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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Teacher Valentine Idea

Here is an idea for a special valentine for each of your students.

This is a great ruler for 1st and 2nd Graders.

See how clear the inch and 1/2 inch measurements are to read.

So many students bring rulers to school that have so many divisions that they are impossible to use.

SO......these durable rulers cost .30 or .25 for 10 or more.  Why don't you make a valentine like this and give yourself a treat too.
It will be so much easier when each child has the same easy to read ruler for both you and your students. 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Reading and Sewing Together

Did you ever think that sewing and reading would go together like peanut butter and jelly?
 That's exactly what happened when I made
 Miss E. this outfit based on
Anne of Green Gables.
This poster is posted at our local library.

Check with your local library. Perhaps they are participating in the National Library READ Poster Promotion like our local library.



Sunday, January 12, 2014

Greater Than or Less Than Symbol

I just wonder why we have to teach all the tricks about how to read the comparison symbol for
Greater Than and Less Than statements?

I am working with a First Grader who is getting all the problems on the worksheet correct but doesn't have a clue WHY.

She would tell you:

Step One:  Put 2 dots next to the biggest number
Step Two: Put 1 dot next to the smaller number
Step Three: Connect the dots

32 : . 17

When I first started working with her she was just leaving the dots. Next, she remembered to connect the dots, but she kept forming a triangle!!!!  

And of course there is the alligator trick... where the alligator eats the biggest number!!!!! 
What about using a student work mat like these?

Then have students place some separate number cards (such as 32 and 17) in the correct position on the student work mat and say the comparison out loud like they are reading a sentence.
Here are some examples of how to read the sentence:

When I compare these numbers 32 is greater than 17.

When I compare these numbers 17 is less than 32.

Why all the tricks....just get down to what the symbol really means.
If you agree with me, just let me know and I will link these work mats to my Google Doc account so you can print them out without creating them yourself.

What do you think?

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