Bundles of Savings through April 29th

The end of the school year is starting to arrive for many of us as every time I open Instagram or Facebook I see teachers who are counting down in some way (mostly counting the Mondays remaining).

During this time of the year students are antsy and they want to be interacting with anything that they do. Worksheets are the LAST thing that they want to do especially when it’s nice outside.

I have teamed up with EduCents to create two different bundles of my best selling Solve and Snips that you can grab for 60% off the regular price!

Save 60  on Solve   Snip Curriculum   Activities for Grades 3-5 from 4Mula Fun! (1)

The 3rd-5th grade bundle includes:  Comparing Numbers Word Problems Solve and Snip, Elapsed Time Word Problems Solve and Snip, Estimating and Rounding Word Problems Solve and Snip, Factor Pairs Word Problems Solve and Snip, Metric Measurement Word Problems Solve and Snip, Multi-Step Word Problems Solve and Snip, Multiplying Equations Word Problems Solve and Snip, Spring Word Problems Solve and Snip- Perimeter and Area, Standard Form Solve and Snip, and Whole Number Multiplication and Division Solve and Snip.

If each of these purchased separately in my Teachers Pay Teachers store would total $15.

6th-8th Grade Solve and Snips

The 6th-8th Grade Bundle includes: Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers Word Problems Solve and Snip, Fraction Operations Word Problems Solve and Snip, Integer Operations Word Problems Solve and Snip, Multi-Step Equations Word Problems Solve and Snip, One Step Equations Word Problems Solve and Snip, Percent Increase and Decrease Problems Solve and Snip, Pythagorean Theorem Word Problems Solve and Snip, Scale Factor Word Problems Solve and Snip, Surface Area Word Problems Solve and Snip, and Unit Rates Word Problems Solve and Snip.

And just as the 3rd-5th bundle, if each of these were to be purchased separately in my Teachers Pay Teachers store they would total $15.

Don’t delay as this offer ends on April 29th! Simply click the link or one of the photos above and download immediately with your purchase!

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Warm Ups or Exit Tickets in the Classroom?

warmups question

Recently I posed the above question on my Facebook Fan Page to spark a conversation on not only which of the two, or both, that teachers used but also why they chose that. After the first day it was very obvious that most teachers were using only warm-ups in their classrooms while very few, if any, were using exit tickets. Those that gave reasons were mainly that of maintaining a spiral review throughout the school year and assessing on material learned prior.

When it all comes down to it both warm-ups and exit tickets have their benefits and just like many others I have used both in my classroom until about two years ago when I converted to only using Exit Tickets.

Why only Exit Tickets?

As a middle school teacher I noticed that my students would get hung up on warm-ups way beyond the time that we had to spend on them. Seriously, I would give them two grade-level appropriate (and sometimes below grade level) word problems and they would want to spend 20+ minutes solving them. They knew their strategies, they knew what the problem was asking but they always got stuck on the computation. Their weak foundation in basic operations continued to kick their tails.

When blessed with a class period that was only 42-48 minutes long I could not give up more than about 5-7 minutes for this each day nevermind counting in time to actually check the warm-ups and go over them together.

OpenEnded Exit Ticket

In the middle of a school year I started implementing exit tickets after a concept had been covered at least two days. So if I started converting rational numbers on Monday and we created our Interactive Notebook Flippable to demonstrate the steps in converting fractions, decimals and percents and did an output activity and then on Tuesday I tied that concept into Comparing and Ordering Rational Numbers, it was time for an Exit Ticket on Converting Rational Numbers.

When I create Exit Tickets I like them to be an open-ended response so students can truly show me what they know. Open-Ended also allows the students to explain themselves in words when many of them trip over how to accurately compute answers. Being able to describe what they would do builds that confidence in actually applying it towards further computation skills.

Post It Prove It

One type of Exit Ticket that my students LOVE is Post It, Prove Its. One, they are using Post Its and who doesn’t love using Post Its? Two, they have a small limited space and don’t have to worry about writing a novel of a response. Three, it’s semi-anonymous since their name goes on the back under the sticky part. You can read more about Post It, Prove It in this prior post.

How do you Assess Exit Tickets?

Assessing Exit Tickets was something that I had to learn over time. Originally I was not grading them in any way. That proved to be the wrong thing to do once my middle schoolers found that out because they started to get lazy.

Exit Ticket Rubric

Soon I began to implement a grading policy where I created a checklist for each class. Over a two-three week period I would give 4 to 5 exit tickets. Base on the level of completion of each students would receive a participation grade. I always told my students ahead of time if it was going to be 4 or 5 exit tickets during the span of time and they would be graded on a 20 or 25 point scale each which were posted in my classroom for all to see. Based on the compilation of those exit tickets the students would receive one grade.

Grab my Exit Ticket Rubric Freebie here!

Overtime with all of my students I began to see growth in confidence toward these quick assessments in our classroom. Students understood the role they played in our classroom and how the feedback that I gave them from their answers could assist them in their learning. Feedback on exit tickets is crucial as it is what guides students continued learning of the concept and also allows you to pull small groups or suggest tutoring for students.

Taking time each day to read and respond to the exit tickets even if a simple GREAT JOB or a more detailed message about the process that they took to answer their question and/or explain their process. I know that means spending a few minutes to read through for each student but it is definitely worth it for student’s growth in all subjects.


Looking for a quick and easy Editable Exit Ticket to implement into your classroom? Feel free to grab my Editable Exit Tickets for only $1.50! There are three different versions including 4 per page, 2 per page vertical and 2 per page horizontal. All have at stoplight for self-assessment by students before they submit their exit ticket.

So, will you try Exit Tickets more now?

It’s never too late to implement something new especially to keep students on their toes as the end of the year draws near. Allows time for practice before the next school year!

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Follower Feedback: Diagrams in Interactive Notebooks

Just a few weeks ago I posted about using Diagrams in Interactive Notebooks. This week I received a fabulous email from a follower about how she used it right away in her classroom. Thanks Kristie!

Hi Jenn,

I wanted to share with you a foldable that I created after reading your blog post on diagrams in INBs.  As soon as I read your post, I knew I had to find some way to incorporate this creative idea.  I decided to make one on energy in the atmosphere and radiation, conduction, and convection.  It came out great and the kids loved it!  Here are some pictures!  Thanks for all the amazing ideas and resources!

-Kristie Bresz
Energy in the Atmosphere
Thanks again for sharing Kristie! I love seeing how everyone uses flippables in their Interactive Notebooks and classroom. :)
Flippable Template Mega Pack
Are you interested in adding more flippables in your classroom? Feel free to grab the Flippable Template Pack today in Digital or Spiral Bound form!


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Left, Right, Answer Review from Live, Love, Math

Hello there! I’m Danielle from Live Love Math and I am so excited to share my review of 4mulaFun’s super cool twist on using task cards in the classroom. About a month ago, I was on spring break and like many teachers, was thinking about what I was going to do for the rest of the year. I remember being on Facebook when Jennifer posted this awesome product and just thought to myself, “I HAVE to have that!”

Left, Right, Answer- A New Take on Using Task Cards in you
I may have actually said it outloud. Jennifer must have heard me, because she asked if I would try in my classroom—um, “DUH!” I said. After all, everything of hers that I have bought and used in the classroom has been a smash hit.
Here is the basic premise: You divide your kids into groups (I did groups of 3-4 students…any more than that and I think it would not have worked as well). Print out a set of task cards for each group. You can have them work on the same set or you can differentiate and give a different set based on the needs of that group. I chose to have them all use the same set since this was review for a test. I chose to use my Probability of Compound Events Task Cards.
The directions for both students and teachers are included in the pack as well as several versions of the dice that you can have the kids use. I used the standard 6 sided die, but I may try the 4 sided one next time. I had my 1st period kiddos put the dice together, but in hindsight, I probably should have done this myself—8th graders are not as particular as I am about taping! Then, all that was left was to give each kid a recording sheet (with the directions on the sheet for easy reference!) and a set of the cards. My recommendation the first time that you use this is to physically pass the cards out to each student. They were so excited to get started that they just started rolling and no one had any cards!

After giving instructions again and reminding students to FIRST deal out all the cards evenly, they were ready to go! I would recommend giving an even number of task cards to each group that is easily divisible. I used a set that had 24 cards so I could group them in 3, 4, or even 6 people and no one would complain that someone started out with less than another student.

I loved that they helped each other with the questions that they had to answer. This question was tricky for this student and the rest of her group jumped in to help! Even though they originally loved the idea of not having to solve every card, most groups ended up solving every card anyway since they all worked together. Cooperative learning at its finest!

 I did have a few instances throughout the day where I saw a sheet like this. The student “just happened to” land on “left” or “right” each time, so I instituted a new rule that the die had to actually “flip” in the air before it landed on the desk or the floor. That took care of any intentional non-answering! Wouldn’t you know, the next roll, this student had to answer a question. Her group mates were overjoyed! 

 One thing I forgot to mention was how to keep the cards that have been answered separated from the cards that are still in play. There is this super-cute sheet called the “Task Card Graveyard” that the kids place the cards on. When all of the cards have been answered, the game is over. In some classes, the games were still going strong with 10 minutes left in class. I had those classes stop the game and answer any cards in their possession. This gave us some time to go over the answers before their test the next day. Overall, I
was so pleased with the result of this activity in class. I will definitely be
using this again! I think it would be perfect to review for semester exams with a larger set of questions…maybe 48 or so. It definitely kept my kids engaged and in middle school on a Friday, that is the ULTIMATE goal!

Thanks to Danielle for sharing how she used Left, Right, Answer in her classroom. Feel free to check out her blog or her Teachers Pay Teachers store to learn more about her and her middle school math classroom.

I am in the giving mood and would love to give away a copy to one lucky follower who leave a comment on this blog post.

Leave a comment on this blog post by Saturday, April 19th at MIDNIGHT about how you would use this in your classroom and I will pick a LUCKY winner on Sunday and send Left, Right, Answer your way!


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Linky Party: Success in Secondary April 2014

Success in Secondary Linky Party

I love being able to share resources with other Secondary teachers when I am out doing workshops and online. I don’t have time to go and research all of those on my own so this is your time to shine!

Rules are pretty simple… You MAY link up an unlimited number of blog posts and freebies (current and meaningful). You MAY link up one product for every 2 blog post/freebie links. So in essence it’s a rule of three!

Now, on top of that please take time to leave a comment on other blog posts so that we can share the love on each others blogs.

If you are here to find new resources, leave a comment and let me know what resources you are looking for and I can nag ask some friends to come on over and link them up for you!

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Check, Check, Double Check!

If you are anything like me in your classroom you survive by checklists! Yes, everything must have a checklists so I can make sure that I don’t leave off one little details. And the things I forget and I still get done… they of course get added to the checklist so I can easily mark them off as done!

How Checklists Work

In true organization style I have always enjoyed using a checklist of the given standards that I was supposed to teach for different reasons. At any given time I have one printed out for each class period as well as in my lesson plan book. Crazy right?

How often are you planning and you want to see of you have covered a standard or not? *save a copy in your lesson planning notebook and mark with dates of when they are taught/assessed*

Where are my students coming from? Where do they need to go next year? *checklists are grouped in three grade levels for easy access of prerequisites and future standards*

How far has this student progressed in their RTI and/or tutoring goals? *three columns next to each standard allow for updating*

And even more importantly, with my middle school students many of them have their own copies to track their progress in certain areas as they work to master the standards. I’ve even provided lower grade levels for my students with IEPs so that they have correlated standards to mark for progress.

Texas has adopted NEW Math TEKS that schools will be implementing fully next year and so I have created a brand new set of standards based checklists for you.

Checklists for Math TEKS

Are you looking for Common Core Checklists? Check out my blogging bestie, MissMathDork, for her Math Checklists.

When you take a moment and grab either of our checklists, please take time to leave feedback. Feedback on freebies help support your TpT teachers and you never know when you can make someone’s day turn around. :)

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Math in Real Life… On A Date

It’s the first Wednesday of April April which means it’s time for our monthly linky – Math IS Real Life!!  If you want to see how the linky works, or just want other real world math ideas, check out our Pinterest Board of all the posts so that you can look back and find some great ideas and REAL pictures to use in your classroom!  
If you are linking up, please include the below picture AND a link back to all four of our blogs – feel free to use the 2nd image and the links listed below!
A monthly REAL WORLD math blog link-up hosted by
For the past several months I have been participating in MissMathDork’s Math In Real Life Linky Party. Sadly, last week I just wasn’t there with something to share. Yes, I use math ALL the time but I wanted to share something that was meaningful and I just couldn’t get motivated to write about one of the ways I use math daily.
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This weekend while I was away celebrating my 5th anniversary with the hubby down in Austin, I used math in a new way! Hubby taught me how to play darts. (I do apologize for the advertisement…. we were meeting a friend where she works.)
Dart Scoreboard
Not sure how many of you have played Cricket before. You have to shoot at the board and try to hit the areas from 15 to 20 or the Bullseye. When you have hit that area successfully three time you have closed out that number. If you are the first person to close out that number then you can start to score points. Once the other player has closed out that number then neither of you can score points for that area. That took me awhile to realize and hence the HUGE gap in points.
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Had to show off my best shot of the night… two 18′s and a 17.  Maybe next time I will have some better shots in me and I might be able to close the gap between the hubs and I.
And to top it off… I am trying to figure out how to use darts in the classroom. Any ideas?


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