Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is such a day of surprises...

My daughter is so excited that her wonderful boyfriend sent her flowers today.  He had them delivered to her dorm.  Now the exciting thing is that they go to different schools.  So I must say that I was impressed too.

I was so excited for her...THEN I come home and my wonderful husband had these waiting for me.

My daughter and I are very blessed to have two such great men in our life. It is a Happy Valentine's Day indeed. 

I hope everyone has a day filled with love. No matter how you celebrate, just remember that you are loved.  God loves you.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


This week in math I needed to teach coordinate graphs!  I am not that kind of teacher to stand in front of the classroom and teach.  I like for my students to explore and discover...AND discover they did.

What a fun week we have had with the following stations:

Station 1~ Grab the Candy Game: students toss two dice (one regular and one A-F) in this fun game that introduces students to coordinate graphing in the spaces. Students form a coordinate pair based on the dice toss and place a marker on that space, if possible. If the space holds a candy, they grab the candy for a quick five points
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Station 2~ High Five Game which takes the Gridlock Game to new heights as students create coordinate grid buildings. Students continue to place markers on the coordinates created by tossing two dice but in this game, they can pile markers (small cubes) on top of each other to create buildings. The first player to place a marker that creates a four-story building wins the game. Add the data collection exercise so that students analyze the probability of this 3-D experience.

Station 3~

These activities encourage students to color coordinate pairs to create pictures.

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Station 4~
6x6 game mat. Students use 2 regular dice to graph traditional coordinate pairs at intersections.
  • NOTE: Penguins pictured to the right were created by painting wooden clothespins and doll stands, both readily available at craft stores.

  • Saturday, February 4, 2012


    A Perfect Unit on Inferring...
    Ideas for grades 1-6.

    Students alwas seem to want to blame each other for "things" in the classroom.  So I took this as the chance to turn it into a lesson on Inference.  You can assume many things.  I show them pictures and let them try to figure out what is going on in each picture.  I get many, many different opinions.  Students must back up their inference!  They then try to presuade others to their side.  It is a fun lesson and then I do not have chidren accusing each other so much in the end.

    Scroll to TopInference: Why is this man on the floor? What makes you think so?

    Inference: Why is this man on the floor? What makes you think so?

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    Inference: What are three things you can tell about the person who these feet belong to?                   

    Inference: How is this girl feeling? What makes you think so?

    (This is my favorite!)
    Inference: How is this girl feeling? What makes you think so?

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    (Student's favorite)
    Inference: What is this man going to say to this girl? Why do you think so?

    I have many more pictures we have fun with...

    Happy Pinning...(From Pinterest)

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