Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pre-ordering The Pancake Menu! Now on Amazon--so excited!

Hey everyone, I have been busy at work so kids can have more fun with math.  I made it so you can now pre-order the Kindle version of my book--The Pancake Menu: What will you order?  It's a novelty book that helps kids practice math as they play restaurant!  The Kickstarter to run in January is to publish the print book, but for the tech crowd I also have the Kindle version!

Since I am still working on some of the pages, that is why it is only for pre-order.  I'm so excited to even see it on the Amazon site though : )

Actually, making the Kindle version is taking a bit of time because the aspect ratio is not the same as the normal book size.  So, I am reformatting each page to go into this version.  Here are two for you to see...

That way there are no blank bars at the top and bottom of the screen when you view it on your Kindle Fire.

In other things, I have been working to get onto local TV stations.  I have made a couple TV segment proposals and I'd be happy to share them with you.  This one is a cooking demo...
and the next one is mainly to help kids like math...
I hope everyone is having a nice fall and staying healthy!  Hopefully you'll be seeing me on TV soon talking about my book : )  Take care!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Money freebie which will always be free! Plus, MaTh with a play store! 4.MD.A.2

How often is money ever free?  Well, I believe kids should be able to play with pretend money as much as they want!  It's great practice with math skills.

So, I want to make sure everyone knows that on you can print play #MenuMoney whenever you need to.  It lasts longer if you put it on cardstock and it looks really cool when the cardstock is bright and colorful!
While the money is meant to be played with the books I am publishing, it can also be used anytime to help you as your students practice with money!  I don't have the penny shown here, but there is one on the site.

I hope you enjoy them and can put them to good use.  Here is an activity you can do with your students!

I'd love to see what MaTh things you can share too.  You can link up each month as we rotate through the grade levels K-5 every six months : )

Here's your template if you want to make up a Math activity!
See you next time!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall is here and so is the cold season!

It has been a rough two weeks with my kids sick, huband sick, and then myself getting the yucky cough and fever/chills too!  So, I haven't been able to get much math work done but I have been actively working on my book--big time.

My friend, Chris Johnston, over at finished my Kickstarter video last week.  I am totally excited to show it to you!  You can see it here on my work-in-progress Kickstarter page (but my project will not be live until Dec 31).

Here are some of the fun pictures I got of neighbor kids and some of my friends' kids while I was getting things together for the film...

It was so fun seeing how much the kids enjoyed the book and some of them really got into ordering!  The other day I got to turn it into a prototype hardcover and I had my daughter take a picture : )

Thanks for all of your support and as you can tell I am totally enthusiastic about my 1st book in the Kids Menu Books series to be published.  Hope everyone is staying warm and healthy!

Have a great Veteran's Day!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Currently November: Lots of things are going on!

Yay for November!  It's getting even closer to January when I'm the currently sponsor and I get to share my Kickstarter with a bunch of teachers!

I love that Farley puts on this great linky every month were we get to learn about how so many teacher bloggers are doing.  I love to read them all!

Here's mine...
Listening:  Well, it was still.  Now my dog is scratching at my door!

Loving: That my Kickstarter that will be running Dec 31-Jan 31 is really taking shape.  Hooray! You can see a preview of it here.  Feel free to write any comments! The video is almost done and I just need to finish working on the recipe pages.

Thinking: I have been spending a lot of time on my book and the Kickstarter.  I kind of think of it 24/7--but I have waited so long to see it come to life.  Anyway, need to set aside 20 minutes or more a day to make sure I just focus on the family : )

Wanting: My husband has been sitting on a to do item I've had for him for a while.  Don't want to be a nag, but in order to work on my recipe pages for the book I need him to finish processing the pictures he took.

Needing: With all this work, an assistant would be nice!  Any ideas?  One friend of mine said looking into hiring an intern.

Reading: Story Sprouts 2014.  It came out last month!  I've ready my stories in it, but I need to finish reading everyone else's.  So far it is amazing!
  I hope everyone has a great November!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

3rd grade MaTh: Fractions on a number line CCSS 3.NF.A.1-3

Hi!  It's Thursday and it is the last week of the month doing a 3rd grade math activity!  Today I'm focusing on CCSS 3.NF.A.1, 3.NF.A.2, and 3.NF.A.3 which is all about identifying fractions and plotting them on a number line (halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and eighths).

So I made an easy freebie for you!

When it is filled in it looks like this...

Essentially, kids are cutting out part of the number line (on page2) and folding them into number bars and labeling them!
Get your copy HERE.

I'm always a little sparse on the instructions, but it truly is a hands-on activity you can do as the students are doing theirs.

Have a great weekend!

How do you like to teach fractions?  Do you use number lines at all?
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