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Incredible Things Glenna Likes to Use

Anglegs set of 74 with protractor

Glenna uses Anglegs for exploring every level of Geometry concepts.  Her students call them the “Legos” of math.

Algebra Tiles

Glenna uses Algebra Tiles to help Algebraic concepts become concrete. From creating expressions, equations, polynomials, and even factoring trinomials, Algebra Tiles are amazing!

2-Color counters

Glenna uses 2-color counters when students explore integers. It’s very easy to differentiate red for negative numbers and white or yellow for positive numbers. 2-color counters can also be used for addition and subtraction problems.

24 Game Single Digit

Glenna uses the 24 Game Single Digit because this is the BEST game to encourage students to learn their basic facts. It’s competitive, challenging, and FUN!

24 Game Double Digit

Glenna uses the 24 Game Double Digit version to layer on the complexity of practicing basic facts, order of operation, computational proficiency and algebraic thinking.

24 Game Algebra + Exponents

Glenna uses this game with middle school and high school students to encourage them to remember and use rules for exponents and to practice algebraic thinking.

24 Game Variables

After your students are introduced to variables, this 24 Game engages them in the practice of the use of variables.

Albert's Insomnia

Glenna recommends this game to every teacher and every parent who wants to know a fun and engaging way to practice basic facts. It can be automatically differentiated by the participant depending on their level, so it’s invaluable in every classroom and every home!

Ants

Glenna loves using cool counters to solve math problems and to engage students in learning complex concepts. A bag of 12 ants can be organized into arrays to concretely illustrate factors and a fact family. Ants can be divided with and without remainders. A bag of ants, a picnic tablecloth, and math is just more fun!

Napkins, red checked

It may seem trivial, but having a picnic tablecloth when solving word problems with ants sets the tone and engages the learner every time. They will never forget what you teach them if you use really cool tools!

Roaches

The idea of buying roaches may make some people shudder, but Glenna can get the most reluctant student to learn the formulas for area and perimeter if they get to use roaches to do it. Realistic plastic ones work best…

Flies

More bugs mean more fun. You can mix the flies in with the roaches and ants for a wonderful concrete experience with math concepts.

Plastic plate, blue

Fractional parts of a whole, decimals, and percents can be concretely explored by cutting the radius of two different color plates, stacking them together, and turning one of them. This is one of Glenna’s favorite colors to use.

Plastic plate, yellow

Glenna stacks the yellow plate on top of the blue plate to help students concretely experience fractions, decimals, and percents.

Fraction Bars

Beginning in the 3rd grade, Glenna recommends that every classroom have this iconic representation of fractional parts of a whole. She uses Fraction Bars for many games and students never forget that ¼ is smaller than ½ , even though 4 is greater than 2.

Hefty Jumbo Bags

Having many stations and many items, Glenna has found that one of the easiest ways to store them is in jumbo zippered bags. These jumbo bags seem to be the perfect size sense they accommodate multiple sets of materials for pairs and the Leader Folder.

Large Craft Sticks

Craft sticks are a staple for any manipulative box or closet. The craft sticks can be used for counting, for number sentences, for illustrating geometric shapes, and for equity sticks when calling on students.

Sand Timers

Just about anything can be more fun if you put a timer with it and challenge against others or against the time itself and sand timers are an inexpensive tool to facilitate this.

Unifix cubes

Glenna recommends using Unifix Cubes to help students understand place value. A base-ten stick is still one stick, but a stack of ten cubes clearly and concretely illustrates that ten cubes equal one ten.

Bingo markers

The best way to mark a dot on a ten frame for the Flash-a-Frame Game is with a Bingo Marker. Glenna used to put adhesive dots on one at a time until one of her teachers showed up with a Bingo marker. Anything that’s less than $5 and saves time is worth it!

Attribute Blocks

Attribute blocks help children learn about characteristics of shapes in a concrete way. If you put a big, thick, red circle next to a little, thin, yellow circle, you can describe what you see and feel that differentiates the two shapes.

GADGETS THAT GOT GLENNA EXCITED

Planket

A PLANKET is my front garden’s best friend. They are dark green, have grommets for yard stakes, and have tastefully covered my flowering plants in less than 5 minutes.

Spray can trigger grip

This may seem like a silly gadget to have, but it has been worth the few bucks we paid for ours every time I have to spray paint something.

Happy spoon

I laugh when I use this spoon because it reminds me to live in the moment and enjoy the fact that I am alive and am able to enjoy coffee and the quiet of my house before the rest of the house wakes up.

Bounce

Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets came to the rescue again! I carried take-out food in my vehicle. Not a smell I wanted to keep for the next few weeks, so I placed sheets under seats. Overnight the smell was gone.

Kitchen Timer

This gadget changed my life as a person, a mom, and a teacher. The idea is that you quit being the “Time Sheriff” and put the timer and its owner in charge of the time.

Nature’s AirSponge Odor Absorber

Are you wondering why I needed Nature’s AirSponge??? Well, it has something to do with a squirrel being caught in the attic space above our bathroom…..

Books Glenna Is Reading—Math

10 Monsters in the Bed

17 Kings and 42 Elephants

Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar

The April Rabbits

Crayola Counting Book

The Doorbell Rang

Fifty of the Zebra

Frog and Toad Are Friends

How Many Snails

The Hundred Penny Box

The King's Commissioners

Lunch With Cat and Dog

The M & M's Counting Book

Millions of Cats

Mouse Count

Notorious Numbers

Number Stories

One Hundred Hungry Ants

One Watermelon Seed

One Yellow Lion

The Purse

Rajah's Rice

A Remainder of One

Sea Squares

Six Dinner Sid

Two of Everything

Wolf's Chicken Stew

Books Glenna Is Reading—For Fun

To the Nines by Janet Evanovich

Yes, this is the 9th book in her series about Stephanie Plum, a spunky bounty hunter from New Jersey. Every single one of her books makes me laugh out loud throughout the entire book.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

This is one of the books my children selected for me to read aloud during dinner. I won’t tell you the ending, but it’s worth the read with your tweens and teens!

Call of the Wild by Jack London

My 8th grader had to create a project based on this novel and asked me for my feedback. It was worth the read to have a meaningful book talk with one of my children!

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

This is a mature fairy tale that takes you back to the way you used to feel when you read fairy tales as a child. The protagonist is a strong character, the female friendships are written well, and I’m on the edge of my seat to get to the next scene.

Instant Happy by Karen Salmansohn

My daughter and I were listening to an interview on the way to school one morning and heard some of the reasons why the author wrote the book. Karen believes that we need to have 10-second “thought interventions” that will train our brain to be positive.

Asphalt Warrior by Gary Reilly

When you begin to read about Murph, a protagonist and resident of Denver, you will feel as if you are in the cab next to him. One of my favorite parts of this book was his yearly spring break. He earns enough to take a week off so he can lie on a beach towel in his living room and do nothing. I’ve always wanted to do something like that.

The Writer’s Notebook by Ralph Fletcher

“… a writer’s notebook gives you a place to write down what makes you angry or sad or amazed, to write what you noticed and don’t want to forget. A place to record exactly what your grandmother whispered in your ear before she said good-bye for the last time.”  Get a copy, get a notebook, get a favorite pen, and WRITE!

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

Suspense isn’t usually my first genre of choice for “fun” reading, but this one has kept my attention for 2/3 of the book.! I still can’t figure out what is going to happen but I’m on the edge of my eReader waiting to see!

Let Me Hold You Longer by Karen Kingsbury

Let Me Hold You Longer is going to make you sniffle a little, but it is a nice reminder to treasure every moment–first and lasts.

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

The illustrations, the phrasing, and the flow of this book are quite powerful. In fact, the illustrations are so good that the book was a Caldecott Honor Book. Each page is thought- provoking and worth a pause as you read it. Here is just one, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

I was quite intrigued by the behavior of elephants that the book explores. Elephants are fascinating creatures that are committed to each other. (Can you tell I’ve been watching the Animal Planet channel with my children?)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman does an amazing job of bringing the characters in this story to life and makes you feel as if you are there with each of them. It was an emotional story and I was absorbed from the first page to the last.

Memory Man by David Baldacci

This is a riveting novel about a man who is the first football player from his town to go pro. On his first play he is hit in a head-to-head collision. He recovers but has an interesting side effect. He can never forget anything. 

Max: Best Friend. Hero. Marine by Boaz Yakin, Jennifer Li Shotz, and Sheldon Lettich

Typically, I read the book and then watch the movie. This time I watched the movie with my family and then read the book.  I so enjoyed this book that I went on to read No Better Friend about a dog adopted by the Navy.

Books to Thicken Your Dendrites

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by SherryTurkle

It made me stop and think at the end of every page. This was the quote that made me want to read the book, “Face-to-face conversation is the most human—and humanizing— thing we do…..”

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant

In a world that is focused on “self” I am thoroughly enjoying reading about studies that prove giving is better than taking.

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential Through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages, and Innovative Teaching by Jo Boaler

As I was just now diving into it I wrote:  it’s soooooo good that I wanted to share it with you. It talks about how we, as teachers, can truly impact students reaching their potential.

The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for?

  “It’s not about you.” With that line as my holiday slogan it was easier to decorate the tree—I simply let my children do it. There are clumps of ornaments, the weirdest ornaments are the most prominent, there are blank spaces, AND, most importantly, there are 3 children who think the tree looks perfect. I couldn’t agree more…because it’s not about me!

Grace Based Parenting: Set Your Family Free by Dr. Tim Kimmel

A primary reflection as I read this book is that my attitude is the only thing I can change. I can never change another person. I can only offer them the opportunity to have my grace given to them. What they do with it, no matter how undeserving they are of this merited favor, is up to them.

Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House by Robert Dallek

Reading this book has helped me understand the many possible solutions to the problems that were facing our nation. I learned that Kennedy was receptive to both good and bad advice. I understand more about his effectiveness as a leader who averted a nuclear war—even though many of his military leaders advised him differently.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Condo

I have always been an organizer and list maker. I’m also the first one to want to tidy up a room. I like reading something that impacts my life for the better and this book truly has.

The Six Secrets of Change: What the Best Leaders Do to Help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive by Michael Fullan

If you are a change agent in your family, school, or group, this is a must read. If nothing else, it will help you to understand what will help you personally.

Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times by Eyal Press

Why do ordinary people do extraordinary things? This book is not about the Mother Teresas or Mahatma Gandhis of the world. It’s about people like you and me. It’s about ordinary people who made choices that changed the lives of others.

Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

This book is placed in the genre of picture books, but it has thickened my dendrites every time I read it. I’ve read many articles and books about Jackson Pollack, but this one helped me imagine how Pollack must have been thinking.

Who Moved my Cheese by Spencer Johnson

Basically, the book uses cheese as a metaphor for whatever you want and value in life and what happens when those things, “the cheese,” is gone. There are lots of lessons to learn from this book.

Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly

I wanted to get more of the facts about the death of Lincoln. What I didn’t expect was for the book to read with such action and vivid imagery. As in so many cases, the killing and death could have been prevented so easily…if only.

The Vatican Pimpernel: The Wartime Exploits of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty by Brian Fleming

As you read you understand that the Monsignor was charismatic a master manipulator, and highly skilled and organizing and implementing the rescue and safety of escaped POWs. It is not fiction, but it reads like a suspenseful novel.

Boundaries

What is a boundary? It’s what makes you you. It’s your beliefs and your dreams and your values. It’s your soul and your heart.

The Mozart Effect by Don Campbell

Campbell shows how modern science has begun to confirm, with scientific evidence, that listening to certain types of music can improve the quality of life in almost every respect, high blood pressure, anxiety, chronic pain, dyslexia, and even mental illness.

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