went to an Escape Room for my friends' birthday, and let me tell you it was a blast. We had so much fun that I decided I must try to make one of these for my students. The results are my Pirate themed Math Escape Room for 3rd grade.
My kids loved this activity so much that I am currently working on one for grammar and for reading as well. What skills would you like to see covered in an Escape Room? This is definitely going to be my summer project, so leave me a comment telling me what you'd like to see and I'll try to work on it.
Did you ever have all of your technology blow up at once? That is what happened to me in the last two months. First, I lost my domain address because I was so busy moving to the land we bought that I didn't see the e-mails to renew it. (You can find out about this land and the desert homestead we are building there on my other website - The Raki's.) Then the internet company decided that we couldn't have internet on our new land, even though they promised we'd be all set. So needless to say, not a good time to lose technology! Anyways, after countless weekends at the library, I have begun the process of transferring my content over to my new and improved website.
My dedicated followers, who I am so lucky to have, will quickly notice that our new website is missing quite a bit of the old content. I do apologize for this, and I will be slowly adding the old content to our new, updated website here. Until it has all been transfered, you can always find all of your favorite blog posts at www.rakisradresources.blogspot.com.
Luckily though, the new website is up and running just in time for Teacher Pay Teacher's Teacher Appreciation sale! The site wide sale will run all day on May 9th and May 10th, with TPT giving a 10% discount for entering the coupon code THANKYOU17 and many stores, including mine being on sale for an additional 20% off. In order to celebrate this new website being open, I will continue my store's sale for an extra 2 days! So all 600+ items at the Raki's Rad Resources TPT store will be on sale Thursday and Friday too! Please stop by and stock up on some resources for next year while saving yourself a bundle of money. Speaking of bundles, even the bundles (which are already greatly reduced) will be included in this sale.
Math is best learned and practiced in relation to real life situations. For this reason, my students have always worked on at least two different math projects during the course of a school year – often more if time allowed for it. For the past two years, I kept the same students in a multiage classroom, so I wanted to make sure that they were doing new math projects that helped them work on different skill sets. A few of my math projects – like the Balanced Checkbook project and the Holiday Shopping Project – can be done by the same student multiple times, but most should only be done once. Because of this, I created new and different projects, and have now bundled them together into a set of 7 math projects, which is available for less than purchasing each project individually. The seven math projects available in the set are:
Holiday Shopping (works on addition, subtraction and rounding while building a holiday shopping list)
Ice Cream Shop (works on multiplication, division, subtraction and rounding while students split the bill at an ice cream shop)
Be an Architect (works on area and perimeter while students design their dream school)
Balanced Checkbook (works on all 4 operations and rounding while students plan a monthly budget with salary and bill cards)
Party Planning Project (works on doubling, halving, tripling and quartering, as well as all 4 operations and rounding, while students plan recipes and a budget for a party)
Field Trip Project (works on elapsed time and all 4 operations while students create a plan for a field trip they would like to take)
Holiday Recipe Project (works on elapsed time, addition, subtraction and rounding while students create a plan to follow a holiday recipe)
I hope one of these projects, or the entire bundle will help your students to practice their math skills with a real life application. Happy teaching!
There are so many great websites out there for Elementary students that I decided to put together some Top 10 Lists for websites to use in the upcoming school year. For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting lists of sites to use for various subjects. And feel free to leave a comment with any additional sites that might help everyone with this week’s subject – Reading.
1.) Storyline Online - This great website has famous actors and actresses reading quality children’s fiction. You get to see all of the pictures, just as if you were listening to a live read aloud. This is a great way to expose students to quality read alouds – perfect for ESL students and low income families who may not have access to English books being read aloud.
2.) Mighty Book – This website has great, animated stories for kids to listen to. This is also a great way to expose students to quality read alouds – perfect for ESL students and low income families who may not have access to English books being read aloud.
3.) Between the Lions – This website is based on the PBS show Between the Lions. It has great stories, with the words underneath. for students to watch. There are also games based on these stories.
4.) Bitesize – This UK based website has fabulous reading games and lessons on a variety of topic. The KeyStage 1 site has lessons on phonics, spelling, alphabetical order, and rhyming words. The KeyStage 2 site has lessons on deductions, poetry, dictionary and finding information.
5.) We Give Books – This website is owned by Pearson Foundation, and has hundreds of e-books available for kids to read for free. In addition, the foundation donates books to kids in need around the world for all of your time spent on this site. You can sort the books by content and age appropriateness.
6.) Andersen’s Fairy Tales – This website has links to Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, games about the tales and information about the author himself.
7.) Time for Kids - Real life reading is the most important type of reading. Time for Kids provides kids with reading about today’s current events. There are real life articles on topics that interest children.
8.) Reading Planet – Kids Books’ Authors – This website gives information about all of the best kids’ authors and illustrators. The information is written in interview format, which is a great for introducing kids to different reading formats.
9.) Giggle Poetry – Read and Rate – This site has hundreds of poems for kids to read and rate. It’s a great way to get kids excited about reading!
10.) Elementary Place – This website has many topics that interest kids. For each topic, there is a story where kids get to make the decisions, there is also an activity and a list of books about that topic.
For more resources to integrate technology into your classroom, check out my Technology Integration Kit. You can also check out these blog posts:
Top 10 Writing Websites
Top 10 Math Websites
Top 10 Science Websites
Top 10 Social Studies Websites
Websites to Teach Typing Skills
Websites to Create Videos