Monthly Archives: May 2011

Introducing Fraction Concepts

This week we will explore books that can be used to teach fraction concepts. First up Fraction Fun by David A. Adler teaches the basic concept that a fraction is a part of something. In Apple Fractions by Jerry Pallotta … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Math

For some, Memorial Day is simply a 3-Day weekend that marks the unofficial kick-off for summer. Actually, the first Memorial Day observance was in 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of soldiers in Arlington National Cemetry. You can … Continue reading

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So Square

Thoughts of summer have me longing for the beach. Since I can’t sink my toes in the warm sand just now, I’ll have to enjoy Sea Squares by Joy Hulme instead. On the surface, Sea Squares might be mistaken for … Continue reading

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Lemonade for Sale

Yesterday we talked about class projects to raise funds for a class field trip. Stuart Murphy’s Lemonade for Sale is a perfect follow-up. The children in the story want to raise money to repair their clubhouse and keep track of … Continue reading

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Field Trip

Here in Washington D.C. you can’t go to any of the museums or historical spots without being surrounded by the swarms of excited children in town for spring field trips. While not every school can send students to the nation’s … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Summer Fun

Today I am going to list a few titles of books filled with math challenges that are good recommendations for parents asking for ways to keep their children engaged in mathematics throughout the summer break. http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=bethsbook-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1580627730&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe Everything Kids’ Math Puzzles … Continue reading

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More on Measurement

Regretfully, I do not have time to flesh out more teaching ideas today. I will give you links to three more books that are useful when teaching measurement. I invite you to add your own teaching tips. How have you … Continue reading

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Early Measurement Concepts

A growing number of you are beginning to stop by my blog each day and I thank you. My goal is to build a robust resource that continues to meet your needs throughout the year. I hope that you will … Continue reading

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Royal reading and problem posing

Now that all of the hub-bub over the royal wedding between Prince William and now Princess Katherine of Wales is over, do you or your students want just a bit more pomp and ceremony? Perhaps imagining the joyous journey Margaret … Continue reading

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What ten things can you always count on?….Your fingers!

Now that the month of May is finally here most teachers will begin to breathe with a sigh of relief because they have the final goal line in sight. It has been a long school year. You’ve done your best … Continue reading

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