Thursday, August 21, 2014

First grade MaTh: Telling time 1.MD.B.3


Welcome to Math activity Thursday!  Link up your math post at the bottom.  I can't wait to see your activities!

Today mine is on telling time with the hour and half hour and a thumbs up, thumbs down activity.
Activity name: Thumbs up, thumbs down (perhaps there could be a better title, but creative juices aren't flowing at the moment)

Concepts: 1.MD.B.3 Telling time for at the hour and half hour, checking for accurate hour hand position.

Supplies: Little clock faces for each student.  I found this great 4-pack at Dollar Tree.  The little plastic hands are decently sturdy (not sure how long they will last but sure better than paper).

Time needed: 20-30 minutes for teaching, practicing, checking, and playing with the clocks.

Instructions:  Take 5-10 minutes teach. Talk about the the hour position and if they need to review which hand reads the minute and which hand reads the hour, do so now.  Explain, at the top of the hour we are just starting a new hour and the minute hand is at the top.
Digitally it looks like 1:00.  Show other hours by moving the hour hand but then come back to this one.

Explain that each of the little dots in black is one minute passing and when the minute hand passes each of the numbers we actually practice skip counting (AKA multiplication) of 5.  But for now, we are going to make the minute hand go to the bottom.  How many minutes is that?  We could count each of them or we could skip count--it's 30!  Then why do we call if half an hour?  Lets look at the clock as a circle.  If we shade all the minutes we passed from 1:00-1:30 that is half the circle.  It is half of the whole hour.  (But here is the part we don't always teach) While the minute hand is going, does the hour hand stay in the same place?  No, it advances slowly, getting closer and closer to the next hour.  So when the minute hand is at the half hour position, lets see where the hour hand points.
It is half way between the 1 and 2.  Yes, that is because it is half way through the whole hour of minutes.

If you saw a clock like this
 or this
it just wouldn't seem exactly right.
Let's see if you can guess which one of these clocks have the correct hand position.  (put two clocks side by side and make one correct and one incorrect and do this a few times).
Now you are ready to try!  Practice and play.  Play could include reading a story with times in it and the children move their clocks each time it says the time in the story.

Have fun!

Now it's your time to link up if you want.  Here is the 1st grade MaTh template.

We will be doing 1st grade math for the rest of this month and then in September we'll be into 2nd grade math.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sarah Maizes' book reading and signing: On My Way to School

Hey everyone!  I had a busy weekend but I was able to go to a friend's book reading and signing.  Sarah Maizes is an all-around awesome person and she has her third book in her On My Way series with a fun character named Livi.  Livi has quite the imagination and is reluctant to go most places the big people in her life want her to go.  Sarah is so funny and her humor shines through in each book.

It was a nice crowd gathered in west Los Angeles at Children's Book World.  It is a well stocked book store with the most children's books I've ever seen.  I didn't know this hidden gem was in LA but it was wonderful to see.

Here's a picture from the reading.

I hope everyone has a nice time as we head back to school : )

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Working on my Kickstarter set-up: my reward categories...

Hey everyone!  I know it is Thursday and I should have Math activity Thursday but I didn't get to it.  But feel free to link up for the whole month from last week's post though.

I have been busy--busy with keeping kids occupied for the summer, working on digital drawings for the book, and setting up things for my Kickstarter campaign slated to run in January!

So, I wanted to introduce you to my rewards!  What do you think?

Are they clear or do you feel you need more info?

    Pledge $1 or more

     0 backers
    Get updates about The Pancake Menu Kickstarter campaign!
    Estimated delivery: 

    Pledge $10 or more

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    E-BOOK! * * * * * * * Nice project, but I just want the E-book. Formats available: ePUB 3 (for Apple, Google Play, and Kobo), KF8 (Amazon), or PagePerfect (B&N)
    Estimated delivery: 

    Pledge $23 or more

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    HARDCOVER book only! * * * * * * * * Love it, but I like to hold books--send me a hardcover!
    Estimated delivery: 
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US

    Pledge $30 or more

     0 backers
    COMBO Pack: HARDCOVER & E-BOOK! * * * * * * * Enjoy the book in your hands and on your electronic device!
    Estimated delivery: 
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US

    Pledge $40 or more

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    SIGNED COMBO Pack: Autographed HARDCOVER & E-BOOK! * * * * * * * * Have Lucy's pretty signature on one of the pages of your new book! Plus, you get the Ebook too : )
    Estimated delivery: 
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US

    Pledge $55 or more

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    ULTIMATE Pack: HARDCOVER, E-BOOK, MONEY PACKET, APRON & SPATULA! * * * * * * For serious math and cooking fun! You get a copy of The Pancake Menu: What will you order and the E-book! PLUS... A money pack which includes the following... * Menu money: 6 of each $1, $5, $10, $20 and 24 of each 0.05, 0.10, 0.25 * A pretend $20 menu money gift card for Kids Menu Books. * A pencil * A 20-page ordering pad with the ordering sheets. Plus, this ultimate pack comes with a maroon bib apron and a sturdy blue pancake flipping spatula!!!
    Estimated delivery: 
    Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

    Pledge $70 or more

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    SIGNED ULTIMATE Pack: SIGNED HARDCOVER, E-BOOK, MONEY PACKET, SPATULA & SIGNED APRON! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * For serious fans + math and cooking fun! You get a SIGNED copy of The Pancake Menu and the E-book! PLUS... A Money pack which includes the following * Menu money: 6 of each $1, $5, $10, $20 and 24 of each 0.05, 0.10, 0.25 * A pretend $20 menu money gift card for Kids Menu Books. * A pencil * A 20-page ordering pad with the ordering sheets. AND a SIGNED maroon bib apron and a sturdy blue pancake flipping spatula!!!
    Estimated delivery: 
    Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

    Pledge $100 or more

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    CLASS LIBRARY Pack: 5 HARDCOVERS & 1 E-BOOK * * * * * * For your classroom or a few extra copies to give away (makes a great present)!
    Estimated delivery: 
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US

    Pledge $250 or more

     0 backers Limited reward (50 left of 50)
    Sponsor a 30-minute video chat with a classroom + CLASS LIBRARY pack * * * * * * * * Includes a classroom library pack and Lucy does a 30 minute video chat for a class of kids (2nd-5th grade target audience).
    Estimated delivery: 
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US

    Pledge $350 or more

     0 backers Limited reward (40 left of 40)
    Sponsor an LA area Classroom* for a 45 MINUTE LIVE visit w/ hands-on math activity + CLASS LIBRARY pack * * * * * * * * * Includes a classroom library pack and Lucy comes to a 2nd to 5th grade classroom* of your choice for a 45 minute visit w/ hands-on math activity for your 2nd to 5th grade class (*school must be within 30 miles of 90250)
    Estimated delivery: 

    Pledge $500 or more

     0 backers Limited reward (12 left of 12)
    BE IN A COOKING VIDEO + SIGNED ULTIMATE pack * * * * * * * * * * * Be part of the production of one of the 12 Pancake cooking tutorial videos that will be on and get a signed ultimate pack (Signed hardcover, E-book, money pack, spatula & signed apron). Person MUST be able to come to Los Angeles for filming.
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    Pledge $1,000 or more

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    Sponsor an LA area Elementary school 5 HOUR VISIT with hands-on math activities for multiple classrooms and/or assemblies + 2 CLASS LIBRARY packs! * * * * * * * * * Includes 2 classroom library packs and Lucy presents at an elementary school* of your choice for a 5 hour visit that can include hands-on math activities and/or assemblies and book signings geared for 2nd to 5th grades (*school must be within 40 miles of 90250)
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Thanks for reading!  Have a great rest of your week!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

MaTh for 1st graders: Activities at the Beach!

It has been a busy summer here!  But it's time for 1st Grade MaTh (Math activity Thursday)!

So, I have been busy but I have taken the kids to the beach a few times and I couldn't help to see all the math teaching opportunities there!

Activity Name: Beach math activities--a whole bunch of little things to do to make math part of every kids life and to help them realize math is all around them.

Concepts:  Almost any concept can be taught at the beach, but for 2nd graders I thought of counting, colors, shapes, time, length, and height.  You could probably make charts for all of the interesting beach data too, but not sure if you want to bring paper and pencils to the beach : )

Supplies:  A beach setting (hopefully with sand), frisbee, blanket, ball, stopwatch, sand toys (and whatever else you normally bring).

Time needed:  Actually you can talk about these activities and do them for a few minutes or longer.  The point is to make math and observations fun.

Various instructions:
  • Lay down your towel, how many kid foot lengths is the top?  How about the side?  What is the total perimeter in kid foot lengths?
  • Have fun tossing a Frisbee...  Throw it and let it land.  How many equal steps did it land away from you?  What is the farthest you can toss it?
  • Observe all the colors around you.  How many swim suits have green?  How many have pink?  Are there different colors in the grains of sand?
  • Counting.  Tons of things to count one by one, but try counting by twos (how many feet are in the water?)
  • Shapes.  What shapes do you see?  Are their circles? Rectangles?  Any triangles?
  • Time the waves crashing.  How long is it between each wave?  Can you time it between twenty consecutive waves?  Is it always the same time between waves?  Estimate how many waves crash in one hour.  How about in one whole day?
  • With your sand toys how high can you build up the sand?  How long did it take?
There are countless things to do with math at the beach.  You can see how many boys and how many girls are there.  You can talk about temperature (of the air and the water).  Height of waves.  Take a certain distance and see how long it takes to run it.  Does it take the same amount of time if you were on grass or cement?

Hope everyone is having a great summer!  I know some classes are just about to start.  You can link up your 1st grade math activities all month. Here is your copy to fill out : )

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Measuring Success...

I talk about measurement a lot (measuring inches, feet, etc.), but how do you measure success?

Lately I've been reading a great book.

It has a bunch of great tips and strategies to keep someone on their own personal road to success.  I am half-way through the book and I'm loving it!  I must admit, I'm not a procrastinator so this book is perfect for me.  It talks about dreaming big and doing what you need to do to make those dreams happen.  Persistence is key and a good attitude certainly helps.

Sorry to go off the math-focus here, but I really recommend this book.  Jack makes it so easy to use the outlined principles for your own goals.  A lot of reflection is needed as you read, at least if you want to get the most out of the principles he states in the book.  There is a good reason it's been on the NY Times Bestseller list!

Here are a few of my big goals.

  • Sell 15 million copies or more of my first book in five years.
    • Every elementary school in America will have a copy for their school library.
    • My Kickstarter campaign in January will be a great success and sell over 10,000 copies.
Do you have any big goals?

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