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Prep Like a Pro! 5 Tips for the Best Parent Conferences Yet

Planning for parent conferences? This post includes 5 tips for preparing + two free parent conference forms you can use to make parent conference prep as painless as possible.

Are you in the throes of Halloween, centers, and parent conference chaos? In October everything seems to come together like a perfect storm that can turn your classroom and personal life into crazytown. 'Tis the season!  If you're hoping to check parent conference prep off your never ending to do list, here are a few tips and resources you can use to make that parent conference planning as painless as possible.

Tip #1 

Send Home a Parent Conference Preview


At least a week before conferences, send home a Parent Conference Preview that asks parents to circle from a list of ideas what they most want to talk with you about during your conference, as well as how long they want their child to attend. The information you get from these forms can be super helpful in your conference planning and can give you some extra time to prepare for any unexpected questions, so you can have materials or samples of student work ready to go. These are also helpful in letting you know what parents really want to know most about. It's always enlightening to see who cares more about test scores and who wants to know more about their child's behavior. Want a copy? Sign up at the bottom of this post and an editable template will be sent to your email! 

Tip #2 

Create Student Progress Notes for Parents to Take Home


These can take on a variety of forms, but I always like to have something parents can take with them to sum up their child's progress. That way if we don't have time to talk about a certain academic or behavioral area, or a parent is unable to make the conference, everything is on the info page they take home. My reporting page of choice is personalized for each student in the areas of reading, writing, math, and behavior. If you want to use the same Conference Notes page that I do, there is an editable copy available at the end of this post. Once you edit the Conference Notes template you can copy and paste one page to fill out for every student. Yes it takes time to create one for every student, but once you do you have EVERYTHING you need in front of you, plus it will be on your computer and you can copy and paste for upcoming conferences. Work up front will save you so much time and stress later!

Tip #3 

Have Something Outside your Classroom for Parents to do


Have you recently taught your students a math game or read a super fun mentor text?  Have these items outside your classroom so students can play with or show their parents.  Having files of student work or a box of student writing from your latest Author's Chair for parents to look at while they wait is also a nice touch, but can raise your stress level if these aren't already organized. You can also put out volunteer projects like lamination cutting or stapling papers if you have something self explanatory. Pentominoes (affiliate link) and student writing are my top 2 go to PTC "while you wait" items. You can read more about pentominoes at this blog post HERE.    

Tip #4 

Make it Comfortable


Simple touches like having a lamp on your table, finding a round table so everyone feels on equal footing, having a bowl of candy, or simply making sure you have chairs large enough for all the adults who will be present (it's always awkward when step-dad gets the kindergarten chair) are all part of the details that make a difference. Plus, if you're going to be sitting for 9+ hours it's always nice to feel cozy.

Tip #5 

Take Care of YOU


Don't overdo it! Don't have time to create personalized notes for every student or buy a bowl of candy because you need to eat and sleep? Everyone will live! Just do what you can and keep some healthy snacks nearby so you don't keel over from exhaustion (maybe try to sneak your favorite coffee drink during your planning time too). The #1 thing parents want to see is that you know and care about their kid, and you do. So, keep on keeping on Super Teacher! You've got this!



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Do you have any other tips for making parent conferences go as smoothly as possible?  I'd love to hear about them in the comments!


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Halloween Math Challenge: A Frighteningly Good Freebie

Are you a 2nd or 3rd grade teacher looking for a FREE Halloween math activity? Try this October math challenge. It includes a math challenge focused on place value and logical thinking, a lined page for students to write about how they solved the problem, and an answer key {so you don't have to think too hard about it}. Just print and go!

A FREE math activity for Halloween. Just print and go! This October Math Challenge is perfect for advanced 2nd and 3rd graders! Use for math centers, homework, problem of the week, small groups, or to get a breather during a holiday parth. Fun for kids and NO PREP for teachers! Click for the free download.

This Halloween Math Challenge is perfect for advanced 2nd and 3rd graders! You can use this printable for math centers, homework, problem of the week, small groups, or to get a breather during a holiday party. Fun for kids and NO PREP for teachers! 


Download the free October 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.

Print & go math activities for Halloween!  These October Math Challenges are perfect for advanced 2nd and 3rd graders! Includes 26 challenge and brain teaser activities ready to go for centers, homework, problem of the week, or small group learning. Fun for kids and NO PREP for teachers! Click for details.

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


Happy Halloween 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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10 Quick & Easy Writing Activities for Successful Centers

Need ideas + a freebie for getting writing centers started in your classroom? This post includes 10 simple writing activities you can add to your writing center, Daily 5 time, or literacy station. Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade kids and teachers. #3 is my fave!

If you're thinking about simple ideas for centers, this post is for you!  Here are 10 writing activities you can use for centers, Daily 5, or literacy stations that require very minimal prep.  Although we might not want to accept it, it's now prime time to start training students to get them ready for independent work.

If you're still in "squashing spitting at the urinals" mode, no worries.  Training those little pups takes a whole lotta time!  However, you can still take baby steps by deciding on a few activities you want to teach whole class that you will turn into centers/independent work when bathroom break training takes up less than 80% of your day.  :)

Remember: Students don't even have to know these writing activities might be centers later on, but the more they practice now, the easier your life will be later.


Here are 10 activities you can add to your writing center files that require very minimal prep.
Pick and choose, mix and match, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

1. Personal Journaling - Let students write about what they did yesterday, their plans for the weekend, how they feel about school, things that are going on at home, or make to do lists.  You decide whether students should include these entries in their writer's notebooks or if you want them to have separate personal journals.  I vote putting them in writer's notebooks for one stop shopping.  Although I have pretty strict rules for what goes in the writer's notebook (you can read more about those HERE), personal journaling is a rule breaking type of writing.  No line skipping needed.
 
2. Compliments - This is a great activity for the beginning of the year (and beyond) as the purpose of compliments is for students to build relationships with classmates by looking for positive classroom behaviors.  You can keep a compliment bag or jar in the classroom and share these out at class meetings or let students take home compliments from their classmates at the end of the week.  Compliments have a clear audience (a classmate) and purpose (to say something kind) for writing.  When students know a classmate will be reading them, there is much greater attention to detail and conventions!  I recommend keeping track of how many compliments students receive (parent volunteer job!) so no one is feeling left out and blue.  {Printables for this activity are included in the exclusive email freebie you can sign up for the the end of this post!}

3. River Revisions & Stories - If you haven't already had your students make rivers, you can learn more HERE.  Rivers are tools you can have students revisit over and over again!  They can either add more stones to their river, choose 1 stone and create a mind map of possible stories they have to write about that person, place, thing, or event, or start planning for and writing a story about the subject of one of their stones.  Possibilities abound with rivers!  

4. Modeling a Mentor Text - Choose one book a month that you want to serve as an example of great writing.  My personal fave for the beginning of the year is Lois Lowry's memoir, Looking Back {affiliate link}.  The chapter about how she chose her dog is always a highlight that 99% of students relate to (it's about animals!).  As a center, your students' job is to brainstorm ideas for writing that were inspired by this text, or to start planning and writing a piece like the mentor text. You can read more about some of my favorite mentor texts and a mentor text activity for brainstorming HERE.  

5. Letter Writing - Create a classroom mailbox and let students write letters to classmates.  Another writing activity with clear audience and purpose!  Looking over student letters to make sure they have all 5 parts of a friendly letter and then delivering letters to student mailboxes is a great parent volunteer job!  Simple, self explanatory, and never ending - the trifecta for perfect parent volunteer tasks! {Printables for this activity are included in the exclusive email freebie!}

6. Would You Rathers - Would you rather be a teacher or a principal?  Would you rather live in California or New York?  Would you rather sit in a 3-hour long meeting doing teambuilding exercises or gouge out your own eyes? {Confession: that last one might have just been for me.}  Would you rathers are super easy to come up with and the kids love them! 

 7. Question of the Day - What is your favorite . . . ?  What is your family like . . . ?  If you could create one law what would it be and why?  The sky is the limit with questions of the day.  As long as it ends with a question mark you can use it.

8. Elaboration "Super" Sentences - Start with a simple sentence like "Mrs. Smith watched."  Then have students add adjectives, adverbs, appositives, and descriptive words to create a more engaging and detailed sentence that answers the question(s): who, what, when, where, why

Examples:
Mrs. Smith, my amazing teacher, watched her students as they worked quietly.
Mrs. Smith watched the clock with joy as the seconds ticked down to the end of the school day.
Mrs. Smith watched in disbelief as she realized it was time (in May!) to train her students to walk down the hallway.


9. Story Starters - Choose a book you love and copy the first sentence or two on the board or on sentence strips. Have students write these in their writer's notebooks and then continue the story. Easy!

10. Art Inspiration - Find pictures in magazines, and have students describe what is happening in the picture or use a character from the picture as a main character in a narrative. 



Whatever activities you add to your writing center, I highly recommend typing up student friendly STEP-BY-STEP directions for every center activity you have in your classroom.  It doesn't need to take extra time.  Just create these with your students as you teach the activity to the whole class.  If you have detailed instruction pages (like the one shown above) for students to reference, it will save you tons of time once you start students on the long winding road to independence.

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Need more NO PREP writing centers?  Check out the Writing Center Pack at my TpT store.  It includes print and go writing centers (including many from the list in this post) along with student-friendly direction pages and supplementary printables for every activity.  Just PRINT & GO!


Have a fab day Super Teacher,
 

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Engage Your Highest Mathematicians NOW with this Simple Strategy

Need an easy way to start challenging those advanced math kids NOW? Try math contracts! A simple strategy for elementary classroom teachers to differentiate for advanced math students.

Do you have a few kiddos who seem to know everything in math before you teach it, and might even be starting to look a little bored when math time rolls around?

You want to meet the needs of all your learners (absolutely!), but you also need something quick and easy because you have five million other things to do and that data wall ain't gonna update itself!

Math workshop time is awesome, but what are you going to do with those advanced kidlets while you're training, training, training and talking about place value basics before workshop begins?!

The answer is . . . Math Contracts!  Math contracts are my favorite (SUPER Simple) way to start differentiating for advanced mathematicians.

Need an easy way to start challenging those advanced math kids NOW? Try math contracts! A simple strategy for elementary classroom teachers to differentiate for advanced math students.

Math contracts are an easy way to keep your gifted mathematicians on their toes, that won't make you go insane.  Just get contracts started and your kids can work away whenever they need.

Differentiation Complete!
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Easy Art Project for Year Long Bulletin Boards - Bubble Letter Name Art + Freebie

Looking for a simple back to school art project and year long bulletin board solution? Try this bubble letter name art idea! Super easy to prep and makes for darling year long bulletin boards for 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. Love the mentor texts too!
Here's an idea for a simple art activity you can use when you need at least 15-20 minutes of students working/you can rest your voice time.  This project in one for the Back to School Art, Year Long Bulletin Boards, or Staying Sane file.

Not only does this art project give you a little time to catch your breath (and maybe, just maybe, run to the bathroom), the name tags the kids make during this activity can be used to create a variety of year long bulletin boards that you don't have to take down until May (or June if you're a late starting Michigander like myself).

Bubble Letter Name Art Instructions

>> Introduce with a book - The Name Jar is a great one to talk about the meaning & importance of names and The Big Orange Splot is my personal fave to talk about individuality/favorites/hopes and dreams (affiliate links).  If you don't have time for a mentor text, just tell students you want to get to know them better, not only as learners, but as people too + you'd like something special for every student to show off on your walls and/or bulletin boards.
Looking for a simple back to school art project and year long bulletin board solution? Try this bubble letter name art idea! Super easy to prep and makes for darling year long bulletin boards for 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. Love the mentor texts too!
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3 Simple Writing Activities for the First Weeks of School

Looking for back to school writing activities? This blog post includes ideas and lessons teachers can use during the first weeks of school to get started with writer's notebooks and generating ideas for writing. Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade students. #2 is a great activity for the first day!
During the first days and weeks of the school year, it's super important to focus on establishing writing norms and immerse students in activities that help them generate ideas for writing.

If students have practiced, practiced, practiced your expectations for writing and have already come up with a number of ideas for things to write about, your life will be so much easier once it's time to start centers, or any sort of independent writing work!

Here are three ideas for writing activities you can use as writing lessons with your 2nd and 3rd grade students during those first weeks of school:

Looking for back to school writing activities? This blog post includes ideas and lessons teachers can use during the first weeks of school to get started with writer's notebooks and generating ideas for writing. Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade students. #2 is a great activity for the first day!

#1 Introduce Writer's Notebooks

However you feel about a “workshop” model, having a special place for students to do their own writing is a MUST.  Whether that be a composition notebook with a special cover, a 3-ring binder with lined paper, or a spiral notebook, it really doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that you set norms for what does and does not go in the writer’s notebook and that you give students a chance to write in these on a consistent basis. 

5-10 minutes a day is enough, but students should be given at least a few minutes to write in their writer’s notebook (hereafter known as WNB) every day.  If you train them well at the beginning of the year, you can set yourself up for success and happiness once you introduce independent work (a.k.a. “centers”).

 
First week activities you can do with WNB:
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3 Simple Math Ideas for the First Weeks of School

Looking for math ideas for the first weeks of school? These activities are perfect for kids in 2nd and 3rd grade. Includes activity ideas, free printables, and tips for implementing. Click to learn more!
Hey Super Teacher!

Back to School time is upon us! Whether you go back this week (I'm talking to you Colorado friends) or not for a few (lucky Michiganders), here are 3 math activities you can use on the first weeks of school (recommended for 2nd-3rd grades). 
1. Pentominoes - These are my go to Day 1 math activity!  I would HIGHLY recommend purchasing a class set if you are able.

Show students the book Chasing Vermeer (this mystery book has a pentomino by name chart and hidden pentominoes on the cover) and then see if students can figure out how the pentominoes are named (spoiler alert: it's by letters of the alphabet).

Then let them try to make squares and rectangles using as many pieces as they can. (Amazon affiliate links above)
Pentominoes are a super fast finisher that all students can use (and love), so not only do you have a fun first day math activity, you are also introducing a fast finisher students will have available to them all year.  During these first weeks of school it's pretty much priceless to have a "go to" fast finisher ready on Day 1!
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Simple Management: Having a bad day? Go to Australia.

Need an easy classroom management idea for the elementary classroom? Use Australian Flags along with the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a classroom management strategy.  Would work great in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade.
This idea goes along with the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and comes from a fantastic college professor of mine.  In his room, he had a table reserved as "Australia".  If one of his students was having a bad day they could go work at the Australia table for a few minutes until they were feeling better.

Don't have room for an entire Australia table?  No worries! Just use mini Australian flags.  You can either stack them on a counter or put them on your white board.  Not much room needed at all. 

Not only is this a simple management tool you can use all year, it's a perfect mini-lesson and read aloud for the first week of school! 2 birds one stone!
 Need an easy classroom management idea for the elementary classroom? Use Australian Flags along with the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a classroom management strategy.  Would work great in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade.

Here's what you do:
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Challenge Advanced Learners TODAY with FREE Math Challenges

Hey Super Teacher!

It's officially time to start talking about school again.  If you're up for some back to school talk or even if you're not (I totally feel ya), then you might be interested in checking out this exclusive math freebie.
Challenge your advanced mathematicians without breaking a sweat! Use these FREE math challenge and brain teaser activities to challenge your elementary students. These versatile problems can be used as math centers, morning work, centers, small group activities, problem of the week, or as part of a larger problem solving unit! Perfect for advanced kids in 2nd and 3rd grade. Click over for the free printables!
Back to school time is always tricky, attempting to meet every students' needs while you're just trying to get to know the kids and teach bathroom procedures.  I've found that math challenges can be a simple solution for advanced math kiddos who start looking bored on day 2. {or whose parents approach you at Back to School Night telling you their sweetie will be bored on day 1} #youknowtheones #happybacktoschoolnight

This exclusive freebie includes 5 math challenges and brainteasers you can't find anywhere else that can help you get started personalizing math instruction for your advanced mathematicians
 
Sign up below to get the exclusive math challenges and an e-mail series with some tips and tricks to start differentiating right out of the gate.  PLUS there just might be another cool editable freebie in your future (hint, hint).  Just sign up and then check your e-mail for the freebie!



Have a fab day Super Teacher!
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The Birthday Committee - Manage Student Birthdays with Ease

Never forget a student's birthday with the birthday committee! A simple and creative idea to put students in charge of birthday celebrations so you can keep teaching!

Truth:  I have a secret teacher fear that I will forget a child's birthday.

By the time you finally get your class list (Doesn't it feel like it takes forever?!) birthdays are the last thing on your mind!  You're scrambling to label popsicle sticks, job boards, folders, cubbies, coatroom hangers, mail boxes, desks, and basically anything else that will sit still.  #mustlabelallthethings
Never forget a student's birthday with the birthday committee! A simple and creative idea to put students in charge of birthday celebrations so you can keep teaching!
While you're fretting about fonts, creating curriculum calendars, and sweating bullets about Back to School Night bulletin boards, there's always one or two cuties with August birthdays that are just ready to sneak up and make you feel like an absolutely awful human!

No more worrying I say!  The birthday committee is here to save the day!

Getting your birthday box ready for the birthday committee is one super easy way to feel productive this summer!  You can get everything you need during a grocery trip to Target or from your couch on Amazon.
The birthday committee!  A super  simple strategy to put students in charge of birthday celebrations.  Get The BIrthday Committee started in your classroom and never fear forgetting a childs birthday again!
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End of the Year fun with Wonka Week

Ideas for Wonka Week using golden ticket freebie - perfect for the end of the year!
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Wonka Week is my favorite go-to end of the school year activity, but it works equally well the week before Spring Break or any other time you're anticipating squirrely children and need something a little different to calm the masses.  

If you have extremely excited kiddos and need a little something new, try out Wonka Week using Golden Tickets for Classroom Management

Here’s what you need to do:
Buy: a bag or two of small wrapped candy bars (not the vacuum sealed kind – the wrapped in foil-lined paper kind), and 10-15 candy bars or other "big" prizes.  I get my candy bars here on Amazon and buy the large prizes at a Dollar Store.
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Print: the Wonka Tickets on yellow/gold paper.
A Golden Ticket Freebie PLUS Ideas for Wonka Week integrating Wonka and candy fun into instruction.  Great for any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
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April Math Challenge Freebie-Chocolate Bunny Math

It's April!  Get ready for testing, Cadbury eggs, and maybe even Spring Break (lucky)!
Need some free Easter math printables? This April Math Challenge freebie includes 2 leveled chocolate bunny themed math challenges, answer keys, and lined pages for students to write about the strategies they used to solve the problem(s).
This April Math Challenge freebie includes 2 math challenges, answer keys, and lined pages for students to write about the strategies they used to solve the problem(s).  These are similar problems on two different levels, so hopefully all of your students can find one of the problems to be an appropriate "just right" challenge.  Just hop on over to my store to get the freebie.  I hope you enjoy!

Need more math challenges?  I'm currently working on monthly math challenge sets for every month of the school year!  My newest April Math Challenges & Brainteasers includes 25 math problems with spring and April holiday themes like: Easter, April Fools' Day, eggs, bunnies, candy, rain, baseball, lambs, and Spring Break.
25 April themed math challenges.  April themes include: bunnies, eggs, Easter, baseball, lambs, flowers, Spring Break, and April Fools'
If you want even MORE ALL of my math challenges are now available in a GROWING BUNDLE!  If you want EVERY math challenge & brainteaser I have made (or will make in the future) you can get them here.  When completed this bundle will be priced at $88 for all 17 Math Challenge & Brainteaser packs that will be included, but is now on sale for less than $60.
 Tons of math printables you can use for homework, fast finishers, math centers, morning work, or enrichment contracts! A growing bundle of math challenges for grades 2-4 includes math challenges for every month of the school year!
Hope you enjoy.







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Pi Day Easy Peasy Activity - Plus a March Math Freebie

Here's a quick Pi Day activity for 3.14.17 if you need something fun to introduce or celebrate the day.  All you need is yarn, scissors, and round things.  Every classroom has those right?!

First, have students choose a round object.
Next, students wrap the yarn around the circumference of the round object and cut the yarn to show one measurement around their object.
Now have students take this long piece of yarn and see how many times they can measure the diameter of their circle.  They will cut a piece of yarn for every diameter they measure.
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How to be Olivia The Pig - Book Character Halloween

A simple idea for a teacher Halloween costume! Be Olivia for Halloween! Put together your own book character costume with just a dress, ears, and tights. Click for links and instructions. The ears are my fave!
I promised my husband if I bought this cute red dress I would wear it over and over again.  So, not only is Olivia the pig my favorite Halloween costume, it will now be my go-to March is Reading Month character costume too.  Want your own Olivia costume?  Here's all you need to do:

Step 1: The Dress
I don't sew, but I am an avid online shopper.  Pretty sure any red dress will do, but I saw this one on ModCloth and fell in love.  The dress is called Looking to Tomorrow.  Just click on the links or the picture below and it should come right up!  
A simple idea for a teacher Halloween costume! Be Olivia for Halloween! Put together your own book character costume with just a dress, ears, and tights. Click for links and instructions. The ears are my fave!
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Prep for Valentine's Day with February Printable Freebies

Prepping for Valentine's Day?  If so, check out this February Fun Stuff Freebie.  It includes two math challenges you can use for morning work/homework/math centers, a Valentine's Day Make-Your-Own Word Find and a Valentine Candy ABC Brainstorm activity.  I find that second and third graders can talk about candy forever, so the ABC activity, although simple, is always greatly helpful as we celebrate Valentine's Day by inhaling sugar in its various forms.
A freebie with 4 printables for Valentine's Day for the grade 2-4 classroom from I Want to be a Super Teacher!
Need more math challenges?  I'm currently working on monthly math challenge sets for every month of the school year!  These February Math Challenges and Brainteasers include Valentine's Day, Oscars, winter sports, presidents, hundreds day, and candy themes.
Print-and-go math challenges and brainteasers with holiday and winter themes for February! 21 math printables with answer keys you can use for math groups, homework, fast finishers, holiday centers, or whole class problem solving. February themes include: Valentine's Day, winter sports, candy, The Oscars, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and hundreds day. Recommended as a challenge for grades 2-3.
Happy Valentine's Day!
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Super Bowl Football Math Freebie & Monthly Math Challenges

It's over. I'm in the top four of my annual Colorado teacher friend football pick 'ems.  With only one game left I am officially one spot away from winning any moolah.  Bummer!  Even if you're like me and only pay attention to the NFL to win a bet, your kiddos will most likely be talk, talk, talking all things football for the next week now that the big game is near.
A Super Bowl math challenge freebie for elementary classrooms grades 2-4 reviews addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills!
If you need a football themed math activity for your little guys, check out my Super Football Math Freebie.  It's perfect for morning work, homework, or a quick math group.  It's 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.  I've used it successfully with my 2nd and 3rd graders (5th graders too, but it's more review than challenge for them), so hopefully it will meet some of your elementary teacher Super Bowl needs.

Need more math challenges?  I'm currently working on monthly math challenge sets for every month of the school year!  My 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
Already done thinking about January?  These BRAND NEW February Math Challenges and Brainteasers include Valentine's Day, Oscars, winter sports, presidents, hundreds day, and candy themes.
Print-and-go math challenges and brainteasers with holiday and winter themes for February! 21 math printables with answer keys you can use for math groups, homework, fast finishers, holiday centers, or whole class problem solving. February themes include: Valentine's Day, winter sports, candy, The Oscars, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and hundreds day. Recommended as a challenge for grades 2-3. 
Have a great week teachers! 
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