Friday, December 19, 2014

Gomoku -- Addition

To download the Gomoku with Addition game board from Google Drive, click here.

Today I am starting a series of posts about a set of five-in-a-row game, I created for my classroom.  I went a little crazy with the seven different versions, and I have since shared this game with my colleagues at different grade levels.  Gomoku with Addition is the easiest level.

Students roll two dice, add the numbers together and put a marker on a square with the answer.  The goal is to get five markers in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.  I introduced the multiplication version to my fourth graders.  I had them teach this version to our first grade buddy class.

If you can't wait to get the whole set of game boards, Gomoku Games is a freebie in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Gomoku is also available in my Teacher's Notebook store.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka

I found Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor on the new books shelf at the local library.  I am so glad I did.  Frank lives with his grandfather Al Einstein. (No, not that one.)  He invents a robot in the garage which initially doesn't work, but in an accident develops artificial intelligence and recreates itself.  Klink and his less intelligent counterpart Klank help Frank with his inventions and his science competition with T. Edison.

I completely enjoyed the characters and plot.  The best part for me was the references to classic Sci-fi and famous scientists.  I'm excited to track down book two.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Quilt Square Project #1

Over the summer I created a series of quilt square projects for my fourth graders.  I want them to have some hands on experiences with measuring, geometry and fractions.  These activities require them to measure, cut and see relationships between the geometric shapes we study in math class.

For this first project, I gave them four three inch squares and a six inch background.  I chose our school colors: teal and purple. 

I showed them how to fold and cut the squares into right triangles and recombine them into squares.  They had to completely cover the background.  I had them create several combinations and show them on the document camera.  I stapled the resulting squares on the back wall of our classroom.

Here are some of the vocabulary words that naturally came up in this activity: right triangle, symmetry, parallelogram, square, and quadrilateral.

I'm in the process of photographing and writing up the other projects.  I promise I will share them when I am done.

Have you visited Math Spies?  This post right here introduces Quilt Square Codes.  Students use the fraction of each color to solve a code word.

The full paid product has 32 task cards and is available at TPT and TN.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Quote of the Week -- December 14, 2014

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
~Oscar Wilde

Have a good week,

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Destiny Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Are you ready for a sweet story who has questions about her past decides it's her destiny to find answers?  Eleven-year-old Emily Elizabeth Davis wants to meet her father.  When she loses a poetry book with the only clue she has to his identity, she and her friends search the bookstores in Berkeley, California trying to get it back.

I loved the main character and all the connections to poetry throughout the book.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Some Concerns about Test Scores

I won't recap the entire article, but I want to share the few that resonated with me, because I feel they affect us in elementary schools.
2.  The richer you are, the better you do.
I work in a school that has fairly wealthy and fairly poor students.  How poverty affects test scores concerns me.
4. We get the answers wrong on our own test.
This is true of most standardized tests.  I don't want to be judged like this.
7.  We're not the best predictor of your college success.

We want our students to be "college and career ready," yet test scores don't really predict this.

10. Your test anxiety may hurt your score.

Having given standardized tests to students as young as first grade, yes, I believe this.  This is not how to show what you know.

I encourage you to read the whole article.

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