Was that a break, or a… nap?

img_1393Ok, so joking aside, it was short and jam packed and I could have used a few more days but there it is.  We went back to school today to single digit temps which means, indoor recess. Boo!  It isn’t good for anyone when my students can’t go outside and get some much needed exercise and air.  In my indoor recess tool belt I have GoNoOdle which my students love!  I also use GoNoOdle throughout our day for transitions and end of the day dance parties.  We have had unseasonably cold weather so I have had to up my indoor recess game this year!  (Our students go outside unless it is below 10 degrees F)

Before break we were also having these single digit temps (for a full two weeks!) so I put together a fun math game to keep it fun in our room.  I put some wrapping paper on a big cardboard box and made a giant bow from construction paper.  I named the game, “What’s My Rule?”.  The idea was to help my students understand function boxes and although they thought it was entertaining watching me do an “in the box, out of the box”impersonation, they much preferred jumping out of a box themselves.  slide1

There is an “In/Out” function box worksheet and the big numbers included in this resource.  (The worksheet comes in two different themes, winter with snowmen and holiday with elves and presents.) You can find it here in my TPT store.  Once students have their boxes filled out, they choose one and get the numbers ready.  The other students have to guess the rule, i.e. +6 or -2, etc.  The student who guesses correctly goes next. Now, I don’t expect that everyone has room for a big cardboard box wrapped as a present in your classroom…but if you do, the students LOVED it!  You could have students be behind a desk or bookcase or just up and down from their chair.  Let me know what’s in your indoor recess toolbox!  Stay warm, Bonnie



Do you Osmo?

We do and we Ldonors-choose-ipad-with-osmo-and-logoOVE our Osmo station in our classroom! I originally heard about Osmo on Facebook…I think.  It may have showed up as a sponsored ad on my page but honestly, I can’t remember.  It was during Christmas break last year and to be honest, I originally thought it was a Google game because of the colors in the logo.  It isn’t but I bought one and am so glad I did.  You need an Ipad to put in the base and there is a little red mirror that sits over the camera.  This makes the table, or any hard surface, the playing field, ergo, no touching the screen and multiple players, win. win.  There are several games, Numbers, Words, Tangrams and recently Coding. There is Masterpiece and Newton which are also included but I don’t use those as often.  I use Words as a center during reading and Numbers (which has both number and dot tiles)  for a center during Math.  Lately we have been focusing on our new game, Coding.  I love how this game is all about sequencing and uses pieces that have magnets that easily snap together.  To keep track of who has been on the game and who needs to have a turn, I made some sign in sheets.  I keep one for each game on a different clipboard and keep it at the game station.  I’ve just put these up for sale in my TPT store and this is the preview photo.  The Osmo website has great videos of all the games that you can watch here.  You should seriously check it out and this is my personal opinion of a product that I have in my class, no one is paying me.  Let me know what you think or if you have any questions! slide1