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Fact Families Art Project

 on July 31, 2014

Want a fun way to learn about fact families?  Try this fun art project! Although this lesson shows the relationship between addition and subtraction, it would be equally as useful  to show the relationship between multiplication and division.

First, give each student the fact family Free PDF worksheet.  This will be the "blueprint" for the art project!

Positive and Negative Spaces Art Project

 on July 31, 2014

One important aspect of art is the existence of positive and negative space. 

First:  What exactly is positive and negative space? 

In short, positive space is the space occupied by an object.  Negative space, on the other hand, is the empty space under and around that object.  For example, if you remove an object, the space it used to occupy, is now negative space.  

Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes

 on July 28, 2014

I like to think of art as the glue in education.  Any subject can be elaborated through it, and it provides a creative medium for the transference of knowledge.  I was one of those kids who glanced sideways at the girl next to me in 4th grade, green with envy at the thick, graphite lines that showed the beauty of her favorite pet horse.  I wished that I was born with that same drawing ability. 

The Candy Corn Contest

 on July 28, 2014

The Candy Corn Contest, the third book in "The Kids of Polk Street"  by Patricia Reilly Giff is a great book for 8 through 12-year-olds.

Richard Best is obsessed with winning Ms. Rooney's Candy Corn Contest.  Whoever can guess the amount of candy corns in the jar gets to keep the ENTIRE jar of candy! Winning that jar of candy is all Richard can think about! 

Back to School: 6 Ideas for Teachers

 on July 18, 2014

How can it be? Back to School..... It's just around the corner!

And if you're anything like me, I achieved less this summer than I anticipated. I had high hopes with grandiose plans. Are there less hours in a summer day? 

The summer has flown by at break neck speed.  The stores have done away with patio furniture and swimsuits. It's sweaters and back packs folks! I mean really, it's still 100 degrees outside!

GoNoodle: Quick and Fun Brain Breaks for Kids

 on July 5, 2014

​GoNoodle is a wonderful program to use in your classroom!

It is a free on-line website that allows short brain break videos for kids throughout the day! 

Using fun characters, interactive music and fun, your students will LOVE GoNoodle! Some of the GoNoodle videos even correlate with Common Core!

Math Scavenger Hunt - Free Printable Worksheet

 on June 26, 2014

What is more fun than a Scavenger Hunt?

Running around with your siblings or friends trying to complete your list before another group completes theirs? Fun, Fun,  and more Fun!

At Multiplication.com, we are always looking for ways to help kids include math into their daily lives, while still having fun!

So, here is a great idea for you and your kids! A Math Scavenger Hunt!

Rock-N-Roll Outdoor Math Game

 on June 25, 2014

We played this fun math game outside today.  All you need is a piece of chalk and two little stones.  Create a tic-tac-toe board and fill it in with numbers. 

Cyberchase Playspace

 on June 24, 2014

Combine Math and Literacy with this cool website brought to you by PBS!  Cyberchase Playspace walks students through the steps needed to type a one-of-a-kind math story, complete with options to customize with the use of images, drawings, and even stickers! 

How to Foster a Love for Learning (For Parents)

 on June 23, 2014

There is a question that looms large about education:  How do I teach my children to be life-long learners?  How do I teach them to be motivated?  How do I teach them to not separate their schooling with their everyday life, and to instead see it as a seamless proposition? 

While there are no overnight solutions or quick fixes, what if you started with this: 


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