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Family nature walkOur last Teaching Extras blog: Tips for a Memorable Classroom, showcased end of the year activities that will add a personal touch to your last weeks together as a class. In this edition, we’ll explore materials to use on field trips with your students, as well as items that kids can bring home and utilize during the summer months.



Final Class Outings/Summer Road Trips

• Field Trip Planner (Member)- Here is a list of places for kids to visit. Reference for ideas that tie into class curriculum, home learning units, or special topic events.

• Did You See? – A checklist of items for kids to be on the lookout for when they’re en route or walking around.

• Nature Walk/Center – To use with primary-grade students. Visit a nature center, or take a walk outside (this can be anything from a journey around wooded areas of your neighborhood, to a local trail or forest preserve). Have kids identify and document what they see.

• Nature Walk Checklist – Collect, draw, and write things that you experienced while on a nature walk.

• Farm (Member) – To use with primary-grade students. Similar to the nature walk checklist, this document can be used to indicate animals, tools, or items found when visiting a local farm.

• Field Trip Category – This is a compilation of documents relating to field trips. Examples include:

• Field Trip Report Form – A writing prompt for students to describe where they went, what they saw, what they liked/didn’t like, etc.

• On the Go Cards (Aquarium) – A set of small flash cards with images relating to things that you would see while visiting a certain place. Students can use them before, during, and after the trip to help reinforce their memory. abcTip: Cut out and laminate cards, then hole punch and combine together to create an activity set.

• Backseat Bingo (City) – It’s bingo on the go. Have kids/students color the cards, then laminate them for use in the car.

• Field Trip Planner Set (Member) – Tips and ideas for creating a great field trip. Comes with forms, guides, etc.

Grocery Store

• I Spy… – For primary and lower elementary students. On a trip to the grocery store, be on the hunt for food items listed on the sheet. Save for when you get home and have children color their grocery goodies.

• I Spy… (Member) – another grocery-themed document with additional food groups listed.

• Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt (Member) – Pages of clues to take to the grocery store and match to food that you find on the shelves

• Learning on the Go: Treasure Hunt (Member) – A fun “I Spy” game for kids to use while you’re shopping. Locate the following items, then write the aisle number where the item was found.

Wherever your summer jaunts may take you, there’s plenty of learning to be had along with your excitement. Teaching Extras covers a variety of environments and places to go, so peruse away! You never know what creative idea you may find.

 

Posted by Lindsey Elton and Nancy Elton, abcteach Team

My Memory BookMay’s Eye on Curriculum theme is Teaching Extras, a versatile section of materials, decor, and creatives for your classroom and lesson plans. As we approach the final stretch for the school year, let’s explore a few activities that add a personal touch to your last weeks together. These highlights can be adapted to multiple grades and learning environments, and additional ideas await you on abcteach.



“You Make a Difference” Folders
“Make a Difference” folders are a great way for students to see how they’re perceived – in a positive manner – by their classmates. See last year’s End of the Year: Make it Memorable blog for alternative versions and additional ideas.

1. Before getting started, make a list of the names of your students, providing a couple of lines following each entry. Copy the list so that every child has a sheet of the names. Here is a sample of choices from our Handwriting section.

2. Brainstorm with your students about the various positive comments that you could make about a fellow classmate (i.e. kindness to others, what you like about their personality, how they do something well, etc.). Write these on the chalkboard, overhead, or whiteboard for all students to see.

3. Pass out a manila folder with colored construction paper and the sheet of names to each student. Next to the students’ names, tell them to write a positive note using the examples from the board or one of their own.

4. Have students cut out the positive notes and give it to their classmates. Each student will then paste his or her collection onto the construction paper and put it in his or her folder.

5. Folder Covers: Get creative! These portfolios are an extension of the student, which means the possibilities are endless. Decorate them with students’ own designs, using various pictures, props, or writing utensils.

Memory Books and “All About Me” Clipboards
All About Me Bulletin Board Memory books are a quick snippet activity that students create to display fun facts about themselves. They contain everything from physical characteristics to past experiences and personal goals.



• My Homeschool Memory Book

• Memory Strips (Member) – Fill out, then paste and include in “You Make a Difference” Folders

• My School Year (Members)

• All About Me Clipboards (Member) – A condensed version of the Memory Book. Take a picture of your students and attach it to this one-page student portfolio.

Student Stars Bulletin Board
Superstar Bulletin BoardOnce students have completed their “All About Me” clipboard, it’s time to put them on display! Venture into the Bulletin Board (Theme Set) and choose the theme that best represents your class. Here are a few ideas:



• Dream a Dream

• Summer Fun

• Train Kids Alphabet Set

Looking for more ideas? Discover for yourself! We hope that you enjoy these activities, but if you need more, Teaching Extras is full of inspiration for both you and your students.

Posted by Lindsey Elton and Nancy Elton, abcteach Team

BookmarksNewsletter FormFood FlashcardClassroom SignsClassroom Posters

Teaching Extras
Welcome back, May! We hope that everyone is enjoying the bloom of flowers and the warm weather that we’ve all been patiently waiting for.  (At least for us Northerners.) A new month means a new theme for our Eye on Curriculum blog series. In April, we took an extended look at mathematics, from springtime learning centers to Common Core, and insights for homeschooling and special needs. This month, with May’s wide variety of holidays and activities, we are highlighting the resources in our Teaching Extras section that support these special dates, as well as other times throughout the year.

So what exactly are “teaching extras?” Our Teaching Extras section is a treasure trove of classroom goodies that puts the creative finishing touch on your teaching. Looking for alphabet flashcards? We have them. What about incentive charts, autumn bulletin boards, learning center signs, or weekly newsletter forms… in French? We have those, too  and they’re great laminated. Whether in a classroom or home learning environment, you’ll find all the cool additions to make your lesson plans uniquely yours in Teaching Extras. Here is a handful of other section categories:

• Book Report Forms
• Calendars
• Candy Bar Wrappers
• Certificates
• Gift Tags
• Memory Books
• Portfolios
• Postcards
• Recipes
• Word Wheels

Mother’s Day Activities

roseAnd speaking of that perfect finishing touch, Mother’s Day is right around the corner. In addition to flowers and chocolate, abcteach provides cute, creative items that help you speak from the heart. Peruse our Mother’s Day section for coloring pages, writing prompts, booklets, crafts, and other activities to let all the special women in your life know how much they are appreciated.

We wish you continued classroom success this month. We hope these ideas brighten up your lesson plans, but if there are additional materials that you need, please let us know. We are here to help.

Posted by Lindsey Elton, abcteach Team

bakingMath is all around us! In order to lead an independent life, we need to use a variety of math concepts. That is one of the reasons why learning about math in school is so important. There we learn about the basics, such as shapes, matching, sorting, counting, multiplying, dividing, along with many other skills. Learning and using these concepts in a classroom setting is important, but even more important, is learning to generalize the use of these skills to everyday life.

Most of us don’t realize how often we are confronted with math-related problems each day. We use math to measure how tall we are, how much we weigh, and what size clothes and shoes we wear. We use math all the time in the kitchen. Math is involved when we prepare a meal, follow a recipe, measure ingredients, set the table, and while putting away groceries. We use math when we travel to and from school or work, when using a calendar, and even when we perform hygiene skills. Learning to complete math-related skills independently will enrich our lives and often makes life easier.

abcteach has a wide variety of teaching materials to help individuals learn and practice many of the skills that you need in everyday life. There are a variety of worksheets to practice counting, money, measurement, and time. Just head to the section or type a concept into the search bar and a number of choices will appear. For those who like more active learning opportunities, try the Family Activity Planners. These planners cover 12 different areas of interest and are chocked full of fun and creative ideas to teach not only math skills, but also Reading and Writing, Science, and Social Studies. Each area is divided into suggested age groups: Pre-K and Kindergarten, Primary (Grades 1 – 3), and Upper Elementary (Grades 4 – 6). The age ranges are just suggestions, so any activity that sounds as if it will be fun and interesting may be used for any age.

Helping students and young adults learn math while experiencing it is a great way for them to fully understand and remember the concept. Learning about measurement by wrapping a gift, or learning to measure perimeter and area by pacing off a room, gives measurement meaning and relevance. Learning to use money at a store or restaurant gives individuals experience with handling money, percentages (tips and sales), and budgeting skills. Time management and calendar skills can also be taught using hands-on activities. Filling a calendar with family and friends’ birthdays and special occasions is a great way to begin. Young adults can then learn to add medical appointments, meetings, and work or school deadlines. Checking your calendar regularly and independently and carrying out your responsibilities exhibits self-sufficiency and maturity – definite requirements for a successful, independent adult life!

Lots of other math-related skills can be taught and reinforced through hands-on activities. Remember to check out all the Family Activity Planners for more fun and functional ideas. You can also check around your home and neighborhood – I bet you’ll come up with ideas of your own! Most of all have fun with it. Learning when you don’t realize you are doing it embeds the skill and understanding of the concept more thoroughly, making use of it in the future easier and more likely!

Posted by Janie Quinn, abcteach Team

math girlsDuring this Mathematics Awareness Month, we have explored a number of different activities in our Eye on Curriculum series, from general teaching resources to preschool exercises and learning opportunities for homeschoolers. Let’s now take a leap into more structured activities for your students: Common Core Math.

Our first Common Core Math blog explored Operations & Algebraic Thinking, and Number & Operations in Base Ten. Some of the related skills that students need to master in those domains include counting in sequence, applying properties of operations, understanding multiples, and using place value to solve problems.

In this blog, we’ll delve into three additional domains: Numbers and Operations – Fractions, Measurement & Data, and Geometry. As with other sections, all domains scaffold with each successive grade, increasing the complexity of the skills mastered.

• Numbers and Operations – Fractions: Students must understand, recognize, express, and complete all operations of fractions.

 Measurement & Data: Students must learn all aspects of classifying, measuring, and working with time and money, geometric measurement, representing data, and interpreting data.

• Geometry: Students must identify, analyze, create, and reason with shapes, lines, and angles. Students will graph coordinate points and solve real world mathematical problems.

The following highlights are abcteach activities that you can use to reinforce skills from the Standards. We are constantly adding new and newly tagged materials to our Common Core section, so check back or let us know if you can’t find what you’re looking for. Also, be sure to view our recent blog on how to locate Common Core Standards.

 Poster Packets: Poster packets identify Common Core in student-friendly language. They can be used in mini-lessons, PPT presentations, portfolios, or as signs and handouts. Most poster packets also include checklists of each standard that can be used by students to demonstrate their mastery or by teachers at conferences (with students or parents).

Member Site

• Common Core: Math Standards Poster Set – Kindergarten
• Common Core: Math Standards Poster Set: Grade 2
• Common Core: Math Standards Poster Set – Grade 4

 Classroom Activities

Member site

• Flashcards: Telling Time – o’clock – Fun flashcards to use when telling time.

• Time: Board Game: Telling Time (grade 1-2) – This board game enjoyably teaches the telling of time to young students.

• Game: Fractions – Fun fraction games for lower elementary students.

• Interactive: Notebook: Measuring with a Ruler (kdg-2) – This interactive activity teaches measurement for lower elementary students.

• Fraction Manipulatives: Thirds (b/w) – This is one of several manipulatives that students can cut out and use to learn and practice fractions.

• Rules and Practice: Triangles by Angle – These activities are good for practice and review of angles for upper elementary students.

• Hands-On Math: Measure a Room (elem/upper elem) – Excellent real-world activity for upper elementary students.

• Worksheet: Origami and Geometry (elem/upper elem) – Creatively use origami to teach perimeter, symmetry, and triangles to upper elementary students.

• Rules and Practice: Perimeter and Area (upper elem/middle) – Great practice opportunity for upper elementary and middle school students.

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• Math Chart: Volumes and Areas – Use this chart to help upper elementary students.

• Math Chart: Metric Conversions – Use this chart to help student with metric conversions.

As with all of our abcteach materials, our Common Core selection is there to adapt to your class and your personal teaching style. Use it in conjunction with other sections on the site, such as theme units, interactives, and abctools, to customize your students’ learning. If you’re searching for ideas or need additional resources, please be in touch. We’re here to help.

Posted by Kathy Butler and Lindsey Elton, abcteach Team

Since the wide-spread adoption of Common Core Standards across the U.S., abcteach has been creating materials, and tagging existing ones, to help educators and students meet the required guidelines. On abcteach, you can find these activities by navigating our directory system or by using our search tool. So how do you get started? Read on to find out.

Common Core Site Left Nav

Finding the Standard

First, you’ll need to find the standard that you’d like to address. If you don’t already have this information, you can visit the Common Core website. Click on Mathematics Standards or English Language Arts Standards.

Using the left sidebar (pictured left), navigate to the subject and grade level of your choice. Once you’ve made your selection, you’ll see a list of standards in that category on the right side of the page.  Peculiarly, the Language Standards are listed by subject first and grade level second, while Mathematics Standards are listed by grade level first and subject second. On abcteach, by contrast, you’ll notice that grade level always comes first, followed by subject.

Navigating on abcteach

On abcteach, navigating to the right section is easy. Click on the “Common Core Standards” category on the homepage (Under “Categories” on the member site or under “Explore Our Free Materials” for non-members), or follow these links: Members | Non-members. Once there, navigate using the subcategory list to either English Language Arts (ELA) or Mathematics, then to the grade level and subject of your choice. Find these subcategories links directly below the blue “Subcategories” bar. Below the subcategories, find the list of related downloadable materials, and click on the thumbnail or title to download the document.  If you’re comfortable navigating the abcteach directory to find standards materials, you can stop reading now and start exploring! If you’d like some advanced tips about how to conduct searches for materials that meet specific standards, keep reading.

Searching by Code

Returning to the Common Core website, you’ll see that each standard has an associated code like this:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1

You can use this code to search for a particular standard on abcteach, with the caveat that you’ll want to only use part of the code. On abcteach, you should search using the last bit of this code, namely everything after “CCSS.ELA-Literacy. This leaves simply:

RL.3.1

When you search using this code on abcteach, you’ll find every document matching RL.3.1 (Reading And Literature, Grade 3, Standard 1). Go ahead and try this yourself. Head to www.abcteach.com (if you’re a member, use members.abcteach.com) and type “RL.3.1″ into the search bar. You’ll see 7 results matching this particular standard.

Broadening Your Search

Referring again to our example, you’ll see that there are actually 10 standards that make up the Reading: Literature section for Grade 3. In our search above, we limited ourselves to only the first standard (represented by the “1″ at the end of the code “RL.3.1″). To view all matches on abcteach for this level (not just those for the 1st out of 10 standards), remove the last decimal point and number. Try searching for: RL.3

You’ll see that making your search more general has increased the number of search results to 27 documents. If you’re not getting the quantity of results you’re hoping for, just remember to make your search less specific. Let’s look at another standard code. This one is for Grade 4 > Operations and Algebraic Thinking.

CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.1

Yikes. This seems kind of complicated. But let’s try to focus on the most relevant parts of the code. Cut out the standard prefix “CCSS.Math.Content.” and the suffix “.A.1″ (which refers to subsections A, B, and C of this standard), and search using:

4.OA

This will include all abcteach materials that match subject 4.OA (4th grade, Operations and Algebraic Thinking). To drive the point home, here are more standards and the keywords you should use to search. Hopefully, you’ll see the pattern emerge in the list below if it isn’t clear already.

CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.A.1   –>   3.MD
CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.1  >  1.G
CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.B.8  >  2.NBT
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.8  >  W.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1  >  RL.K
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1  >  SL.2

By now, you should have a good idea of how to find or search for activities matching specific Common Core standards on abcteach. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and we’ll be happy to help.

pto_familyhomereadingThe following blog is one of the featured articles from our newest online publication, the abcteach Quarterly Digest. This quarterly member newsletter highlights creative teaching ideas, educator insights, along with ways to make the most of your abcteach membership.

Family Activity Planners
Project aides, classroom funding, math activity nights… oh my! The support that you receive from your PTA or PTO is a lifesaver for ensuring that your students get the proper balance of education, creativity, and fun each year. So how do you return the favor? With abcteach Family Activity Planners!

Parents are wonderful at loving and providing for their kids, but they’re not trained teachers (at least not all of them). So how can you help? By giving them easy-to-use, grade-appropriate activities that advance their child’s intellect. Our Activity Planner lineup explores a variety of everyday moments that can be transformed into learning opportunities for the whole family. Will you be out in the neighborhood, at the store, or in the yard? Learning awaits! Created by veteran educators, these packets give all parents, caregivers, and tutors a simple guide to reinforce core skills outside of the class. Each series is broken down according to grade and subject, and comes paired with supporting abcteach materials.

Below you’ll find a handful of planners and supporting materials to send home with your parents for weekend learning or the upcoming summer months. Are they not abcteach members? No problem! It’s all available in an easy pdf for you to print off or use electronically.

Fun at Home! Family Activity Planners

• At the Restaurant – Supporting Activities

• In the Yard – Supporting Activities

• My Neighborhood – Supporting Activities

• Parent Membership Discount Certificate - Share the great teaching resources at abcteach! Parents receive $10 off individual abcteach memberships. Promo code is good until 9/1/13.

The summer months are a time for fun, family, and friends, but they can also present wonderful opportunities to learn. When students are away from class, their educational skills stall. Keep their minds as active as their bodies this year with abcteach!


Posted by Lindsey Elton, abcteach Team

homeschool_guyswoodshopWhat math teacher has not been faced with the common student question, “How is this useful in the real world?” Math standards stress the need to relate skills to everyday life. Well-written word problems assist in this endeavor by presenting realistic scenarios for specific skills, yet they usually lack hands-on practice. As a homeschool parent/teacher, I spent lots of time teaching my sons math skills with pencil and paper; but I found that the greatest learning experiences came by bringing those skills into the real world.

By involving our sons in everyday tasks, hobbies, and projects, my husband and I were able to model and reinforce a variety of math skills. Our boys sharpened their addition and subtraction skills by helping us balance our bankbook. My husband credits much of his math ability to the time he spent with his own father, who would involve him in paying bills by asking him to solve the calculations. My youngest son and I often played “store” by pricing some of his toys and “purchasing” them with real coins. We took turns being the customer and cashier. The game sharpened his counting, money, and addition skills. As the boys grew older, carpentry and metalworking offered great opportunities to reinforce measurement and geometry skills.

Such learning opportunities are not limited to homeschool families. With a little planning, all parents can involve their children in such experiences. Begin by noting how you use math in your day-to-day life, then think of ways to involve your child in the process at his/her level. Here are a few suggestions:

• Involve young children in counting and sorting of anything from multicolored candies to laundry items. Help them to recognize geometric shapes in everyday objects.
• Cooking is great practice for fractions and measurements.
• Vacations or short trips can provide experience in calculating mileage and fuel costs.
• Grocery shopping can sharpen estimation skills if you have your child round each item to the nearest dollar as it goes into the cart. Keeping a running total on a notepad will give them a final estimate to compare at the register.
• Encourage children to budget and save money towards a specific spending goal. When the goal is reached, have them pay for the item themselves under your supervision.
• Home remodeling or do-it-yourself projects can involve students in measurements, geometry, budgeting, and cost estimates.
• Gather and chart data on weather temperatures, rainfall, sports scores, cell phone usage, video game stats, or auto maintenance. Create a growth chart for themselves, a sibling, or a pet.
• Include teenagers in discussions and calculations regarding mortgage, loan or credit card interest.  Having them assist you in tax preparation is good practice for their future.

Math reinforcement is just one benefit of involving children in such tasks. Parents who include their kids help them to build important life skills. It also creates an atmosphere of teamwork in the family, giving parents and children more quality time together. As a busy mom, I often found myself battling the excuse of “I can do it quicker by myself.” Yes, involving the kids always takes more time, but the educational, life skill and family bonding gains make it worthwhile.


Posted by Carol Welch, abcteach staff writer

The following article comes from our friends at The Preschool Toolbox. Co-founder, Darla Hutson, shares the step-by-step process on how to make make fun springtime math activities with your preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Pony Beads Kite Games for Math
Pony Bead Kites are a fun way for preschool and kindergarten children to learn basic math concepts in a hands-on way!

Pony Bead Kites

Materials needed: 2 blank foam, wood, or plastic cubes, permanent marker (for labeling the cubes), Wikki Stix or pipe cleaners (one per student playing), tape (if using pipe cleaners), assorted pony beads, small cups (cupcake liners work great), white paper, scissors, and crayons/markers.

Prior to the game: Label one blank cube with dots to represent the numbers 1-6 on each of the six sides (a game die can also be used). Label the second blank cube with either a (-1) or a (+1 ) on each side. Have each child draw a kite shape on a piece of paper, color the kite, and cut it out (the Kites Template linked below can also be used). The children can then tape the kite shape to the top of a pipe cleaner (if using Wikki Stix, no tape will be necessary). Set out small cups with assorted colors of pony beads for the children to use as counters.
*Note:  Supervise younger children closely when using small objects as they present a choking hazard.

To play the game: Introduce the game as a large group activity. After the introduction, the game can be played with partners or in small groups.

The children should take turns rolling both of the labeled cubes. The children must count the number of dots rolled on one cube and either ADD 1 or SUBTRACT 1 (as indicated by the 2nd labeled cube) from the number of dots shown on cube #1 (see photo above).

When the children have the sum of the problem (number of dots +1 or – 1), they must count that number of pony beads and place them on the kites. As the children gain confidence in rolling the cubes, counting the dots, and adding or subtracting one, ask the children to verbally explain the problem as they place the beads on their kites (for ex:  6 + 1 = 7, so 7 beads must be placed on the kite).

The game is over when the children reach a pre-determined number of beads on their kites or when one pipe cleaner/Wikki Stix is filled with beads.

Numbers 1-10

There are many variations of this game that can be played with your students. Five suggestions to enhance math skills are:

1) Label the kites with any numbers the children have had introduced. Ask the children to place the corresponding number of pony beads on the pipe cleaners (see photo above).

2) Label 10 kites with the numbers 1-10. Have the children work as a group to place their kites in the correct order – 1-10. Variation: Label the kites with the numbers 5-15 and have the children work to place the kites in the correct number order (starting at a number OTHER than 1).

3) Label 10 kites with the number 10. Have the children place 10 pony beads on each of the kites. The kites make great “10 bars” for counting to 100 by 10’s. For younger children, label the kites with various numbers for practice with skip counting by 2’s and 5’s. Hint: Print the Kite Templates below and laminate before cutting out. Dry erase markers can then be used to change the numbers/activities as required.

Words_Patterning

4) Write number WORDS on the kites. Have the children place the corresponding number of beads on their kites. It helps the children understand that the number name refers to a specific quantity of beads.

5) Write any basic pattern on the kites. Have the children create those patterns with the pony beads. For older children: Let the children use assorted pony bead colors to create more complex patterns.

Diamond Patterns to download and print for use with any of the suggestions above.

Kite Templates

Kites Roll, Count, and Color

Kites_Roll_Count_Color Kites Roll and Count

Materials needed: One file (linked above) per student, 2 dice per student, and crayons/markers.

Print the Kites Roll, Count, and Color file (linked above) for each of the children. Have the children roll 2 dice, count the total number of dots, and color the kite with the corresponding number. The children should continue taking turns until all of the kites are colored.

Variation for two players: The 2 players should choose to be either EVEN or ODD numbers. Have one child color kites for the EVEN numbered rolls and the second child color the kites for the ODD numbered rolls. If the EVEN player rolls an ODD number, no kite is colored on that roll. The ODD player would then attempt to roll an ODD number. If he does not, no kite can be colored in. Play would continue until all the kites are colored.

Whether your children are learning at home or in the classroom this spring, we hope the activities above will offer some creative inspiration! If you have additional suggestions for pony bead math activities, we’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment below to share with others!


Darla Hutson is co-founder of The Preschool Toolbox and has owned a licensed group childcare/preschool home for the past 28 years. Darla has a passion for creating environments and activities that help facilitate play and learning for young children. She writes primarily at The Preschool Toolbox but you will also find activities for kids, teachers, and families with young children at: Squidoo and Sixty Second Parent.

mathappimageWelcome back, April! The start of each new month means the start of a new Eye on Curriculum blog series. Each year, the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) deems April as Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM), so in its honor, our blog focus this month will be on math.

The 2013 MAM theme is the Mathematics of Sustainability (a fitting choice, as April is also considered Earth Month). According the JPBM site, “Humanity continually faces the task of how to balance human needs against the world’s resources… Mathematics helps us better understand these complex issues and is used by mathematicians and practitioners in a wide range of fields to seek creative solutions for a sustainable way of life.”

Your abcteach Eye on Curriculum posts will highlight math from a number of different audience angles, including preschool, home school, and special needs. We’ll share colorful how-to tips, great resources on abcteach, as well effective ideas for your class and home learning environment.

First off, here are a few key math sections and abcteach features to check out:

• Math – Browse our general math category for the skills and exercises that you need. You’ll find everything from basic addition and number concepts to time, measurement, problem solving and more.

• abctools Math Generators – Our abctools worksheet generators – including addition, fractions, patterns, and place value – allow you to personalize exercises based on your students needs. Each tool provides an answer sheet, formatting and clip art options, and the ability to create an infinite amount of like-skilled problem sets. There are over 50 free and member tools available.

• Interactive Math Files – Interactive files help liven up your math lessons while reinforcing your students’ learning. They come in variety of themes and skills, for students preK and up. No white board? No problem. Interactive files can all be accessed using your standard classroom computer.

• Common Core Math – The Common Core Math section addresses necessary elements and required math skills for students K – 6th grade. It reviews core domains, such as Geometry, Measurement & Data, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, and more. Also, don’t forget to check out our Common Core, Math Skills blog from veteran teacher, Kathy Butler.

• Math Magician App – Our Math Magician app is a fun and interactive way for your student or child to learn Common Core curriculum mathematics (1st – 6th grade). You and the magician will learn counting, addition, subtraction, greater than/less than values, multiplication, and division in a magical way…

We hope that these sections and the upcoming blogs provide support and inspiration to your April lesson planning. As always, please let us know what you think or what you need to make your classroom even more successful. Happy Math Awareness Month!

Posted by Lindsey Elton, abcteach Team

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