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Fractals and Snowflakes

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Fractals and Snowflakes

  Fractals are fun — and they team up perfectly with a study of snow. To do this activity with your students, you first need to explain what a fractal is: A fractal is a a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation. – From Oxford Dictionaries You can explain this...

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Turkey Feather Math

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Turkey Feather Math

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it can be hard to keep your students’ attention. Kids are excited about visiting relatives, eating turkey, and having a long weekend with their families. Thanksgiving themed activities are a great way to keep up with the holiday excitement and still keep students’ attention on learning activities. This activity is appropriate for students who are learning basic subtraction and addition and who are working on fine motor skills. Print out the Turkey MathWorksheet and cut out the turkeys and feathers. If students are able to cut out the shapes...

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Thanksgiving Meal Planning Math

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Thanksgiving Meal Planning Math

  Planning Thanksgiving dinner on a budget is something many families do every year but children often are not part of that process. It’s a fun activity, though, and one that builds budgeting skills, math skills, and teamwork. Try it with your students by planning a Thanksgiving dinner in groups together using flyers from local grocery stores. Thanksgiving Dinner Budget Activity Divide your class into groups and distribute one worksheet to each group as well as flyers from various grocery stores in the area. Instruct teams that their goal is to plan a Thanksgiving dinner for their...

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Math Superheroes

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Math Superheroes

Math and superheroes go together like Batman and Robin. If you’re using a superhero theme for your classroom, take advantage of that. Math class? Make it your ongoing theme. There’s a ready-made bulletin board set: Math Superheroes Bulletin Board Set has 8 lively posters with captions like, “Probability woman says there’s a three in four, or 75 percent chance of rain today!”   Online resources: Math problems from the Superheroes Memebase — project them when students come in for class or post them on the bulletin board, and see who can figure them...

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Happy Pi Day!

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Celebrate Pi Day with pies! Josepha shows you how.

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Green Eggs and Ham Lesson Plans

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Green Eggs and Ham Lesson Plans

  Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess, a perennial favorite, was written on a bet with Bennet Cerf that Suess couldn’t write a book with only 50 words. Obviously, he could. For small children, learning the 50 words in Green Eggs and Ham is a worthwhile accomplishment. Here are the words: a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you Put each of the words on a word...

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