# Free Printable-2-digit static addition match

1.) Set cards out with ten bars and unit beads. Show child how to add using golden bead material. Use cards as an extension activity.

2.) Set cards out with the stamp game. You can purchase a stamp game from here or free stamp game from here. Instructions on how to play are here.

3.) Use as command cards.

4.) Use as a cut and paste matching activity.

5.) Use first page as a worksheet. Make two copies and fill in the answers on one copy to be used as a check sheet.

6.)Use cards for doing mental math or to incorporate memorized math facts into 2-digit addition.

If you used the cards, please let me know in the comment section. Let me know how well they worked for you. I hope to make similar sets in the future using 3-digit and 4-digit addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. The next set I post will be of dynamic addition.  Feel free to subscribe to the blog, so that way you’ll be the first to know when I post new downloads. Hope you find them useful!

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Counting by 5s.

# Simple Machines and Physics

So the latest science expedition has involved understanding forces and how simple machines work. We used this hands on kit. Before breaking out the lab we read the book I Use Simple Machines. The book covers the six simple machines.

They six types of simple machines are:

1. lever

2. pulley

3. ramp (inclined plane)

4. screw

5. wedge

6. wheel and axel

The first simple machine we explored was the lever.When a small force is applied to the action point of the lever, the force applied impacts the load. The plug is pulled from the hole with the separator tool as pictured above. The separator tool is a lever. It was a simple experiment, but lead to lots of good discussion about action points, force, and loads. Also we tried to think of what other sorts of machines are levers like door handles and seesaws. Tomorrow we will discuss the lever again and discuss the mechanical advantages (making something easier) of the six types of simple machines. I found some great resources here.Next, we explored how a balance scale works. Those most fascinating part of the experiment involved moving the gear wheels closer to the point of rotation. Say you have two wheels are exactly the same weight. If you move one of the wheels closer to the point of rotation, it seems lighter. To see such a phenomenon in action was super cool.After the experiments were over, the kids practiced building the experiments themselves. Next time, we’ll continue the balance scale experiment by making paper weighing pans and attaching them to the apparatus. We’ll test the weights of different stuff like marbles, pom poms, and other small objects.

Also, I found a free printable book  that the kids can make. We found this cool online game at the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago.

And I made these simple machine cards using clipart from the internet. I cut and pasted the pictures into one document, and then I cut the pictures out and glued them onto cardstock. ABC Teach has simple machine photo cards available here. If I were still a member, I would have printed these cards for sorting. Printing the black and white images did save me some color ink! Notice I have a fishing pole as a pulley. The reeling action of the fishing pole would be a pulley. The action of lifting the fish out of water would be the lever.I marked each card with a colored symbol for control of error.

# More Geography: My Global Address

We read the book My Global Address. My oldest was able to read this to himself. The book basically starts with the fact that one lives on a street, then progresses from street to neighborhood to city to state to country to continent to world (planet earth).

We made our own diagram of such facts. There are lots of examples of these all over the web. I printed off images from google and then cut different size ovals from construction paper. Then HE cut the images from the paper, labeled the ovals, and glued the images on each layer. Then we stacked them. From there he could see the levels at which he exists in the world and understand the different levels of physical location.He seemed to really enjoy the project and afterward he certainly had a better understanding of continent, country, state, city, street and so on. Above and below the finished result.My youngest jumped into the activity then and he painted the land and water. I found the printout online here. My oldest also painted a free-handed painting of world.The youngest drew a picture of the earth after being inspired by the work of his older brother.We hung his work up on the wall.Then the two set out to build their own city!

# The Seasons, Months, and Days of the Week

This week we did a seasons sorting activity. I got the idea from Montessori ‘N Such. We reviewed the months of the year with these cards (pictured above) from here.

We sung of the “Days of the Week” (to the tune of the Addam’s Family song).

Then we sorted these cards. We also enjoyed these season charts from here.We read books about seasons. I downloaded them from Learning A-Z.The four books pictured above introduce and review some good vocabulary. My oldest enjoyed reading the Level E book. The work on the shelves.

# Frog Life Cycle and Classes of Vertebrates

We read Fish is Fish. This is a really cute book. I ended up preparing a frog life-cycle activity because of this book. When you read the book, you’ll see why I did.I found these cards to match the life cycle replicas.

Then we explored the vertebrates in closer detail. I printed the classes of vertebrates cards (pictured below) from here. I also printed the booklet to match.

They had a great time making the booklets.

Cutting and coloring: Stapling:

And Reading:Then they took turns working with this great Ipad Montessori App.

# New Schoolroom and New Activities

(Pictured Above) Our new schoolroom. Yay! Getting closer and closer to organization. This will be our schoolroom for the next four months, then it will be time for us to move again. (Pictured Above) We’ve had this Ikea easel for a very long time. I store the color pencils in glass jars.(Pictured Above) Our reading corner. I struggled with the calendar situation a great deal until I found this great pocket calendar at Office Depot. I like that you can switch the colors of the numbers so that the odd vs. even numbers are highlighted. We have lots of children’s books in our family room. It’s nice to be able to isolate a few books to be read during the work period.(Pictured Above) I isolated these works for my youngest son, but they are equally accessible for my older son, if he’d like to revisit some of his old work.(Pictured Above) I set up two shelves for my oldest son’s work. (Pictured Above) Compound Word Activity. This activity includes three baskets: 1) One basket of objects representing 5 sets of root word combinations 2) A basket of picture cards showing the compound word resulting from the combinations 3) A small basket for word strips (blank) and complete. When the lesson is presented, the words can be written on the blank strips in front of the child and then saved so that the child can work with the strips alone. I also created a sort of equation- Root Word+Root Word=Compound Word.These cool little math gnomes are kept on the math shelf.  I found lots of ideas for making these math gnomes on Pinterest. Also on Pinterest are ideas for Waldorf drawings. Whenever I place a new drawing on the easel board, my son copies it into his work journal. I like how each math gnome has a poem that can be memorized to remember the function of the mathematical signs. There are stories which can be told to accompany the gnomes. The gnomes spend lots of time trying to figure out how to disperse the magical gems! These math gnomes have been a fun supplement to our Montessori math work.(Pictured Above) Our botany and zoology shelf. (Pictured Above) Invertebrate and Vertebrate Work.  I found some beautiful cards here at The Helpful Garden. I dug through my collection of miniature objects and found enough object that can be matched with most of the cards.The cards can be sorted with or without objects.I put red and yellow colored stars on the back of the cards for self-checking.

# 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 26,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals