Monthly Archives: December 2013

Day 54: Some Down Time

Not much going on today, as several of my classes participated in various Chanukkah celebrations. The free time was great for getting some preparation done for upcoming units, including a simple probability unit for third grade! (Yes, I know that … Continue reading

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Day 53: Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Chanukkah!

Hurray for Thanksgiving and Chanukkah! This was the best part of my day – getting ready to light the very first candle. After all of the stress, I am looking forward to a weekend with family. (Yes, I know that … Continue reading

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Days 51-52: Pattern Block Fraction Design

Just a little task to review addition and subtraction with fractions (particularly the difference between a whole number and mixed number) , as well as get students thinking about multiplication of whole numbers and fractions. Just the right task for … Continue reading

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Day 50: Reflect

With the end of term approaching and Parent-Teacher Conferences on Sunday, it’s reflection time! Now is the perfect opportunity to see how students view themselves as students and where there is room for growth. The self-assessment included both written reflection … Continue reading

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Days 49: Towes Knows Clothes

I love this problem! I love watching my 5th grade advanced students engage in the struggle necessary to reach a solution. I love watching the wheels in their heads turn and those moments of realization when something has been figured … Continue reading

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Day 48: Products in a Row

Products in a Row is a game I picked up from John Hinton’s session at NCTM Baltimore, and introduced to 4th grade as a fun way to review and practice multiplication facts. To play, roll two dice and find the … Continue reading

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Day 47: Status Update

Ignoring your inner voice is usually a bad idea. It was the driving force behind the aggravation and frustration I experienced last week. So with renewed enthusiasm and commitment, I reinstated math stations and small group instruction. One of the … Continue reading

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