Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Spotlight & Earth Day Freebie

Sunday Spotlight

Since returning from Spring Break we have been doing Gumball Math with our kiddos.  It was originally designed to be a series of timed math tests that we created to reinforce basic addition and subtraction fact mastery.  In the past we typically gave students 3 minutes to complete all 50 math problems.  This year we have opted not to time the students and to focus more on fact mastery/accuracy vs. speed.  As students successfully pass each test they earn a gumball to glue in their machine and a gumball to eat.

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We also created a Gumball Math {Expansion Pack} that we use tests from to supplement specific skills we are working on.  We always call these these “BONUS” tests.  We  pass these out from time to time to give students additional opportunities to earn gumballs.  We’ve cut a baggie full of gumballs {1-inch circles} made out of bright scrapbook paper prints for students to glue in their machines each time they pass one of these “BONUS” tests.

Here’s a list of all the tests that are included in the Gumball Math {Expansion Pack} . . .  clip_image004[7]

Keeping everything organized can always be a challenge.

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To reinforce some of the math skills covered on our Gumball Math tests we have put together a fun new set of Gumball Math Cut and Paste Enrichment Activities that reinforce addition and subtraction to 10.  They are aligned with the Common Core Standards.

Here’s a little {sneak} peek . . .clip_image012

We would love to give away a complete set of our Gumball Math Tests to {three} of our followers to use in their classrooms.

To enter your name in the giveaway just leave us a comment telling us what your favorite flavor of gum is.

We will accept entries until the end of the day on Wednesday, April 24th.

The winners will be notified via e-mail so make sure you leave your address in the comment.

In honor of Earth Day tomorrow we would also like to share a little Earth Day Equations freebie that we made . . . head on over to our TpT store and grab a copy to use with your kiddos this week.

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69 comments:

  1. Stephanie WilliamsApril 21, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    My favorite flavor is cinnamon!
    My e-mail is Swilliams@homewood.k12.al.us

    This is my first year teaching and I would love to win this!

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  2. Hi ladies,

    My favorite flavor gum is strawberry lime. YUM! :) What a great giveaway!
    jennkeys @ gmail . com

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  3. My favorite is is anything fruity.
    Ruthanne rarace81@gmail.com

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  4. I love Blackjack Gum! I can only find it at Cracker Barrel... so I stock up when I'm there.

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  5. My favorite is Juicy Fruit!

    donnagilley1st@gmail.com

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  6. Plain old Super Bubble for me!! Amanda repete_21@yahoo.com

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  7. I love Big Red! I also use gumballs in my class to teach the ways to make 10....my little scholars LOVE it!

    Jessica
    The Littlest Scholars
    littlestscholars@gmail.com

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  8. my favorite is cinnamon!

    jstgermain@goshenschools.org

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  9. My favorite is original bubble gum.

    Ashley
    arclark2012@gmail.com

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  10. Cinnamon gum would be my favorite!! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  11. My favorite is watermelon!

    Melbarnett2000@yahoo.com

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  12. My favorite is cherry!
    Susan
    susansisb@gmail.com

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  13. watermelon! (or grape)
    neillkk@hotmail.com

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  14. I love the Trident Layers - wild strawberry.
    Katie
    katiebauter@sbcglobal.net

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  15. My favorite flavor is spearmint. I purchased your Gumball Math set last summer to use this year in my classroom and would love to win the expansion pack to use as well! Thanks!! missy.kutil@gmail.com

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  16. My favorite flavor is peppermint.
    ashleyp77@yahoo.com

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  17. My favorite flavor of gum is BIG RED- cinnamon!

    This resource has been on my wishlist for a while now! Hoping this is my lucky giveaway.

    Iteachkidsabc@gmail.com
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

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  18. my favorites are orbit "sweet mint" and "bubble mint". vhair61215@gmail.com

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  19. My favorite is Trident Fruit flavored gum which I can't find anymore. But the new Trident Layers flavors are a great runner up! This resource is awesome!

    Karyn
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  20. I love strawberry gum...especially one I can make bubbles with :)

    Anu

    aatluri1@yahoo.com

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  21. Gotta go with spearmint! (BTW-spearmint mixed with cinnamon is delicious!) cbwirfs@gmail.com

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  22. I love your gumball math series - we start today. It's our first day back from Spring Break. The kids are so excited.

    Re: gum - I'm sure you won't believe this, but I have NEVER chewed gum - not in my entire life! So I don't have a favorite. I'd still love to win though.

    Jenni
    taylors4md@yahoo.com

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  23. My favorite flavor is Mojito mint.
    Love this product. What a great idea for tracking mastery.

    ahtwin22@gmail.com

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  24. My favorite flavor of gum is watermelon. What a super unit to teach math. Love it!
    Michelle
    Mjaquillard@oregoncs.org

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  25. My favorite flavor is strawberry! I'd love to have this unit to use at the end of this year for my 1st graders! Math rocks!
    Rhonda
    flickr@btcs.org

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  26. My favourite flavour is green apple although I haven't had it in years! Bryn (bryneven@hotmail.com)

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  27. My favorite flavor is an oldie but goodie -- juicy fruit :) I love this unit -- super way to track how firsties are progressing.

    Lori
    wrlean@aol.com

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  28. I love watermelon, mint, fruity kind.....i'm not picky. Actually my latest one I like is strawberry sherbert! Yumm! I would love to win this, it is on my wishlist! :)

    Katie
    kryan428@gmail.com

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  29. I love anything mint flavored :) This is awesome! I'm going back down to the littles next year, so this would definitely come in handy!

    Shannon
    shannon.engley@gmail.com

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  30. I'm a cinnamon kinda girl! Love your products!
    alyssamacisaac@gmail.com

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  31. Bubble gum!
    macfamily55@msn.com

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  32. If I am going for big bubble gum, I love sour bubblicious. I also love grape! I love blowing huge bubbles!!!

    Crystal Shepherd
    lucytumnus@gmail.com
    The lamppost in 1st grade math


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  33. I LOVE this post! A friend of mine was just asking if I knew anything about Bubble gum math fact tests. I hadn't heard of it! I can't wait to check out your pack. My favorite flavor is the pink bubble gum flavor.
    Sara
    sara3795@gmail.com
    First Grade Funtastic

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  34. My favorite flavor is mint.
    We do gumball math on Fridays and I cannot tell you how excited my kids are about the math facts. I have (mentally) created a post for the end of the year with a little surprise for the kids. May I email once I do?
    Winning the new pack would be awesome!
    Tania
    mysecondsense@gmail.com
    My Second Sense

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  35. My favorite flavor is cinnamon - big red! I would love love love this pack!
    Mandmyoung@chartermi.net

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  36. Love this pack! Would be great for my first year with firsties! My favorite is wintergreen!

    Brooke.Buxton@sccboe.org

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  37. My favorite flavor is mint. I love this gumball math idea!

    jessicaweber88@gmail.com

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  38. I love cinnamon!

    Patty
    foxp@svusd.org

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  39. My favorite gumball flavor is good old fashioned bubble gum.
    I can see this unit as a huge motivator to master those math facts!

    mail_4sm@yahoo.com

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  40. My favorite flavor is orange! I used to do a similar motivational gumball activity with my 5th graders a few years ago. Very cute and fun for the kids!

    -Alison, alison.stroot@gmail.com

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  41. I love sour apple bubble gum!

    rineay18@hotmail.com

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  42. Wintergreen

    marci_burnside@hotmail.com

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  43. What flavor of bubble gum is my favorite? Well, the adult in me would say cinnamon. However, my inner kid says, just the plain old bubble gum flavor. Like the kind in Bazooka Bubble Gum. As a kid, I could chew a piece (or two or three) for hours. However, now I realize that the flavor only lasts for about five minutes! gunsellak@mps.k12.mi.us

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  44. My favorite flavor of gum would have to be Teaberry, but it is hard to find. So, When I can't find Teaberry I like spearmint. I L.O.V.E. this pack!!

    Jessica
    Run529@aol.com

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  45. I love cinnamon! Always have!

    teaching.joys@cox.net

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  46. I love the fact (no pun intended) that you chose eliminate timed tests and use fact mastery and accuracy instead. I will begin doing this next year. My favorite gum is watermelon. I would love to revamp all my timed tests.

    Thank you!

    Barbara Barnes
    bcbarnes@harding.edu

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  47. I know the giveaway is over but I just wanted to say...What a great idea!!! :) I've used gumball machines for behavior trackers and when students make good choices they can color in {and eat} a gumball. I love the idea of using them as academic trackers as well! Thanks ladies!! :)

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

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