Introducing....Math Packs!!!

So I am slowly switching gears from vaca mode to back to work mode...(I'm fighting it all the way though!  It finally got cooler in Florida and I just love it!!)  I've shared before my kiddos struggle with their basic multiplication facts....as in, they just aren't memorized!!  This is really hindering them as we do 2,3 and 4 digit multiplication so I have come up with Math Packs!  I guess they would be the equivalent of a Literacy bag for Math (which I so want to do for my classroom and is totally on my To Do list for the summer).  Right now I feel they struggle with Math way more than their reading so I created Math Packs.

I made 7 of these packs.  I will be sending home a letter to parents next week introducing them and then start sending the Math Packs home the following week.  This will be part of their homework.  They will take them home one night a week and bring them back the next day for another student.  The packs have different games in them for multiplication practice.  I am going to start with 2 games and then rotate those weekly.  Eventually I will incorporate fraction games and others but right now the need is MULTIPLICATION!!  I still have to add little bags of counters and things....those are at school but so far this is what I have for the bags. 

I got these cute bags at the Dollar Tree.

This is a reminder/info. letter that will go in each bag for the parents.


One of the games I made from my Teachers Notebook (I just changed the directions for the parents)


A wonderful free download I got from Teachers Notebook at Circus of Learning.  You can also check out Emily's blog here:)  She's got some great stuff!


I also wanted to share this awesome find at Dollar Tree.  They are FOAM!!!  FOAM!!!  No more noise of rolling dice on the desktops!!  Yipee!!

Not only am I going to incorporate these into my Math Packs but also into some Math group games.  We numbered them 4-9.  My kids know their 1's and 2's and aren't too bad with their 3's.....it's those other numbers (minus the 5"s).  Rollem and multiply away:)

I am pretty excited about this new project and am hoping it is successful!  I have laminated everything in hopes they will be a little more durable.  I know there will be lost pieces and even some forgetting of the bags at home....I will work around that but my hope and prayer is that they will not only get better with their math facts but also get some fun family time in too:)

This will be it from me until next year so I wanted to say Happy New Year to all my bloggy buds.  You truly don't know how your comments, encouragements, emails, cyber hugs (Kim:) ), and inspirations have truly blessed my life!  Have a blessed and safe New Year!!  I'll be back Monday with a super cute new addition to my classroom:D (NO, it is not another animal!!!  teehee)

14 comments

  1. Wowza! Are you kidding, OF COURSE it's OK! I'm honored that you blogged about my game. So glad you find it fun and useful. Thank you so much for mentioning me and for downloading my game. It's a good one! I follow your blog as well!! Thanks again.
    -Emily

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  2. I love these math packs! I bet your kids and parents will love them!!


    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

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  3. How awesome is this! I do little books and writing packs sometimes, but never thought to do math! So smart!

    Laura
    Kinder Kraziness

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  4. what a COOL IDEA!!! I LOVE this!! I find that I have the same struggle with multiplication every year...I'm going to put this on my list of things to try--soon!!

    I hope you have a very happy new year Tara. I am so grateful to have a friend and colleague like you and look forward to talking more in 2012!!!!!
    Kristen :)

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  5. Have a great New Year. And I love this idea. I may need to copy you and get some more ideas from you. I am teaching after school twice a week to 4th graders in math starting mid January. I could use your help!

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  6. Tara!1 I have read every post of yours! I am just terrible at commenting since well forever...and now that I have been on this tablet I hate commenting because it takes 45 minutes I feel terrible that you thought I wasn't visiting! I need to be better about it! These math packs are blowing my mind! What a genius idea! The custom foam blocks are another brilliant way to make things more of a challenge! Tho thmart!

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  7. This is awesome!! My 7th and 8th graders need these! I think I found a new project...Thanks for sharing!
    Kate
    http://tothesquareinch.wordpress.com/

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  8. Tara! you have been so productive!!
    Such a great idea! I'm deffff.. adding it to my ever-growing list of things to do!
    Happy New Year!

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  9. Hi Tara:
    These are so cute! Those little bags were cute when they were empty, and now they're REALLY cute with the math materials added. I'm going to investigate this further because I think this is something my sixth graders could use! QUIET dice. What an invention!
    Thanks for being so generous in sharing your ideas and resources...
    I'm happy (and honored!) to be a follower on your blog.
    May 2012 bring you much happiness--and lots of joyful times (perhaps not with animals!) to your classroom...

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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  10. I love the Math packs, Tara!! I have been wanting to do something like this, but wasn't sure how to get it started! This is definitely getting me motivated!!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Bev

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  11. I love this idea Tara! I've been working on a bingo thing, but I love this idea even more! Thank you for sharing!

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  12. Just wanted to let you know that your Math Packs inspired me to create my own Math Bags, which became the focus of my Masters degree Action Research Project, which I am just finishing up. I used the same bags you did and filled them each with 3-5 games and activities. After implementing them on a rotating basis for six weeks, I saw marked improvement in my kiddos' multiplication skills! This idea of yours was a life-saver for me, and I just wanted to say thank you!

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  13. Hi! I just started following you after stumbling upon some of your creations on pinterest! I too teach fourth grade and LOVE these math bags. I hear you on the multiplication facts. We have the same challenge. Anyway, our kids wait in the hall in the morning before school and these would be a fantastic use of that time. :) Thanks!

    P.S. I will be starting my own blog soon and look forward to linking up!

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