Howdy ya’ll! Well, I’m back. I’ve been on the road since Friday. I was in Indiana over the weekend for the Indiana Blogger MeetUp and then the mister and I hit the road to Chicago for a quick trip to make our marriage legal. Tuesday morning we headed to the courthouse and made our marriage legal! It was an amazing feeling to finally have a marriage license!
Thanks for welcoming us, Chicago! We had a blast! I heart that city!
And now I’m home and back to all things teaching!
One of the highlights of the meet up in Indiana (besides meeting so many amazing teachers!) was the Teacher Tool Swap. Our host, Holly, had a brilliant idea for each person to bring a small teacher tool to give as a gift. We played a great game of right and left until everyone had a gift. We then opened the gifts and shared. I got so many great ideas for things I must buy because really, how have I survived without all of those things before?! Seriously…
One of the teacher tools stole the show. When this tool was taken out of the bag and explained you could hear the teacher excitement. Gasps…ooooohs and aaaaaahs…questions…lots of typing and note taking…So, I cannot take any credit for this idea. I told you I was lucky to be surrounded by the best and most brilliant teacher minds….Connie Boggs, this is an amazing idea!! Thank you so much for sharing this and inspiring me!!! Now, I can’t remember who brought this gift…if you brought this to the Indiana blogger meet up, please leave a comment and take all of the credit!
So, what is this amazing teacher tool??? Are ya ready???
POOL NOODLES! Yeah. I’ll give you a moment to collect yourself.
OK, are ya ready for more?
POOL NOODLE PLACE VALUE/BASE TEN BLOCKS! Now you need another moment, right?!
You cut the noodles into tens (rods) and ones (units) and bam! You have giant base ten manipulatives. Just think of how much fun students will have using these to practice place value. Seriously!
So, here’s how I made my place value noodles.
Materials: pool noodles, knife, tape measure, Sharpie and cutting surface.
I got my noodles at The Dollar Tree for $1. I bought ten but only used 6. I used 6 because um…I actually made 42 ones/units. DUH! Mr. Greg you only need 9 ones! DUH!
Step 1: Measure. The noodles are 48″ long. I decided to cut mine into 3 pieces to make my tens/rods. I made each rod/ten 15″ long. I made a mark at 15″, 30″ and 45″.
Step 2: Cut. I used a big kitchen knife and cutting board to cut the noodles. Was super easy.
Next, I measured for the ones/units. I made those 2″ long. I measured 2″, 4″, 6″, and so on. And then I cut!
And that’s all there is to it. It was cheap and simple!
So, what shall we do with them?! How about a math center or math tub freebie?!
Click the picture to download your freebie!
Students choose a card (I included numbers 10-100) and use their pool noodle base ten blocks to build the number. They can draw a picture on their recording sheet!
BAM! How much fun will these be in your classroom?!?!?! I am so glad that these were shared at the meet up! I can’t wait to get back to my ‘staches and introduce this center!
Join The Newsletter
Subscribe to get our latest content by email.
Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription.
Howdy, I am Mr. Greg. I have been teaching for 11 years. I spent a year teaching fifth grade, two years in second grade and am now in my 9th year in Kindergarten. Kindergarten is my passion and my calling but honestly, that wasn’t how it started. Read the whole story >