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Friday was our first day back to school after the holiday break. We had a snow day the day before and a late start that day. So...what do you do with a few hours on a Friday before Elvis' birthday? Read a book, do some math and eat peanut butter banana sandwiches!
I came across a new and spectacular (yet basic) book on Elvis when my husband and I visited Graceland in September. As we read it, we learned that Elvis sold over 1 billion records. We looked at how many zeros there are in 1 billion. We also learned that he died at age 42 in the year 1977. This made for some great math we we worked on how to solve what year he was born. We used the 100s chart to calculate the answer with tens and ones. Strong number sense and the ability to work with tens and ones on within 100 is a standard in first grade. I love teaching my kids to think mathmatically even when we are in our social studies focus.
Ahh, but after all this learning, we were rather hungry and needed to enjoy Elvis' favorite sandwich. I call it a great Friday afternoon.
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