The fractions topic begins with teaching how to partition shapes into equal parts. We generally start with halves and fourth and then move to thirds, fifths, sixth and so on. At this stage, kids are also introduced to the concept of numerator and denominator. Before this, they were only working with the whole numbers, and now they are presented with rational numbers.  Quite confusing for them…..hmm, not really.

Children are visual learners, they learn the best by seeing it. Teaching fraction involves drawing pictures and hand on activities. So, try to incorporate a lot of visuals to make the fraction concept more thorough.

Pizza is the most commonly used manipulative to explain the idea of fractions. Students can easily correlate the part of a whole concept with a pizza and its slice. This serves as a real-life example to develop mental images of fraction model as a part of a circle.

My favorite read aloud book on this topic is Gator Pie by Louise Mathews. Kids enjoy making predictions as the story is being read.

This is a cute story about two gators, Alvin and Alice, who find a pie and decide to share it equally with each other. Just as they are about to eat it, two more gators emerge from the forest. Then they must divide the pie among four of them. Then, more and more alligators arrive, and they must share the pie among 100 gators! Finally, Alvin and Alice sneak away with the pie.

This is a classic book and may be out of print now.  Check if this happens to be in your school or local library or you may get a used one here on Amazon.

Fractions for Grade 1, Fractions worksheets and activities covering Equal, Unequal, Halves, Thirds and Fourths.

My Fractions packet includes:
  1. Fractions Vocabulary Word Cards
  2. Equal and Unequal Parts cut and paste fraction activity
  3. Color the shapes with Equal and Unequal Parts
  4. Color the shapes with 2/3/4 Equal Parts
  5. Fractions: Worksheet on writing fraction
  6. Fractions: Halves, Thirds and Fourths
  7. Understanding Fractions: Halves
  8. Understanding Fractions: Thirds
  9. Understanding Fractions: Fourths
  10. Write the Fractions - Worksheet
  11. Fraction wall - cut and paste activity
  12. Fraction wall poster
  13. Spin and color the fractions activity
  14. 24 Fractions flash cards
You can grab this fractions resource from my store HERE.

Happy Teaching!
This post was originally published on February 16, 2017

Valentine's Day Creative Writing Template

Red and Pink is the color of the month,
Love and Friendship is the theme of the month.

February is here and the valentine's day is just a week away, teachers are busy in decorating the classroom, kids are geared up for the party. Have some heart inspired craft to keep up the valentine mood.

Here are three adorable crafts to celebrate the day of love and friendship! Use these for creative writing prompts and decorate your bulletin boards. You may also send these home to give it to a friend or family.

Valentine's Day Craft

3 Valentine's Day Projects: Owl, Butterfly and Chicken

This Valentine's Day creative writing template pack includes:
  1. Template for printing onto colored paper or use it as traceable templates for construction paper. 
  2. Printing instructions.
  3. Pictures to help in assembly.
  4. Prompt template with wide rule lines to go with the craft.

Valentine's Day Creative Writing Template

You can give the appropriate prompts based on student’s level. I have included 10 sample prompt ideas. You can grab this pack from HERE.

Happy Craftivity!

This post was originally published on February 6, 2017

Counting Coins – Money Games

I love incorporating games into my math units. It makes learning more fun and engaging.
Here is the newest addition to my Money unit: Counting Coins – Money Games.

These Money games will make  students identify, compare and add the value of coins. Include them in your math center and give your students a variety of options to practice their money skills.

There are 3 different sets of cards bundled in this packet.

Money Games and Activities for Elementary Students

Coins War Game: 

This is same as traditional card game “War”. Instead of comparing numbers, players count the value of coins on their cards and the player with the largest amount of money wins the hand.

This set has 52 cards showing the Penny,  Nickel, Dime and Quarter with values upto $1.
Playing instructions are included.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Activities

Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with activities and craft. These Martin Luther King, Jr. themed worksheets will keep your students engaged while learning about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr Worksheets, Activities, Timelines and Poster

These activities are designed for a challenging, fun and meaningful introduction to this great American hero. You can purchase this pack from HERE.

Martin Luther King Worksheets

Included in this pack are:

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster
  2. Martin Luther King word search
  3. I have a dream worksheet
  4. Complete the passage
  5. Facts about Martin Luther King, Jr.
  6. Cut and paste activity
  7. Martin Luther King Coloring sheet
  8. Martin Luther King, Jr. Timeline cut and paste activity

Here is an interesting book for elementary age readers with great age appropriate facts about Martin Luther King, Jr. This book is a part of National Geographic Readers series and is written by Kitson Jazynka.

Click to see this on Amazon

This is my favorite read on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but the activities and crafts can be done without the book also.

Bulletin Board Idea

Martin Luther King Craft and ActivitiesMartin Luther King Poster

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
This post was originally published on 4th January 2017

Long Division

Long Division is a step by step method for dividing the multi-digit numbers. It involves 4 basic steps: Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Bring Down, and then repeating the process.

Students often have difficulty in following the long division steps. A funny Acronym to remember these steps is:
Dirty Monkeys Smell Bad!

Long Division Anchor Chart
Long Division Steps Poster

Here is my Long Division pack to learn and practice long division with easy to follow grid assisted worksheets.

Long Division Worksheets

 Long Division WorksheetsLong Division Worksheets

This pack includes worksheets for 2, 3, and 4 digit dividends with single digit divisors. A total of 30 worksheets covering different types of problems with remainders and no remainders kind.

Acronym poster and answer key is included.

Happy Teaching!