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Symmetry Interactive Notebook

13 Mar

January and February felt like the same as always. Very long and very stressful. Then, March arrived and it seemed like Spring was truly on the way. Whammo! One last hurrah at winter. Another day with barely half a class and the sad knowledge that you will get to teach the same lesson twice. Sigh. At least, the incredibly fast meltdown brings a bit of happiness … as well as mud and blacktop recess. Feeling like we’re back to the “fortunately/unfortunately…” post:-)

Guess what we are saying is that we are just doing our best to hang on until March Break! This year, we plan to vacation with our families together in a warmer climate. Our children are very excited about the prospect of being together for a week – which they could have done at home as well but, at least they’ll have better weather! Whatever you have planned for your break, take some time for yourself and relax. To help you further decompress, we have you covered with another freebie. Enjoy.


The following freebie is an interactive notebook entry on symmetry. Our expectation is that students are able to sort polygons by lines of symmetry as well as rotational symmetry.

You can find this file on our downloads page or you can download a copy here:

Symmetry INB Brownlee and Belangerr


Geometry & Space: Constellation Angles

11 Feb

Report cards have been submitted and we are ready for a break! Oh, what’s that? The Olympics are on, Valentine’s is coming up, Chinese New Year is on the way, Carnaval is ready to roll, and, for those in primary, Hundreds Day is looming as well? Oh. Yeah. Don’t forget the work you have to catch up on due to those ‘buses are cancelled’ days.

And, poof, just like that, the potential break was gone!

Times like these make you want to hide in your classroom and hope that nobody catches a glimpse of your shadow – a possible sighting could mean another six weeks of unrelenting “fun” activities for you to participate in.

We’d like to write more but we just got prompted for this term’s IEP expectations…

We suggest you find a good spot to lie low until March Break. Good luck!

Unrelated –

Even though it’s really never been used for much, we do have a Facebook site as well. Lately, we’ve been wondering what the heck to do with it. Ignoring it hasn’t really done anything for us. We decided we will use it as a place to post quick ideas or maybe examples of student work. A place where you can get some ideas. If you want to check it out, you can find it here:

We don’t have anything up yet but will soon.


To help you out, we have this geometry and space activity.  Our space unit happens to coincide with our geometry unit. So, we decided to have students label and measure the angles they could see in a given constellation. The page also requires a research component. For us, it just  means looking at their notes for the most part. They do have to locate information on their given constellation. We do it as a partner or small group project. It has 9 constellations – an example is located below:

constellation angle

You can download it here:

Constellation Angle Projects Brownlee and Belanger


EQAO Measurement Math Task Cards

21 Jan

If you’ve read anything we have ever posted then this confession will not shock you. We get bored. Frequently. Probably more often than we should. The thought of doing the same thing year after year is well, it’s enough to make us want to take naps. Long naps. At school. The first couple of years of an assignment you need to repeat just about everything. You make minor revisions based on your experiences the first time. Nothing crazy. Just enough to make it run more smoothly. You don’t do much else because you’re too busy treading water just trying to keep up with learning new curriculum and wading through oceans of marking.

Once you finally get a sense of some routine, boredom sets in. You lose enthusiasm for the topic which is critical in selling it to your students. Yet, you’re tired, there’s still oceans of marking and you don’t want to spend crazy amounts of time thinking of new things to do. Sometimes it’s also difficult as you know it’s something your students in the past really enjoyed doing. The sometimes odd struggles of being a teacher:)

Below is something to help you keep moving along your boredom line. Could be something new to you or similar to something you’ve done but with enough changes to make you somewhat more enthusiastic.


This week, we are sharing the first task cards for measurement. These cards focus more on converting units of measure, selecting the most appropriate unit of measure, etc.  Again, these are from the Ministry and not our creation – we have just compiled them to help us out as we work through EQAO related tasks. 









You can download the file here:

EQAO Measurement Task Cards Brownlee and Belanger

Measurement: Converting Units and Perimeter

2 Jan

This is our second attempt at this blog entry. Our first was, well, it was maudlin and depressing at best. Not very uplifting for the holidays. Basically, we had realized we had stopped doing some things that we used to love. Reflecting on this created a woeful tract filled with plaintive mourning – you could almost hear the self-pitying sighs! Now that we have had some extra sleep, it’s somewhat amusing to read.

The gist of what we wanted to say was take time over the holidays to do something you love. That was it. A lot of dramatic writing to essentially give some cliched advice. It’s also why this is a quick entry. One of us wants to get back to her book and one is still working on mastering her knitting loom.

Sine we both like sharing, we can give you freebies. For this entry we are sharing our interactive notebook entries for measurement on converting units and perimeter.



You can download these files here:

Metric Staircase INB Brownlee and Belanger

Perimeter INB Brownlee and Belanger




Media Literacy Foldable

11 Dec

The craziness of the winter season is upon us at school! We’re doing all we can to keep our kids and academics on track while they are already focussed on the break. Add in preparing for a Christmas concert (yes, ours is still a Christmas concert) and all the holiday related interruptions and the day can seem excessively long and tiring.  As well, the other day there seemed to be a lot of supply teachers in so either everyone was taking a fun day and we didn’t get the memo or there is a nasty bug going around. Again. Good times. Good, good times.

When we think about it, there is rarely a time when there isn’t some stressor or a three-ring circus kind of day. There is always something. We can’t remember the last time we heard a colleague say they felt caught up and well rested. Maybe because they see the rest of us and know they would be universally despised or because we, as a general group, tend to feel we should always be doing more and focus on what needs to be done.

As always, our goal is to help you lessen your stress and help out where we can. We’ve noticed media literacy is a popular category in our stats so we decided to post our recently created media literacy foldable. We looked at the 5 key concepts of media literacy so we used the media triangle to create our foldable.

We also hope you take some time over the holidays to reflect not on what you need to do but what you have done well. It’s not as easy but would be good for the teaching soul. Happy Holidays!

You can download the file here:

Media Literacy INB brownlee and belanger

(T)Each Day is a New Adventure

25 Nov

Interactive Notebooks in Math (Patterning and Number Sense)

20 Oct