## Friday, December 7, 2012

### Math Freebie - Steal the Treasure (X Version)

While I was recreating an addition game I first saw in a fabulous post by Aimee of Primarily Speaking, I decided a multiplication version was needed.

Here's a snapshot of the multiplication version of Steal the Treasure.

The game comes with teacher directions, student directions (shown), and a game board.

Download the multiplication version of Steal the Treasure!. Please let me know if you try this with your students and how they liked it.

### Math Freebie - Steal the Treasure!

While pinning resources yesterday I came across a fabulous post by Aimee of Primarily Speaking. In it she describes a game she learned about at a workshop. Using a number line written on a paint stick, students roll dice, add the numbers, and remove each other's markers. Called Walk the Plank, I thought it looked like great fun.

After writing to Aimee to ask if I could take this idea and run with it (she said yes!), I changed the title and made several different game boards. Here's a snapshot of this new version called Steal the Treasure.

The game comes with teacher directions, student directions (shown), and three different game boards.

## Wednesday, December 5, 2012

### A Pinterest Update and a Thank You

I blame Loreen Leedy for this! On December 21st last year she wrote a post entitled Pinterest for nonfiction (and everything else)!-- a post that convinced me to ask her for an invitation. I started my account on January 8th and began with a bit of trepidation. What exactly was I going to use this for?  I played around a bit and realized very quickly just how very useful these boards could be in my teaching. Here's a glimpse of my page.
Nearly 11 months later I have 113 Boards, just over 3900 pins, and a growing collection of resources for teaching math and science, and to a smaller extent, social studies.

For years I've developed web sites for my classes. In this particular iteration I'm using both Weebly and Google sites. I like them both for different reasons, but I must say the visual nature of Pinterest is highly compelling. Students SEE very quickly what I'm talking about. Both the Weebly and Google sites are text heavy. With Pinterest I can point them directly to resources they can use in planning lessons. It has significantly changed how I think about sharing some of the more practical, applied components of the pedagogy I teach.

So, while I blame Loreen for this new obsession, I also owe her a great deal of thanks for helping me add yet another tool to my arsenal of teaching ideas. Thanks, Loreen!

## Tuesday, December 4, 2012

### Geology Kitchen

Have you seen Geology Kitchen? I'm enamored of this twelve episode video series that uses food metaphors to explain earth science concepts. The host is terrific and offers up a hefty dose of science in an engaging way. Here's the pilot video on the three types of rocks.
The videos are free and can be either watched online or downloaded from iTunes.

This is a terrific resource, so be sure to check it out!