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Math Notebooks Last school year I used math notebooks with my students. The notebooks are full of charts, examples, pictures, vocabulary, notes (of course), etc. I kept my own notebook, one for each class (in order to model). We filled them in together each time we wrote in it. I LOVE how they turned out. I actually kept them over the summer instead of sending them home with the kids (not because I loved them that much but because I wanted to make sure the notebooks actually made it to the 5th grade with the kids!)

Math Forum : Fractions : Elementary Lessons & Materials The lessons and materials available here come from a variety of sites and organizations. Some include offers for video or software, and some are lesson plans. Where the originals are Claris or Acrobat (PDF) documents, we have for the most part converted them to HTML, leaving a link back to the parent page from which you can download the formatted version. 65 Free Interactive Whiteboard Resources Interactive whiteboard resources are a great way for teachers to engage classrooms in learning. While many teachers are spending hours a day creating their own activities for their interactive whiteboards, there are tons of free sources to help teachers learn about and use IWBs with students to further their use of technology in the classroom. Here is a list of some great interactive whiteboard resources and activities guaranteed to stimulate learning: General Interactive Whiteboard Resources for Teachers TeacherLED – TeacherLED is a site dedicated to making the use of Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) easier and more productive.

Tackling Tough Problems Math benchmark. Two words that strike fear in the hearts of students and teachers alike. Texas is going to a new accountability test that, from the information we’ve received, will be more rigorous. Specifically, it will include more problem solving and process skills. Instead of: What is the perimeter of the figure shown below? Guided Math: Part 4 Okay, so it took long enough! My life is just all sorts of crazy right now.... let's see... I'm a wife who actually enjoys cooking, a mom to a 2 year old boy and soon to be (Feb. 1) a new baby boy, a full-time teacher of 4th grade students, an active church member, and a full-time graduate student pursuing my Ed.S.

Mathematics Fun, Fact, Fiction, Function, Fantasy Here is a collection of mathematical activities and curiosities...enjoy them! BRAND NEW 2008 Line of Fractal Imagery -- 594 Images -- Oh Wow! ---> Show me the fractals! Extensive Graphical Spherical Harmonic Study --- 640+ Images ---> Take me there! 2006 Line of Fractal Imagery -- 336 Images -- Gotta See Them ---> Let's go there!

Why Math? Dear Math-Teacher-To-Be: According to a recent Raytheon survey, 44 percent of middle school students would rather take out the garbage than do their math homework. On the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment, American high school students placed 27th among their OECD colleagues, demonstrating a troubling lack of problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Only 11.6 percent of high school graduates express an interest in pursuing STEM in college. Of these, just over half meet the ACT college readiness benchmark in math. To many students, math is a bunch of random skills to memorize and regurgitate, a series of steps with no meaning or relevance to their lives.

number lines game Ohmiword y'all, I am exhausted already, and it's only Tuesday?!! This week we have been comparing traditional and contemporary folk/fairy tales. On Monday, we read the traditional story, The Ugly Duckling. After reading it, my kiddos completed a problem/solution graphic organizer. I just made some puzzle piece tracers for them to use. Most of puzzles didn't fit back together so well haha A Guide to Coding and Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum Introduction Computational thinking is the thought processes involved in formulating a problem and expressing its solution(s) in such a way that a computer – human or machine – can effectively carry out. Informally, computational thinking describes the mental activity in formulating a problem to admit a computational solution. The solution can be carried out by a human or machine. This latter point is important. First, humans compute.

Everybody is a Genius: Apartment Remodel Project Some people asked for some more information on this project so here goes... First of all, it has been SO fun this year. Project started by telling the kids that were all the proud new owners of their very own apartment. A Better Use for Flashcards It's the end of the year, and I've been out helping the grade levels with their math materials inventory. One thing I ran across in a couple of the planning rooms was flashcards. In the scheme of all things CRA, flash cards are totally abstract. They do not foster the understanding of the facts presented. So how do you use the flashcards for more effective learning?

A First Grade Blog: Number of Days in School Each day during calendar we count the number of days we have been in school. We first count them using straws in a place value pocket chart like this one. We then turn the number over on the Hundreds Chart. Prior to turning over the number, the calendar helper asks their classmates to identify what number will come next and to make a prediction about its color pattern. Our numbers alternate in an AB color pattern. The Lesson Plan Diva: Freebies, ideas and Science Activities! I hope everyone had a wonderful Monday! We are working on estimation and greater than and less than this week. I have started introducing both over the past couple of weeks and they students are really loving it! I wanted to share with you 2 of their most favorite activities. I have done these every year and they are always a big hit! When we are learning about estimation, I have them completing several activities where they are making their ‘best guess’ on sets of objects.

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