STAAR Math Grade 3 Practice Test

STAAR is almost here. Relieve the feeling of stress by having your students do a round of practice with this full-length 3rd Grade Math STAAR Practice Test. This mock test is aligned to the current TEKS and includes a total of 46 questions.


STAAR Math Practice Test for 3rd Grade



Student answer document/Bubble sheet and the Answer Key is also included. You can grab this practice test from HERE.

As the STAAR testing is a new experience for the 3rd graders, it is always helpful to administer a dry run for them to know what to expect in the real exam setting.

Best of luck to the little ROCK STAARS!
This post was originally written on 30th April 2017 

Shimps

Area and Perimeter

Two weeks back I wrapped up my Area and Perimeter unit. Around this time of the year, many schools are working on their Geometry and Measurement topics too!

Area and Perimeter is an interesting topic for kids. I love it when they can relate to the real-world situations like putting a fence around the garden or laying grass in it.

This packet is already available in my store but I'm a little behind on updating it on my blog. I have been a busy bee of late 😊.

The topic begins with introducing Area and Perimeter. You may start with either of the two, but I prefer introducing Perimeter first and then Area. Later, I mix it up for them to practice.

Perimeter:

Perimeter is the distance Around outside of a figure.




Area:
Area is the number of square units needed to Cover the region inside the figure.




Check out what’s included in my beginner’s worksheets and activities pack to learn and practice the concept of Area and Perimeter.

  1. Measuring Perimeter
  2. Measuring Area
  3. Area Estimation
  4. Area using Distributive Property
  5. Perimeter Word Problems
  6. Area Word Problems
  7. Area and Perimeter Review
  8. School Carnival activity for real-world application
  9. Town Planning activity for a project

Area and Perimeter Definition, Worksheets and Activities







You can grab this area and perimeter resource from my store HERE.

Happy Teaching!

Shimps

Fractions

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
Shimps

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!

Shimps
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.