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Sum of 10 Pyramid Solitaire Card Game

 on June 19, 2014

My daughter is obsessed with the card game solitaire, and so I was really excited to teach her how to play Pyramid Solitaire, centered around finding the sum of 10. 

She LOVED it.  In fact, I had to pull her away to eat her lunch and this kid loves her lunch. 

Are you game? 

First off, grab a deck of playing cards, removing the Jokers, Kings, Queens and Jacks. 

Summer Math: Using Homemade Ice Cream 3-Ways

 on June 10, 2014

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day July 20th.  Beat the summer heat with these fun and delicious ice cream recipes. 

Often in summer, kids tend to lose some of what they learned throughout the school year. You can avoid that by practicing with practical and fun ideas at home! Measure ingredients and double the recipes to get in some extra work with fractions and multiplication over the summer.

Make our astronaut, sorbet or ice cream in a bag. Perfect for your future astronaut or summer camp trip.

Ice Cream in a Bag

Cookie Mining Economics Lesson

 on May 31, 2014

This is an incredible lesson with a Free PDF that will give students an education in mining economics! 

My kids went on an interesting mining excursion field trip put on by our city.  They learned about local rock formations, mining for gold, and the history of mining in our state, among other things. 

The Lemonade War

 on May 29, 2014

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies is the 1st chapter book in The Lemonade War series for students grades 4th-7th.

Evan is a 4th grader in his last week of summer. Evan is mortified when he finds out his extremely intelligent younger sister Jessie is being moved up to 4th grade and will be in the same class! 

Normally Evan and Jessie have a great relationship, but this new piece of information has Evan angrier than ever at his kid sister. 

Symmetry: Scavenger Hunt and Art Project

 on May 26, 2014

One of the best ways for kids to learn is through exploration. And a Math Scavenger Hunt is a very fun, easy activity to pull-off!  I found that it was the perfect activity to introduce my kids to the terms: symmetry and assymetry.

First of all, I explained the definitions of symmetry:

and asymmetry:

10 Ways to Avoid The Summer Slide

 on May 21, 2014

What is the Summer Slide?

Honestly, I wish I were talking about a 3,000 foot waterslide that starts at the top of Angel Falls, but unfortunately I am talking about a phenomenon that affects virtually all students enrolled in a traditional calendar school.  

The Summer Slide: learning loss which occurs from educational inactivity.    

Measuring Fun!

 on April 29, 2014

What could be a more fun way to practice measuring than to get to measure a friend?!?!

I recently visited a classroom where the students were all busy measuring each other during math!

The teacher found this adorable worksheet and idea at Crazy for First Grade

You will first want to agree as a class on two items you will use to measure with.

The Stacking Paper Problem

 on April 29, 2014

Do you find yourself teaching kids using the same old worksheets and 100-year-old archaic methods?  Don't get me wrong, those archaic methods are tried and true for a good reason, but we need to be careful to give kids problems that are relevant to them and give them clear parameters to work with.  What if, instead of shoving yet another story problem typed in Times New Roman font on stark white sheet of printer paper asking kids how many reams of copy paper can be stacked to the ceiling of a room "so many feet" high, we made this story-problem become a life problem?  That is, why not bring

Tyrannosaurus Math and Dinosaur Stomp Feet!

 on April 28, 2014

Tyrannosaurus Math is the cutest little math book! You can read a review about this cute book here

Dinosaur Stomp Feet are a ferociously fun craft to create with your students.

After reading this great book and then talking all about the math concepts presented to your class, you can help them make Dinosaur Stomp Feet!


 on April 24, 2014

Kids will love to make their own book-in-a-box! 


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