As I look forward to this school year, I see two days fast approaching. The hundredth day of school will soon be here. SUM OF WHICH is 100 is a great game to play on that day. Get your school together and organize a school tournament. Place 4 students to a game board and have them play SUM OF WHICH is 100. Take the top four players at the close of 30 minutes and have those players play SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ADD using the 100 tiles. Crown the winner as the HUNDRED DAY CHAMP and the other three as the HUNDRED DAY RUNNERS UP. Of course, you know that in truth, all the students are winners. During that 30-minute “fun”, they were actually all practicing their math skills.
The next day on my radar is Pi Day, March 14th. Last year I was lucky enough to be in a school where we had a Pi Day SUM OF WHICH tournament. The tournament ran much like that described above, only we had two heats! It was so exciting for me to see more than 500 students play SUM OF WHICH and get excited about mathematics. Fortunately, I will once again return to the school this year when they host the second Pi Day SUM OF WHICH Tournament. It’s not too late for your school to host a tournament as well. If you are interested, contact me! You could bring this fun to your school.
Looking forward is exciting for me, but as I look back in recent past I find information you may not know as well. Have you been looking for the SMART Notebook files for SUM OF WHICH is TWENTY, SUM OF WHICH is 100, SUM OF WHICH is ONE or SUM OF WHICH Integers? Well, they are now available as are the Primary and Upper Elementary Bundles of the SMART files. You can find them in the store under the “electronic versions” tab.
Speaking of tabs, there is a new tab in the store as well. This is the “FREEBIES” tab. Right now there is a Power Point file called “Target”. I created this file as a game that teachers may wish to use to have players practice finding the missing addend in sums of ten. It is a great warm up for SUM OF WHICH. You can download this file for FREE. Yes, this is my new mission. In addition to giving money to Donors Choose, I am going to post free items to the FREEBIES part of the web page. My goal is to give you something at least once a month. You can download it and use it or download it and share it with others. Better yet, tell your friends about sumofwhich.com and get them to sign up for the newsletter as well so they will know when the next FREEBIE is available.
I am also toying with the idea of a monthly live feed. During each live feed I will share with you a teaching strategy that you may want to use in your classroom. I want to be sure it is scheduled at a time when YOU could attend. So, if this is something you might be interested in attending, please leave me a comment below and let me know when (days and times) might be best for you each month. Of course, the feed would be available to watch afterwards, but the interaction would not be available so I want to be sure I plan for a time when you could easily attend.
That’s all for now. Thank you for your support and all you do.
I have been an educator for more than 20 years. I firmly believe that students must UNDERSTAND, not memorize.