# Uncategorized Archives - Mary Kienstra

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By: Mary Kienstra on: April 18, 2017 in: coordinate grid, dance, Engagement, Uncategorized *

When kids live the coordinate plane they actually remember it. Try these eight great ways to get kids to understand and remember the coordinate plane. 1. LIVE IT: Arrange the classroom on the coordinate grid. Attach tape to the floor and arrange the desks with “addresses” that represent the plane. As students come in, they pick […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: March 18, 2016 in: Engagement, pi day, pi day party, Uncategorized *

The PI Day Party is a tradition in my class. Kids look forward to it all year long. I can only hope that my students enjoy it as much as I do! The excitement began to build a week in advance as the kids were assigned a pi day project. It’s JFF – just for fun – […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: January 8, 2015 in: Discussion, Engagement, Math, Uncategorized, proportion, ratio *

A giant stopped by my class and left several of his giant pencils. As my students observed those pencils, we brainstormed a list of things we could figure out about the giant by knowing the size of his pencil. They knew that they could use ratios and proportions to estimate the height of the giant, the […]
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