Archive for June, 2011

ISTE 2011: On my way

Monday, June 27th, 2011



ISTE 2011 is up and running, and it’s huge! Look for me there with Conceptua Math at booth 2852 on Wednesday morning before and after our session. I will also be presenting with Arjan Khalsa, the CEO and founder, at this session: The tools are extremely intuitive and valuable, work great with a white board or tablet (but not iPads), and have helped many children understand how fractions work. They are also very compatible with Singapore Math.

How to Make a Leaf Purse: Second Grade Guest Blogger

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011


One of the projects I assign to my students is to write a process essay. This is an essay that gives step-by-step instructions about how to do something they know how to do. Today’s contribution comes from Christina S., a second grader whom I tutor in writing, and who invented this technique for making leaf purses. For such a young student, it turns out to be more of a process paragraph than a long essay. It is a good way to practice sequencing words and transitions.

How to Make a Leaf Purse, by Christina S.

Have you ever wanted to make a leaf purse? Well it will be little. First, get four leaves. Put them like a plus sign. Then fold the top and bottom. Now the sides. Next, get a long piece of grass and tie it. Now you can decorate however you like it. You can put stickers, glitter, sequins, paint and ribbons.

Watch the video to see the steps in graphic form.

I love creative projects! If you would like to see some of the things I have created and written process essays to describe, please see .


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