Thursday, October 12, 2017


Have you heard of #explodingdots from the Global Math Project?

I'm hooked...totally see this as a great station for my kiddos.

I've created a recording sheet for my students. Thinking I will use dot markers for students to move on the sheets instead of drawing and erasing all the time.

Here's a free download of the recording sheets I created!

Here's the youtube explanation of this awesome math challenge!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Creating a Classkick Assignmen

Step by Step Instructions on how to create a 
Classkick assignment from "scratch".
Click HERE for the directions.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Join me for PD in your PJs with Seesaw October 17th

I'm excited to be sharing some ideas and activities for using 
Seesaw with grades 3-5 
October 17th
7:00pm CST

You can sign up for this free webinar 
using the link from this calendar

You'll get access to the slideshow with 
active links to help you with 
Digital Citizenship Ideas
Literacy Ideas
and my favorite
Math Ideas
to use with your students in Seesaw.

Hope to "see" you there!

If you have any questions, drop them in the comments below
or catch me on Twitter.... @swampfrogfirst

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Student Self-Assessment Article-Spot On!

I double "heart" Meg from "The Teacher Studio"!
She wrote an awesome blog post for 
Upper Elementary Snapshots...if you're not following this collaborative blog,
I recommend looking into it! Lots of wonderful shares going on here!
Check out her post on Student Self-Assessment and how she breaks down some of the mathematical practices so that they are specific skills that the students can relate to and understand in kid-friendly terms.!

Her suggested anchor charts will be a huge help to breaking down each mathematical practice and helping students "see" more clearly what they are doing. 

Hop over by clicking this link:

Upper Elementary Snapshots: The Importance of Student Self-Assessment

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Math Fact Fluency Made Easy with a Little Help...

If your students could use a little help 
with multiplication fact fluency, 
hop over to 
and check out her post on some 
cool games that might help 
them along their way!

Jamie has this #amazing resource for free on her blog
right now!
Just click on the picture below to 
check out her recent post. 

I #LOVE the fidget spinner game!

and don't forget to join in the fun on Twitter and 
share your student thinking on 
Here's this week's photo...
How can your students create 24?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

#mathsnaps for Real World Math Challenges

Tara Martin is the creator of #BookSnaps and shared some of her ideas in a post that really caught my attention and got me thinking about how students could appsmash PicCollage and SnapChat to create a math task for the Global Math Task Twitter Challenge.

My students LOVE using PicCollage to create math tasks to share with students across the globe, but I want them to start incorporating “real world” numbers into our challenge creations this year.

My goal is to have families share pictures from their travels, walks, outings, etc with numbers that they find in the real world they experience everyday! The students will then take those images and create math tasks based on the numbers in the photo.

They can totally create the entire #mathsnap using just PicCollage…
First airdrop the photo to the iPad the student is using.
Then open PicCollage Kids and set that photo as the background.

Now you’re ready to add in a math task using the numbers in the photo to create the task. My students willl be starting with ways to make the number 24 using 4 numbers in the photo….so the challenge for my families will be to send me a photo that has 4 numbers they find in the real world around them.
Students can add stickers, text, doodles, and even clip a picture of themselves into the photo using the PicCollage Kid tools.
Finished pictures can be shared on Seesaw for other classmates to solve or with a global audience on Twitter using the hashtags: #gmttc24 #mathsnaps.

If you want to appsmash the photo with SnapChat, students can add in more emojis and create a different feel to the photo before sharing.

SnapChat filters can be used on a photo and saved to the camera roll without ever having to send the photo to anyone.

I’m excited to see what #mathsnaps my students will come up with this year!
Be sure to tag my students on Twitter (@swampfrogkids) and we’ll try to solve your challenges and share back our learning!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Digital Game Boards with PicCollage

We had a BLAST creating digital game boards and task cards this past week to review math skills.
We used the iPad app PicCollage, but you could also use google slide or power point to create the boards!

First we looked at some of the popular game boards using a google search...

We discussed all the elements that each board would Start....End...move back....move forward...etc...

Then we began designing the boards with our handy dandy PicCollage app! 
First we searched for paper color using the websearch in the app:
Once we found the color we wanted we could add it to our PicCollage picture and begin to clip it to the shape we wanted for the game board creation. 
After the color paper image was clipped, it was added into the path of the board being created. 
Words and stickers were added to the boards and then students saved the image of their board to the photos on their iPads. 
New PicCollages were created and the game board image was uploaded and set as the background.

Now we can begin to create our game board tokens to move along the board as we play with the task cards. With the game board we created as a background, we can easily move the tokens around the board.
Here's some of our #awesome creations!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more fun project ideas!

Want to use some pre-made game boards and add in some skills?
Check out Kami Butterfield's TpT product! 

Enjoy your day!