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Fun with Tessellations

 on February 21, 2014

Anytime you can make math about your students, you should.  They like to know that in some crazy way they are a part of this big world, and that Math does pertain to them after all!

Take this fun tessellation project, for example.

All you need is a camera, photo paper, scissors, tape, plain paper, pencils and crayons and your students can make a one-of-a-kind piece of math art!

First off, here are some math words you should know:

Best Bulletin Board Instagram Photo Contest

 on February 16, 2014

I think each of us can think back and remember that special teacher who touched our lives and sparked our interest to learn, and to pursue our dreams.

Some for their humor, some for pushing to us to our potential when it was hard and some for the way they really care for each student.  The list could go on and on!

Thank you teachers for your hard work and dedication to education!

Valentine Multiplication Free Download!

 on February 4, 2014

Let's face it, sometimes practicing multiplication facts over and over again during the school day can get pretty boring for students!

Why not add a little color and fun?!?!?

I love this Freebie I found over at Debbie's Dabblings

The students solve and check all of the completed multiplication problems and then are asked to color in the correct answers red.

Whip-It-Up Wednesday: Sugar Cookies and a Math Array

 on February 4, 2014

Who says you can't learn to love to cook?!

I love to cook and hey--cooking is math. Therefore, I conclude, "one who loves to cook, loves math"!

With Valentines around the corner it is a guarantee of a classroom party in your future. 

Make these delicious sugar cookies for your kids Valentine's class party. 

Valentine's Day Multiplication Worksheet

 on February 4, 2014

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.

Kids will soon be making Valentine mailboxes, trading Valentines and scoring some candy. By now, your room is probably decorated really cute, and likely "screams" Pinterest!

Why not incorporate a multiplication lesson to go along with all the fun and amazing decorations! 

The Twelve Days of Winter: A School Counting Book

 on February 3, 2014

The Twelve Days of Winter by Deborah Lee Rose is a perfect counting book for a preschool to 2nd grade classroom.

Sung or spoken to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas, this is a wonderful counting book.

There are so many fun winter illustrations for students to look at and with six more weeks of winter upon us, we might as well try to have fun with it!!!!!

Zero the Hero

 on February 3, 2014

One of my daughter's favorite things at school this year has been Zero the Hero!

Subtraction Game: Roll to Zero

 on January 24, 2014

It's a great idea to have a handful of math games to go to when you need to break up the monotony of regular schoolwork. I love this game, because all you need is paper, pencil, and one die, and it takes all but 10 minutes to complete one game.  It's fast moving, and takes a good mix of chance and good decision-making.  The object of the game is to be the one who rolls closest to zero without going under.

This is how you play:

Science Experiment: Reptile Egg

 on January 24, 2014

During a unit on reptiles, our girls completed this cool egg experiment, in order to find out what a reptile egg feels like. Want to find out what happens when you add an egg whose make-up consists of mostly calcium carbonate to a mild acid?

All you have to do, is add 1 cup of vinegar to a glass. I used white vinegar.  Add a raw egg and let sit overnight, making sure the egg is completely submerged. 

Incentive for Kids to Help Clean Up

 on January 22, 2014

Who doesn't want more clean, less whine?

Whether in your a classroom or at home, I think this is a very wonderful idea to implement excitement with clean up time.

Mrs. Morris, a fourth grade teacher, has a reward system in her class using tickets for good behavior, helpfulness, cleanliness, good grades, assignments, homework, etc. 

Students earn tickets and cash them in to buy something from the reward closet. 

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