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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Math Challenge Freebie & Math Contracts - Perfect for Fast Finishers, Extensions, or Homework

A free math challenge product for grades 2-4 - PLUS a simple way to use these to differentiate for students who need a challenge in math!
If you're looking for a few new math items for fast finishers, homework math centers, or enrichment menus, try out my Math Challenges & Brainteasers freebie.  I've used these in my 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade classrooms for a number of purposes.  
A free math challenge product for grades 2-4 - PLUS a simple way to use these to differentiate for students who need a challenge in math!
Here are a few ideas for how you might use these in your own classroom:
*Use a challenge or brainteaser as a homework option for students who need a challenge, or let them replace a simple homework assignment with the challenge to show parents how well you’re differentiating.  :)

*Use a math challenge or brainteaser as a “number talk” problem to start out your daily math class. Work through it as a class or let students work in partners or small groups to talk through it and solve it together. 

*Make a pack of challenge problems for advanced students to use as a fast finisher or during certain in-class math lessons where they've already mastered the material.

*Give a challenge or brainteaser to a small group of students as one of their independent math workshop rotations or use them with your advanced small math group rotation.

*Use the problems as an independent practice activity during a unit on problem solving strategies (guess and check, work backwards, etc.) or attacking a multi-step problem. 

*Keep a stack of challenge problems in your classroom fast finisher area for any student who wants a challenge.

*Choose one or two challenge problems for the month and reward any student who can solve both. You can put these on a bulletin board or have them available as additional incentives.
A free math challenge product for grades 2-4 - PLUS a simple way to use these to differentiate for students who need a challenge in math!
Currently I'm using these as a challenge for my second graders in the form of math contracts.  I have a few super amazing 2nd grade mathematicians who are way ahead of the rest of the class.  They have the option of completing math contract work at any time during our independent math time as a replacement for the assignments given to the rest of the class.  Typically at the beginning of the year I have 6-7 students on math contracts and this dwindles to the few who really enjoy the independent challenges and are willing to work through these multi-step problems.  Usually by the end of the year I have 2-3 die hard math challenge kiddos who have stuck with the contracts all year. 

These are great to show parents at conferences, especially for those parents who want to see how their child is being challenged.  I just print out 5 of the math challenges, add a math contract cover sheet and I'm good to go.  Differentiation Complete!

If you haven't already downloaded the freebie which includes 3 math challenges and brainteasers, hop on over to my store and check it out.  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 March Math Challenges & Brainteasers includes 25 math problems with spring and March holiday themes like: Pi Day, St. Patrick's Day, rainbows, March Madness basketball, leprechauns, clovers, and Read Across America Day.
Print-and-go math challenges and brainteasers with holiday and spring themes for March! 25 math printables with answer keys you can use for math groups, homework, fast finishers, holiday centers, or whole class problem solving! March themes include: St. Patrick's Day, leprechauns, rainbows, clovers, March Madness basketball, Pi Day, and Read Across America. Recommended as a challenge for grades 2-3
Have a great week teachers!
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100th Day of School - Free Printables

Is the 100th Day of School coming up super soon for you?  In Michigan we start after Labor Day and usually have a snow day or two thrown into the mix, so we don't usually start decorating hundreds day tees and surfing for freebies until February.  No matter what month you celebrate this very exciting milestone, hopefully this 100th Day Fun Stuff Freebie will be useful.  Need it now?  Just print and goNeed it later?  Just pin it, forget it, and come back next month.
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
It includes a 100 Seconds Challenge, 100 Times Spelling, Hundreds Picture Spelling, and 2 templates for Hundreds Day Art.  My kiddos' art projects turned out pretty darn cute last year.
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Throw in a hundreds day t-shirt (I got lazy and just glued 100 beads to my Halloween Super Teacher Tee) and I'm all planned for the 100th day.  Hooray!
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Happy Hundreds Day,
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Happy New Year - No Prep Art/Team Building for First Day Back

Word Clouds!  An easy classroom idea you can use anytime, but it's especially great to use after holiday breaks.  Easy with minimal prep!
Need an easy idea to get you pumped (or at the very least to keep you from being horribly depressed) about going back to the classroom after break? We all love children, but we also love sleeping in and sipping our coffee leisurely, all while going to the bathroom anytime we want for two whole weeks! That first day back can be brutal, so let's wade in a toe at a time shall we?
Word Clouds!  An easy classroom idea you can use anytime, but it's especially great to use after holiday breaks.  Easy with minimal prep!
Here's a super simple project you can do anytime during the first day/week back - word clouds.  All you need is paper (Easy!), pencils (You can do this!), and some crayons or colored pencils (Everything will be just fine. You will go to the bathroom at 4 pm.)
Word Clouds!  An easy classroom idea you can use anytime, but it's especially great to use after holiday breaks.  Easy with minimal prep!
1. Have students think about all the things they did during the break and brainstorm this as a list of words (this step is optional, but makes the project take longer - you might need this sort of project when you go back).
2. Have students share the 3-5 most important or exciting words from their list.
3. Now pass out the paper (I like white) and have the kidlets write those 3-5 words nice and big in PENCIL.
4. After the big words, have students fill in the rest of the page with the other words on their list.
5. Have students cut out around the words and voila!  They have a word cloud!
6. Now they can trace their many words in color and even color the background or draw a cloud shape around their words.
7.  Wanna get fancy?  Have students share their word clouds with partners around the room.
8.  Wanna get even fancier and take up lots more time?  Give each student a piece of tape, and have them tape these around the room. Then do a silent art gallery with the word clouds for a few minutes (Oh sweet silence!  You shan't be here again until Spring Break)
Word Clouds!  An easy classroom idea you can use anytime, but it's especially great to use after holiday breaks.  Easy with minimal prep!
DONE!  An easy, as time consuming as you want it to be, art/teambuilding activity you can use first thing you get back with almost zero prep needed.  Another thing I LOVE about this project is it's a way for students to tell their many break stories to students around the room (instead of to me) and display them for all to see.  They love, love, love telling their holiday break stories and I love, love, love having an easy activity for when I need a breather (or even a bathroom break) that first day back!
Word Clouds!  An easy classroom idea you can use anytime, but it's especially great to use after holiday breaks.  Easy with minimal prep!
Good luck this week (or next week if you're lucky!)!  GO, FIGHT, WIN!
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