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Measuring Student Names

 on December 8, 2013

This is an excellent math activity to use when teaching students about area and perimeter.

Each student will need graph paper, a pencil and markers.

Ask the students to draw their name on the graph paper with a pencil, then they will color in the letters with markers.

The Mailbox

 on December 4, 2013

The Mailbox has been a wonderful resource for teachers since 1979! What started out as a magazine for teachers chalk full of ideas for the classroom, it has evolved into one of the number one teacher resources, thanks to the internet.

The Mailbox offers educational tools for classrooms up to 6th grade.

The website has plenty of free activities, but also lesson plans for purchase.

10 Hooting Owls

 on November 18, 2013

Okay, there about a million counting books out there, but this one by Ed Allen and Simon Williams is a MUST HAVE for your preschoolers and kindergartners!

This adorable little story helps your children learn to count backwards and forwards up to ten.

Teaching numbers above 10!

 on November 13, 2013

My daughter is having a little bit of a hard time recognizing her numbers above 10.

Let's face it, when we first start seeing all these numbers, how do we know when it is a teen, or a twenty something?!?!

"If the one is in front, it is a teen?" She asks me. 

"Yes.  Well, wait. Not if it is an 11, or 12." 

See? Confusing!

So, each night we are breaking out the Rummikub game to use the tiles to practice our numbers.

Simplifying Fractions Game

 on November 7, 2013

Here is a great game for refreshing your memory of fractions (ahem... mom and dad) or learning how to simplify fractions.

This would also be great to use in class. Break students into even numbered groups or pairs.

You will need a sheet of paper divided horizontally in half with a line. The top being the numerator and the bottom, the denominator. You will also need a deck of cards per team.

Meaningful Monday: November

 on November 4, 2013

Ah, November.  Sometimes someone else just says it best:

Sugata Mitra: Unlocking Potential

 on November 3, 2013

I'm a sap for feel-good stories.  The "underdog coming up from behind" type of stories. 

But this story is one for the books.  It's not just a feel-good, underdog story.  It's a story that is true and one that is changing lives as sure as we are breathing right now.

It's a story about unlocking potential in impoverished schools and communities. And it could even change the way you are teaching right now.

Halloween Candy Math Sort

 on November 1, 2013

These little tricksters got lots of candy last night.

Call me sneaky, but I like to capitalize on my kid's excitement and desire to appreciate and admire their post-Halloween candy stash. This is going to be a fun math day for sure!

Book Lists for Kids

 on October 28, 2013

"Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies,

let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage."

--C.S. Lewis

Khan Academy and Fraction Basics

 on October 26, 2013

Are you looking to teach your child some beginning Fractions?  Well, look no further! 

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