Raise your hand if you know what this picture means... That's right, state testing time! This week we started the MEAP, which means cover up anything on the walls that students might look at for help. I wish they would look at all our anchor charts and posters on the walls more often when we aren't testing!
I realized a couple weeks back I never did do a full tour of my classroom, but I couldn't neglect to show my October calendar board. I am a Snoopy fanatic, and I just love the combination of the fabric and the leaves!
Our school had a visit from Paws, the Detroit Tigers mascot, during an assembly to tell the students about a contest being sponsored by Subway and the Tigers to promote standing up against bullying. We all signed a pledge not to be a bully and got our pictures taken with Paws!
Every week I give my students a timed basic facts test. I start everyone off with multiplication. The test has 100 problems, and I give them ten minutes. I know it's a long time, but I want them to figure out the ones they don't know immediately by using different strategies. When a student earns three perfect papers in a row, I buy them a candy bar of their choice! Then I move them on to division. After they get three perfect division tests, they move on to mixed facts. I also have my students track their own progress on a bar graph.
I have been working on a bundle of Halloween activities this past week. The other night, my husband and I were out for a walk, and I asked him if he had any suggestions for other activities I could put in the bundle. He immediately said, "How about a Halloween Sudoku? With Halloween pictures instead of numbers." Brilliant! So, I spent the last couple nights working on his great idea, and today I let my kids try one of them out. They loved it! Some of them were better at solving it than I was!
I added the cute pics and the cute name, Boodoku! You can find my Boodoku set of four puzzles or my whole Halloween Activities Bundle (which also contains the Boodoku puzzles) at my TPT Store.