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Bean Counting Sticks Freebies

 on September 17, 2014

Math manipulatives, (that is, concrete objects that give students the ability to connect mathematical concepts and symbols to physical objects, and in turn this helps cement learning) is a fun and important part of math education. 

Budget Math Manipulatives

 on September 16, 2014

Math Manipulatives are an extremely important part of learning math and should be incorporated in daily lessons as often as possible.  Manipulatives give the student the ability to connect mathematical concepts and symbols to physical objects, and in turn this helps cement learning.  What are manipulatives?  Any sort of concrete object such as counters, unifix cubes, place value blocks, an abacus, etc.  But you really don't need to break the bank to fill your learning center with math manipulatives.

Estimation Fun: Lima Beans in a Jar

 on September 13, 2014

I have the best job in the world.  I get to be my kids' teacher, and I get to teach their friends, too!  Yes, that's right.  I teach a class at our homeschool co-op called, "Math is Fun!"  I start the class the same way each week:  With an estimation riddle.  The class is presented an estimation challenge each week.  My goal is to educate the students about the best ways to estimate.  I want them to understand that estimation is not a "shot in the dark" guess.  I want them to know they have tools to use to find a decent answer.

Titanic Book Series by Gordan Korman with FREE Math Worksheet

 on August 18, 2014

The Titanic is easily one of history's most well known triumphs and tragedies.  September 1, 2014 marks 32 years since the wreckage was discovered in 1985.  The Titanic, or RMS Titanic, as it was officially called, sank on April 15, 1912 after tragically hitting an iceberg that caused the ship to sink.

From the moment you utter the name of the glorious sea vessel, most people have a first reaction, from movie gurus to the history buffs.

Whip-It Up Wednesday: The Math in My Cake

 on August 15, 2014

Looking for an excuse to eat chocolate cake?  Well, look no further. This delicious recipe is flourless, dense, moist  and educational.

 I guess you can have your cake and eat it, too!

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! 


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