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The Iditarod and Math

In honor of Jamaica Dogsled day, I wanted to share some awesome lessons that involve dog sledding. The following lessons will keep your students engaged with a real world context and they use 21st century tools for research and…

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Added by Wanda Collins on March 6, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Silly Putty Day

 I just found out today is Silly Putty Day and so it' only right that I share this newly found information with you!

Background Information:…

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Added by Wanda Collins on March 2, 2015 at 5:35pm — No Comments

IOU Coupon Reward/Incentive

I have no idea where this idea came from... It just popped in my head. I ran out of candy and had to come up with a reward replacement quick because my students expect a piece of candy as a prize for answering a problem or question correctly. I find they are more…

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Added by Wanda Collins on February 28, 2015 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Global Shark Tracker- Motivate Your Math Lessons

I went to a workshop and learned about this awesome website: OCEARCH. It tracks sharks every move. As far as education goes, they provide lesson plans for grades 3-8. The lessons focus on the following concentration areas:…

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Added by Wanda Collins on February 28, 2015 at 4:35pm — No Comments

To Focus on Student Mistakes, Or To Not Focus On Student Mistakes

To Focus on Student Mistakes, Or To Not Focus On Student Mistakes. That is the question... Just playing on Shakespeare lingo, but seriously should we? I think so because focusing on student math mistakes is like life. Mistakes are an important part of life. I say this because when you make a mistake during your growing up stages which I believe we are constantly growing it is bound to happen be it in your relationship, parenting, job, etc.  You should learn from…

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Added by Wanda Collins on February 15, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

How Many Times Have You Heard This…

When are we ever going to use this in the real world? Is this going to be on the test? The list could go on and on. I'm already prepared not only with a response but my lesson plan relates math to the real world so they know I'm not just saying it to be saying it but I have justified my answer with real world examples. Many of my lessons have come from the following websites focused on empowering students by connecting math to the real world...…

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Added by Wanda Collins on February 15, 2015 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Brain Break Activities Perfect For The Math Classroom

Click the above link for 5 active ways to practice math fluency and apply math concepts to real-world scenarios.

A special thanks goes out to

Charity Campbell –…

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Added by Wanda Collins on February 8, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Cereal Box Surface Area Project

We have found an awesome website that has a fun way to teach your students to find surface area using a cereal box. We believe this is an innovative way to motivate the lesson and keep your students engaged while connecting math to the real world. Enjoy!!!

Digitallesson.com- Has a complete cereal box surface area project with teacher friendly directions and everything…

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Added by Wanda Collins on February 8, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

GradeCam -Grade Assignments With Any Web Or Document Camera

I am completely and utterly grateful for this software. Thank you so much Mr. D (co-worker) for informing your colleagues about this invaluable tool that saves us time and energy. I can grade my students quizzes and test within minutes. This is the best thing since slice bread and I'm not exaggerating.…

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Added by Wanda Collins on February 1, 2015 at 8:43pm — No Comments

5 Awesome Learning Resources

I feel compelled to share these awesome resources I just found out about at The Broward Education Foundation Teacher Idea Exp. They will transform your classroom from traditional and boring to a fun, engaging, and exciting experience for your students. This will not only benefit your students but you as well because your students will be doing all the work which is the way it should be. Why should you be burned out at the end of the day? If you are, maybe its…

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Added by Wanda Collins on February 1, 2015 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Top 10 Websites and Resources to Learn More on 3D Printing in Education

1. Popular Mechanics has a website dedicated to 3D printing: Everything you need to know about the 3D printer. I had no idea that a Urbee 2, the 3D-Printed Car is suppose to drive across the country sometime this year...How awesome is that?…

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Added by Wanda Collins on January 25, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

How Cool is This Math App?!?!?

I stumbled upon the following math app today and its super cool. I personally wouldn't encourage to totally depend on this app when doing your homework but to use it as a checking tool to see if you got the correct answer just as you would with a calculator. You also have to pay $2.99.…

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Added by Wanda Collins on January 25, 2015 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Fun Activities to Find Circumference and Area of a Circle

Finding fun activities to implement in your classroom may seem like a daunting task but it really isn't. With the vastness of internet content, resources are at our disposable with a click of the mouse and typing specific key words into Google's search bar takes less than a nanosecond...lol Even if you feel like you don't have enough time in your day outside of work to look for outside resources, I have done the work for you. I hope your students enjoy the following…

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Added by Wanda Collins on January 17, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Unconventional Ways to Teach Math

Before we delve into the topic of "Unconventional Ways to Teach Math," let us define what unconventional is. According to Dictionary.com, "Unconventional is not conforming to accepted rules or standards." Therefore, when someone is taking a stand in order to be unconventional they refuse to conform to what society may deem normal. Many times we get confused with what exactly normal is. For example, we may consider a person who has piercings and tattoos all over…

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Added by Wanda Collins on January 17, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Is Higher Math in Lower Grades Beneficial to Our Kids?

Speaking from a parent's point of view, putting that much pressure on a child can be somewhat detrimental because they may not be mentally ready to tackle difficult math concepts. Not only that, you are forcing them to keep up with their peers who may be more advanced. Thus, again placing unnecessary pressure on your child. According to a 2008 study…

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Added by Wanda Collins on January 11, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Fun Ways to Review in Your Classroom

Math doesn't always have to be a bore. There are ways you can make math fun and exciting. We have compiled a list of fun ways to review previously taught math concepts in your classroom that will not only engage your students but cause an inner joy they have never felt before...they will be eager to learn math. The following can be implemented no matter the grade level. These activities can also be used at home. Enjoy!!!…

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Added by Wanda Collins on January 11, 2015 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Cross Sections- Geometry

A cross section is the face you get when you make one slice through an object.

This is the cross section horizontally of an apple:…

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Added by Wanda Collins on January 4, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

10 Free Ways to Learn Coding Online

Many people think coding is a difficult task and therefore don’t even attempt it. You know what they say fear is our own worst enemy. We fear failure to the point of stabilization. It’s better to try than to not even attempt. Teaching yourself to code doesn't require much math’s, says Emma Mulqueeny – just logic, and the ability to 'borrow' from other people's work. We have taken the time to compile a list of 10 websites where you can learn how to code in the…

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Added by Wanda Collins on January 4, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

10 Cool Mathematics Inventions

Many people find math to be mind boggling, useless, boring, and/or mental abuse to humans. Math can be quite the opposite if you forget about these preconceived notions and draw your own conclusions from personal experience. The world is made up of math and it brings meaning to our world. You see it and use it everyday. Yep! The house you live in, restaurants, the malls and stores you visit, so on and so forth were all built by the construction segment of industry…

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Added by Wanda Collins on December 28, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Thinking About Owning a Yacht? You Might Want to Reconsider After Reading This...

Thinking about owning a yacht? You Might Want to Reconsider After Reading This...

Zangrilli Andrea/CIAO PIX…

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Added by Wanda Collins on December 28, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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Fun Math Facts:

Math Limerick

Question: Why is this a mathematical limerick?

( (12 + 144 + 20 + 3 Sqrt[4]) / 7 ) + 5*11 = 92 + 0 .

Answer:

A dozen, a gross, and a score,
plus three times the square root of four, divided by seven, plus five times eleven, is nine squared and not a bit more.

---Jon Saxton (math textbook author)

Presentation Suggestions:
Challenge students to invent their own math limerick!

The Math Behind the Fact:
It is fun to mix mathematics with poetry.

Resources:

Su, Francis E., et al. "Math Limerick." Math Fun Facts.

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