Multiplication: Halloween Style (2 Freebies Included)

Our focus in math workshop this week has been on representing multiplication in various ways—repeated addition, arrays, groups, etc.  I introduced this concept by having the kiddos watch a couple videos at home along with doing some example problems (since I’ve been flipping my classroom in math).  They used Kidspiration to help them visualize multiplication using groups.
Today the kids worked in groups to make posters that represented particular multiplication facts in various ways using Lita Lita’s adorable Halloween clipart.  
They also had a chance to complete a Spooky Array QR Code Scavenger Hunt, which is a new freebie in my TpT store.  This one follows the same format as all of my other QR code scavenger hunts.  Students find the "Start" phone and scan the QR code to reveal the first multiplication fact.  They must then find the phone that displays the corresponding array.  Each QR code leads them to the next phone until they complete the scavenger hunt. 

iMovie Book Trailers Displayed Using QR Codes

My fourth graders had a blast this past week creating QR code book trailers using iMovie.  My tech coach (who just become a blogger!) came in to help them record themselves discussing their books in iMovie.  They even got to do a cutaway of a photo of their book, which made the presentations look nice and polished.:)

In order to get the iMovie presentations into a QR code format, we first had to upload them onto Google Drive to create public links.  (My students already had their own Google Drive accounts set up.)  Then we used Unitag, which allows you to create custom QR codes with pictures in the center.  All you have to do after you paste in your URL is click on “logo” under “customizations” and upload the image of your choice.  My kids used a photo of their book cover as the center image.

I’ve always loved using peer book recommendations in my classroom and this is a great way to take book talks to a higher level and get kids excited about reading new books.  I plan on changing out this bulletin board every couple of months now that my students can complete this project as an independent center.

If you teach littles, this project is still doable—they just might need a little extra assistance.  My fourth graders are thrilled to be helping our first grade reading buddies complete their own book trailers later this month.  We will most likely be using Photobooth instead of iMovie since it’s a little easier for the little ones.

How do YOU do peer book recommendations in your classroom?