July Freebie Just for You & New TPT Pack

We have been so busy this weekend putting things away, catching up on laundry from being on our trip, and moving some new furniture into our place.  Needless to say, we’re exhausted!  I also cannot believe it’s July 1st already.  I have a ton of to-do’s that I need to get started on for school.  This week my goal is to get my theme items going so that I can start to concentrate on more important (but not always as fun) things such as curriculum.  My good friend Rachel, from A-B-Seymour, is coming over next week so that we can create and plan for reading next year.  I’m excited to work with her this year – we both have a tendency to spiral out of control with school ideas if we’re not too careful so I’m excited to see what we’ll come up with together haha. 🙂

Before I head off to watch a movie and make some popcorn, I wanted to share with you another new packet I put together.  I had a customer ask me a long time ago if I had ever thought of compiling all of my math story problem packs into a year-long “program.”  I had an immediate “Why didn’t I think of that before?!” moment.  
So, finally, here it is!  This is version 1: A Year of Story Problems for Math {Without Regrouping}.  I’ll be making one for second and third graders next.  I made this version for first grade so the problems start out easy (one digit) and after Christmas we move into two digit addition and subtraction problems without regrouping.  Each month comes with a cover page for your students, 5 story problems (2 addition, 2 subtraction, 1 number pattern problem), and a teacher answer sheet.  Every math mat is identical so that you can effectively train your students to successfully solve story problems in math.  I really believe the consistency of the procedures are going to make a big difference for my students.  Here’s a little preview for you.  The packet is 87 pages – so this is just a quick glimpse!


I’ll give this packet away for free to the first 2 people who leave a comment explaining what they believe is the most difficult part of story problems for their struggling students.  Let’s see if we can start a conversation and all share some tips and tricks that we use for our kiddos. 🙂
If you’re not the first two people to comment, no worries.  I’m giving away July’s 7 page portion of the packet for FREE just for my followers on my blog!  Download it by clicking on the picture below!
Thanks for catching up with me. 🙂  Happy Summer,

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  1. Math and literacy is intricately intertwined, but I don't think we always treat them as such. The more that we integrate, the more natural it become for students to understand story problems. I think the greatest challenge really lies in comprehension strategies, and knowing how to chunk information.

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  2. Yay! I can't wait to get together next week! 🙂

    This math pack looks wonderful. My struggling readers always struggle the most with story problems….I think there is an important connection there!

    We ate popcorn and watched a movie last night too. Isn't married life wonderful?! 🙂


  3. Congrats on your wedding! Your pictures are beautiful. I am a new follower and am looking forward to reading more of your posts. By the way, I am passing on the Versatile Blogger Award to you. Please stop by TIPS to pick it up. I would also love it if you would link up to my "Blogs of Inspiration" page if you have not already done so.
    Happy Teaching,
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