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Order of Operations with a Funny Saying

December 1, 2011
Order of Operations with a Funny Saying

  Introducing the Order of Operations Using this sentence to help your students remember the order of operations. You can have  your students make posters to illustrate the sentence: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally!  Each letter represents the sequence to approach math problems: parenthesis exponents multiplication division addition subtraction Here are some online...
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“Chasing Vermeer” Pentomino Challenge

November 1, 2011
“Chasing Vermeer” Pentomino Challenge

  “Chasing Vermeer is a puzzle, wrapped in a mystery, disguised as an adventure, and delivered as a work of art.” Pentomino Challenge This activity mirrors what is happening in the story. Calder in the story uses pentominoes to figure out problems. What are pentominoes you ask? They are 12 different shapes using 5...
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Creating Weird Robots

October 31, 2011
Creating Weird Robots

Creating Weird Robots As a beginning writing project for all of our students, we had them design, build then write a manual for that robot.  As unique as all of students are, so were the robots.  The manuals had to include: a labeled diagram, a section to tell what the robot can do and...
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Apples in Story Problems

October 4, 2011
Apples in Story Problems

  Baskets of Apples to Make Story Problems I have small apples that I have numbered to use for a variety of activities.  The following are activity cards that can be used at a learning center or incorporated into a worksheet.  The cards go from younger students to older students doing division and fractions....
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Becoming Leaf Detectives – Examine the Leaves Carefully!

October 3, 2011
Becoming Leaf Detectives – Examine the Leaves Carefully!

Leaves in Fall You’ll want to gather a variety of leaves for your children/students to examine.  Also have a magnifying glass available for those future detectives!  Look carefully at a each leaf and see how the veins run. What kind is it? Describe how it looks. Draw a picture of it. Look at another...
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Doing a Taste Test with Apples!

October 1, 2011
Doing a Taste Test with Apples!

Yummy Apples for a Taste Test Have a variety of apples available; Granny Smith, Gala, McIntosh and any others you may have in your area.  Prepare by cutting up  the apples into slices and make a graph for everyone to make select their favorites then let the fun begin.  I always ask my students...
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Robots Rule!

September 27, 2011
Robots Rule!

    Robots Learning math facts, especially addition, are the foundation of years of learning.  So when my students struggle with or don’t see the point of making the effort to learn them, I had to come up with something.  So when we decided to start the year with robots I came up with...
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Colonial America – The Signing of the Declaration of Independence

September 15, 2011
The classroom's declaration of rules.

Declaration of Independence While studying the writing of the constitution, my class wrote their own.  We talked about the document and, at the time it was so far beyond anything that had been done before.  Thomas Jefferson wrote ideas in the declaration that until then had never been done before.  It was eloquent and...
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Celebrating Kids’ Favorite Holiday – Their Birthday!

September 13, 2011
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Whenever you ask children about their favorite holidays, they always include their birthdays as a holiday!  I have to agree!  Celebrating a birthday is a time to reflect on what they have accomplished, new things they have learned and how they have grown.  This year in class we plan on celebrating their day with...
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Colonial America – Tri-Corn Hats

September 11, 2011
Colonial America – Tri-Corn Hats

  Tri-Corn Hats Helping my students get in character of a colonial child, we made tri-corn hats for the boys and bonnets for the girls.  It was very simple.   Using felt for the durability and ease of working with it. We made a pattern by measuring around the head of one of the oldest...
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