I am thrilled to invite a handful of guest bloggers to share some wonderful ideas from their classrooms!  My first guest blogger is Patty from the blog 2nd in Line! I LOVE her idea for simple (and cheap) activities or centers! You will love it!


I am so excited to be guest hosting for Mandy. I don’t do this often so I hope you’re not disappointed. My name is Patty. I blog over at 2nd in Line. I taught 2nd grade for 36 years, retired, subbed for my daughter-in-law’s kindergarten class for 3 months and now am an interventionist in my district. (My daughter also teaches kindergarten, so I have been making some things for her too.) 

Let me just tell you that being an interventionist is a GREAT job! I work half days and only 4 days a week. Not too shabby!

In my job I still work with 2nd graders. These are kids who just don’t get the skills in the classroom, so I can have a chance to work in a group of only 4 kids at a time. I grab a lot of things from Teachers Pay Teachers to help me. But there also many things that you can make yourself that won’t cost you anything other than your time to put them together. 

If you have the Ellison Die Cut machines, and the puzzle die, you can make some sets for them to practice many things. 

These pictures  show how the kids can practice their doubles by matching the pieces. (I firmly believe that when they have mastered their doubles, the rest of the facts can be learned a bit easier too.) 

I laminate the colored tag paper first then cut out the puzzle pieces from the dies. 
You could also make other math facts on these pieces. I just chose to highlight the doubles this week.
I also love all the cutsie containers that you can find in a variety of stores, but when push comes to shove, I have to cut corners.
 I have been buying a lunch meat called Carving Board. It comes in the perfect container for storing these cards. 

You can write on the top of the container, or you can create a paper label and attach it to the top. 
Another thing that has helped my students is for them to learn how to add ten to a number. I used a ten frame that I bought from 
I printed these on the colored tag board then laminated them and cut them apart. 
Then I put a complete ten frame in the middle of the table. I pass out another partial ten frame to a student and asked them to add the two together. So if they received a 7, they would think 10 + 7 = ?
To the next person I would give them a partial ten frame and they half to add them together. I kept going around the table until the cards were gone. 
I want them to quickly think 10+6=16, 10+4=14, 10+5=15, etc. I repeat this again and try to get them to say it faster and not really having to count the dots, but to think of a ten plus that other number.  Quick reviews with these ten frames is good for them to keep in the front of their brain.
I hope you found something that you could use here. 
I would like to close with sharing one of my recent freebies with you. It’s not math, but it is fun! Click HERE to see it. 
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Thanks Mandy for letting me chat on your blog. It has been fun! I hope you enjoyed letting me do some talking for you!

Published by Mandy Gregory

Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.

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