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A Spark of Inspriation

I'm blogging today over at A Spark of Inspiration and I am SO PUMPED to share a new website/app/newfavoritethingEVER with you!

http://spark-ofinspiration.blogspot.com/2015/07/new-epic-tool-for-independent-reading.html


It's called EPIC! and it is F-R-E-E for teachers to use WITH their students in the classroom.

That's right.

Let it soak in.

Now go read all about it so you can get in on the action too!! Click the picture above to go straight to my post!
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Collect 4! {A New Math Game Series}

Howdy! 

I'm so glad you've joined me here today. There's a new math game on the block, peeps!



As I worked with 6 different math classes last year, I wanted a game that was easy to bring out and play with my small groups. I also needed to be able to explain it quickly and have it connect to various standards across multiple grade levels. And so, the Collect 4! series was born. :) 



Students work throughout the game to create sets of models for a given concept. For example, in the Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers game students have to collect: a mixed number, an improper fraction, the word form, and a picture model that all represent the same fraction. 



It's really interesting to see which "part" of the game my small groups struggled with. Some kiddos could do the mental math to convert mixed numbers and improper fractions very easily, but they struggled with matching up the correct picture model. Others had a hard time finding the improper fraction. 




I've also included a recording sheet and several differentiated practice pages you can use as well! 



Once you've taught the game once, your students will know how to play all year long. It's beautiful! I could even send a new Collect 4! game with a sub (after we'd played together) and the kids knew exactly what to do. By keeping the rules uniform, the only thing that changes from game to game are the math concepts. 

This week, I've posted Collect 4! {Counting Coins} and I hope to have it's sister game, Collect 4! {Counting Money} posted soon. The Counting Money game will include dollar bills, as the Counting Coins game does not. 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Collect-4-Counting-Coins-1956020


If you're looking for a better peek at this series, I also have a FREE sample from my Fractions on a Number Line game below. You can grab it from Dropbox right here! Just click on the picture below!!


https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/109427387/Collect%204%20Fraction%20Freebie.pdf



I'm leaving all my Collect 4! games marked down until I get to the beach on Saturday. Grab them now! 
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