Simplifying Fractions Card Game

Looking for fun ways to revise those tricky mathematics skills, in a fun way? Unsure about simplifying fractions and need some practice, but don’t know where to start? Well, this is the post for you! Read this great idea from Education.com, be sure to leave a comment if you had fun playing it! ❤

Learning how to write fractions in their simplest form is essential for math class and real-world scenarios. Give kids the practice they need to master this skill, which is a building block for the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions.

‘SIMPLIFYING FRACTIONS’

is the name of this fast-paced race game!

Are you ready to play? 

What You Need:
  • Playing cards (without face cards)
  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Players (an even number)
What You Do:
  1. Draw a line through the center of a piece of paper, cutting it in half horizontally. This will act as a fraction bar, separating the numerator and the denominator during the game. Create one of these for every two players.
  2. Have each pair of players face each other.
  3. Shuffle and deal out the cards evenly between the players. Each person should place their cards in front of them, face down.
  4. Begin the game by having every player turn a card from their stacks face up simultaneously, and place it on the paper in front of them. The cards should be placed above the fraction bar, to represent the numerator.
  5. Players should then repeat the process with a second card, placing it below the fraction bar to represent the denominator.
  6. For every two players, there should be two cards above and two cards below the fraction bar, for a total of four cards.
  7. The first person to successfully simplify the fraction shown in front of them wins all of the cards. If both players simplify the fraction at the same time, they split the cards.
  8. If the fraction can’t be simplified, have each player take the cards that the other player laid down and put them at the bottom of his deck.
  9. When one player has collected all of the cards, the game is over and they’ve won!
When the time* is up, the player with the most cards is the winner!

*To shorten game length, you can set a time limit on the game.

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My Two Year Blogiversary!

Well, who would have thought that this little blog is TWO, TODAY!!

HaPPy BloGiverSAry!!

I can’t believe it, two whole years of blogging. WOW! Looking back on the last two years, I can say that the blog is gradually becoming richer as my blogging skills develop and mature. There may have been some dry spells this year due to life getting in the way, but I think that happens to even the best of bloggers.

This second year has brought so many more followers and lovely comments from all over the world! Saved you a Spot truly appreciates each and every like, share and comment. ❤

 

A super big thank you to:

  • all those who have visited the blog
  • follow it on social media
  • shared posts
  • have contacted me
  • left comments
  • inspired blog posts
  • contributed towards posts!

You are amazing!  ❤ ❤

Here’s to moving into the third year of blogging… getting bigger and hopefully better! ❤ ❤ ❤ 

 

 

Stay with me… this blogging adventure is to be continued! 

Till next time…

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The book follows the young wizard, Harry Potter, in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

When the night bus dashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front if him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for Harry Potter. Sirius Black has escaped, mass-murdered and follower of Lord Voldermort. He is on the run and they say that he is after Harry.

The characters in the story made me feel like I wanted to go on an adventure. I really liked all the characters at intense moments.

 

by Andrew L (age 11)

More Harry Potter reviews HERE.

You know you are a teacher when…

No matter how much work you do, your to-do list never seems to get any shorter.

 

You can hold it for unnaturally long periods of time.

 

You can recite the exact number of school days left till the next school holiday.

 

You can be eating while running to do the photocopying, checking your mail, going to the toilet and putting up a display, all in 20 minutes.

 

You get excited with new stationery.

 

You spend all your money on school stuff.

 

You have mastered eating your whole lunch in less than 5 minutes.

 

You want to slap the next person who says, “You get the whole summer off”.

 

You have an uncontrollable urge to tell off other people’s children in public.

 

You are bossy.

 

You are asleep by 9pm on a Friday.

 

How many do you relate to? 

 

Till next time…

 

Top 5 Mother’s Day Craft Ideas

So with Mother’s Day coming up, let’s not miss an opportunity to do some arts and crafts at school! Mums will love to be remembered and shown how much they are loved with a lovely handmade gift. I’ve made a list of my top 5 picks from the internet, choose your favourite one and give it a go!

ONE:
Give your mum a heart-shaped Mother’s Day paper craft  via
Paper Chase your mum will love these pretty handmade works of art! 


TWO:
Tell your mum how much you love her with this cute puzzle craft made up of old puzzle pieces you may have via Misadventures of ya librarian.

 

THREE:
Why not make her these cute paper roll craft flowers? So easy to do via
Craft Ideas.

 

FOUR:
Try out this wonderful DIY pop up card for your mum via Red Ted Art. Follow their youtube channel for some great arts and crafts videos.

FIVE:
Try out this simple and cute flower bouquet for your mum! 

Which one is your favourite? 

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double down, Book 11

The eleventh book in the series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney was published on the 1st November 2016.

The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. The only thing he’s good at is playing video games, but his parents want him to broaden his horizons by doing something—anything! He comes up with the idea of making a scary movie and become rich in the process. Is this a double good idea or one to cause his double trouble?

The characters are Greg, Manny, Rodrick, Mom, the pig and Dad. I loved them all except the pig who stole Gregory’ s candy. They made me feel proud and happy. There is a little bit of a mix in the story, like it is many small stories in one big one.

I loved reading it, so I’ve read it twice! 

My favourite part in the book was when Greg gets a piece of LEGO stuck on his elbow, so Maddox accuses him of stealing it. There was one scary bit where Rodrick bought a toy witch, for Halloween and when someone make a noise it would start laughing. It went off all the time, which really annoyed Dad, so he took the batteries out. It still went off.

I recommend this book since it is the newest in the series and is fun to read.

If you are a fan of the Wimpy Kid series, check out Jeff Kinney’s site for more! 

Search the blog for more book Wimpy kid reviews.

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Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses

Straight from Greece, a PowerPoint created with images downloaded from the internet. It has been created with upper Key Stage 2 in mind, and the images have been chosen for today’s generation to relate to them. This can be used as an introduction to a lesson or a plenary.

Click on the images below, an example of its contents, to download the PowerPoint for free use for your classroom.

It includes the 12 gods of Olympus and Hades the god of the Underworld. It covers their weapons and symbols and introduces children to myths and how these characters were used to explain natural phenomena in ancient times.

 

  

  

I hope you find this helpful. Please leave a comment below if you did.

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Teacher Diet

Teachers are such good planners and organisers, they take care of their students and spend their free time marking and thinking about their next great lesson. It does not come as a surprise when many teachers, myself included, often neglect themselves. Prioritising yourself is not egoistic, it down right necessary. Looking after yourself, both mentally and physically, should be every teachers guilt-free priority. Only then, will you be able to cater for your students in the utmost best way, performing even better as a professional.

This year, my New Year’s resolution was to improve my eating habits and become more active. I had nailed it a couple of years back, but unfortunately lost it down the track, once more. I vowed I would find that mojo again and lose some excess weight I’d put over the Christmas holidays. On a venture to reach my ideal weight, I have started being good. In fact, I’ve been more than good, I’ve been REALLY good. Before you continue reading, this is not for me to show off but to motivate you to be good, too! If I can do it, then so can you! Here‘s to all of us being good, support is the best way through tough times, and you know those times can be tough, especially when little cupcakes are lurking around that staffroom corner!

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I started by preparing my lunch for school, mainly on the weekends, as the weekdays can become ultra busy. Teachers are in a high, cognitively complex profession, so your brain and body need the right fuel for best performance. The busy life of a teacher can leave both food and fitness way at the bottom of that priority list, with top places being hijacked by marking and planning. Snacking on so called convenience foods that are high in saturated facts may seem like a quick fix at the time but is it really a good idea in the long run? We all know the answer to that question, it plain and simple, no!

So far here are the steps I have followed and they have led me to losing some pounds already! I’m by no means a doctor and this is not medical advice for losing weight, this is just my story of what I am doing. My motto is to keep my food clean, simple, sugar-free (that’s the hardest) and fresh. It is not a set diet and if anyone has any health issues they should consult their doctor before they take this on. This post is purely to support fellow teachers with a similar mindset.

HAVE A GOOD BREAKFAST: Investing in a juicer is one of the best investments I’ve made. I have been juicing every morning on any fruit and vegetable I can get my hands on.  I make the recipes as I go along and they usually taste surprisingly good – I highly recommend it. I complete breakfast with some protein, such as an egg on toast or some Greek yogurt and honey. This keeps me full till snack time.

DON’T SKIP SNACK:  This is when blood sugar levels usually go down and you head for that cupcake. Don’t do it! For snack I usually take a handful of nuts (full of protein and good fats) and a fruit. Fruits are the healthiest way to get a little sugar rush and to spike your sugar levels for a little extra energy. This will keep you full till lunch.

LUNCH: For lunch I take a packed lunch from home, usually with some leftovers from the previous day. A must is to prep a salad with it too. It’s so easy to neglect, but so important to include.

SNACK/DINNER: When I get home I will juice some more and I’f I’m still hungry I will have some soup, nuts and a yogurt or salad. I try not to eat after 7pm till the next day – some days this is easier than others.

I am now half-way towards my goal and happier. 🙂

Sending some teacher love out there to all my fellow colleagues fighting with those staffroom sweets. Be strong and resist and let’s get trim for the summer, together!

I would love to read your stories and thoughts! Leave a comment below.

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

Featured image cupcake from dreamstime.com images.

How to deal with a defiant toddler

The other day, I ran into my next door neighbour, a lovely lady with three adorable kids. After the first few minutes of social small talk she blurted out her immense exasperation with her two defying toddlers. She asked me, more rhetorically than literally, about what she could do, as losing her cool had not been helping the situation. Being a teacher of 20 years has equipped me with experience of handling young children, but not toddlers. What do you do when a toddler looks you in the eye and does something you have explicitly told them not to? Losing your temper is a justifiable reaction , but is it the best? This got me thinking and researching about writing this post. Read on for the best strategies to deal with a defying toddler.

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WHATEVER YOU DO DON’T LOSE YOUR COOL: You guessed it, all the research shows that you must not lose your cool. As soon as you do that, it’s game over. Defiant behaviour comes down to boundary testing and gaining power. Think of it as a power game, if you lose control the power is in your toddler’s hands, look at what their behaviour can do to you. The more they continue the more you lose it and boy does that feel good, they know how to control and manipulate you.

BE THE EXAMPLE: Children look to adults to model and copy behaviour patterns. If you get angry often, then chances are that your child will do the same. Model the behaviour you want your child to have when things go wrong, or when they get upset. Teach them strategies to calm themselves down, like counting or going somewhere by themselves until they are ready to return.

SET CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR MISBEHAVIOUR:  There should be consequences for their behaviour, for example a time out system. Give them 2 chances to correct their behaviour and then give them time out. Have them sit alone for a few minutes, it needs to be something immediate and effective. Time out should be a minute for every year of their age.

BE SYSTEMATIC: Whatever you do, be systematic. Your child will know what to expect and will stop being defiant if they reach the same time out spot again and again, without you getting angry. Do not get into a long conversation about it and expect an apology. You are teaching your child about consequences, obedience and remorse in an effective calm manner. I repeat do not lose your cool.

PRAISE GOOD BEHAVIOUR: Just as misbehaviour should have consequences, so should good behaviour.  A reward is a consequence of good behaviour. Good behaviour should be rewarded with praise, affection or extra privileges. Every time your child reacts and responds in a good way, make sure you make them aware of it and praise them. Rewarding them in such a way  encourages more good behaviour.

These strategies are closely linked to the 1-2-3 Magic. I highly recommend that all parents read this book  ‘1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12‘ by Thomas W. Phelan, as it has foolproof strategies for dealing with misbehaving children.

I hope this post helps you. Don’t forget to leave me a comment below to let me know.

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

 

Benefits of learning joined-up handwriting

Is it important for young generations to learn how to join up their handwriting, especially in the age of iPhones and pads? I’m sure this question has crossed many pupils’ parents’ and teachers’ minds.

Evidence is mounting that putting pen to paper has benefits that typing cannot replace. – CursiveLogic

Benefits of Joined-up Handwriting

CURSIVE Vs JOINED-UP

Is there a difference between cursive and joined-up? According to Wikipedia, cursive is any style of penmanship in which some characters are written joined together in a flowing manner, generally for the purpose of making writing faster. Formal cursive is generally joined, but casual cursive (joined-up) is a combination of joins and pen lifts. So basically it is the same thing, the only difference is one joins up all the letters and the latter has some lifts of the pen.

CURSIVE Vs PRINT

According to neurologist William Klemm, the neurological benefits of writing by hand are compounded with cursive writing.  He states that cursive writing, compared to printing, is even more beneficial because the movement tasks are more demanding, the letters are less stereotypical.  Diane Montgomery posits that the connected letters and fluid motion of cursive handwriting are especially beneficial to students with disorders such as dyslexia and dysgraphia. Brain imaging studies show that cursive activates areas of the brain that do not participate in keyboarding.

HANDWRITING Vs QUALITY OF COMPOSITION

Researchers Steve Graham and Tanya Santangelo found that teaching handwriting is strongly correlated to the improvement in the quality of writing, not just the legibility of the handwriting, but the quality of the composition. Fluent handwriting allows the student to freely concentrate on higher level skills needed for good writing and to write at a much faster speed.

Do you think handwriting should have a slot in the taught curriculum?

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

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