Monday, April 1, 2013

My clock is broken.

Seriously, it must be broken.  I woke up early, poured some coffee in my Bon Jovi mug (Yes...I have one of those.  Don't you judge me.) and watched part of the Today Show.  Then, I went to get my oil changed (wow.  WAY past due.), went by my parents' house, ran to Target, and I swear the next time I looked at the clock it was 6 pm. 
Why do spring break days go by so darn fast??
I'm going to blame it on Target. 
Going to Target on a weekday is a little slice of heaven...and it's possible I may have indulged for a little too long.
On that note, here is an ode to Target via Pinterest.  These make me laugh.

I haven't posted a lot lately because my student teacher took over full time teaching the two weeks before break and her time with us has been FLYING by. Is it seriously April?

I have been a labeling/filing/paperwork doing/grade entering/long-term planning FOOL while she's been teaching.  
I did want to drop in tonight and say a belated "HAPPY EASTER"...and of course...drop off a quick freebie!
This is such a simple math activity, but one of my (and my kids') absolute favorites.  They have no clue how much they are learning by doing these 100's Chart Puzzles. ;) 

They just think it's fun!

I made new ones this year because my originals were showing their age.  I leave these in my regular math tub rotation and keep some handy for early finishers because they learn so much by working them and noticing all of the patterns.  They will get REALLY quick at doing these eventually...but the first few times they are totally bewildered with all of the pieces and feel pretty awesome when they get it all put together!
Basically...I just printed this little 100's chart on lots of different colors of paper and laminated them.  (My Scotch laminator at home has a lot thicker plastic than the one at school, so I used that to keep the pieces a little sturdier.)
Then, just cut each 100's chart into crazy, zig-zag pieces and stick them in a bag. 
Voila! Puzzles!

Click on the picture below to get your free copy!

(By the way - it is supposed to be off-center. I wanted the pieces to be more square instead of rectangular so I squished it to one side.)'s another fun 100's chart just in case you need one!  Feel free to grab it.
I'll be back soon with a brand new packet full of Reading and Writing Ideas to study Main Idea! Check back to WIN it.
Happy Spring Break and Happy Teaching to you!


Lisa Parnello said...

I've made these before too. Another trick is to cut them into skip counting groups (2's, 5's, 10's, etc.) This is especially helpful for the low kids who get overwhelmed by the mixed up numbers in the other shapes.

The Lower Elementary Cottage

Amy J said...

Good idea! Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! We will be working with the number grid after spring break, so these will be perfect!


Amy J said...

You are very welcome! I hope you and your kids enjoy using them. :)

Kim said...

Love this idea Amy! Thanks for sharing!

Amy J said...

You are so welcome! Glad you like it!

Meg Grosse said...

Hi Amy,
I can totally relate to your time flying with a student teacher. I have one too right now and I can't believe how fast it has gone. Thanks for sharing your pictures of the 100 chart puzzle. I've seen it before but had never done it. Thanks for the reminder. I'm totally doing it when I get the kids back. I've spent Spring Break stock piles activities I can't wait to do when I get to teach again. It'll be bittersweet. She's been a great partner, but I miss doing what I love. Thanks again!
First Grade Hugs and High Fives

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Silvia Jacinto said...

Life is a battle, if you don't know how to defend yourself then you'll end up being a loser. So, better take any challenges as your stepping stone to become a better person. Have fun, explore and make a lot of memories.

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