Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Math Manipulatives for Comparing and Ordering Fractions

We are lucky enough to have actual fraction tiles for use at school as well as online access to our current textbook at PearsonSuccessNet, but I thought that this virtual manipulative would be great for kids to use at home.

Here is a screen shot of one of Houghton Mifflin's many virtual manipulatives. Our school is transitioning to their Math in Focus / Singapore Math program grade by grade, so I have been trying to get ahead of the curve and check it out before it gets to my grade. I really like this one because it's easy for me to model on the Promethean Board and easy for the kids to use at home.

If you can't access any of the above for use in your classroom or for your students at home, try printing these fraction strips by clicking on the pictures.

Illuminations (from the National Council of Teachers of Math) also has free virtual manipulatives,  lesson plans and worksheets for understanding, comparing, and ordering fractions.

This one is really neat because it also shows decimals, mixed numbers, and percents!

(this one is more challenging than my students can handle - might be good for G&T or older students)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 12: The Day We Knew Everything Would Be Alright

 Being from New Jersey, and having been in college 25 miles away from New York City at the time of the September 11th attacks, this day had a big impact on my life. Each year we try to remember those who were lost, but at those events become farther and farther from the present, we realize that our students weren't even born then... most of my students were born in 2004! So we just read the following book and keep the conversation light.

Scholastic has a new book that I may consider buying and reading next year. Their other books were tastefully written, and I hope that this one is just the same.

What do you do in your classroom to commemorate the event?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Have fun while you run!

I am so happy to see that so many adults have started running recently. Before I ran my first 5K, I never would have believed people would actually pay to run! It's a fad that I think is here to stay, at least among people my age, and especially because most of them are charity-based.

20 K or 1 mile run supporting music in schools...started by a teacher in mine!

Several teachers I know in different school districts have also become involved with Girls on the Run. It's geared towards helping girls gain self esteem, especially those who don't particularly like playing competitive team sports. Click on the picture or button to learn more.

As for the adults, here are some of the awesome opportunities you have to get in shape and set a good exercise example for those kids around you. My friends and I have participated in several of them. Many of them are charity-based, and they're a great excuse to travel, too!

Celebrate every kilometer you run with a dash of color! 
Kids really enjoy volunteering to help with this one.

This race helps raise money for research and treatment of childhood diseases at St. Jude's Research Hospital. The best part get a Viking Warrior helmet!

Disney Princess Runs

The good thing is that you can choose between different races, like a 5K, half marathon, or marathon. Some women even run in princess costumes! Proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Must be 14 to run.

Support the Wounded Warrior Project while running 10-12 miles though obstacle courses! Prepare to get muddy!

Garmin Oz Marathon

These races take place in the Land of Oz...Kansas!

Spartan Race

You'll definitely get battered in this one, but proceeds go to Homes for our Troops.

Great Urban Race

Teams of 2 follow clues to 12 different sites throughout a city. Examples of past clues include: Greek dancing lessons, learning how to surf, Segway riding, Tae Kwon Do lessons, bicycle racing, fish wrangling, anagrams, cryptograms, etc. Proceeds go to St. Jude's Research Hospital. Must be 14 or older to race. Prizes are awarded for costumes.

You literally run in your pajamas to raise money for cancer treatment and research!

This race supports the Ronald McDonald House charity. You're gonna need that hot chocolate - because these races take place in winter!

Who doesn't like to run to music?! This one supports a bunch of charities too!

Two of my personal favorites...

Leave your footprint on the Yankee Stadium warning track and help to stomp out cancer!

What better way to end a 5K than running into the end zone of the SuperBowl Champion New York Giants?!

...and there are TONS more races, especially Santa Runs, Turkey Trots, St. Patty's races, and even Halloween Halves!

What are you waiting for?


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