Archive for March, 2013


March 27, 2013

Here is a quick way to create a file.  We were working with tessellations. 


(Tessellation is the process of creating a two-dimensional plane using the repetition of a geometric shape with no overlaps and no gaps.)

Three coloured shapes were added to the SMART Board and infinitely cloned.  The students had to make patterns with no overlaps and no gaps.  Everyones had to look different.  Afterwards we viewed quilts to see various kinds of tessellations and then we visited MC Escher’s website to see his fantasy artwork.  (

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Eclectic Eggs for Easter

March 20, 2013

Kids love the new crayon in SMART Notebook 11 and they can use it in the next activity.  On the SMART Board, I draw several egg shapes using the shape tool.  I clone the pages so that there are several pages to work with.  The students know that they are going to decorate them but they have to make up the rules.  On slips of paper, they have to write sentences that describe how to decorate each egg.  An example is:  ‘Use three lines.  Use two colours.  Use six identical squares.’  After I check them for spelling, (I don’t want students to get used to seeing words spelled incorrectly.) we fold up the slips of paper and put them into a jar.  When the student goes up to decorate an egg, he takes a slip of paper, chooses an egg and decorates accordingly.  They can sign their eggs if they want to.  Sometimes afterwards, we will look at the eggs and the students have to figure out what the rule was.


Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom


March 13, 2013

Here is another way to use shapes to quickly create an activity.  This one is for primary students and with practise, it takes about 20 seconds to make the activity.

I create three or more colored shapes at the bottom of the screen.


After they have been infinitely cloned, I ask the students to make patterns.  Some have no idea!  We discuss what patterning means and give the students lots of time to make various patterns on the SMART Board with a partner (one touching, one offering suggestions).  While students are working on that, the other students are working with math manipulatives.  Later, I ask students to make an AABB pattern, for instance.  This is good for deductive reasoning because the next student has to make an AABB pattern that is different from the last one.  After a while, they will not be able to come up with any more patterns for the AABB set.  To make sure that everyone is involved, the students all use paper and crayons at their seats so they can show combinations of their own.

To see the details for this activity, check out the attached… Patterning in Primary

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

42 Second Graphic Organizer

March 6, 2013

I love my SMART Board but I do not want to spend hours at night creating lessons or searching for ones that work so I have come up with some ideas that I can put together in seconds and they are great for learning.   Shapes can be used in so many ways and in the next few blogs, I will show you some quick lessons.

How to Create Graphic organizer

graphic organizerSometimes I want to get students’ ideas about a particular topic.  All their ideas get written down but I want to show them how to organize the thoughts.  Check out the attachment for creating a quick graphic organizer.   There are many steps but if you practice the process several times, you can do this in 42 seconds!

Click here for step by step instructions on how to create a quick graphic organizer

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom