Friday, July 13, 2012


Oh man, I wish I had cool stuff to post!  But right now I'm somewhat stuck in no-man's land... it may be the summertime, but I work in the summer.  It'll (sadly) be over in 3 weeks, so then I'll have two weeks until teachers have to report back for my school.

So in the 2nd week of August, this little blog might get a mite more exciting.  Sadly, until then, I expect it will be kind of dead.  But if you pop over by my Pinterest page (located to the right sidebar), I've pinned some things I want to work on in those two weeks.



The above is what I'm considering for first priority... This toolbox is FANTASTIC and fits me PERFECTLY. I can't believe it didn't occur to me before I made my hideous one!  I'm also now digging the whole make-your-own-seating craze.  I hated it at first... but the more I see it on the Made It Monday linky, the more I love it.  I think the bench is hands-down the coolest, but it would take some serious skill to pull off this perfectly.

The easiest one I'm considering right now is something I saw also on the Monday linky, slightly modified.  As a camp counselor, I get to learn my share of really REALLY fun, addicting card games.  My obsession every year is James Bond.  Only, we don't play quite so strictly. We totally trade more than 1 card at a time and flip over our piles whenever it's complete. No point in hiding it.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to take the idea below and adapt it to James Bond.
My thought was that, since the point of the game is to get 4-like cards together in a pile, instead of fill in the blank, I could put different multiplication facts that have the same answer and an answer card. For example, one pile could be filled with:
  • 8 x 3
  • 12 x 2
  • 24 x 1
  • twenty-four
But I'm not sure if that seems too difficult or not. So if by some miracle, there's someone out there in bloggy land reading this post - halp! Does this sound reasonable to expect from 5th graders?  I know the group I had this year, the game would've been really tough.  The problem is they just DON'T know their multiplication facts! I would be making this with the understanding that, unfortunately, most of them will struggle, and it will not be a game about speed.  My hope is, though, that that would only be at first. James Bond is SUCH a fun game that I hope it will encourage them to get better, faster, stronger with their facts.  I guess it's a matter of trial-and-error.

This is the idea I'm most secretly excited about. I absolutely love James Bond. In the words of Ke$ha, I've got a sick obsession...

Until next time, dears!


  1. I'm glad you joined my first blog hop! The 5th grade teacher at my school is from Maryland. And, I have never heard of James Bond, but after reading the directions, I think they would love playing it with multiplication! I'm going to try this game with my 3rd graders! Welcome to blogging--I'm your newest follower.

    Grade Three is the Place for Me

    1. Thank you so much for the follow! And even more so for the thoughts on the game...trying to make new ones just seems so nerve wracking!

      Your blog hop - great idea, by the way!! Getting to hear from so many different people is so wonderful.

  2. Welcome to blog land!! I love the title of your blog!!! Are you referring to Pocahontas?? That movie is in my top 10 favorite movies EVER list!! :)

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes

    1. Thank you!! And yes, it is. It's been SO long since I've seen it (I so need to go on a Disney binge...) but I have always loved that song. It was just too perfect to pass up!