Saturday, February 22, 2014

Rewarded for my Patience


This morning I got an e-mail from Very Jane and the first thing on it was a very cute version of the Origami Owl locket I've been coveting for the last month. I was even thinking about buying one piece of it per month (the locket itself through Origami Owl is $20, the total for this entire necklace would have been around $80). I hopped onto Jane and got the whole thing for $25 shipped!

This is just another reminder that with a little bit of patience (and sometimes research), we can have the things that we want... even on a teacher's salary!

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

PBL: Kid in a Candy Store

I can't believe that it's going to be 2014 in a couple of days! When I looked at my calendar this morning I finally became motivated to finish some of the projects I've slowly been working on since Winter Break started two weeks ago. I finished a professional development course I've been working on through my district, caught up on some sewing, and finished something that had been rolling around in my head for a few months: a new project-based learning where students create their own candy store! Part of my motivation behind finishing this project is that I want to start the new year off in an exciting way, and to keep them (and me) interested in Math as we finish the last half of the school year.


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Candy-Store-Project-Based-Learning-Common-Core-Fraction-Decimal-Percent-Graph-1034145
Students will answer the driving question:
What mathematical skills are needed to plan and run a candy store?
It is great for classes with multiple grade levels, GATE, and can be differentiated for many different ability levels.
I am also stressing adding/multiplying/counting by 1/2 (using scale), which is a skill my students still didn't have down before this project. Now they can all tell answer multiplication and division of halves using mental math!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Candy-Store-Project-Based-Learning-Common-Core-Fraction-Decimal-Percent-Graph-1034145
This project includes the following Common Core Standards:
4.MD.3 Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.
5.G.1 Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates.
5.G.2 Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.
5.NF.4 Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.
5.NF.5b Interpret multiplication as scaling (resizing), by: Explaining why multiplying a given number by a fraction greater than 1 results in a product greater than the given number (recognizing multiplication by whole numbers greater than 1 as a familiar case)
5.NBT.7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
6.RP.3. Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems,
Here are my students in action! They love project-based learning. It's a little chaotic, but they are having great discussions!
Measuring a desk to estimate the size
of their checkout table.





Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Free Hotel Nights: La Quinta Stay & Play

http://lqstayandplay.com/invite/friendShare1143093908WallPost
 
 
I don't claim to hide my love for La Quinta hotels. There are no extra charges when you stay at a La Quinta, and it's an upgrade from a basic motel. They are also 100% pet friendly, with no weight limits or pet fees (yippee!). With two 65-point dogs, traveling can be difficult. When we do travel with them, we stay at La Quinta. The only other hotel with the same pet policy is Motel 6, and La Quinta is a huge upgrade from that chain.
 
La Quinta also has a very good rewards program called "La Quinta Returns". They have promotions every month so that you can earn bonus points, and we've been able to earn a free night every 3-6 nights we stay at La Quinta. For the month of January, you can earn free stays without having to spend a dime at La Quinta by playing their Stay and Play Game.
 
Here's how it works: every day you visit this website and sign in with your Facebook account. You get a ton of free spins in the game when you share on Twitter and Facebook. You can always delete these posts off of Twitter and Facebook after you make them - you will not lose your tokens. When you spin, you can earn lots of different prizes, but what you want to get are rewards points. When you land on a rewards point space, you can answer a trivia question (you get unlimited guesses until you get it right) for double points, then share on Facebook or Twitter for triple points. I've averaged about 1,000 points/day - it's 6,000 points for a night stay at most La Quintas. They offer extra points if you book a room, but we haven't done so during this promotion. You can also land on spaces that give you free nights immediately - or chances to be in a raffle for additional nights.
 
Each day you get more tokens, so bookmark and come back daily! This game is going until January 31st- sign up today so you have the most opportunities to win!
 
In June, we will be traveling to Toronto, Canada absolutely free using credit card reward points (through Southwest) and free hotel nights. We always travel free or 1/2 price using promotions! Check out our last "Winning with Credit Cards" post.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Fifth Grade Project-Based Learning: 30% off sale

I can't believe that it's going to be 2014 in a couple of days! When I looked at my calendar this morning I finally became motivated to finish some of the projects I've slowly been working on since Winter Break started two weeks ago. I finished a professional development course I've been working on through my district, caught up on some sewing, and finished something that had been rolling around in my head for a few months: a new project-based learning where students create their own candy store! Part of my motivation behind finishing this project is that I want to start the new year off in an exciting way, and to keep them (and me) interested in Math as we finish the last half of the school year.

 

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Candy-Store-Project-Based-Learning-Common-Core-Fraction-Decimal-Percent-Graph-1034145
Students will answer the driving question:
What mathematical skills are needed to plan and run a candy store?
It is great for classes with multiple grade levels, GATE, and can be differentiated for many different ability levels.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Candy-Store-Project-Based-Learning-Common-Core-Fraction-Decimal-Percent-Graph-1034145
This project includes the following Common Core Standards:
4.MD.3 Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.
5.G.1 Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates.
5.G.2 Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.
5.NF.4 Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.
5.NF.5b Interpret multiplication as scaling (resizing), by: Explaining why multiplying a given number by a fraction greater than 1 results in a product greater than the given number (recognizing multiplication by whole numbers greater than 1 as a familiar case)
5.NBT.7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
6.RP.3. Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems,
 
 I will get some action shots up in a few weeks when we're fully into this project. Until then, I'll have it discounted 30% for people to try and leave me (much appreciated) feedback.