Monday, May 14, 2012

Two Great Places to Find Freebies on Mondays!

I am linking this post up with 2 different blogs today!  This is still my favorite little math trick of late...and I love the freebie I made for it.

By now, I've been out of school for 2 weeks, so just ignore that part! ;-)

Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies is a place where anyone with a freebie to share can link up each Monday.  This is a great way to find great ideas...for FREE!!!

Click the link below to check it out now...


Classroom Freebies Manic Monday



For the first time ever, I'm also joining up with Love2Learn2Day for her Math Monday Blog Hop!




This is the next-to-last Monday of the school year for me in Room 40 on the 7th grade hall!  This is the part to ignore.

As always, I have mixed emotions about another year coming to an end...  {OK, you got me...I'm beyond happy that school is out!}

Today's edition of Math Game Monday is not really a game, but I thought it would a fun little activity to do as we're winding down the year.

My husband, Mr. Making It, who is a State Trooper, was so happy when he got home a few days ago because he couldn't wait to show me a math trick he learned that day.  It was actually from a construction worker, who I assumed my husband had pulled over!  I always tell my students how important it is to learn math because no matter what your job, you will need to be proficient at math.  I often use constructions workers as an example...so I can't wait to share this little trick with them, too!

OK, here's what you need:


Yep...that's all!  This is my personal, beat up measuring tape I've had for about 20 years!  I would advise doing this with your students or using one with kinder edges.  Mine has some bite to it...it pretty stiff.


Pull the tape out to 112 inches.


Then 'fold' the end back around and place the 0 mark right beside the 112 mark.  Notice I had to tape mine down in order to get a picture of it.  You can always hold the tape yourself and move around the room.



Next, ask a volunteer how old they are or will be this year if they haven't had a birthday yet.  That's my soon-to-be age in August up there, 42!

Notice that it is paired up with my birth year...1970!


In the 'loop' you'll find only 1 number.  Those born in 1956 will be 56 years old this year.


My students would fall into this range on the tape.

Those born in the 1900s will have a 2-digit birth year number.  However, notice that those born in the 2000s will have a 3-digit birth year number because of adding another century!

While this is certainly not Rocket Science, it's one of those fun, trivial things that most students find to be pretty awesome.  

Mathematically, it makes perfect sense, but I had never thought about a measuring tape in this way.

So, thank you Mr. Making It and Mr. Construction Worker for providing me with a little blogging inspiration this week!  You just never know where it's going to come from!


I've created a FREEBIE to use as an extension for this activity!  Click on the image to download from Google Docs.





Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},









15 comments:

  1. i REMEMBER LEARNING THIS WHEN I WAS LITTLE!! HOW COOL - THANKS FOR THE REMINDER!! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jen! I don't think I've ever heard of this trick before, but I thought it was just way too cool not to pass on. Glad I could bring back a fond fond memory!

      ~Michelle

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  2. I will have to check out your posts on Mondays. Saying hello from the giveaway at A Teacher's Treasure.

    ~April @ ideabackpack.blogspot.com

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    1. Please do, April! Thanks for coming by and taking time to leave a comment.

      Don't you just love Mor at A Teacher's Treasure? :)

      ~Michelle

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  3. Congrats! I've given you the One Lovely Blog award. Stop by my blog to check out all the details.

    Nicole @ Teaching with Blonde Ambition http://teachingwithblondeambition.blogspot.com/

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    1. How sweet! Thank you very much!

      I appreciate you stopping by. :)

      ~Michelle

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  4. This is a great post. I already follow you and your tpt store. I am stopping by to say I read this awesome post and I am entering Mor's giveaway.
    Pamela
    pfulk@cox.net
    First Class Teacher

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    1. Thanks, Pamela...and thanks for the follows! Isn't Mor's giveaway awesome! I appreciate you stopping by and taking time to comment!

      I follow you too by the way. :)

      ~Michelle

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  5. This is so cool!! I'm a new follower stopping by to say hi from A Teacher's Treasure giveaway!
    Allie
    the-gypsy-teacher.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi, Allie! Thanks for stopping by...I love A Teacher's Treasure, too!

      Love the name of your blog...I'll be checking it out today. :)

      ~Michelle

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    1. Thanks, Lisa!

      I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment!

      I hope you'll check back often. :)

      ~Michelle

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  7. Found this trick on Pinterest so I had to see how it worked. It just goes to show that we can always learn something new!

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  8. love your background so cute...im your newest follower..drop by

    Just Wild About Teaching

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  9. What a terrific trick, I found you at Manic Monday and I'm your newest follower!
    ~Fern
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!
    Fern Smith’s Pinterest Boards!

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