Sunday, April 28, 2013

Detecting Math Facts, A FREEBIE & more.

WOW! I finally had time to blog and I found I have 50 followers! It is so exciting to log in see other people have not only found you but must enjoy what they found enough to come back! It gives me warm fuzzies, 
(not the pompom kind, but the real kind!) 
and makes me want to jump up and down....
Okay I'm back...just had to shout and jump or I wouldn't be able to continue. When I started this Blog I really didn't think I had anything to blog about. But I'm finding that I am more aware of what I do because I am trying find things to blog about. It's kinda a self-awareness thing, but I guess I have to work on my self asteem because I just don't think I do any interesting stuff. I'm basically an introvert and don't share well. 
I mean I do share a lot, just not stuff about me. 
May be I need therapy. 
And so back to my blog.. AND A BIG THANK YOU (shouting in a nice way..ok?) and Welcome to all. 

Meanwhile Here is my Five for Friday...errr Sunday?

Okay my first is a question. Have you ever created a unit, saved it to a PDF, and somehow delete the original file? I did..somehow... and I'm stuck with a PDF with a error! SOOOOO I have been creating it aaaallllll over again. It did go faster the second time and I think it's actually better. And here it is...

Here's a Freebie that is not included in the Unit. I am trying out Drop Box so if it doesn't work, leave me a comment or e-mail me and I'll send it to you.

Second we did a math activity I found on, which by the way has a lot of great videos using Common Core.
It was called Counting Collections. I made teams of 2 and gave them a bag of things to count. They had to figure out the best way to sort them, and count them. They also had to document their strategy anf then teach me. It took along time but so worth it.
Boys circle counting

Started counting by5's, then change their minds to 10's.

This group just argued. I finally had to sit with and 2 out 3 worked it out...the third just pouted because they didn't want to do it her way. (it really didn't make any sense is why.)

Okay so this is getting long so I'll go quickly

Number 3: Teacher In_Service: I am at a private School but it tries to stay current on things so we had a Language Curriculum Coach from a public school and talk to us about Common Core. I have taken two Saturday  seminars at CSUSM on Common Core, but it was interesting to hear what is actually happening in our local schools. 

Number 4: Science
We finally had some warm sunshine weather (its been cloudy at the coast) and we did an experiment. We used a thermometer, and some chocolate and teams of 4. We located in the sun in a corner by a wall, in the sun on the grass, in the sun on a sidewalk, and in the shade on the wood chips (it was the only shady place I could find.) Guesses were made on what would happen and whether we were going to get to eat the chocolate. They were amazing to watch as they documented talked about and poked at the chocolate.
Hot 70 degrees
Hotter 100 degrees
Hottest 110 degrees
Funny thing was it was only 75 degrees that day. Hmmmmm? 
And yes we did get chocolate!

And number 5: Good justification for Uniforms in School.
Wacky Wednesday, 'nopf said.

That's it for my Five for Sunday.. Have a great week.


  1. Hahaah I love number five on your list! I just found your blog through the linky and am your latest follower :)

    I haven't pdf'd something and lost my original file... yet, no doubt it will happen one day and I know I'll be FUMING when it does! Your unit looks adorable so good job on re-creating it!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

  2. Hi Pauline, I got your message on my blog but thought I'd reply here to ensure you go it :)

    I already had a personal Instagram account which is linked with my Facebook page. To create a second one I had to log out of that and register as a new person. So I created a gmail account for my blog and used that as my sign in email for my second Instagram account.

    The only thing is you have to log out of one before you can log in and use the other- you can't just switch between accounts once you're logged in. But... You can follow your accounts so you can see activity (eg I follow my school account with my personal account so that I can click onto my school account and see if anyone has left comments etc) then if I want to reply or post a photo in my school one I just log out of the personal and into the school one... (By school I mean my teaching/blog one- it's not actually connected to the school I'm at)

    I hope that makes sense- if not pop back over to my page and I'll help more

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes and Mayhem