Sunday, April 25, 2010

Handy Opposites


1. Use the pattern here to cut an equal number of large and small hands from craft foam (or construction paper in two colors. The large hands should be all the same color and the small hands should be all the same color.

2. Write pairs of antonyms on the hand cut outs using one large hand and one small hand for each pair.

Using the Activity (for 1 or more students)

1. The object of the game is to match pairs of words that are antonyms.

2. Introduce the game to the children at group time. Select one of the large hands and have a child read the word. Have the children find the small hand with the antonym that matches.

3. Once the students are familiar with the game, this activity is appropriate for use by an individual child at a learning center or as a small group activity

Math Journals

Math journals are a great way to get students really thinking about math, and what skills they are using to solve problems. Here are a few math journal prompts to get you started:

  • I knew I was right when......
  • The thing you have to remember with this kind of problem is.....
  • I solved this problem by .....

Here are some math journals for each grade:

first grade math journal
second grade math journal
third grade math journal
fourth grade math journal

Here are a ton of math journal prompts.

Friday, April 23, 2010

By arranging the pieces of this puzzle it is possible to create a single square. Try it!

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Well today is tax day which is pretty important, but when it comes to dollars tomorrow could be even more important! The final day for people to mail in their completed Census form is tomorrow, Friday the 16th. What happens if they do not remember to send it in? It ends up costing the tax-payers more money to complete the Census process.

Here are a few facts:

o For every 1 percent increase in the national participation rate by mail, the Census Bureau saves taxpayers $85 million by not having to send census takers door to door to households that failed to return the census form. If every household mailed back its 2010 Census form, taxpayers could reduce the cost of taking the census and save $1.5 billion.

o It costs the government just 42 cents for a postage paid envelope when a household mails back the form but costs on average about $57 per household to send a census taker.

o April 16th is the last day to return your Census form!

Have you sent your form in?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Highway ABC Cards

Looking for a fun way to practice number recognition? This activity is a lot of fun particularly if your kiddo is into race cars.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Children's Book Writing Contest

If you have budding authors in your house, you may want to enter this contest.
Your child writes and illustrate their own storybook for the chance to win

  • $100 gift card
  • 25 hardcover copies of their story
  • A poster signed by the authors of The Stinky Chesse Man and Bridge To Terabthia

There are templates to help your child get started, or they can create a book all on their own.

There is no cost to enter and entries must be submitted by April 25.