Place Value FREEBIES & Paperless Activities


Since many upper elementary teachers are diving deep into place value right now, I figured I’d do a roundup post of my favorite place value resources I’ve used over the years.

First up is this interactive notebook FREEBIE for practicing reading and writing multi-digit whole numbers in word form.
Place Value FREEBIES & Paperless Activities: Includes FREE interactive notebook, FREE expanded form match-up with QR codes, FREE rounding numbers activity plus digital activities for Google Classroom. Ideal for 3rd & 4th grade students.

It comes with a practice printable and a full page of QR codes that link to a great Learn Zillion explanatory video. You can pass out the QR codes to your students so that they can glue them into their interactive notebooks and watch the video as many times as needed.

Be sure to check out the full versions of this product in a printable format (here) as well as a DIGITAL format (here). The digital version is entirely paperless and requires no prep on the part of the teacher. In addition to the interactive notebook pages, it includes digital task cards, worksheets, explanatory videos, and a self-grading final assessment in Google Forms.
Place Value FREEBIES & Paperless Activities: Includes FREE interactive notebook, FREE expanded form match-up with QR codes, FREE rounding numbers activity plus digital activities for Google Classroom. Ideal for 3rd & 4th grade students.
This FREE I Spy rounding activity with self-checking QR codes has been a student-favorite for many years, probably because they love getting up and moving around the room. Simply tape/hang the sunglasses around your classroom and have students solve the problems using the recording sheet. They can check their answers with a free QR code scanning app like this one.Place Value FREEBIES & Paperless Activities: Includes FREE interactive notebook, FREE expanded form match-up with QR codes, FREE rounding numbers activity plus digital activities for Google Classroom. Ideal for 3rd & 4th grade students.
This FREE jungle-themed match-up activity comes in two versions—one with QR codes and one without. For the QR code version, students scan the code to reveal a number in expanded form. They then match it with its corresponding standard form. For the non-QR code version, students simply match the expanded and standard form pieces together. 
Place Value FREEBIES & Paperless Activities: Includes FREE interactive notebook, FREE expanded form match-up with QR codes, FREE rounding numbers activity plus digital activities for Google Classroom. Ideal for 3rd & 4th grade students.

These place value QR code task cards provide a review of rounding, comparing, ordering, and number forms. Students can work on them independently and self-monitor using the QR codes.
Place Value FREEBIES & Paperless Activities: Includes FREE interactive notebook, FREE expanded form match-up with QR codes, FREE rounding numbers activity plus digital activities for Google Classroom. Ideal for 3rd & 4th grade students.

If you have gone digital with Google Classroom, you will definitely want to check out the PAPERLESS version of these task cards that comes with a SELF-GRADING Google Forms assessment.
Place Value FREEBIES & Paperless Activities: Includes FREE interactive notebook, FREE expanded form match-up with QR codes, FREE rounding numbers activity plus digital activities for Google Classroom. Ideal for 3rd & 4th grade students.

For paperless, self-grading assessments that cover ALL of the 4th grade NBT standards, click here or on the image below.
Place Value FREEBIES & Paperless Activities: Includes FREE interactive notebook, FREE expanded form match-up with QR codes, FREE rounding numbers activity plus digital activities for Google Classroom. Ideal for 3rd & 4th grade students.
I hope these activities can save you some time and help you tackle the NBT standards in a fun way! Click the images below to see even more place value activities in my store.:)


  

 
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Keeping Students Engaged at the End of the School Year

As the end of the year approaches, keeping students on task and motivated can become quite a challenge. I shared this quote awhile back on Instagram, but wanted to share it here because it’s an important reminder for us teachers, especially at this time of year.

Since technology can be a great tool to increase student engagement, I thought I’d share some of my favorite “techie” ways to keep students engaged up until the last day of school.

Play a game of outdoor Scoot to review miscellaneous concepts. To play Scoot, pass out a set of task cards and have students sit in a circle with a pencil and notebook or recording sheet. Every couple of minutes, the teacher yells, “Scoot!” and the kids rotate clockwise to solve the next task card. Continue until the entire set is completed. Students can use mobile devices to scan the QR codes for immediate feedback. You can find many QR code task cards for grades 1-5 math and ELA HERE.

Another idea for outdoor learning is to go on a geometry hunt or a parts of speech hunt. This little guy is snapping a picture of perpendicular lines to put into a Pic Collage of types of lines and angles.

Interactive QR bulletin boards are an exciting way to get students out of their seats and kids especially enjoy checking out their peers’ work. One very low prep idea is to have students create their own math word problems and then generate QR codes that reveal the answers. That way, students can solve their peers’ problems and then check their work by scanning the QR codes. We use qrstuff.com to create our QR codes and the free i-nigma app to scan them.

Get your kiddos up and moving around the room with QR code scavenger hunts like this base 10 block freebie. You can find lots of other QR scavenger hunts HERE. Because each skill is a different color, I leave several hunts up at the same time around my classroom.

Another fun way to get your students moving is this I Spy QR codes activity. I have a bundle of 8 skills for primary HERE and upper elementary HERE and there is a freebie set linked within each respective bundle.

Of course any activity with QR codes is highly-engaging for students, whether they are moving around or at a sit-down center. The center below is a self-checking true/false addition sort, which is part of this QR code center bundle.

Word clouds can be a fun way to commemorate a school year, and one of my favorites is Tagxedo. There are many cool shape and color options, such as this school bus so let your students run wild with their imaginations!

Rather than showing a whole-class movie, maybe consider watching an online storybook. Storylineonline.com has a wonderful collection of free books that you could display on your SMARTboard or projector.

Another option is to have a listening center like the one below. Students can come up and scan a book of their choice to listen to independently. I have a free mini set of QR code listening centers you can download HERE. You can find my bundle of 40 stories along with response sheets HERE.

Are there any apps you’ve been dying to try out? Now is a great time to get your feet wet with new technology so you can start next school year strong. How about an augmented reality app like the free Cyberchase Shape Quest?

Or an app that allows students to star in their own TV shows? Telestory is free and my kiddos had a blast with it!

A little friendly competition can always get students excited about practicing math. Math Slide is a multi-player app that is available in various topics/levels, including place value, addition/subtraction, and multiplication/division. 


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Free Fraction Apps and Activities for Upper Elementary

Today I'm sharing some of my favorite fraction activities and apps that I've used over the years since I know many of my upper-elementary teacher friends are diving deep into fractions this time of year.

One of my favorite free fraction apps is Oh No Fractions. Students must determine whether the fraction on the left is greater than, less than, or equal to the fraction on the right.  I like that it gives the option of showing a visual model of the fractions if needed.
Free Fraction iPad Apps & Activities. I've compiled my favorite resources and freebies I've used for teaching fractions to 4th grade students. (Skills include adding and subtracting, multiplying, comparing, equivalent fractions, and fractions on a number line, etc).
Chicken Coop Fractions has an estimating fractions game that’s free and super engaging.
Free Fraction iPad Apps & Activities. I've compiled my favorite resources and freebies I've used for teaching fractions to 4th grade students. (Skills include adding and subtracting, multiplying, comparing, equivalent fractions, and fractions on a number line, etc).When starting a fraction unit, I always try to start with a solid foundation in finding factors and multiples as well as identifying prime/composite numbers.  This foundation is crucial when it comes time for comparing and simplifying fractions. Here’s a FREE prime/composite number sort with self-checking QR codes.
Free Fraction iPad Apps & Activities. I've compiled my favorite resources and freebies I've used for teaching fractions to 4th grade students. (Skills include adding and subtracting, multiplying, comparing, equivalent fractions, and fractions on a number line, etc).
This FREE Bump game is a great review for identifying fractions using models as well as number lines. I have several other fraction Bump games in my store, which you can check out HERE.
Free Fraction iPad Apps & Activities. I've compiled my favorite resources and freebies I've used for teaching fractions to 4th grade students. (Skills include adding and subtracting, multiplying, comparing, equivalent fractions, and fractions on a number line, etc).
Because my students always love being able to move around the room, I created this Scan the Room activity to practice various fraction concepts as I taught them. (I have this same exact product without QR codes here.) Here are a couple of my fourth graders hard at work comparing fractions and checking their work with QR codes.
Scan the Room: Fractions Activity
I believe it’s so important to continuously review fractions throughout the year since some of the concepts start to meld together and students can become confused at times. Task cards are a great way to do this. My favorite set is THIS one pictured below, which includes a mix of identifying, comparing, ordering, and fraction equivalence. 
I have several other fraction task card sets in my store, including a bundle, which you can check out HERE. (They are all available both with and withOUT self-checking QR codes). I also recently starting creating digital/paperless versions of all of my task cards sets, so if you have Google Classroom, be sure to check them out HERE. Or click the image below to see this adding and subtracting fractions set.
And for paperless, self-grading assessments that cover ALL of the 4th grade Common Core fraction standards, click HERE or on the image below. 
I hope these activities can save you some time and help you tackle teaching fractions in a fun way!
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Pic Collage

For today’s Free Apps in a Snap, I’m sharing several different ways I’ve used Pic Collage in the classroom. Pic Collage is a free app that has everything you need to create amazing collages with pictures from your device.  There are lots of fun stickers, backgrounds, and templates to choose from, and kids love it!  

Ideas & activities for using the free app Pic Collage in the classroom.

Pic Collage is great for your visual and hands-on learners because students can take pictures of things in real life and create a collage.  For example, during a grammar unit, my students went around the room taking pictures of various parts of speech.  They had fun labeling and even acting-out different verbs, nouns, and adjectives.
Ideas & activities for using the free app Pic Collage in the classroom.

We’ve also used it in math to label different shapes, lines, angles, and more.  I’ve even printed out collages to use as reference posters for my students.
Ideas & activities for using the free app Pic Collage in the classroom.

Ideas & activities for using the free app Pic Collage in the classroom.
Pic Collage also works well for some of the more abstract math concepts, like place value and addition/subtraction strategies. 
Ideas & activities for using the free app Pic Collage in the classroom.

Pic Collage can also serve as an informal assessment tool.  For example, this expanded form collage was an assignment that I had my second graders turn in to me via Showbie.  Even if you’re not 1:1, you can easily have your students save a Pic Collage to their camera roll for you to assess later.
Ideas & activities for using the free app Pic Collage in the classroom.

Here’s an example of one of the fun stickers that Pic Collage offers in their free collection.  We used these while learning about the flip-flop addition strategy in math.
Ideas & activities for using the free app Pic Collage in the classroom.

With Pic Collage, the possibilities are endless!  Feel free to share in the comments how you have used Pic Collage in your classroom.  And be sure to like my Facebook page to see more Free Apps in a Snap. :) 


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Popplet

Welcome to my very first installment of Free Apps in a Snap! Today I’m sharing how I’ve used the free app Popplet Lite in my classroom.  
Ideas & activities for using the free app Popplet in the classroom.

Popplet allows students to map out their thinking and create visual graphic organizers.  I’ve used it across multiple subject areas and grade levels.  It’s so user-friendly that even a kindergartener could use it with minimal assistance.  

In reading, we’ve used Popplet for various skills such as sequencing, retelling, story elements, cause/effect, and vocabulary.  In the picture below, my second graders are creating Popplets to retell the main events in their stories.  They took pictures of pages in their books using their iPad cameras and then wrote short blurbs underneath each picture.
Ideas & activities for using the free app Popplet in the classroom.

Here’s an example of a vocabulary map my students created using Popplet.  They would find a picture of their vocabulary words either from a book or the internet and insert it along with the definition, part of speech, and the word used in a sentence.
Ideas & activities for using the free app Popplet in the classroom.

Popplet can be very helpful with brainstorming or prewriting activities.  Here’s an example of how we used Popplet to describe a special object from home before writing about it.
Ideas & activities for using the free app Popplet in the classroom.

Popplet can also be used to help visualize tricky math concepts.  Below, you can see how my students created a Popplet to represent a number in standard, expanded, and word form as well as with base 10 blocks. 
Ideas & activities for using the free app Popplet in the classroom.

The free version of Popplet only lets you create one Popplet at a time, which was always fine for us since I would have my students save their Popplets to their camera roll to send to me.     


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