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Fact Families Game

January 29, 2013
Fact Families Game

Fact Families I am always looking for ways to make math fun yet meaningful.   Fact families are always a challenge for kids.  Until they “see” the relationships of the numbers, each equation is a new problem. I set out the challenge that they were detectives and had to find the one number that didn’t...
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Wonderful Winter Scenes

December 29, 2012
Wonderful Winter Scenes

Winter Art This is a simple art project that even my youngest students enjoyed doing and weren’t frustrated by the materials. Prior to starting I had framed the edge of the paper with the painter’s tape to give a finished pictures a framed look. We started with a brief discussion of the way trees...
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Dinosaur Templates

December 29, 2012
Dinosaur Templates

Dinosaur Templates I have these templates on the website but they are not as easy to find as I’d like.  Since many of you have asked for them, I thought I would make a page just for the templates!  This should make them easier for everyone to locate!   Tweet
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Creating Powerful Powerpoint Slides

December 27, 2012
Creating Powerful Powerpoint Slides

PowerPoint Presentations What makes a PowerPoint or Keynote slide presentation amazing?  It seemed, to most of my students, that the transitions and putting as much information as possible.  In working with some middle school students I learned that they really didn’t understand the point of using a slide show for a presentation. Based on...
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Addition Facts Game – Spill the Beans!

November 19, 2012
Addition Facts Game – Spill the Beans!

  Addition Game This activity received 2 thumbs up from my students!  I call it “Spill the Beans” because they spill the beans on the table or floor starting with 5 beans. The beans are dry Lima beans that I spray painted one side.  When they are spilled onto the table they land on...
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Welcome to Ringling Brothers Circus!

September 30, 2012
Welcome to Ringling Brothers Circus!

Ringling Brothers Circus We are doing a unit on the circus in my class and it has really taken off.  There are so many different directions that you can cover but I chose to cover geometric shapes and team building activities.  My students have thoroughly enjoyed doing the activities and are now working on...
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Researching the Circus

September 17, 2012
Researching the Circus

Researching the Circus My students are having a blast learning about circus acts, playing with shapes and reading excellent books!  Everyone selected a topic to learn more about performing for a circus in order to put together their own.  These are the work sheets I came up with to help them focus their research....
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Board Game- Richard Scary Style!!

August 20, 2012
Board Game- Richard Scary Style!!

                  Richard Scary I played this Richard Scary game with my nephew, sister-in-law and brother and was delighted by all the elements that they had incorporated into the game.  Pigs that eat the picnic (complete with my nephew, Julian making oinking noises) and magnifying glasses to...
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Space Suit Design Shop

July 24, 2012
Space Suit Design Shop

                          Space Suit After showing pictures of astronaut space suits and talking about some of the special features, like: a tube in the helmet to drink water a build-in microphone to speak to your team water cooling system that runs close to...
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Ya-hoo for the 4th of July!

July 3, 2012
Ya-hoo for the 4th of July!

4th of July Looking for a “cool” activity for your kids?  Coloring is always fun, great fine motor building and kids can stay cool.  With te weather in the 90’s this week, that’s a good thing. I also came across these fun activities for kids on Family Fun – great ways to celebrate the...
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