Student Success

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

 on September 22, 2014

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes is a great book to read aloud to your class! It is an excellent way to talk with students about how our words can hurt and how important it is to be kind to one another.

Chrysanthemum is about an adorable little mouse who LOVES her name. She loves that she is named after a flower. She loves to write her name, sing her name and she thought her name was absolutely perfect!

Shell Lotto DIY Math Game

 on September 17, 2014


One of my favorite math resources are the ones found while walking (think: sticks, pinecones, rocks) or while staring into the kitchen pantry (think: macaroni, beans, straws).  Shells are the most fun for me to collect.  I love to scour the coastline for sea treasures when we visit the Oregon Coast.  I have collected quite a few over the course of the years and I love to bring them out during math practice. 

I like to call one of the fun games we play, "Shell Lotto". 

Number Lotto Math Lesson

 on September 17, 2014

I am super duper excited to share this fun new game with you! 

I found these awesome number game pieces at the discount store Tuesday Morning and I couldn't help it. 

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.

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt and Squirrel Math Activities

 on September 11, 2014

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt is the first adorable book in a series of books about a little squirrel who is scared of everything! 

Students ages 4-9 will love following Scaredy Squirrel as he anxiously avoids imaginary threats throughout his day.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

 on September 11, 2014

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault is a favorite alphabet book of teachers for students ages 4-8.

A told B, 
and B told C 
"I'll meet you at the top 
of the coconut tree." 

This sing song silly book follows the adventures of the letters of the alphabet as they race up the coconut tree. 

7 Math Centers from Around the Web

 on August 29, 2014

Math Centers are an integral part of children's education today. Long gone are the boring days of students stuck in their desks copying their math problems off the chalk board. 

Today's teachers do such a great job teaching math hands-on with colorful, fun, and content rich math centers.

Here is a list of 7 Math Centers from around the web that we think are fantastic:

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