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With the recent closing of schools due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID – 19), elementary teachers are looking for ways to teach remotely. Parents are being challenged to create a new learning routine at home, help with assignments, and in many cases, to add educational opportunities to their children’s schedules.

As a classroom teacher I’ve always created materials that were child-friendly and parent-friendly as well. In this post, you will find FREE SAMPLES of printer-friendly, simple and contained materials that are easy for parents to implement, and perfect for remote learning! Make sure to DOWNLOAD your FREEBIES!



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Math Homework | Spiral Review

Common Core aligned, inviting, and packed with real work, this weekly spiral review is perfect for distance learning! Assignments are modeled so parents know exactly what to do. After a quick explanation, young students can complete the homework independently! What’s more, there’s just the right amount of work for each day of the week!






Language Homework|Spiral Review

With Monday-Thursday activities, this packet reviews Reading, Writing, and Language Arts skills. All the activities are Common Core aligned, easy for parents to understand, and the work is done right on the page! 



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FREE K-1 Distance Learning Resources

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I hope these resources make a difference in your day, and that your students look forward to working on them.
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Multiplication Intervention: Three Activities for Memorizing Facts

Memorizing Multiplication facts is something students need to do sooner or later. But what happens when nothing works? I want to share a few activities I did with a 3rd grader who was beyond overwhelmed when faced with memorizing numbers that made no sense to her.

Using counters to provide a visual cue and sticky notes with the numerals to be memorized was a great combination of tools to accomplish this task!

The activities below are the next step I took after teaching my student how to skip count. You can read how I approached that concept with her in my post “Skip Counting: Making it Make Sense”.

Activities Using Counters and Sticky Notes

Setting it up: Using any counters you have, make rows with 2 counters each on the far-left of your cookie sheet. Place a small sticky note at the far-right end of each row. Have your student skip count by 2s and write the number of counters in each sticky note.

Multiplication activities and ideas


Activity #1: The Disappearing Game

Multiplication activities and ideas

1) Tell your students that in this game, the sticky notes will begin to disappear, one at a time. Their challenge is to remember the numbers that are disappearing until the last one is gone.

2) Have your students read the complete set of numbers. Then, remove the first sticky note and ask them to read the numbers again, including the number they know is gone. Keep going until all the sticky notes are gone and your students memorized the sequence.

Trouble Shooting
If your students forget a number in the sequence, here are a couple of things you can do:

More Support - Have your students use the counters to get them back on track. They can count each counter or skip count by 2s from the beginning.

Less Support - Point out that each number is 2 counters bigger than the previous number. So when they cannot produce the next number in the sequence, mentally add 2 to the last number.

Activity #2: The Missing Number Game



1) Tell your students that in this game sticky notes will disappear one at a time. Their challenge is to tell you what number went missing.

2) Remove a sticky note from the tray without your students seeing it. Ask your students to tell you which number is missing.

Differentiating
Here are two ideas to differentiate the game:

More Support – Put each sticky note back as your students tell you the missing number.

Less Support – Keep the sticky notes out until they are all gone. Have your students tell you all the numbers that are missing each time you remove a sticky note.


Activity #3: The Shuffle Un-Shuffle Game


1) Remove the sticky notes from the tray and shuffle them.

2) Have your students un-shuffle the cards by placing them next to the correct row in the tray.

Differentiating

More Support – Allow your students to browse through the sticky notes. They can look for the first number, place it next to the first row, look for the second number, place it next to the second row, and so on.

Less Support – Have your students place the sticky notes next to the correct row by saying the number sequence in their minds until they find the right place for the number they are holding.

Was this post helpful? If you need activities to help your students skip count, make sure to check “Skip Counting: Making it Make Sense”.


Useful Resources

πŸ‘‰ This Math Homework packet is Common Core aligned, printed on one double-sided page, with space on the page for student answers. It reviews several skills each week.

Try a Free 2-Week Sample of my Math Homework

πŸ‘‰ My Math Puzzles packets are Common Core aligned, review several skills on each page, and are a great activity for Math Centers!

Math Puzzles for Each Month of the Year

Other Math Blog Posts

πŸ‘‰ “Skip Counting: Making it Make Sense” 

Skip Counting: Making it Make Sense

Skip counting, as it turns out, can be a difficult concept to understand. 

I want to share with you the way I was able to help a student I tutor. She is in 3rd grade and had never grasped the concept.

If you are the teacher who will introduce the skip counting concept to children for the first time, I think this would be a fantastic way to start. And if you are remediating instruction, like I was, this worked like magic! This can be done one-on-one, in a guided math group, or as a whole-group mini-lesson if you’d like. 

The key factor of this approach is to let students manipulate the objects that represent the numbers they are working with, and to connect the visual representation of those objects with numerals.

Setting Up a Skip Counting Tray

Setting it up: Using any counters you have, make rows with 2 counters each on the far-left of your cookie sheet. Place a small sticky note at the far-right end of each row.

Skip Counting Trays


Activity #1

Have your student slide the first two counters to the right, one at a time, and count each one out loud “one, two”. Move the next row, one at a time, “three, four”, and so on.


Activity #2

Move the counters back and repeat the process, but this time, have your student move both counters at the same time. They should touch each counter, count each one mentally, and say the total number of counters as they slide the counters to the right. 


Like this:

Action: Touch each counter
In mind: “one, two”
Action: Move both counters
Say: “two”

Action: Touch the next two counters
In mind: “three, four”
Action: Move both counters
Say: “four”


Repeat this step until it becomes clear that your student has memorized the sequence and is not counting mentally any longer.

Activity #3

Once the skip counting becomes automatic, have your student write the numbers on the sticky notes at the end of each row.

Skip Counting Activity


Action: Move both counters
Say: “two”
Action: Write “2”
Action: Move next counters
Say: “four”
Action: Write “4”

Repeat this process for each number you want your student to learn to skip count by. 

I found this to be a great first step before using number lines, and specially before expecting students who are struggling to be able to skip count fluently by memory.

Thank you for reading. It gives me great joy to share these activities with you!



Useful Counting Resources