Are you interested in using math interactive notebooks in your classroom, but are turned off by  complicated folds and cuts that will waste precious instructional time? Then this math interactive notebook is for you! I've got these Math Interactive Notebooks in my store for grades 2-5! They include standards-aligned full page or half page sheets. The only cutting needed is trimming the margins. And, if you're like me, and are always looking for ways to save time--you can do this before your lesson!

These interactive notebook pages include I Can statements (with and without standards) that can help your students understand the skill they are learning. These are a great way to reference standards and skills throughout the year.

Check them out here!

Positive Affirmations are a great way to practice handwriting while you encourage and uplift your students. There are 180 sentences that you can use! Many teachers choose to cut them apart and do one sentence per day. Some have their students read them aloud to practice saying positive things about themselves. These are just one way to bring positivity into your classroom.  They are available in print and cursive. They also include alphabet pages so students can learn and practice their letters.

Don't have enough positive things to say about this! How school theme this year is growth mindset and not being so hard on ourselves for being imperfect. We break these up and do 3 or 4 positive affirmations a day. They practice writing them, reading them, and saying them to one another through out the day. This is an incredibly creative way to teach self-esteem and cursive! -Buyer Review

This is perfect for practicing cursive and encouraging positivity!! Thank you for a wonderful resource! -Buyer Review

SUCH a great way to incorporate cursive handwriting practice, while also reminding students that they are loved, valued, and appreciated! Some days, I pull these out just because we all need a pat on the back and a little self-love. -Buyer Review

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I designed this course to help bridge the gap between what you learn in college and what the first year of teaching is actually like! But, even if you already have teaching experience, this FREE course can benefit you! It's full of tips, advice, and freebies to download that will help you streamline the new year.

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-Classroom Management
-Working with Parents
-Staying Organized
-Lesson Planning (Long term and daily)
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-The First Week of School
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It's always stressful when you have to be out. Especially if you are sick! You are left wondering if your students are behaving, are they learning, who is your sub, is there enough work, etc... That's why I decided to write this post for some tips for a successful experience when you have to be out.

One: Leave plenty of work. 
Some subs will blow through the work you leave behind at record speeds. Leave plenty of alternate activities for the sub to do to use up time. You don't have to run off a million worksheets, you can come up with plenty of alternative activities for them to do.

Here are some easy ideas:
  • My Teacher Is Missing writing prompt
  • All About My Day writing prompt
  • Leave a pack of flashcards and directions on how to play Around the World
  • Directions for Four Corners or Heads up 7 Up 
  • Leave a stack of task cards (for math or ELA) and directions for use (Scoot, Whole Group practice)
  • Leave some I Have Who Has games. These are great for subs because students do all the work. Plus, they can be played multiple times with students getting to practice a different problem each time. 
  • Books for read aloud with comprehension questions the sub can ask
Subs appreciate having plenty to choose from, as well as activities that they can do with students. This HELPS them with classroom management. If something isn't working, there are plenty of other activities to do.

Two: Don't expect your sub to be you.
Sometimes teachers get too caught up with trying to make sure their classroom is run exactly how they would run it. They leave extensive notes, binders of information, and just totally overwhelm the sub! Less is more! Give your sub manageable information, but don't overwhelm them with things they don't need to know. Your students likely know your routine, and they can help. Leave important information in a folder along with the plans for the day.

Don't expect your behavior management system to be followed to a T. It just is not as easy for a sub! In fact, I have found that giving subs flexibility is when they are most successful. Instead of leaving your sub a complicated behavior system, try leaving a stack of Sub Bucks. The sub signs the back and gives them out to students with excellent behavior. When you return, students who earned a sub buck can turn them in to you for your choice of a reward.

Three: Leave alternatives to outside recess
If you leave notes in your plans to take students outside for recess, it will rain. :) It just happens that way! So leave a note for an alternative to going outside. I recommend leaving instructions for how to use GoNoodle in the classroom. You can also leave directions for Four Corners or Heads Up 7 Up. This is all beneficial if you get a sub who HATES to go outside for whatever reason (allergies, dealing with behavior, the heat, etc...). I have had subs refuse to take my students outside before and instead made them work in class the whole time. I felt bad when I found out, so now I always am sure to leave indoor recess suggestions.

Four: Prepare for emergencies
Set up an Emergency Sub Tub at the beginning of the year and put materials in it to cover an entire week out. You never know when an emergency will happen and it's important to be prepared. If you have PLANNED absences, do not use this tub. Use it for the extreme moments when you are unexpectedly out.

I hope these tips have given you some ideas for how to help your sub have a more successful experience!

Digital Math games are a really fun way for your students to practice math skills! I created these games to be SELF CHECKING to make teachers' lives so much easier! Here's how it works:

Students will click on any of the sea creatures to go to the questions. There are twenty different questions for students to answer.
Students will read the problem and tap on their answer. (If they've already solved that one, they can hit start to return to the sea creature slide.)
Once students click on an answer, they will be taken to one of two screens to tell them if they got the problem correct or incorrect.

A recording sheet is included for students to record their answers, AND color in a sea shell if they got it correct. They can turn it in to you when they are finished playing the game for accountability!

Here are some ways you can use these in your classroom:
•Independent Digital Math Centers on a tablet or iPad
•Independent Digital Math Center on a computer
•Whole Group by displaying on Interactive White Board
•Whole Group by displaying with a projector

These digital games work on any device with PowerPoint. You can also open them with Google Slides and view as a presentation to play the game.

If you'd like to make sure you can work these games on your devices in your classroom, download this Under the Sea Rounding game for FREE! 
If you like it, be sure to come back for my other Digital Math Games!

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