Category Archive: Math

Bicycles, Books, and Service Learning (Oh my)

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    While splashing through rain puddles, running errands, and joining in group rides—all month long I’ve been pedaling through my pledge to ride my bicycle each and every day of April. It’s called… Continue reading

New Elementary Science and Math Titles

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Though I didn’t always like science classes when I was in school, I’ve always loved science books—maybe because I don’t get tested on them any longer? I devoured books on human anatomy, medicine,… Continue reading

Knitting Books for Kids

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So far this winter, all I’ve been doing is hibernating. Minnesota winter can be terribly long if you don’t get outside and enjoy it. Normally by now I would have several miles of… Continue reading

Genius and Madness

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There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. –Aristotle I find geniuses and their lives fascinating, and I think Aristotle has identified why that is for me.  It seems that the… Continue reading

Review: The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.

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The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus. 9780439912990. 2013. Gr. 4-6. Math is hard. Being a middle child is hard. Telling the truth is hard. It is obviously hard being Gregory… Continue reading

Baseball and Math

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The World Series recently concluded, crowning the Boston Red Sox as champions, but that doesn’t mean that we need to stop thinking about baseball until opening day of the 2014 season.  Baseball is… Continue reading

Not Your Parents’ Math and Science Books!

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When I was in school, I always did well in science and math—and I even liked science.  I pretty much liked school in general.  However, the textbooks that we used didn’t really do… Continue reading

Text Sets in the Elementary Classroom

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Teachers and librarians know that pairing fiction and nonfiction is a great way to get students to think more deeply and creatively about particular areas of study. Common Core calls for an infusion… Continue reading

Picture Books in the Classroom

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Picture books are great for enhancing literacy in the elementary grades. They can be read aloud to a group, shared with an individual child, and paged through by the students themselves, taking in… Continue reading

Teaching Math with Picture Books

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I’ve always been a word person rather than a number person.  Though I was a pretty good math student, it was my hardest subject—and I still sometimes have to think twice (or more)… Continue reading