Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Made Its--Math!

Money Bags!

A couple of weeks ago I had an idea for an independent, differentiated money activity.  My idea was to put a bunch of coins in a money bag (selecting coins according to students' needs) and create a group of tasks that could be completed with any bag of money.  I decide to make cloth money bags and began to search for some fabric with dollar signs... While looking online, I stumbled across a Bank Robber Money Bag tutorial.  Well, it was a little more than I had planned on doing, but they were so darn cute that I had to make some (with black and bright colors, of course). I also adapted the size of the bag for my needs.  Here is how they turned out!

I had the tasks floating around in my head and finally got them put together. You can get these task sheets in my TpT store by clicking the cover below!

Be as creative or as simple as you want with your money bags...

Problem Solving Discussion Fans

I created some problem solving discussion fans to help guide my students' discussions with one another during independent work time.  Rich math discussions are an important way students learn, and these discussion do not always need to take place in a whole/small group, teacher directed setting.  Students can pair up and use discussion fans during guided math rotations, center/workstation time, at the end of a day's lesson, etc.  I am always amazed by my students' thoughtful discussion!  Teachers can also keep a fan handy during whole or small group time.

Get ahold of a copy of my Problem Solving Discussion Fan in my TpT store--includes suggestions for use and directions for assembly.

"READ" Back to School Bunting

I created a "READ" bunting with my new chalkboard bunting backgrounds...

Font by KG Fonts


  1. I love your money bags!! The kids will love those :)

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  2. I love you money bags! What a wonderful freebie and craft to complete!

    Mindful Rambles

  3. Oh my gosh you are SO GENEROUS!!!! That money bag idea is GENIUS!! I can't thank you enough for sharing your hard work! You are amazing!!!


    1. You are welcome! Enjoy using these with your kids!

  4. I also love the money bag activity! I was looking for coins to glue on popsicle sticks, but like this idea better as I can change it up! Thanks for sharing.

    Teaching Special Kids

  5. Thanks a million for sharing your freebies!


  6. The money bags are an excellent idea! They turned out super cute!

    Thank you for sharing them.

  7. Thanks so much for the freebie! I love the problem solving discussion fan. By the way, your bunting looks great!!!

  8. Thanks for the freebies! I can't wait to use them in my classroom very soon.

    Sheryl B

  9. Thank you for coming over to my blog! I love all of your stuff, it is so cute! Thank you for the freebies! I am so glad to have another second grade, Illinois teaching friend!!

    Bitty Bilinguals

    1. So glad you flew on over! Glad to have you! Enjoy using the freebies with your kids...