Tasty Facts

So, it's the first full week of school...we haven't gotten into TOO much of our schedule, because I KNOW that around the corner, our intervention time is going to start, and I won't have that 30 minutes in the morning to myself.

So I'm trying NOT to get into TOO much of a routine in the morning...

BUT, we have started our Elmer unit...

I just love Elmer...he's so super cute!!

Anyway, I'm finished with running records too....woohoo!!!

oh boy.

looks like I have my work cut out for me.

It's ok though, I mean, that IS why I became a teacher, right??

I'd rather take a level 2 with good behavior, than a level 28 with bad behavior!


Anyway, we also started our Tasty Facts..

Everyone started on +2 on Monday, and tomorrow, I have a few students on +4 ...woohoo!
BUT, I still have about half the class on +2...oh well, maybe they just need to get back in the swing of things?? lol

I took what I've been doing for YEARS, and prettied them up.

My kids LOVE them because we set goals that they have to pass all the way through their 12s by a certain date and they get to "build" their ice cream sundae or pizza to earn their party!

I give my students 1 minute to complete the quiz. I hand them all out to them, upside down on their desks, set the timer, then GO! When the timer goes off, they know to raise the test in the air. There are two sheets of each fact number on a page. They are NOT in the same order, that way, you won’t  always have students sitting next to each other with the same paper, which cuts down on cheating.

As each student passes, they move on to the next quiz. After a few days, you will have some students on 4s, 3s, 2s, and 1s. After they pass their 12s, they earn the ice cream sundae or pizza party. But I don’t make them stop taking quizzes. They instantly move on to the next facts quizzes - and yes, I even have some of my students go all the way through multiplication! 

I usually do the ice cream sundae party for addition in December (haha, yes, I know, but it's still fun!) and the pizza party  for subtraction sometime in early May (we get out at the end of May).

-cover sheets for both addition and subtraction
-checklists to keep track of your students' success
-2 different versions for each addition fact from 0-12
-2 different versions for each subtraction fact from 0-12
- build  your sundae templates
-build your pizza templates
- teacher tips
-posters for bulletin boards
- student examples

TpT  or   TN


Elizabeth said...

Oh, I just love Elmer, too :)
You might have your work cut out for you, but I know you are up to the task!

Fun in Room 4B

Unknown said...

Great Idea!

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Anonymous said...

What do you do with those students that freak out about being timed? I really don't put any pressure on them but I always have 1 or 2 that cry....I even tried not timing those student individually (while secretly looking at my watch)- one student did better but then she didn't like that it wasn't like the other kids. Just curious. Figure I could always learn something new. :)

Jen R said...

good question! If it's someone who really can not handle being timed, but knows their facts, then I just let them do it on their own time at a separate time....I've actually had one of my kids doing touch math on the side table while the other kids were doing their quizzes...

Kim said...

I've actually considered doing this with my sixth graders.. More than half don't know their multiplication facts...

Honestly, if I can have ice cream too, I'm all in!

Finding JOY in 6th Grade

Traci Clausen said...

When I had more room, I had a bulletin board with turtles racing to a finish line for "speed math". Prizes (like lunch in the classroom, a visit to the treat box) were given after passing certain "flags" on the raceway. Lunch in the classroom is always a huge reward. Bribery at its finest! I haven't seen the pizza idea before. Very cute. Great incentive, too!

Sandy said...

I absolutely love this!!! I may have to jump ship and abandon my math racers! :-) How often do you test? Everyday??? And are there ever kids who only make it to, say, their 4s (I had one last year) and don't get all the goodies and are upset about it...? :)

Jill said...

I was just telling my cousin that I'm not too upset about some of my firsties coming in with hardly any reading skills because they are so nice and well-behaved. So I feel you sister!

Jen R said...

Sandy, yes...I try to test every day! Well, except MOndays because at my school, you never know how the weekend may have gone for my kids...so usually Tuesday-Friday I will test. And yes, I've had kids stuck at numbers and I've had some that do NOT get their party....but I've never had a case of anyone crying about it (in 10 years)...bummed? yes. Not crying though

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Anonymous said...

I work in the same district as you....do you count this as their addition and subtraction grade on the report card? and why did you choose only 12 problems in 1 minute?

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