My students have been so hard at work on those addition and subtraction fast facts! We have made a bucket full of flash cards to use in addition to our addition self correcting puzzles and our subtraction self correcting puzzles, and it’s really paid off. We take our one minute quizzes every day and the kids get so excited when they pass a new level and get to color a new shape. My door is now becoming very full of stars (for addition) and moons (for subtraction). I have one student who has mastered them all and is bugging me to finish the multiplication quizzes so she can start earning clouds. Hopefully I’ll get them done this week! Here’s some pictures of what we’ve been doing with addition and subtraction. Grab a FREE copy of the reward system from TPT or Raki’s Shop.
Are you going broke trying to fill your treasure box? Here are 10 ideas of FREE items to put in your treasure box that are sure to please your students, while helping your wallet.
1. No Homework Passes – What kid doesn’t want to get out of homework? These are easy enough to type up and print out, or write on an index card. The kids won’t care what they look like, as long as they get out of their homework!
2. Lunch with the Teacher Certificate – Even older kids like one on one time with their teacher, as long as they aren’t in trouble. Give them a printed or written certificate that allows them to sit and have a private lunch conversation with you.
3. Printable Coloring Sheets – Rather than buy coloring books, use a website like this one, print a bunch of coloring sheets. You can either staple a few together, or give students an individual sheet, but either way, students get a chance to color, and most kids love that!
4. List of Super Secret Websites – Kids love the internet, but they normally stick with one or two sites that they know. Give them a list of “secret sites” which will be new to them. Need some good suggestions for websites? Use my ikeepbookmarks site, or check back on Wednesdays for our weekly website suggestion.
5. Promotional Pens – You know the pens (or notepads or keychains or frisbees) that you get free at workshops or festivals? I’ve always used these to stock my treasure box. The kids don’t care what’s written on it, and hey, they’re free!
6. “Fun” Worksheets – Printable word searches, mazes, and puzzles work just the same as coloring sheets (but sometimes you can even make them educational!) I copy some of these right from our math and reading schema and others I print from online from websites like this one.
7. Pass for a FREE Center – My kids LOVE a chance to slack when they’re supposed to be working, so I make little certificates that get them one free center rotation, where they can sit, color, relax, (anything but disturb others) while they are supposed to be working.
8. Printable Calendars – Using Microsoft Publisher, you can easily print blank calendars and staple them together to make a year’s calendar where students can write down each other’s birthdays and “important events”.
9. How to Directions for Making Paper Airplanes – My kids adore folding up paper airplanes. I found that gives them directions on how to make tons of different planes, and they love to pull these directions from the treasure box.
10. A Picture with the Class Pet – We don’t have a real class pet. But I have a Blue Fish stuffed animal, and the kids love to have their picture taken with them. I then post their picture on the class blog and send it to their parents. In the age of digital photography, this is a completely FREE endeavor!
P.S. I write a Top 10 post every week. Here are some past Top 10 posts: Top 10 Board Games for MathTop 10 Toys I Steal From My Kids, Top 10 Educational Toys, Top 10 Educational Movies, and Top 10 Indoor Recess Ideas. Check back each Sunday or Monday for more Top 10 Lists.
Well, we’ve finished our unit on addition & subtraction, but of course my kids haven’t mastered their facts with automaticity. So, I’m implementing this simple and easy fast fact quiz system. My kids take a addition quiz every day , and they have exactly one minute to answer 20 questions. They start with the O’s and 1’s test and once they have accomplished this, they move on and one until they hit the 10’s test. (Then, they start over with subtraction!)
I created this cute little way to chart their results, which hangs on my door and helps me to decorate too!! (I’m not great at creating those cute room decorations!) I didn’t want anything where I had to cut out a bunch of stuff – as I’m cutting out self correcting puzzles and word wall cards on a regular basis. So – I had the kids decorate and cut out their own name tags, and then when they get 100% on their test, they get to color and cut out their star, and all I have to do is tape it to the door! How easy is that? Grab a copy of this Basic Fact Reward System on TPT for FREE. There are also moons (which I’m going to use for subtraction facts, since I have one student who will be done with all of her stars before some of my other students get one star!), clouds, and suns in the packet. You could easily use this same system with multiplication and division facts if you teach higher grades.
Leave me a comment and tell me how YOU practice those basic facts with your students!