A little of this and a little of that

I cannot believe it is the weekend already!  The end of the year is definitely getting closer - those crazy weeks filled with assemblies, field trips and end-of-the-year fun are fast approaching.

In an earlier post, I shared a quick math game my students enjoy doing.  This week we did another one my kiddos really enjoyed.  It became a favorite for our intervention block activities.  I'm not sure where I found it, but it's quite simple - and it really makes them think - a plus this time of year!

Roll 6 dice.  Take out the 1's and 5's.  Ones are worth 100 points and fives are worth 50 points.  You can choose to stop, or roll again (using the dice that weren't ones or fives.)  Keep rolling until you have no dice left - but if you roll and get NO ones or fives, you lose all your points from that round.  The person who gets to 1,000 points first is the winner.  Make sense?  Probably not.  It seemed easy to explain when I could model it.  You can modify it so it makes sense to you. 

I just noticed there are only girls in the pictures.  I do have boys in my class.  And I did take pictures of them.  But they were all blurry.  Boys move a lot more than girls.

We also worked on telling time to 5-minutes this week.  I was actually impressed with how well they did.  We did this unit after doing fractions and I think that really helped them understand the idea of the clock being in quarters - quarter of, quarter after, etc. 

We ended the week with a quick formative assessment (my administrator would be so proud of me) using book characters.  Students chose any book character they wanted and came up with four different things that character would do.  Then they decided on a time (including am or pm) it would happen.  Here are some examples.  (Do not grade the spelling - we were in a hurry.)

I love the one from the book, Teammates, about Jackie Robinson.  This kiddo really liked that book.  And I couldn't remember the name of the book with AJ as the character.  I know it's from those wacky school books.

If you would like to use the activity sheet with your kids, click on the picture below to download it.

I'm going to end this week with a peek into my closet.  I was talking with a couple teacher friends about blogging about school clothes - and they suggested I share shoe pictures!  Now, if you know me, you know shoes are my favorite part of an outfit.... along with cute tops... and accessories... so I thought each Friday (ok, Saturday this time) I'd share a photo or two of some fave shoes from the week.  Here are this week's picks:

I originally took the pictures with the shoes on my feet.  But I redid them.  I need a pedicure.  And some new toes.  They are not very photogenic.  The shoes looked better with my feet out of the picture.  I think I got the ones on the right at Kohls.  I'm not sure where the other ones came from.  Shoes are so fun!
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  1. I LOVE your time activity!! Such a great way to incorporate math with literacy. I'm going to file that away for next year.

    Also, yes your shoes are super cute. I love summer shoes!

  2. Hey girl! I tried to email you about the resort in Myrtle Beach, but the email was bounced back! Send me a message at acupcakefortheteacher@gmail.com! :)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher


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