Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Noodle Math

In order to better study and understand place value, we have been using an activity called "Noodle Math." These large numbers and noodle commas allow us to create large numbers and have all kinds of great conversations about the value of numbers. It is a great "aha" moment when a student can see what happens to the value of a number as it physically moves around in a number. Today they could see how Lilly's digit, 5, changed value depending on where in the number she was standing. Lilly's value was equal to 5, 50, 500, 5,000, 50,000, and 500,000 at different points in the lesson.

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I live in Cape Elizabeth with my husband, two daughters, and our cat Nessie. Our family loves to spend time outdoors together, camping, hiking, and gardening. Another past time of mine is triathlons. I have completed nine triathlons, including one Half Ironman. I loved swimming, biking, and running 70.3 miles! You might also find me cozied up with a good book in my free time. I have been teaching for 10 years in a variety of grade levels. Fifth grade is my favorite! The kids are capable of so much! I can't say I have a favorite subject to teach, but love getting students to think deeply. I enjoy getting kids to think critically and be creative in all subject areas. I often use simulations and project based learning to do this. Teambuilding and working on social skills in another major goal of mine. Teaching kids to work effectively together and use good communication skills will help prepare them for life after school.