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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

 Happy Birthday Nicolaus Copernicus!



Nicolaus Copernicus
Also known as the founder of modern astronomy, Nicolaus Copernicus was the first person to devise a comprehensive heliocentric cosmology, which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe. Copernicus’ heliocentric theory acted as the catalyst for the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, which is sometimes known as the Copernican revolution. His work forever changed the place of man in the cosmos; no longer could man legitimately think his importance greater than his fellow creatures. Besides an astronomer he was also a great mathematician, physician, quadrilingual polyglot, classical scholar, translator and artist.


Early Life:

Nicolaus Copernicus was born on 19 February 1473 in the city of Toru? (Thorn) in Royal Prussia, where his father, a native of Krakow, had established as a wholesale merchant. His mother was the daughter of a wealthy Toru? merchant. Nicolaus was the youngest child in the family. After his father’s death, he was raised by his mother’s brother, Lucas Watzelrode, a bishop in the Catholic Church. In 1941-1942 Nicolaus completed his matriculation from Kraków Academy after which he devoted himself, during three years, to mathematical science under Albert Brudzewski and incidentally attained some painting skills.

Contributions and Achievements:

During his time at the Kraków Academy he acquired a thorough mathematical-astronomical knowledge. He also studied the idealistic and natural-science writings of Aristotle and Averroes that stirred his interest in learning, and made him familiar with humanistic culture. In 1497 he resumed his studies, this time in Italy, where he went to many universities including Bologna, Padua and Ferrara. There he completed his bi-doctorate in medicine and law. By attending astronomical lectures of many Italian astronomers such as Domenico Maria Novara, Copernicus extended his astronomical knowledge.
After studying for six years, Copernicus returned to Poland in the year 1503 where he was appointed as a canon in the cathedral of Frauenburg and spent a protected life for the rest of his days. In addition to his clerical duties, he continued his astronomical research and medical practice.
From 1513, the foundation of his great work was laid down at Frauenburg, where he began work on his heliocentric theory. His theory was a concise description of the world’s heliocentric mechanism, without mathematical apparatus, and varyied in some important aspects of geometric construction from De revolutionibus; but it was already based on the same assumptions regarding Earth’s triple motions.
He wrote a manuscript explaining his new theory which was read by many astronomers, and rumors of Copernicus’ claim that the earth revolves about the sun spread all through Europe. His theory attracted many mathematicians and various astronomers who came to Copernicus to learn more about his new theory. One of them, Rheticus, even published a book unfolding this theory in 1540. Even though Copernicus finished writing his book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, about a decade earlier, in 1530, he postponed its publication fearing the reactions his ground-breaking theory might stir up.
However, he finally published his book in 1543, the same year he died. His book is considered to serve the beginning of modern astronomy and the defining epiphany that began the scientific revolution.

Whack-A-Rhyme

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This small group game will provide tons of fun for your students practicing CVC Rhyming words. Includes both the picture and the word. If players reveal rhyming words, the first person to hit the mallet gets the other player's cards.

*More Detailed Directions for game play are in the download.  

K-12 Subject:
Balanced Literacy 
Grade Level(s):
Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second 

 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!!


Heart Train of Multiple Meaning Words Game Board

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Included:
Train game board
32 Cards: Multiple meaning words
8 Wild Cards

How to play:
Place all cards face down.
Students take turns choosing cards and state at least two meanings for each word the on the chosen card.
If two or more meanings are given, students roll a dice (any dice will do!) and move the appropriate spaces.
If chosen, follow the directions on the included wild cards.
The first student to the end of the “heart train” is the winner!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Math Centers

FREE Monster Problem Solving Math Center

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In this center children use colored monsters to assist with solving word problems. This center can be used again and again as it includes 16 different word problems using 5, 6, 7 or 8 monsters.
Grade Level(s): Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Homeschooler 


Free Place Value with Large Numbers: Choice Board and 'I Can' Cards

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This product includes place value mats for numbers to the billions, number cards, a Think-Tac-Toe choice board, and a set of I Can cards for 6-, 9-, ans 12-digit numbers.  

Grade Level(s): Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth,Homeschooler

 

Monday, February 11, 2013

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Great for writing practice and letter recognition. ALL 26 LETTERS

The students trace UPPERCASE and lowercase for each of the letters. In the second part of the worksheet the student has to find and circle the key letter.
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Subject(s):
English Language Arts, Spelling, Writing 
Grade Level(s):
Kindergarten, First, Second 
Included in this packet:

Read-Write the Room {Long and Short Vowels, a, e, i, o, u}
Rainbow Write Recording Sheet
Boggle Word Builders {6 game boards, recording sheet and blank board}
Letter Grab Bag/Scrabble Letter Tiles

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fun with Fractions!

 FRACTION HOPSCOTCH

The students stand on "ZERO" lightly roll a
balled up piece of paper onto a fraction.
 
Then they hop on the squares and SAY the name of each fraction.
 
When they land on a double they have to name the equivalent fractions
"One fourth is equal to two eighths"
some of my students even say:
"One fourth is equivalent to two-eighths"
Which makes me OH SO HAPPY
 
The tricky one is 1/2 because there are 3 squares.
 
Our solution: first straddle it and say it then jump do a half
turn in the air (that's how we roll in my room) land with both
feet on one half and then name all three fractions that are equivalent
 
THEN
 
if you're really fancy you finish the hopscotch the second half of the way facing backwards.
 
OR
 
you can start it facing backwards and turn forwards at the 1/2 point.
 
Either way. . .you have to turn. . .it's what the cool kids are doing ;)
 
Enjoy :)
 
*you can also just draw this out with chalk outside*
 
By doing this students are practicing:  Ordering fractions, equivalent fractions, reading a ruler, understanding hash mark lengths on a ruler, preparing to use resource page on state test, how to make math applicable in real FUN situations ;) 

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Students explore relationships like "1/3 of 12" in this concrete learning based workstation activity.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013




Here are two fun Valentines Day worksheets to use with your class! Answer Keys included

Valentine's Day Homophones Story


There are over 50 homophone mistakes in this story. Can your students find them all?

Tony decided two make a Valentine’s pitcher four his mother. He got out a clean, white peace of paper. Than he got out his crayons and started to color. He drew his hole family. Then he maid a yellow son in the blew sky. When he was done, Tony rote, “Eye love Ewe!” on the back and signed his name.

Tony was on his weigh to give his pitcher to his mother when he saw a tiny ferry sitting on the window sill. The ferry was crying. “Why are ewe crying?” Tony asked.

“Eye am crying because it is Winter and their are know flours for me to sleep in. Ewe sea, Eye am a flour ferry.”

“I due knot have any flours.” Tony replied. “But I could draw ewe a flour. Wood that help?”

The ferry stopped crying. “I think it mite.” she said.

Tony took the tiny ferry gently in his hand and carried her too his room. Then he drew a pitcher of ate flours inn a vase. When he was done, the ferry magically turned the pitcher into reel flours! Tony could knot believe his eyes!

Tony put the vase of flours on his knight stand. The ferry maid herself a home in the biggest flour. Tony went two give his pitcher to his mother. She said it was a grate pitcher and gave Tony a big hug. The ferry stayed in Tony’s room all winter long and the too became good friends.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Februaury Math Idea!


Match number clothespins to cards with hearts- would be great using playing cards. 
Could also be used with problems.

Need Heart Stickers?
  Acid-free, nontoxic, and safe for use on photos. 800 stickers per pack.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Groundhog's Day Emergent Reader


A groundhog's day reader for kindergarten or first graders. Most words are very easy to read. More difficult "vocabulary" words are written in bold. Click on picture to download.