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Engage Your Super Football Fans with this Fantastic Freebie

Looking for a print and go math activity for your 2nd and 3rd grade football fans? Try this Football Math Challenge Freebie. Use this NO PREP math activity for centers, a fast finisher, morning work, homework, number talks, or math groups.

A FREE football math activity for your high flying 2nd and 3rd grade students. Just print and go! Use during the football playoffs or as a Super Bowl math activity in January or February. Perfect for math center activities, homework, problem of the week, small group work, a number talk, or fast finisher. Fun for kids and NO PREP for teachers! Click for the free printable. #math #free #teacherspayteachers #education #tpt #secondgrade #thirdgrade #football #superbowl

This football math challenge is a review of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students are given a number of touchdowns, extra point kicks, and field goals and are then asked to find the total score of the football game. Use this as a challenge for your 2nd and 3rd graders or a review for students in higher elementary grades. You can download the Football Math Challenge Freebie at the TpT store HERE.

Another (no printables needed) math idea:


During the playoff weeks, use the game scores as number talks. Introduce the different ways to score points in a football game:

Touchdown = 6 points
Extra point kick (after a touchdown only) = 1 point
2 point conversion (after a touchdown only) = 2 points
Field goal = 3 points
Safety = 2 points

Give students the results of this weekend's games and see how many combinations of point-scoring opportunities they can find that would equal the same score(s).

For example:
In last week's playoff game, the Minnesota Vikings scored 29 points to beat the New Orleans Saints who scored 24. Find at least 2 combinations of ways the Vikings could have scored their 29 points.

One combination:
3 touchdowns (3x6=18)
3 extra point kicks (3x1=3)
2 field goals (2x3=6)
1 safety (1x2=2)
18+3+6+2=29 total points

Another possible combination:
4 touchdowns (4x6=24)
2 extra point kicks (2x1=2)
1 field goal (1x3=3)
24+2+3=29 total points

Actual combination: (You can find the actual stats on any play by play site. I used Yahoo Sports. You can find the game details for this math problem HERE.)

3 touchdowns (3x6=18)
2 extra point kicks (2x1=2)
3 field goals (3x3=9)
18+2+9=29 total points

Need more seasonal math challenges?


Monthly math challenge sets are now available for every month of the school year!  The January Math Challenges and Brainteasers include problems focused on winter and January themes like: snow, penguins, polar bears, football, Martin Luther King Jr., snowballs, hot chocolate, and yeti.

Print-and-go math challenges and brainteasers with a winter theme for January! Use these 21 NO PREP math printables with answer keys for math groups, homework, fast finishers, monthly centers, enrichment contracts or whole class problem solving. January themes include: penguins, sledding, Super Bowl, Martin Luther King, yeti, polar bears, and snow Recommended as a challenge for grades 2-3

Done thinking about January?  These February Math Challenges and Brainteasers include Valentine’s Day, Oscars, winter sports, presidents, hundreds day, and candy themes to keep those little sweeties busy all month long!

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Have a fab day Super Teacher,
These free math challenge and brain teaser activities for elementary students can be used for centers, weekly challenges, small groups, or whole class problem solving. Fun for kids and easy for teachers! Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade.

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A No Prep First Week Back Activity: Grammatical Name Art

A NO PREP art/language activity teachers can use any time during the year. All you need is paper! Use this project to transition back after winter or spring break. This activity can also work as a back to school "get to know you" project or a fun way to review parts of speech. Use this fun kid friendly project in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and even 5th grade! #education #grammar #projectsforkids #elementaryeducation #secondgrade #thirdgrade #fourthgrade #fifthgrade #teach #teachers

If you're looking for a simple project to use as a get to know you activity, or a guided activity to transition back to school after a vacation (hello winter and spring break!) grammatical name art is perfect go-to activity. Grammatical name art can also be used as a fun "All About Us" bulletin board or an end of the year activity (have students brainstorm words that relate to your school year together). It also works any old time you need to do a parts of speech review.

Grammatical name art is fun, easy, and requires almost ZERO PREP. Just get one large piece of white art paper for every student and you're ready to go!

A NO PREP art/language activity teachers can use any time during the year. All you need is paper! Use this project to transition back after winter or spring break. This activity can also work as a back to school "get to know you" project or a fun way to review parts of speech. Use this fun kid friendly project in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and even 5th grade! #education #grammar #projectsforkids #elementaryeducation #secondgrade #thirdgrade #fourthgrade #fifthgrade #teach #teachers

Grammatical Name Art Instructions 
You'll want to guide students through each step and then give 3-4 minutes per letter for students to brainstorm words

Step 1: Write your name in bubble letters - in pencil of course!
For students having stress about bubble letters, just have them lightly write their name in large letters and then trace an inch around the entire letter they just wrote. There are many more important things in life to stress about than bubble letters.

Step 2: Fill the first letter with nouns that relate to you. These can be common or proper nouns. Just make sure you capitalize the proper nouns!

If you're looking for a simple project to use as a get to know you activity, or a guided activity to transition back to school after a vacation (hello winter and spring break!) grammatical name art is perfect go-to activity. Grammatical name art can also be used as a fun "All About Us" bulletin board or an end of the year activity (have students brainstorm words that relate to your school year together). It also works any old time you need to do a parts of speech review.

Step 3: Fill the second letter with verbs that relate to you. Action or linking verbs both work.  If you are writing a phrase like "make cookies" make sure you underline the verb.

If you're looking for a simple project to use as a get to know you activity, or a guided activity to transition back to school after a vacation (hello winter and spring break!) grammatical name art is perfect go-to activity. Grammatical name art can also be used as a fun "All About Us" bulletin board or an end of the year activity (have students brainstorm words that relate to your school year together). It also works any old time you need to do a parts of speech review.

Step 4: Fill the third letter with adjectives that describe you. (Blue and red don't really describe a person, but they could be colors they like.)

If you're looking for a simple project to use as a get to know you activity, or a guided activity to transition back to school after a vacation (hello winter and spring break!) grammatical name art is perfect go-to activity. Grammatical name art can also be used as a fun "All About Us" bulletin board or an end of the year activity (have students brainstorm words that relate to your school year together). It also works any old time you need to do a parts of speech review.

Step 5: Fill in the remaining letters with more words! Students can choose to write more nouns, verbs, or adjectives, or be creative. You decide. They can even create drawings of the words they used in the other letters. The example below shows a letter with favorites and another with additional nouns (mainly restaurants). You can also have students use numbers that relate to them (8 years old, 4 people in my family, etc.)

If you're looking for a simple project to use as a get to know you activity, or a guided activity to transition back to school after a vacation (hello winter and spring break!) grammatical name art is perfect go-to activity. Grammatical name art can also be used as a fun "All About Us" bulletin board or an end of the year activity (have students brainstorm words that relate to your school year together). It also works any old time you need to do a parts of speech review.

If you're looking for a simple project to use as a get to know you activity, or a guided activity to transition back to school after a vacation (hello winter and spring break!) grammatical name art is perfect go-to activity. Grammatical name art can also be used as a fun "All About Us" bulletin board or an end of the year activity (have students brainstorm words that relate to your school year together). It also works any old time you need to do a parts of speech review.

Step 6: When students are done with the words inside their letters they can add color and share their work with friends or a partner. This step is especially important if you're using this activity after a break when students are dying to share what they did/where they went/a gift they received. You can have students put their grammatical name art around the room and have other students peruse these "gallery walk" style or do an inside/outside circle where students share words from their art until it's time to rotate. As long as the kids feel like they got a chance to talk about whatever is exciting to them then you're good to go.

The gallery walk option is a good one as far as managing the classroom, since not all students have to be done at the same time to get this started. Once students finish, they bring you their art piece, you give them a piece of tape, they put their name art around the room and start gallery walking! This might also motivate some of your "struggle to finish in a timely way" kiddos who might be motivated to finish their name art and start a gallery walk. 


Do you have any other ideas for low (or NO) prep activities you like to use throughout the year? Tell me about them in the comments!



5 Teacher Tested Tips to Simplify Christmas in the Classroom

Looking for some simple classroom Christmas ideas to help save your sanity this December? Try one of these 5 teacher tested tips to simplify your classroom Christmas! Includes student gift ideas, tips to simplify your classroom holiday party, and FREE Christmas themed printables you can use for centers, fast finishers, or holiday choice activities. Perfect for 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade classrooms this Christmas! #christmas #education #classroomchristmas #freebie #studentgifts

Looking for some simple classroom Christmas ideas to help keep you sane this December? Try one of these 5 Teacher Tested Tips to simplify your classroom Christmas! During this crazy month of Secret Santa, ugly sweaters, staff parties, reindeer headbands, wrapping paper, goodie exchanges, jingle bell necklaces, glittery crafts, and last minute gifts galore, keep it simple and save some sanity with one (or more!) of these Teacher Tested Classroom Christmas Tips!

Classroom Christmas Tip #1: Simplify Student Gifts

With 27, 28, 29 (dare we say 30?!) students per class, finding a budget friendly gift for every student can be overwhelming! The sooner you get these done and the less they cost the better. For a FREE (minus ink, but hopefully you have some secret school color printer skills) option, try classroom coupons or top ten lists! You can read more about budget friendly student gift options HERE.

Another option for very reasonable class gifts is to host a pencil exchange. The day before break, every student brings enough pencils to give 1 to every student in the class. Then, you're only on the hook for 25-30 pencils and every one of your students should have enough pencils to last them through Spring Break. A word to the wise - if you do a pencil exchange, have students sharpen at least 2 of their new pencils BEFORE they leave for winter break! If you don't, you will have a mad rush to the sharpener in January.

Bonus: If you do a pencil exchange, one useful (and time consuming) activity is to have students use masking tape and Sharpie to label their brand new pencils. This will keep them nice and busy for at least 30 minutes! {But it also includes entails students Sharpies, so use caution.}

Classroom Christmas Tip #2: Engage Students with Special Seasonal Options

Seasonal centers or special holiday fast finishers can be just the thing to motivate students to . . . calm . . . themselves . . . down . . .  so they get the privilege of working on something special this month. Settled students get Christmas perks!

Mix and match 3-4 of these easy ideas:
*Make a Word - give students letters to HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MERRY CHRISTMAS, TIS THE SEASON and have them find as many words as they can that can be made from the letters
*Picture Spelling - students write holiday words or spelling words they need to practice from their writing in a picture of a reindeer or snowman
*Add to Drawing + Writing - students get a page with a squiggly line or a few triangles drawn on it, they then create a holiday picture around the original shapes/lines and write a few sentences about what is going on in the picture (This project also works well as a whole class art activity)
*Letter Writing - students write holiday letters to family (bonus if you let them mail them), friends, classmates, or staff members at the school
*Compliment Writing -(see Tip #4 for RACK sack compliments)
*Story Starters - Write the first line of a holiday book on the board. Students then write a story using this sentence as the beginning of their story.
*Mentor Texts - Students choose a favorite Christmas book or story and use it as a model to write a similar story of their own.
*Partner Reading - You know those Christmas books you've been buying for years? Let the kids read them with partners! Call it something fun like Reindeer Reading and let the kids wear a red nose or antler headbands (watch the lice!) while they do it. It's all about the details.
*Partner Games - Try the triangle tree game included in the December FUN Printables Freebie below.

For four FREE holiday printables, download the December FUN Printables at my TpT store. If you want more holiday printables you might also like the activities in the December Third Grade Homework pack. The 40+ printables in this pack can be used for in-class centers and fast finishers too!

Classroom Christmas Tip #3: Schedule your Party to Save Stress

This tip is simple. It's all about timing! If you have party planning parents or a big holiday shindig that must take place, avoid having this on the last day before break. If you schedule your class party two days before the break, that will give you one day to get rid of all the dishes/trash/pot holders/extra leftover treats rather than scurrying around trying to send these home on the last day of school in December.

Plus, as an added bonus, you won't have visitors straggling around your room while you're trying to get cleaned up and ready to go for your holiday! Even the most meticulously planned teacher ends up with 1,000 things to do on that last day, and no one wants to go in to school during the holidays. {We know we will, but let's pretend we won't.}

Classroom Christmas Tip #4: Find Ways to Focus on Kindness

Of course students should always be thinking about kindness, but the Christmas season is a perfect time to really ramp up the kindness and giving talk. Finding easy ways students can participate in RACK (Random Acts of Classroom Kindness) is a nice way to keep them busy with something meaningful {that they love!} this month.

RACK sacks are my favorite month-long classroom kindness activity! You can read more about RACK sacks and download a freebie HERE. You can also have students create bookmarks for students in other grades, write letters to reading buddies, create Top Ten lists as gifts for loved ones, or have students brainstorm other ways they can spread kindness and cheer.

Once you've decided on your "go to" RACK activities for the month, throw these in your holiday centers or fast finisher folders (see Classroom Christmas Tip #2).

 

Classroom Christmas Tip #5: Create a Calm, Cool, & Collected Final Day

This tip seems like common sense, but how do you go about making the last day a calm oasis of non-insanity?!

Try this:

If you are planning any food or treats, try having a breakfast instead of afternoon goodies. That way, the food portion of the day is done before lunch and you won't have kiddos asking you when the holiday treats will be dispersed. If you take care of the eating extravaganza early, you will be able to divi out leftovers throughout the day and will also have time to clean. {Plus it will give you the excuse to pick up donuts on the way to school.}

Instead of crazy party games, put on a Netflix fire, let students bring blankets/stuffed animals/jammies, and have a lights off read in. Students won't actually read you might be thinking. Mostly true, but some actually will, and if you give the direction that blanket fort building must be silent, you will have a much calmer classroom than you would if playing Minute to Win it games.

Break up the day with guest readers. Get 4-5 adults (awesomely engaged parents, or wonderful teacher/other school adults if awesomely engaged parents are sparse) to spend 10-15 minutes reading a favorite holiday picture book to the class. This will break up the read in time and give a clear structure to the day. Breakfast - Read In - Listen to Guest Reader - Read In - Listen to Guest Reader - Repeat. Schedule guest readers every hour to hour and a half for best results, and make sure you have 1-2 extra holiday picture books in case one of your volunteers doesn't get the memo to bring their own.


Do you have any other simple strategies for making December a little less chaotic? Tell me about them in the comments!


Have a fab (holi)day Super Teacher,
 






Want more Christmas ideas and resources?
Try these holiday posts:
*5 Simple Holiday Student Gift Ideas from Teachers
*10 Amazing Amazon Gift Ideas for your Favorite Teaching Teammate
*Santa Scramble Math Challenge: A Festive Freebie Download
*Focus on Kindness at Christmas with this Easy Classroom Tradition

Focus on Kindness at Christmas with this Easy Classroom Tradition

Are you looking for a meaningful (yet easy to prep) Christmas classroom activity you can use for the entire month of December? Try RACK sacks! These are a simple way for your students to practice kindness during the holidays and all you need is paper bags and copies. Introduce this activity at the beginning of December and then use all month as a center, fast finisher, or writing activity in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classrooms.

An inexpensive, easy to prep, Christmas classroom activity you can use for the entire month of December! RACK sacks are a simple way for your students to practice kindness during the holidays and all you need is paper bags and copies! Introduce this activity at the beginning of December and use for the whole month as a center, fast finisher, or writing activity in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classrooms. #christmas #rack #free #freebie #christmasintheclassroom

A RACK Sack is simply a paper bag you put student-written compliments in throughout the month of December. RACK stands for Random Acts of Classroom Kindness and what better time to focus on kindness than the holidays?!

RACK Sacks - An easy idea to bring kindness into your classroom for the holidays PLUS 3 Holiday Freebies to make your life easier this December!  

Here's all you have to do to get RACK sacks started in your classroom:

1. Get a paper bag for every student to decorate.
2. Give students time to decorate their RACK sacks in class.
3. Hang (think staple) RACK sacks on your classroom wall where they will act like brown paper stockings.
4. Make copies of compliments (you can find a free compliment download at the bottom of this post)
5. During centers, writing or as a fast finisher students can write compliments to one another.
6. Have a parent helper deliver compliments to RACK sacks throughout the month so you don't end up with a crazy stack of unsorted compliments on the last day before break.
7. Students see their RACK sacks filling up with compliment kindness and will wait with anticipation to read and take them home.

RACK Sacks - An easy idea to bring kindness into your classroom for the holidays PLUS 3 Holiday Freebies to make your life easier this December!  

The RACK sacks will stay in your classroom until winter break when students will take them (plus all their classmate compliments) home. This can also be a nice spot for any holiday gift you have for students or treats they collect from a class party. Just stock up the RACK sack and send that baby home!

The kids love reading their compliments and it's an easy center activity ALL MONTH LONG!  Keeping a cup of sticks or paper slips with all students' names to draw from helps to spread out the compliment giving more evenly if one or two RACK sacks start becoming way more full than the others.

RACK Sacks - An easy idea to bring kindness into your classroom for the holidays PLUS 3 Holiday Freebies to make your life easier this December!

Word to the wise: ALWAYS read the compliments before delivering them (or letting a student/parent helper deliver them) to RACK sacks. Most of them are so sweet and melt your heart (see compliment above), but a small percentage of students think a backhanded compliment counts as a compliment. As we all know too well - it does not! You do not want a nasty "compliment" making its way home resulting in an angry parent e-mail {Happy holidays!}, so just read the compliments! If you want to use the same compliments I do, you can get them for free when you download these Simple Student Holiday Gifts.  Easy peasy!

RACK Sacks - An easy idea to bring kindness into your classroom for the holidays PLUS 3 Holiday Freebies to make your life easier this December!


Want more Christmas ideas and resources? Try these holiday posts:
5 Simple Holiday Student Gift Ideas from Teachers
10 Amazing Amazon Gift Ideas for your Favorite Teaching Teammate
Santa Scramble Math Challenge: A Festive Freebie Download

Happy Holidays Super Teacher!

Santa Scramble Math Challenge: A Festive Freebie Download

If you are a 2nd or 3rd grade teacher looking for a FREE Christmas math activity, try this Santa Scramble December math challenge. It includes a math word problem printable focused on addition with multiple one-digit numbers, a lined page for students to write about how they solved the problem, and an answer key, so you can just print and go!

This December Math Challenge is perfect for your high flying 2nd and 3rd graders. You can use this printable for math centers, homework, problem of the week, small groups, or as a choice activity during a holiday party. Fun for kids and NO PREP for teachers! 

A FREE Christmas math activity. Just print and go! This December math challenge worksheet is perfect for advanced 2nd and 3rd graders. Use for math center activities, homework, problem of the week, small groups, or to get a breather during a holiday party. Fun for kids and NO PREP for teachers! Click for the free download. #christmas #free #christmasmath #education #math #secondgrade #thirdgrade #differentation

Download the free December Math Challenge HERE.
(or by clicking on the picture above)

If you would like more information about how to use math challenges for your advanced 2nd and 3rd grade mathematicians you can learn about SUPER simple differentiation using math contracts HERE. {There might just be another freebie there for you!}

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Need more Christmas math challenges & brainteasers to engage your little sugarplums all month long? You can purchase 26 additional December math printables with Christmas themes HERE. {The printables pictured above are just a few from the December Math Challenge & Brainteaser pack}


Happy Holidays Super Teacher,
These free math challenge and brain teaser activities for elementary students can be used for centers, weekly challenges, small groups, or whole class problem solving. Fun for kids and easy for teachers! Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade.
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