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A Cartesian Cartoon…

Today I was looking through some student work I still have from over 6 years ago on Cartesian Cartoons. If this is an activity you haven’t done before with your students, you don’t know what you’re missing! To get just a taste, give this one a try:

Graph the following sets of points, connecting each new point to the previous one as you go. When starting a new set, it does not connect to the last point on the previous set. Set 1: (3,12), (4,13), (10,13), (11,12), (11,4), (10,3), (4,3), (3,4), (3,12). Set 2: (5,11), (6,11), (6,9), (5,9), (5,11). Set 3: (8,11), (9,11), (9,9), (8,9), (8,11). Set 4: (4,6), (5,5), (9,5), (10,6), (4,6). Just for fun, color your design!

Now that you know how to do¬†a Cartesian Cartoon, the next step (obviously…) is to make your own set of points for someone else to graph. Draw out your design on grid paper, keeping track of the coordinates of each point and how your points connect, then give it to someone else and see what they come up with. Who knew coordinate graphing could be so much fun?! ūüôā

For more fun with coordinate graphing, see http://www.worksheetworks.com/math/geometry/graphing.html.

Google Search Stories Video Creator

Today, a colleague shared with me an idea for having 1st graders share biographical information they were learning using Google Search Stories. Their projects looked like a lot of fun, so I made one about my coaching resources page:

Math Games

Today I came across a new resource that sorts tons of math web sites by topic. This is directly correlated to the 3rd grade Everyday Math textbook, but I thought almost anyone could find something here to like. I’ve added it to my math games page.

Science resources

I was exploring some Science-related resources today and wanted to share a few good ones. FOSSweb (http://www.fossweb.com) has lots of inquiry-based science resources for elementary and middle school.¬†Many zoos across the country (e.g. San Diego, Denver, Omaha) also have helpful animal-related science resources. For example, Omaha Zoo has online resources for educators related to butterflies, habitat, amphibians, and Madagascar (Omaha Zoo online teacher resources). They also have distance learning and Zoo-to-You programs for accessing learning opportunities from the zoo even if you can’t go on a field trip there (Omaha Zoo educational programs) — check out the sample Zoo-to-You resources on penguins (Penguin Playing Cards PDF¬†and¬†Penguin Conservation Lesson PDF).

Problem of the Day/Week page added

I have added a new page with resources for Problems of the Day/Week. These are mostly math sites, but the Scholastic links have language arts and other cool stuff, too. Check it out here.

Interactive Whiteboards

I recently read a helpful series of blog posts on Education Week about how to get the most out of your IWB. These are great food for thought.


Here are a few ideas for teaching the ABC’s in multi-sensory ways:

As an added bonus, here are a couple other sites offering fun with ABC’s:

Soda Bottle Science Resources

Here are a few ideas for ways to use soda bottles in science:

Also, a couple of books on the topic:

New Primary Resources

Today I was reading about educational uses of Twitter (http://edudemic.com/2011/10/twitter-hashtag-dictionary/), and I came across the #kinderchat hashtag. At the same time, one of the folks at Symbaloo has been helping me do some troubleshooting, and she mentioned that there are #kinderchat webmixes on Symbaloo. These webmixes have great resources for ABCs, YouTube videos, and counting/patterning. I have added them to my “Other Resources” Symbaloo, which you can find here.

Fun with Math Tests

I made a video to help a 1st grade teacher “spice up” one of her test questions for math class. I stole the approach from Dan Meyer (http://blog.mrmeyer.com/?p=9608), although he does it much better than I. Can you guess what the question is?

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