## Mar 21, 2015

### Bright Idea for Creating Arrays

Welcome to the March Bright Idea Blog Hop hosted by Curls and a Smile.

Creating arrays using everyday objects is a fun way to build on concepts of multiplication strategies. You can use any object to create a fun counting game. This lesson started with the blue grid below, it came from a memory matching game where you had to remove the pieces from. It turned into an entire lesson. You just have to love when you get a bright idea!

One way of teaching arrays is with graphing paper. Write the amount of rows and columns. Then show the repeated addition, and draw the groups of. To further visual what the boxes represent we use our handy new grid with counters. The colored pens bring out each array. These can be cut and stored in a math notebook to be referred to later.

We have tons of legos, believe me when I tell you my six year does not share them. They hang out in boxes similar to the one shown above.  This one was his idea, he found the pieces and helped to create all of the arrays. I love how using legos can be color coordinated to form a bigger multiplication equation. Or can be used to form groups of 2, 4, 6, 8 etc. Its hands on learning that maybe will think about while they play with them later on.

Each time we created a new array we added it to a chart for repeated addition, commutative property, groups of, and showing the array. Later I will make blank ones where they have to fill them in, and glue in the array pieces. For practice they are not glued and they have to add the counters into the chart each time. Searching for other objects we found toy cars,  and soy sauce packets from when we ordered Chinese food last week (we used all the duck sauce). Then we created an array using box tops.

Other Objects for Creating Arrays
K'NEX
Blocks
Fruit
Cereal
Pens
Mini dolls
Action Figures
Scrapbook flowers
Wiggle eyes
and more

That wraps ups our Bright Idea for March, I hope you enjoyed it. For more Bright Ideas, visit the links in this Blog Hop hosted by Curls and a Smile. Choose the grade level/topic that interests you. This Blog Hop is unique as you will only find teaching ideas, no products or printables, just creative ways to make learning fun.

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## Mar 19, 2015

### Birthday Shopping Spree at Sassy, Sassy, Simple Teaching

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## Mar 1, 2015

### Sunday Scoop 3/1/15

Sharing a little bit about my week by linking up to The Teaching Trio for The Sunday Scoop. For this linky we are listing three things you HAVE to do, two things you HOPE to do, and one thing you're HAPPY to do.

Here is my Sunday Scoop..

3 Things I have to do
We are keeping it simple for National Reading week by reading our favorite Dr Seuss books. I will be pulling our Dr. Seuss collection off the shelf for this week. To go along with the book, I just scooped up some adorable reading kids clip art  by Ta-Da Doodles Illustrations. I have been busy creating a unit for us to use that go along with the books we are reading. Lots of cutting and laminating going on today and probably tomorrow. Yes, I still have two March units I am so close to finishing. My youngest was sick for three days and stuck me like GLUE. He is back to usually self fighting over the Wii remotes with his siblings. And Viola, things are back to normal.

2 Things I hope to do

I received the book Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham for Christmas. I have yet to start reading it. I am hoping to start to read it this week. My little ones have managed to download 56 new apps since the last time I checked. Time to un-install and block their access to that feature. It fills up the memory quick.

1 Thing I'm happy to do

Relax and catch up with Netflix after my little ones are tucked into bed. I am into season 4 of Drop Dead Diva. I think there are 6 seasons currently on Netflix. I am hooked. While I am cozy on the couch with my blanket and cup of tea I usually am working on TPT stuff on my laptop, it makes me happy to be able to work when the house is quiet.

Bonus News

This milestone giveaway is still going on at An Apple for the Teacher, three days lefts to enter to win three fabulous prizes pack, each with \$25 in Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards. It is an event to not be missed.