Monthly Archives: April 2011

What time is it?

Telling time using both analog and digital clocks is an important skill that some students struggle with. Telling Time with Big Mama Cat by Dan Harper, The Clock Struck One by Trudy Harris What Time is it? A Book of … Continue reading

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More on a million…

I thought we would close out the week with a final look at literature and activities to help children grasp the concept of large numbers. A Million Dots by Andrew Clements begins and ends with a single dot, and the … Continue reading

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Checkers, chessboards and rice

“Mathematics is like checkers in being suitable for the young, not too difficult, amusing, and without peril to the state.” ~Plato Yesterday we talked about large numbers. Continuing along that same vein today I offer The King’s Chessboard and One … Continue reading

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I want to be a billionaire so freakin’ bad…..

You may hear your students humming or singing the popular hit Billionaire by Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars, but do they even understand the concept of a million? Books such as How Much is a Million and If you Made … Continue reading

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Odd or Even ?

In developing number concepts and number sense children learn to recognize numbers as odd or even. Two books that are helpful are Even Steven and Odd Todd by Kathryn Cristaldi and Bears Odd, Bears Even by Harriet Ziefert. Opportunities to … Continue reading

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0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34…

This famous sequence was first observed in 1202 by Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, perhaps better known today as Fibonacci. Found in nature, this growing pattern has intrigued mathematicians for centuries. Students can explore the Fibonacci sequence using various math … Continue reading

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More on estimation

Yesterday my mind (and heart) were on the gulf shore. In retrospect I realized that I could have shared more literature suggestions and teaching ideas about estimation, so we will revisit the topic today. Stuart J. Murphy offers a nice … Continue reading

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A Million Fish…More or Less

With my own family roots deep in the South Louisiana marshland, today I am compelled to mark the one-year anniversary of the Deep Water Horizon disaster and subsequent oil spill that continues to impact the Gulf of Mexico. Rather than … Continue reading

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Counting Books

My previous entry was for older students, so today I’ll offer you ideas for the little ones. Early childhood is typically considered to be when the child is age 0 to 5 (or 6) depending upon which expert that you … Continue reading

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Flatland…not so flat

As always, the NCTM Annual Conference was a grand opportunity to renew your passion for teaching mathematics, reconnect with fellow educators, and reinvigorate by learning new ideas and strategies. Opening session Keynote speaker, Jeffrey Travis–director of the IMAX-3D movie “Flatland”– … Continue reading

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