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A Little Halloween Fun

With Halloween only a few days away, tomorrow will be our Halloween celebration at school. 

I have a few fun surprises for my students tomorrow, including some pumpkin and spider inspired math games and a monster design lab in the afternoon.

And they are so excited about wearing their costumes to school!  So excited, that they convinced someone else to dress up.

And no…it wasn’t me (I didn’t need convincing.)

Meet Harold.  A childhood friend of hubby’s who made an appearance in my classroom as Dr. Shrinkle, the amazing mathematician who made patterns shrink with his magic shrinking suitcase.  It was love at first sight and my students have been showering him with so much love and affection that he thinks he is a superstar.  

And yesterday they convinced him to dress up as a pumpkin. 

He’s pretty cute, don’t you think?

I will be attending the festivities as the dormouse from Alice in Wonderland (all of the teachers at my school are going as characters from this book, with minimal costume pieces the students will have to guess what story we are all from).

The resident cat is modelling my ears and tail. 

This is one time of year when I am extra grateful for my sewing machine (and glue gun!)

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  • Reply
    November 2, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Andrea – You are such a creative and fun teacher! I hope that your school’s Halloween festivities were a success! I like your husband’s stuffed animal’s pumpkin costume! So cute!

    I’m impressed by your idea of “Dr. Shrinkle, the amazing mathematician who made patterns shrink with his magic shrinking suitcase.” Just curious…how DID Dr.Shrinkle make patterns shrink in his magic shrinking suitcase??? When I get another long-term occasional position, maybe one of my stuffed animals can become one of Dr.Shrinkle’s long-distance friends and work some magic here in London!

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      November 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

      Hi Jennie,

      The shrinking process was quite simple. Dr. Shrinkle had a box of shapes I had pre-made from multi-link cubes. He would show a shape to the students and they would make the same shape with their own cubes. He then stuck it in his magical suitcase, and counted to three. It always took him a little while to pull the shape out again (and while he was grumbling about not being able to find it because it had gotten so small, I would remove a certain number of the blocks from the pattern). He would then pull it out of the suitcase. The students would then re-create this next shape with their pattern blocks and comment on what they thought the pattern rule might be. Dr Shrinkle would repeat this making the shape smaller and smaller until all the students were confident they knew the pattern and could predict what the shape would look like next. I did a similar thing with number patterns with numbers written on cards and he also had a reverse button on his suitcase so he could also make patterns grow. It was a lot of fun, and my students keep asking for Dr. Shrinkle to return!

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