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Tops and Bottoms

 on November 25, 2013

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens is an excellent book to read with your students and then create a graph!

Tops and Bottoms is a silly little story about a very smart Rabbit who tricks a very lazy Bear. 

Rabbit does all the gardening, and agrees to split all of the vegetables with Bear, even being so nice as to let Bear decide which part of the vegetable he wants!

A Thanksgiving Gift for teachers

 on November 23, 2013

I love giving my kids teachers gifts during the holidays to let them know how much we appreciate them.

A few years ago, I found this idea in a Better Homes and Gardens Magazine for homemade hot chocolate mix and it has been a staple Thanksgiving Day gift ever since!

It is so cute and so simple, and the hot chocolate is SO yummy!

To start, you want to make the hot chocolate mix.

Autumn Trees Art Project

 on November 20, 2013

This is a great art project to do with your students in the fall! It is fun, seasonal and a great way to talk about the different types of lines!

This project only requires white paper, straws and paint!

First,  you'll need to model the technique of using straws to paint to the entire class before you begin:

Buying Thanksgiving Dinner!

 on November 19, 2013

Let's be honest, Thanksgiving is mostly about food. 

Should we all be thankful, and talk about what we are thankful for? ABSOLUTELY.

But, when you really think about Thanksgiving, most of us start drooling thinking about the mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and stuffing!!!!!!!! Why, oh why, must every good thing be a carb?!?!?!?

Math. Right. I am supposed to be talking about math!

Bulletin Boards for the Thanksgiving Holiday

 on November 12, 2013

The changing of seasons and of holidays is a fun time to change things up around the house and in the classroom, as well.

Here are a few fall bulletin board ideas for your classroom or homeschool area:

Let your students get involved. Have them tell you things they are thankful for and made a list.

Put their answers on the leaves. You can cut out the leaves and letters with a die cut machine or use real leaves.

Freaky Friday- The Runner

 on November 8, 2013

A few years ago, I decided to pick up running. It just sort of felt like it was something I should do. My parents were both runners, and I remember riding my bike behind my dad while he trained for the Chicago Marathon. And I have a lot of friends who are runners.

Long distance, graceful, attractive runners.

So, I thought, hey, maybe I should do that. 

There were two problems with this:

Nine's Times Tables Trick

 on November 4, 2013

Check out these cool tricks for learning the 9's times tables. 

 I would have loved to have know this growing up. 

There is a pattern when you multiply by nine's.  The number in the tens column is the number your are going to multiply by nine minus one. In the ones column is the number that added to the tens column equals nine. This trick uses addition and subtraction to memorize multiplication.

So here is your cheat sheet.

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!

The Math Detective

 on October 29, 2013

Craig Newburn is not your ordinary math teacher. He enters his classroom each morning with years of experience behind him, but his experience is far more exciting than what his students would expect!

Prior to teaching, Craig Newburn was Deputy Sergeant Newburn of the Tucson Arizona Major Crimes Division.  

Craig found his passion for the sheriff's department a few years after returning home from Vietnam in the late summer of 1970.

Meaningful Monday: October

 on October 27, 2013

I think it's interesting, how as humans, we have this need to make each day different than the one before and behind it. 

For example:  Monday definitely is the day with the worst rap.  You could also call it "The Day no one Likes".

Wednesday is a relief day....almost....going....to...make...it....gasp! 

And Friday....well, you know.  Thank GOODNESS!

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