First Friday Freebie: Oh the Places You’ll Go…

with GeoGuessr! (or try its newest version here)

This fun geography game has you guessing world-wide locations using clues from photographs. You can scroll and zoom to look for signs, view the landscape, explore the skyline, travel down the road, and more.

Each game is made up of five rounds. The closer your guess is to the actual location, the more points you earn. Maps are also provided during the rounds to help you see how close (or far off!) your guess is.

As you can expect, some places are easier to guess than others, depending upon your knowledge of the various climates, landscapes, languages, building styles, and such around the world.

This month’s freebie is a two-page GeoGuessr Record Sheet.WhereInTheWorld

Your students can use it to record their observations, guesses, and points to compare and track the growth of their critical thinking skills and geography knowledge.

For a fun challenge, they could also see if they can beat me! 🙂 Click here for my game results.

Math and Imagination

The Math Playground is a fun educational site with all kinds of games, videos, and info. One of their interactive offerings is Spirograph Math which I just had to try. It brought to mind great childhood memories of times my mom would bring out her old spirograph kit and let my sister and me play with it. We had endless hours of fun creating new designs and painstakingly trying them over and over to get them perfect.

Of course this online version eliminates the need for so much patience and a steady hand, but it does provide more information about the mathematical details involved in each pattern’s creation.For a more hands-on approach, have your students use an actual spirograph kit along with the online Spirograph Math version.

Although in my opinion, these new ones do not hold a candle to my mom’s vintage spirograph that captured my childhood imagination. 🙂

A Month of Math

19. Pythagoras series by Julie Ellis

20. Sir Circumference series by Cindy Neuschwander

21. The Great Pyramids of Giza: Measuring Length, Area, Volume, and Angles by Janey Levy


22. Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry by Cindy Neuschwander


23.  The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns


24. Pigs in the Pantry: Fun with Math and Cooking by Amy Axelrod


25.  On the Scale, A Weighty Tale by Brian P. Cleary


26.  A Very Improbable Story by Edward Einhorn


27. G is for Google: A Math Alphabet Book by David M. Schwartz


28. Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins


and for good measure…

29. Math Curse by John Scieszka

It Was the Best of Times…

For many students, learning the multiplication facts is indeed the “worst of times.” Providing visuals can help students see and work with this concept in concrete ways.

The following books cover a variety of topics related to multiplication and division:

12. Greg Tang’s math books – a fun series that presents challenging math concepts in unique and visual ways


13. Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! A Mathematical Story by Marilyn Burns

14. Math Attack! by Joan Horton


15. Multiplying Menace: Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin by Pam Calvert


16. A Place for Zero: A Math Adventure by Angeline Sparagna Lopresti


17. Equal Shmequal: A Math Adventure by Virginia L. Kroll


18. Full House: An Invitation to Fractions by Dayle Ann Dodds


One, Two, Buckle My Shoe…

With all the busyness of work lately, I’ve had trouble coming up with a topic to focus on this month… until I received the Stenhouse Publishers catalog in the mail today and saw this:

So, in honor of the shortest month of the year, I have decided to share some of my favorite math related books for the month of February.

Math lessons often include time for students to interact with manipulatives and practice the concepts covered. Incorporating other types of visual literacy into this content area can also help expand students’ understanding and add an element of fun.

Here’s to 28 amazing picture books  on the topic of math:

1. Math in the Bath (and other fun places, too!) by Sara Atherly

2. Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

3. Pizza Counting by Christina Dobson, with some delicious illustrations by Matthew Holmes

4. How Tall, How Short, How Far Away by David Adler

5. One Nation: America by the Numbers by Devin Scillian

6. Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

7. Monster Math by Anne Miranda

8. 100 Hungry Ants by Elinor J Pinczes

9. The M&M’s Brand Counting Book by Barbara Barbieri McGrath

10. The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

11. Each Orange Had 8 Slices: A Counting Book by Paul Giganti, Jr.


to be continued . . .