Friday, September 30, 2016

Sorry Grandma, You Must be Mistaken

In order to practice being able explain the patterns in place value, I came up with the following problem:

My grandmother insists that Kayla and Andrew and Shaylee all have the same number of skittles because their digits all read 6. Is Grandma correct?  Watch Jamal and Jailyn prove Grandma wrong...



Friday, September 23, 2016

I have 10 times more than you!

Sometimes using candy to get kids to picture large numbers can really get their attention! In this picture we are working to explain the patterns that exist in place value. Erika has 600 skittles, which is ten times more than Alex's 60 skittles. Alex's bag contains ten times more than Vishal's bag of 6 skittles. 

Exploring BIG Numbers

Students are pictured using 10,000s charts in order to practice working with large numbers. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Our first math unit tackles BIG NUMBERS. Kids are challenged to understand place value and be able to explain the patterns that exist when moving to the left and right in a number. Today we worked on reading big numbers and learning how the value of a digit can change depending on where it stands in the number. Using the kids as numbers helps them see how their values can change depending on their order in the number. 


Let's face it, the school day is a long day and kids get tired of sitting around. In an effort to help kids have chances to move around, I use "Energizers." Some energizers are designed to calm kids when they are a little squirrelly. Others aim to wake them up when they seem a little low energy. No matter the purpose, kids love them. They take just a few minutes to accomplish and I find the rewards are well worth the time spent.

The pictures below show students taking a break from a reading lesson. They were tasked with acting out some phrases, such as "run as if a bear was chasing you" and "swim like you are in a pool full of jello."

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Float Your Boat

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Last Friday, our class completed a teamwork challenge called "Float Your Boat." The goal of the activity was to work together effectively with a team to build a boat that floats from the materials provided. The materials were: 4 sheets of tin foil, 4 straws, 4 tongue depressors, 2 paper clips, 1 balloon, and 2 disco lengths of masking tape.

This project is designed to help students define the word success. In the end, the definition students came up with was a great one. SUCCESS MEANS ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS. Many students had previously thought success had much more to do with winning. It was cool for the kids to realize that no one team was any more successful than another if each one accomplished the goal.

See our SUCCESS:





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About Me

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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.