Monday, August 11, 2014

DaaaaaDuh DaaaaaDuh Shark Week Hop!

WooHoo! Shark Week is here. And that means two things: There will be a lot of shark-infested programs on TV... AND there's a Shark Week Blog Hop going on!

All teachers know that kids learn more when they’re excited and engaged. For this event, a team of bloggers has come together to help your students take a BITE out of learning with a theme your students are sure to love. And we think you're going to love this little hop as well!


Each of the bloggers in this link-up is sharing a motivational strategy to keep students' interest level high. Here's my offering...

Frame by Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs HERE on TpT ... Funky watches by Sarah Beth HERE on TpT
One way I help my students get excited about learning is to involve them in setting mini-goals for learning. When we are doing a whole class activity, I support them in setting classroom goals that can be attainable... with a little work. For example, if we are sequencing decimal cards or finding sets of synonyms, I ask students to set a goal for the amount of time needed for all partnerships to complete the task. I use strategic partnering (and/or modified materials) so that no one is made to feel "under the microscope." Because they are working in partnerships, they are motivated to help each other because their work contributes to the class' success. Often, students will say, "Let's try again... I think we can do better!" And they do!

Adding a shark-fin twist to an activity will add a little intrigue... So, in honor of Shark Week, I'm offering a freebie with a sharky vibe...

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My Shark Week freebie is a sorting activity involving mathematical comparisons. Students need to sort the comparisons... deciding which are true and which are not true. They look like this:

I giggle every time I look at "Mark the Shark." He's from Scrappin Doodles (HERE on TpT). I love him! And I think he provides just the right amount of motivation to take on the math task.

In order to accommodate a range of grades and ability levels, I included a set with whole numbers, a set with tenths, and a set with hundredths... all with a smiling shark. (I would never want math to be scary!) Simply choose the set that works with your students. You can mix and match levels if you need to differentiate--I put little letters in the corner so you can keep track of the cards.

Click on the graphic below to download your freebie from

Every blog in the Shark Week Blog Hop features a fishy freebie for you and your students--but you'll need to hurry! Shark Week only lasts until Sunday, August 17th. Just keep swimming clicking on the links and collecting freebies as you go! Be sure to watch for fins along the way...


  1. Not a big fan of sharks, but I am a huge fan of engagement and motivation. Thanks for the FINtastic freebies.


  2. I love giving my students mini-goals! They are perfect for motivating them throughout the day or week. Thank you for the freebie. It will be put to great use in my classroom :)

  3. So appreciative of your "FINtastic" freebie! :-)

  4. I love your product, sweet friend! You rock. And will definitely remember setting individual and classroom goals for the year :) Thanks Kim xo!

    Laura Love to Teach

  5. I am so happy I found your blog... moving from fifth grade to sixth this year ( I have taught sixth before for several years but it's been a while) and it is a grade I absolutely love! First teacher day back at school today, and I am also a so. cal teacher so looking forward to collaborating with you! Carol

  6. Yeah, Mark the Shark is hilarious :) What a great way to incorporate sharks to make learning a skill a little more fun! Thank you for sharing & linking up with me, Kim!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad


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