#### November 30, 2017

If you are like me, you are wracking your brain for a holiday-themed STEAM activity for your class. There are several possibilities for non-religious themes. I have looked through many of the ideas: cutting out snowflakes, decorating trees, making paper strip stars, etc., but the one I like the best is constructing a gingerbread house out of graham crackers. Gingerbread houses are part of many holiday traditions and associated with winter, so it is a reasonably safe choice for most classes.

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#### November 10, 2016

In this post, I want to share a great line plot activity for late elementary or middle school students. I highly recommend this line plot worksheet because it brings together several topics in one activity. Students use their developing knowledge of fractions, (halves, quarters, eighths), hone their ability to measure objects, and practice displaying and analyzing data using line plots. You can download the line plot worksheet and use it in your classroom today.

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#### April 26, 2016

I wanted to share with you today some ideas about creating the scale on a bar graph for Grade 3 and Grade 4. The download for this post is a tip sheet from the *Progress in Mathematics* math series that teachers can use to help guide students as they learn to create a non-unit scale on a bar graph starting with a tally table. If you are using the *Progress in Mathematics* series, this activity would be useful in Grade 3, Chapter 7 with lesson 2 and 3, and for Grade 4, Chapter 7 with lessons 1 to 3.

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#### April 7, 2016

At the beginning of the year I gave my fourth grade students a pre-test, which assessed the prerequisite skills necessary for students to be successful in math this year. Many of the questions on the test focused on solving word problems involving money, a concept many students have difficulty with. This year was no different; many of my students had difficulty with computations involving money. Student were able to identify coins and bills, but struggled to compute with money amounts.

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#### March 14, 2016

Here’s a fun bar graph activity for second to fourth grade students. With this activity students will be graphing data about the character length of their first names and answering higher-order thinking type questions. This is a great icebreaker activity for the beginning of the year as it helps you and your students get to know each other’s names.

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#### March 2, 2016

I am so glad that you found this math blog among all the possible sites you might have landed on through the Internet, and I hope you keep with me as I continue to develop the blog. What you will find here is a collection of standards-based math activities, thoughts on lesson planning, trends in K–8 mathematics teaching and learning, a focus on the mathematical practice standards, and connections to children’s literature that can be paired with math lessons.

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