The Hole

the_book_with_a_hole_9999_large“The Book with a Hole blasts a hole through the middle of the book itself. Sometimes the hole is an eye the reader can look through; sometimes it is a mouth and the reader’s fingers make the teeth! The next minute it is a plate (with food drawn by the reader on a sheet of paper behind the book), an obstacle to jump across, or a saucepan. It’s crazy! It’s a Book with a Hole!” 

Cut a hole large enough to fit your whole body through the piece of paper.

Challenge: With the same sized paper, cut a hole for your entire class to fit through the piece of paper. What adjustments will you make for an entire school to fit in a piece of paper.

Leave Your Mark

The Dot by Peter Reynolds is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”.

The Dot  is a story of of creativity, courage and collaboration.
How will you leave your “mark” this year?
When you leave this classroom, what would you want your teacher to say about you?

Be inspired:

Be Courageous!

September’s Superpower is courage!

  • Courage is strength in the face of pain or grief; the quality of being brave; valor; heroism.
  • Courage means sacrificing your needs for the needs of another.
  • Courage means taking a risk and facing your fears.
  • It takes courage to admit you have made a mistake.
  • It takes courage to stand up for someone who is being teased.

Maira Kalman’s Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey inspires all of us to be heroic, no matter our size or age and is our book of the month. Visit and read additional news article.

September 11 is Patriot Day. Patriot Day is to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. September 11th reminds us of all those who displayed great acts of courage that day. We must remember that ordinary citizens have the power to be extraordinary.

  • Decorate a medal in honor of a fallen hero. Find a name here.
  • How will you show courage this year? Post your comment below.

Grandfather Tang’s Story

The tangram is a puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap. It is one of the most popular puzzles in the world. Tangrams are an excellent way to increase mental and visual skills. Using imagination, geometrical shapes, letters, numbers, figures, boats, animals and objects can bring great fun along with a challenge.

Let’s play online!

Try these three levels …Tangrams Three Levels

Now try these shapes…Four Piece Tangram Puzzles

Frog & Toad

Many of you read the series, Frog and Toad are Friends. There is also a logic puzzle called Frog & Toad. The Toads and Frogs Puzzle is also known under the names of Hares and Tortoise and Sheep and Goats. This is a popular puzzle that is produced under a variety of names. The goal of the puzzle is to interchange the positions of the objects. If you study your moves long enough you can master a 20 piece problem. Start with two and work your way up! To play, click on the icon below.

Try up to twenty at Frogs NRICH.