Monthly Archives: April 2011

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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Author Spotlight: Greg Tang Today I want to introduce you to an incredible author, Greg Tang who was inspired to begin writing for children after tutoring math in his first grade daughter’s class. His first book, The Grapes of Math, is a clever … Continue reading

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Today the forecast in Northern Virginia calls for rain. In your classroom, what is the probability that it will be Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs? Children will delight in the absurdity in the tiny town of Chewandswallow where the … Continue reading

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Pattern Books

Long before they enter school, parents can do a lot to help young children develop the ability to think mathematically. One type of book that can help is “pattern books.” Children will enjoy the hearing the repetition as adults read … Continue reading

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Math Curse

One of my all-time favorite pieces of literature that connects with math is Jon Scieszka’s Math Curse. Jon’s engaging text, accompanied by the eye-popping illustrations created by Lane Smith, draws readers into a day in the life of our main … Continue reading

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