I'm Moving On Up! (To Sixth Grade That Is :)

Thursday, June 22, 2017 No comments
Next year I will be looping to sixth grade math.  I am very excited about the change.  I will be headed back down to fifth after next year so please bare with me fellow fifth grade teachers, I will be back! I am looking forward to the challenge and can't wait to share my lessons and activities with you all! If you can, please forward my blog to your sixth grade teachers, I would love to collaborate! I am currently working on an escape room challenge for prime factorization and a complete learning cycle for teaching the properties of math operations.

To help celebrate all the wonderful things in life right now, #hellosummer, #hellosixthgrade, #hellovacay, I have joined in with other wonderful teachers to offer an amazing giveaway!

Who doesn't love a good giveaway?? The raffle begins Friday, June 23rd and ends at midnight on Saturday, July 1st. The more links you visit and follow the more chances you have to win! There are 2---$100 TpT Cards to win and 1---$50 TpT Card to win!

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In addition to the wonderful giveaway, we will be featuring products up to half off! Just go to TpT and search #hellosummer to find amazing deals! This hashtag sale will be from June 23rd through June 25th.

Thank you all for following Math Chick! I hope you continue to follow now that I am moving to 6th grade! Share the wealth with your fellow math teachers :)

Until next time,
Peace, Love, Math

Amazing Augmented Reality in the Classroom! (An Alternative to QR Codes)

Thursday, June 8, 2017 No comments
I am SUPER excited about this newest technology that I have integrated into my math class! I am sure you have seen Pokemon Go and how it uses Augmented Reality or AR to bring to life Pokemon in a game style platform.  What I have done is take this AR technology and I have made task cards that come to life!
For years, we have used QR codes to provide students with immediate feedback and as a way to integrate technology into the curriculum.  I wanted to find a new and fresh way to offer students that same feedback but by using a different platform. Here is where Aurasma hits the scene!

Aurasma is a free app that is available on android tablets as well as iPads.

Aurasma allows students to scan a picture or task card and then watch in real time, the picture or task card, come to life! Students are so excited to see this technology in action! I have made a sample pack of task cards that you can access HERE. You can try the task cards and technology for FREE! Once you see the technology in action, you may never want to go back to QR Codes! 

Here is a breakdown on how to use the cards! 
1. Download the free Aurasma App on the device you will be using.  

2. In order to make the task cards come to life, you must follow my Aurasma channel.  You can scan this QR Code to access and follow my channel or you can use this link http://auras.ma/s/xh2IN

3. Once you have the app and have followed my channel, you are ready to access the content on my task cards. 

4. Open the app and start scanning the task cards much like a QR code. 

I love this technology! You could also use this in several ways! I personally have thought about "Student of the Week".  Students could scan a picture of the "Student of the Week" and it would reveal a short video that the student of the week has made about him/herself!  This same thing could be done with "Meet the Teacher Night".  Parents could scan a picture of the teacher and watch a video that tells all about the classroom and teacher. 
Students could create their own Aurasmas by taking a picture of their work and making it come to life by retelling a little bit about the content. 

Another AR or Augmented Realty app that is absolutely breathtaking is Quiver!  
Quiver is a free app available on iPads or android devices.  In order to use this technology, you will need to print off Quiver sheets to use.  There are several free Quiver sheets to use, and some sheets that cost money.  I printed off the free sheets and we used them in class at the end of the year.  Students absolutely loved them! To access the coloring sheets click here: http://www.quivervision.com/coloring-packs/

I would love to see more sheets become available on Quiver because it is AMAZING! Using the sheets you can see a volcano come to life, you can color a beetle and watch it come to life and then learn about the parts of an insect, you can color the world and then literally have the world at your fingertips! I wouldn't mind spending a little money in order to get quality sheets to use with this app. 

I am hooked on Augmented Reality in the classroom! I can't wait to find more ways to use the technology in class.  I would love to hear how you have used Augmented Reality in your classroom, feel free to share in the comments below. 

Peace, Love, Math-

Memorial Day Sale!

Sunday, May 28, 2017 No comments

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! 
There are many reasons to celebrate this weekend: Memorial Day, End Of School, Long Weekend, Sleeping In!
And NOW my ENTIRE store is on SALE this weekend too!
Every teacher loves a good deal! My Teachers Pay Teachers store, Math Chick, is 20% off from now, May 28th - May 31st! So if you are switching grade levels and need to stock up on quality math resources, now is the time! My resources specialize in integrating technology into 4th and 5th grade math.
Click on the HERE to go to my store and save money!

Digital STEM Challenge Activity- How Much Water Can A Penny Hold?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 No comments
I love to do STEM challenges! I have always wanted to integrate more technology into my STEM challenges but hadn't fully wrapped my brain around how to integrate it properly.  I have done many digital interactive lessons for math class so I decided to try to take a STEM challenge I already had created and turn it into a digital STEM challenge!

The result: AMAZING!!! Not only were the students able to have a hands-on experience with a science and math challenge but they were able to practice making tables, graphs and typing in text boxes.  These students are learning 21 century skills in a meaningful, real world way!

Afterwards students designed their own investigation.  Students could compare the number of water droplets on pennies and nickels or the water droplets on clean pennies versus dirty pennies.  Students could think of what ever they wanted to test! Students loved designing their own investigation!   

I am very happy with how this turned out! I will be making two more digital STEM challenges, so stay connected! If you want to get your hands on this digital challenge check it out in my TpT Store or press this LINK! 

Until then- 
Peace, Love and Math