February 2014 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Wednesday Website: Goodsearch

I missed last week’s Wednesday Website because I was incredibly busy.  I’ve also been trying to brainstorm websites I’ve used in the past so I can share them with you.  We really only use the same couple sites in my class and because our computers are very old and jankity, I haven’t really researched many new ones.   This website isn’t a traditional education one, but it’s not as well known as I think it

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I’ve introduced and worked on fractions using a variety of tools and resources over the years. In 1st grade, we explore fractions as part of our Halfway Day celebration on day 90- halfway through the school year. In third grade, I expect my students to have some understanding of fractions from their work in previous years, but, they always seem to need me to start with the basics. Over the years, I’ve found that what

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Valentine’s Day

I wasn’t sure I was going to survive today.  It’s been a crazy busy week and I just didn’t get myself prepared physically or mentally for Valentine’s Day.  As of 5pm last night, when I was finally hitting up Meijer for supplies, I still had no idea how our Valentine’s Day party was going to go.  I knew I was going to buy bags for the kids to decorate and to help get cards passed

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Winter Games Fractions

I don’t know about you, but in my house, once the Olympics start, they’re all I can focus on.  It’s always so engaging to see young people going for their dreams, and it’s such a sense of unity and pride for our country. I wanted to incorporate the games into our classroom, and so I had an idea of using the medals alongside our current work on fractions.  I posted about it over on Owl-Ways

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Wednesday Website: Penguin Jump Multiplication App

Click the image above to go to all of my other Wednesday Website posts. This week I’m sharing an app with you instead of a website.  Because I don’t have iPads or other tablets available in my classroom, I don’t tend to pay much attention to all of the awesome apps out there.  This one, though, has shown up in my Facebook feed twice and I thought I’d check it out.  It’s from Arcademic Skill

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I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and working beside elementary classrooms as an instructional coach and resource support. I’m passionate about math, literacy, and finding ways to make teachers’ days easier. I share from my experiences both in and out of the elementary classroom.




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