Sunday, April 9, 2017

A Treasured Life...and Comparing and Ordering Numbers

Hello Everyone!
My sincere apologies for not posting lately...
 I had to take a little time off as our family has experienced a very sad loss. My nephew's little baby girl, Lola, has passed away from Krabbe disease. She was only 13 months old, but brought such joy and light to all who knew her. We have all learned so much about life and love through her.  Krabbe disease (also called globoid cell leukodystrophy) is a degenerative disorder that affects the nervous system. It is caused by the shortage (deficiency) of an enzyme called galactosylceramidase. This enzyme deficiency impairs the growth and maintenance of myelin, the protective covering around certain nerve cells that ensures the rapid transmission of nerve impulses in the brain.  Krabbe disease is part of a group of disorders known as leukodystrophies, which result from the loss of myelin (demyelination). 
Both my nephew and his sweet wife are so devastated, but at the same time are so strong knowing that their little lamb is at rest, and out of pain.  They are also fighting hard to get laws passed in Florida to have screenings done on newborns to detect this disease. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they try to pass Lola's Law. Let me know if you want more information, and I will e-mail links to their efforts.
Our Sweet Lola
Life is precious and every moment spent with family is oh so special... Treasure every one of those moments.

Now, taking a big breath, let's move on to some school stuff. When I got back from Florida, we started a unit in math about comparing and ordering numbers up to 120.  Along with using a 120 board and all that we know about place value, we also continued work using number lines including open number lines. I put together a little unit that I added to my already hefty study on ordering and comparing to 120. I am sharing that tonight. This entire 104 page unit is a print and go unit with a spring theme. There are some whole group lessons and some math tub games. Here are a few pics.
Open Number Line Fun!

A fun High Lo game is included in the unit! A favorite of the kids!!

A fun  Number Line Scoot game is included
 in the unit!

These are just a few pics of the over 100 page doc. If any of it looks interesting or helpful to you, you can get it...HERE! JUST CLICK, DOWNLOAD AND GO! FREE!

Well, I have to run.  I'm working on a strip diagram unit that I am very excited about.  Even First graders can understand numbers through strip diagrams!! Til then, I hope you have a wonderful week.  Hug those close to you. Live every day with joy.