math informational blog posts and mostly free printables

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Math Extension with Pattern Block Puzzles

Math Extension with Pattern Block Puzzles

Miss Owl explains!

Have I told you I have been helping mom with math lately? She was thinking I had to use the pattern blocks only with the outlines in my puzzles. So I humored her for a while and matched things in the lines. You know, moms like that.

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On this puzzle, there were 4 triangles, two diamonds, a trapezoid, and a hexagon. That will mean 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 +1/3 + 1/3 + 1/2 + 1 = 2 & 5/6, follow me? At least it will mean that when I am older. And do not believe the saying on my dress, my aunt gave me that. I really will like school, at least I think so!

Now, where was I? Oh, yeah. I showed my mom a good trick. Kids do not like only matching puzzle pieces in the lines. You were a kid once, too, so you know!

Here I am putting pieces in a puzzle my own way. The total will still be the same, but I am an original. I’m going to finish this up with two more triangles as I like triangles! That will be six triangles, one diamond, one trapezoid, and a hexagon. So this will be 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/3 + 1/2 + 1 = 2 & 5/6 again.

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When I am in school and get worksheets, I might show my teacher this neat trick with puzzles. And, do you like my band aids? Yeah, mom was on the phone just long enough for me to empty the band-aid container. Pretty, isn’t it?

So then we relaxed with some Yoga. Math takes hard thinking. I like to think! Thinking helps me keep my mom smart.

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Like the puzzles? Melissa and Doug made those. I like animals.

See you next time I teach my mom something!

Thank you for reading.

I have to tell my mom a bedtime story now.  It is her bedtime.

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Thank you for reading.

Miss Owl

 
World Prematurity Day: An Interview About HELLP Syndrome
 

Do you know about HELLP Syndrome?

No, that is not a misspelling. HELLP is thought to be a variant of pre-eclampsia, although it may be entirely different. As teachers, we get students with a varied set of background experiences and health conditions. We need to be aware of the issues some families have and may have experienced. I have experienced this syndrome personally as I had HELLP Syndrome and a birthing emergency.

 
 
Free Printable Where is Reunion Island
 

Free Printable Where is Reunion Island

Where is Reunion Island? Do you know? Many children can probably easily find Madagascar on a globe or world map. This mini-lesson will help extend their knowledge to another “nearby” island, Reunion Island, or La Réunion. With a fabulous landscape, volcanoes, adventure sports, and cultural activities, it is also very interesting.

 
 
Recipe Cari boucane from Reunion Island
 

Recipe Cari boucane from Reunion Island

I recently had the pleasure of cooking a traditional meal from the French Reunion Island for some people who have never visited the island. Saffron, thyme, tomato, potato, white rice, garlic, onion, and bacon prepared in the traditional way made a lovely meal and cultural experience for them. It was delicious! I used the recipe I remember from living there.

 
 
Home Decor by Mom Morgan
 

New Home Furniture Decisions and Décor by Morgan

Moving at holiday time is quite a challenge to get the house and family organized. Almost our first meal was Thanksgiving. See how I handled it all.

 
 
Color Blast Kitchen Art and Science
 

Color Blast Kitchen Art and Science

Mixing colors in the kitchen with a few common ingredients provides an engaging activity for children. This is one they are sure to want to do over and over as it will be different each time. This activity is so fun and so easy!

 
 
Painting Flowers to Make Coasters Craft Idea
 

Painting Flowers to Make Coasters Craft Idea

Watercolor painting is fun for children and with a little help they can create flowers for a vase and flower coasters for a special tea party, lunch, or dinner.

 
 
Pattern Block Play Helps Children Learn Fractions
 

Playing with Pattern Blocks Helps form the Foundation for Fractions

Here I am putting pieces in a puzzle my own way. The total will still be the same, but I am an original. I’m going to finish this up with two more triangles as I like triangles! That will be six triangles, one diamond, one trapezoid, and a hexagon. So this will be 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6 + 1/3 + 1/2 + 1 = 2 & 5/6 again.

 
 
Easy DIY Activities Ages 1-2 and Five Little Pumpkins
 

Easy DIY Activities Ages 1-2 and Five Little Pumpkins

These activities used felt, puffballs, recycled lids and containers in the colors of your choice, and an egg carton bottom.

 
 
Fall at the Minnesota Zoo and Toddler Activities
 

Visit to the Farm at the Minnesota Zoo

A visit to the Farm area at the Minnesota Zoo during October. Fall toddler activities, also.

 
 
Easter at Eastman Nature Center Maple Grove, MN
 

Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota

Let us tell you about Easter at Eastman Nature Center in Minnesota! It was the best. We hunted for eggs in the woods, dyed Easter eggs with natural dyes, visited with the Easter bunny, and more. What a nice time we had. It is an EGGstravaganza with fun for all ages!

 
 
 Eastman Nature Center Maple Grove, MN
 

Visiting Eastman Nature Center, So Much to See!

This time we visited Eastman Nature Center in the summer. We started with a walk. I had a planter dish to collect things for a class I was taking. We were collecting things that were no longer living and were OK to pick. We made a fairy house and I played at the center, too.

 

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Garage Sales Help Children Learn About Making Change

Garage sales help children learn about making change! I am an advocate of taking children to garage sales as there are few places in our lives where making change is used. Think about shopping with children and discussing the price of toys or other items they might want to buy. We tend to say, “That is about eight dollars.” We round off everything in our heads when in a store to have some idea of what the total will be at checkout. That helps adults as we already know how to make change. It isn’t very helpful for children just learning math and the value of coins. Real-life practice counting money is invaluable in math class, and as a teacher it was obvious to me that children who could count coins and make change were often ahead of classmates in math.

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The first and second-grade classes I taught used to have a 99 cent garage sale. Each child used 99 cents of coins (plastic coins from the math manipulative supplies) and brought items to donate for the sale. We made price tags in class for the items. The day was fun and helped children realize there is a point to all the skip and coin counting we did in class. No one could spend over 99 cents so there was no rounding to the nearest dollar. Good practice!

Miss Owl’s Adventure Club with Robbinsdale Schools had a similar garage sale yesterday. She had to wait for her name to be called to go to the garage sale to help limit the number of shoppers at one time. This was very cleverly set up with every item costing a quarter. No one could spend over two dollars! Miss Owl could, therefore, purchase eight items. Her friend had a dollar and could buy four things. Such fun!

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Looking over the items at the garage sale, she found many things for Christmas. She asked about some of them, and decided on a stick with jingle bells.

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Most of the children ignored the clothing (which seemed like a good deal to me). One student I talked to was happy with her jeans just her size. She was buying her own clothing at the school garage sale! She said she was 10 or 12 years old.

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Although she tried on the glasses, she decided this look was not for her and left the glasses for another lucky shopper.

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One younger girl showed me what she bought. It seems the earlier students were called to the shop, the better the pickings. Other children wanted their pictures taken but I didn’t have permission — so I told this girl I would just take a picture of one of her purchases.

the early shoppers had better pickings

It is summer and the perfect opportunity for children to create their own garage sales, and also shop at them. I encourage families to take advantage of such opportunities for learning and fun. Garage sales also help with reducing and recycling to help with climate change.

The apparel industry — particularly the inexpensive, runway-to-retail segment known as fast fashion — is known to wreak havoc on the environment. “The clothing industry is the second-largest polluter in the world, second only to the oil industry,” high-end retailer Eileen Fisher has famously said (and repeated, and written, and tweeted).

Second only to oil? Let’s recycle!

Miss Owl went to a free fishing clinic this summer too. Read more here!

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Thank you for reading, Carolyn

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Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free

Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free

This post has a math measuring story with fraction work pages free! Have you seen the Wise Owl Factory story, Super Spoons to the Rescue?  It is available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook or as a paperback. This is a math measuring story and also has fractions posters, activities, and work pages with answer keys. Find the free printable instant download in our free level members page.

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I wrote the story and made the work pages, and Teachers Clipart created all the artwork. She made the custom measuring spoons superheroes just for me, although she sells them in her store now. The spoons are ready to help neighbors bake cakes or measure other exact amounts, and they fly to the rescue when called.

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The book companion includes coloring and work pages. This part of the book is in the free eMember and Premium area, as well. They would be difficult to use from the eBook so I’ve provided them on this site.

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When a storm hits the town where the Spoons live, they help measure medicine at the hospital late into the night. They are always helping others.

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Included are flash card pages both in color and black and white for printing options.

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The next freebie is an instant download here.

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Sometimes we have to engage students to help them understand there are real-world applications for the math we are teaching.  My first graders enjoyed this story so I hope other students will like it as well.  It could be used at school or at home for summer practice.

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Teachers Clip Art product

Thank you so much for reading, Carolyn

Wise Owl Factory LLC Books

  

Books written by Carolyn Wilhelm for children have Lexile reading levels as well as free supporting teaching resources for teachers and homeschools.

 
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

eBook for Kindle

Paperback

Free airplane, gotcha, or adoption day coloring cards PDF available, link at this post

500 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

Written by Gary L. Wilhelm, Edited by Carolyn Wilhelm, Illustrator Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

700 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

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The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children

Frog Theme Day for the Sub Tub or Class – in our Premium Area

by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Oxana Cerra

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

700 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? by Betsy and Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? by Betsy and Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

eBook for Nook (Barnes and Noble)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

600 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota Book

by I. Reid, Gary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm

Read more and the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

 

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Pre-K Flower PDF Coloring, Matching, Writing

Pre-K flower PDF. We have been working with flowers and plants this spring. It is refreshing to think about plants during the dormant-looking landscape at the end of the snowy Minnesota winter.

Here is the orchid in its new home. It is gorgeous and orchids add this elegant touch to any space! The person who received this plant was pleased with its beauty and realism. She is from a tropical location (Reunion Island) and is very familiar with orchids. It is difficult to maintain an orchid plant in cold Minnesota. She said the only way she could enjoy one year-round was if it was artificial. She also wanted one that really represented an orchid. White is her favorite color. She was amazed at the detail of the plant. We were all impressed. The packaging kept the petals from being squished and had clever little poles inside to provide appropriate space for the plant. It was all well done.

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Of course, we have been working with flowers already, so it was time for some activity pages and a color page.

Click on this link for the free download:

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We began by laminating and preparing the materials on trays with crayons, dry-erase markers, glue, or clothespins to complete the activity. Here one tray is being carried to the table for work. Picking out your own work is better than being told what to do first.

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Then the work began. Writing was first, as “ee” was added to theme words.

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Then petals were counted and clipped with glitter clothespins from the dollar store. Such fun!

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Coloring by letter allowed the crocus and daffodil flowers to look so nice.

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The cut-and-paste patterning page was fun as glue sticks are irresistible! This page could also be colored.

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The number maze page was laminated so it could be redone using dry-erase markers. Dry-erase markers wipe off so laminated pages may be reused. math-maze-laminated

We hope you like flowers as we do!

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

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