It was a busy week last week...and I have a ton of data to show for it.
Our week in 3 words? TESTING, TESTING, TESTING.
I'm so not a fan of all the testing we have to do. It's so time consuming.
 I {SERIOUSLY} LOVE seeing all the growth that my kiddos are making!
 I'm also a nerd, so I enjoy dissecting the numbers.
I guess you could say it's a love/hate relationship.
We did kick off a new math unit all about fractions and time. Now, you might not see the connection between the two skills, but it totally works.
We started the week with loads of vocabulary to master. Since fractions and time are both introduced in 2nd grade {in my district}, this was all new for my kiddos. They caught on quickly so we had a little playdough fun. Who doesn't love playdough?!?

I had the kids use the lids to cut clean circles. Then they partitioned {CCSS vocab right there, ya'll} the circles into equal sections. We practiced with halves, quarters and thirds. They did SO great! I took it a step further and wrote the fraction on the board and they represented it with their dough. I tried to throw them off by writing whole fractions as well. It so didn't work.
 They kept begging for me to "give them a hard one". HA!
Later in the week, with a better understanding of fractions, we were able to transfer that vocabulary and concept into the beginning stages of telling time. They mastered hours pretty quickly so we moved into "half past" and "quarter til". I loved seeing the light bulbs go off when they were able to view the clock as a fraction. I even had a little one make the connection of four quarters in a dollar!!
It totally made this teacher's heart smile!
On a side note, this has begun to consume my brain and time!
It's so exciting!
I can't wait to own our first home!
Hope you enjoyed your long weekend! With yesterday off and PD today, there's only 3 days standing between me and next weekend! Here's hoping it comes quickly...We have a list of homes to visit :D
I know, I's been a while. I took an extended blogging break to enjoy the holidays, quality time with my sweet lil family, and an amazing vacation to Puerto Rico. Can you blame me? This girl needed some downtime, somethin' serious ya'll.
It felt good to get away and now I'm back in full swing! Lucky you. ;p

Last night I made a quick stop by Target on my way home from more shopping.
Okay, I'll be honest...I told myself it would be a quick stop.
I needed to make a couple returns.
That was it.
In and out.

HA! Who am I kidding?!?
First of all, it wasn't my fault.
If it wasn't for that darn Dollar Spot, I swear I would have made it out of there without buying anything. That's the story I'm sticking with anyway.

When I got home, I justified my "quick peek" with one super awesome find!
Check out these cuties?!? 
So I know it's hard to tell from these pictures but I just love that they are super-sized{Two dice take up half my palm}...and they have hearts for V-day!!
Sure, I have 3 baggies full of regular dice in my classroom.
Let's ignore that fact, shall we.
These are not your normal dice, people...these BIG boys are ADORABLE.

Plus, it's the only super-sized thing I've bought since the new year. I told myself that this purchase would curb my cravings for McDonalds. Hey, whatever works, right?!? Sadly, it didn't have the same effect as a ....warm...salty.... french fry...*sigh

Okay. So...

I'm planning to use these dice to help reinforce our classroom's math fact fluency.

Here's how you play:

1. Students work in groups of 3. {1 "die roller" and 2 "speedy math masters"}
2. The die roller rolls a pair of dice for the other 2 players.
3. The two players will quickly add the sum of the two dice and call out the answer
{or write on white boards, if you prefer a calmer and quieter classroom}
4. The die roller is also the speed judge.
They have the all mighty power to determine the winner of each round.
5. The fastest player will become the die roller for the next round and the game will continue in that order until you they've had enough fun...or until you've had enough of the noise fun.
6. In the event of a tie or tears, or flying fists, simply have {what I call} a special "do over" for that round.

If you feel inspired to create recording sheets or additional goodies, I created these little .png graphics to match my dollar spot find! Click the picture to download.
They're free until February 1st! Leave me some "love" if you like them :)
Happy Sunday friends!
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