craftivity Archives - Tales from Outside the Classroom
Area and Perimeter unit

Elving Around with Area & Perimeter

December is usually the point in the year where I’m sort of freaking out about state testing coming up in spring.  So much seems to be happening, the unknown of snow days in winter is looming, and I start to stress about not having enough time.  I try to incorporate fun tasks into our days to keep engagement high and the holidays are a great way to bring fun into our learning while keeping things

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Spider rings as multiplication manipulatives

Spider Math

A while back, I was walking through Wal-Mart and saw 50 packs of those Halloween spider rings for $1!  $1!  And I was struck with an idea, for this price, they’d be a great manipulative when we introduce arrays and multiplication!  Our kiddos were introduced to arrays last year in second grade and they aren’t brand new to them, but I knew they’d help solidify things as we’re expecting students to master many areas of

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Craftivity and Writing

I’m starting to think and plan for the end of the year.  It’s crazy to me how different school years are across the country- and even crazier how different they are within the same state!  In my area, we go through early June.  I know some people have less than a month left!  That’s just downright crazy to me! I created this space themed craftivity to reach those boys who sometimes get overlooked by other

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Hi! I'm Tessa!

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I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and working beside elementary classrooms as an instructional coach and resource support. I’m passionate about math, literacy, and finding ways to make teachers’ days easier. I share from my experiences both in and out of the elementary classroom.

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