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The Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale is here! 
Wednesday Aug 1st and Thursday Aug. 2nd

I am so excited to share with you,  all the new products that I have completed recently and NOW...they are on sale! Lots of reading and math activities, worksheets and interactive books. 

My entire store is on sale for 20% PLUS when you use code BTSFRESH at checkout, you can get an extra 5% off! 
Be sure and check out all the bundles because you can get the best price deal there. 

Here is just a sample.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. 

Mary Ann

Sometimes I've had kiddos that just "hate" math. For students such as these the beginning of the school week becomes even harder  because they hate coming back to school and then to have to face their dreaded math assignments is more than they can handle. No matter the reason behind their dreaded subject, I was thrilled when I found something that ease their frustrations a bit.  
Monday Math Marvels was one thing I came up to help with these issues.  I wanted it to be predictable so the kids would know what they would be doing in math that day in hopes of easing their fear of what they would need to do.
Monday Math Marvels was a little activity package I put together comprised of activity based math games and activities that reinforced skills previously learned.
Each Monday I selected 6 or 7 math activities. The activities I selected were spread across as many of the different standards domains as possible.
I wanted to take the "fear" the students had about math and turn it into a time they were practicing the needed skills and perhaps wouldn't recognize they were doing their math assignments.  So I incorporated a Make-A-Monster worksheet. For each math activity they completed in Monday Math Marvels, they could add one design element to their Make-A Monster worksheet. For example, at completion of station 1, they could add eyes, for station 3 they got to glue on some hair. They were totally free to use the material of their choice, from the selection laid out for whatever part of the monster they were making. At the end of the math session, each student had a completed monster face!
Here's How it went
The scheduled math time was set up with 6 or 7 different stations for the students to rotate through. When the students completed each station, they got their work checked, then were able to go to the MONSTER STATION! At the Monster Station, each student had a monster face template. Each monster face element was assigned a number on the die. They then rolled the die to determine what part of the monster to add to their worksheet. Click on the picture below to pick up my 6 monster face templates FREE.

The activities I chose were based on the skill needs of the students involved so what you might choose would be different from mine just as the activities I chose varied from year to year with what the students needs were.

Here are some activities I included in my MMM and some  new ideas that I thought I would also share with you.
The student have assigned worksheets with about 10 math problems. They write the problems in the colored sand pan. I use the different colored to visually cue them that one component of the equation goes in a different color. This image is of an older set I used where the colors of the sand were all in one pan BUT, how long do think those colors stayed separated? ...Yes, you are right. So I switch to using
 2. Roll and Answer
I used both standard dice with dots and dice such as the ones below.  The students used the dice to write out the problem using "fancy" shaped dice. They loved it! What I liked about dice such as these was the different shapes and they have dice with numbers over 6 on them.
3. Here is a great idea that Pam from Mrs P's Specialties shared. HERE. And its FREE.
These graphic organizers solving math computations would be an excellent addition to a Monday Math Marvels center. You can pick these up in her store at
4. Roll and Add
This cute math wheel is magnetic and can be used for a multitude of math facts from basic 1 -10 through multiplication and division. Given a set of math equations, the students rotate the wheels to complete the problems.

5. Word Problem Wonders
Solving written word problems can be really difficult to master for students. Finding the information in the story to construct the problem, deciding what operation to  use and then completing the equation can be overwhelming. I like to include Word Problems in each Monday Math Marvels to get lots of practice in. Here is one such activity I include. 

The list is really endless as to what you could include in a center time like this but these are just a few. 
I found the best thing was to have fun with putting it together. Adding the monster component was the best thing I did as the students really loved the creativity of building their  own monsters. 

SUMMER!  Have you reached that goal we yearned for each day? Summer, the time to relax and rejunvenate. But first, I want my students to have something to work on through the summer so I want to put together a summer kit for each one of them.
1. First I start with the container. Sometimes I purchase a blank lunch box but I find those difficult to find. Other things I have used are new blank paint can, small colored pails.

Oriental Trading has some great options for stuff like this. Amazon is another great place to check. Cans

Using their IEP goals, I focus on skills each student needs to be reviewing over the summer. I definitely want to include math and reading in most of the bundles as my kiddos often required repeated practice. Depending on each student's IEP I tailor the the contents of the summer bundle to each individual.  Here are a few guidelines and ideas from what I did. I'm sure you have some great ideas to add!
2. The next thing I do is print off some math fact cards. I use whatever the student needs to practice over the summer. I often include the cards divided into several packets so as not to make the task too big. Some kids will have packs of 10 and others, packs of 5.
3. Next, I include reading sight words. I usually use the words they have mastered immediately prior to the ending of the school year. Often I insert a few half sheet worksheets to provide written practice of the skills. I encourage them to bring these sheets back with them the following year. If they are moving on to another teacher I encourage them to bring them to me just so I can see them.
4. Other things I have included are a few pencils, pencil grips, fun fidgets and sometimes a small box of crayons.

On the outside of my summer surprise bundles, I usually decorate them with permanent marker, acrylic paint or just stickers. One of the most prominent things I include to dress up my bundles are pictures of each student through the school year.
For my final touch of dressing up my bundles, I use letter stickers to spell out their names. I'm a big scrapbook person so I always have stickers around. Plus I am always taking pictures of my students (with their parents permission) and this is a great way to share those memories from the year.

And I have the finished product; a personalized take home summer work bundle.

 Thanks for joining me today and I will see you next time.

Just a quick note to let you know about an                         INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY  A group of us are giving away $40 in Teachers Pay Teacher Gift Cards. Start at my Superteach56 Instagram page.
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Follow the small loop and complete the directions and you could win $40 in TpT gift cards.The winner will be selected at 9PM ET  so you will still have time to cash in on savings at the Teachers Pay Teachers  Sale.

Good Luck! 🤞

Tomorrow and May 9th my entire store will be on sale for 25% off for the Teacher Appreciation TpT Sitewide sale.

Thank you, thank you thank you!  You are a  special gift to this world to work in education. I want to give you a special thanks by giving you a little something extra as part of Teacher Appreciation week and also for being a follower of Superteach56 and Special Ed Spot.

In addition to the sale, you get a FREE extra resource from my store as an extra special thank you.

Buy a bundle from my store and send me an email telling me what FREE product you want and I will send it directly to you. Read below for the directions to get your FREE activity. I look forward to hearing from all of you.

Pass this on to a friend, have them follow me and they too can get their FREE product!!
Mary Ann 
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