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Beginning Math

Make an Apple Book Mark

September 30, 2011
Make an Apple Book Mark

Using Cut Apples to Make Book Marks Cut apples into a variety of  cuts; cut in half horizontally, cut vertically and quarter slice. Prepare a flat surface with paint on a folded piece of paper towel (it makes it like an ink pad).  Using green, red, yellow and orange play up the fall colors...
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Using Apples for Math Problems

September 29, 2011
Using Apples for Math Problems

Math Practice This fall instead of weighing pumpkins this year, I thought we would practice doing math weighing apples.  It should be fun! We are also going to go to an apple orchard.  I came up with some simple worksheets for my multi-age classroom. Making something fresh to practice comparing, balancing a scale, adding...
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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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Sorting and Counting with Valentine Conversation Hearts!

January 30, 2011
Sorting and Counting with Valentine Conversation Hearts!

Valentine Hearts have been around along time.  They started in 1866 as saying for weddings like, “Married in white, you have chosen right”.  In 1902 the heart shaped candy called Sweethearts were introduced and each year over 8 billion are sold. Amazing! This is a simple activity for young children.  It can be adapted...
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DACTM conference – Money, Money, Money!!!

November 26, 2010
DACTM conference – Money, Money, Money!!!

The title for the session at the Detroit Area Council of Teacher’s of Mathematics was inspired by the Pink Floyd song Money.  I wanted to share a unit I had done with my students with the objective to learn more about making change in a real world situation and  the concept of counting up....
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Learning How to Make an Educated Guess or Estimate

December 9, 2009
Learning How to Make an Educated Guess or Estimate

Children develop the ability to make an educated guess with practice. Usually their guesses start off being way out of the ball park – going for the biggest number rather than the correct number. Making it a game will engage your child’s sense of play and wonder. Sparking their curiosity will give them an...
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Multiply By 9′s Tricks

November 6, 2009
Multiply By 9′s Tricks

Here are two fun and amazing ways to look at multiplying by nine’s. With both of these suggestions, the idea is for your child to have tools to enable them to learn the 9’s painlessly and, with continued practice, know their multiplication by 9’s automatically. Hands On! They are going to use their hands...
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Ways to Practice Addition Facts

October 8, 2009
Ways to Practice Addition Facts

Once your child understands what each number under 10 means (not that she just recognizes the numbers to 10, but that “10” means ten items or “8” means eight items, etc.), then she is ready to start adding numbers together. We’re going to start with addition facts up to ten PDF. This is the foundation for the...
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Sequencing Numbers 1 – 10

October 18, 2008
Sequencing Numbers 1 – 10

Taking a random number of objects, can your child put them in order from the smallest number to the largest? She will not be able to do this if she doesn’t understand the concept of numbers 1 – 10. Sequencing Numbers Materials: Apples from the counting activity Your child should have a good understanding of what the...
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Recognize 1 – 10

October 18, 2008
Recognize 1 – 10

Can your child count from 1 – 10? Does she understand that each number represents a set number of objects? Try these activities and find out! Recognize Numbers 1 to 10 Materials: Apples from the counting activity Number line – optional Ruler with large numerals – optional After your child has had an opportunity to play...
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