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Story Time – Peace is Patriotic

Since our first unit on Camping was inspired by the fourth of July I feel like my book about Jeannette Rankin First Lady For Peace! is an appropriate story to read today!


Jeannette Rankin First Lady For Peace!

From the Back Cover:

Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress. Born in Missoula, Montana, Miss Rankin was a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, and later elected to represent her home state two different times. Representative Rankin holds the distinction of being the only woman who voted to give women the right to vote. An active pacifist she was also proud to state “The first vote of the first woman member of Congress was a vote against war.” She is an inspiration for all young children, especially girls, to enter the world of public service and strive for change that will improve the lives of American families.

Jackie Marie Beyer read a book about Montana when she was in fourth grade and finally moved to Missoula when she was 21 to attend the University of Montana. She first learned about Representative Rankin when she volunteered at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center. She met her husband on a mountainside where they live in a small cabin on 20 beautiful acres. When not painting or enjoying Montana she works as a teacher.


Then we’re gonna play Win It in A Minute!

You can play along with the puppets and animals at Montana Bear School and win a prize if you get them all right. Mrs. Beyer and the animals will model for you and with practice you should be able to get them correct! We will have lots of challenges for students of grades k-6.

Number Sense

Confidence in math comes from having strong Number Sense.

I received some of the best number sense training in the country. If you spend 5 minutes a day practicing these 5 minute to win it mental math games you will gain automaticity with numbers. In the beginning you might just want to follow along as Mrs. Beyer and the puppets and animals at Montana Bear School model for you but if you practice any child should develop fluency in mathematics.

The math challenges will also be posted on the authentic learner podcast and in the google classroom.

Task 8 ~ Happy Counting

Happy Counting

We will start on the number 0 today and count by twos. I will ring a bell  to signal when you go up when you count down, when you vibrate- go back and forth between two numbers, and when to quit.

After you have learned the signals, count along with Mrs. Beyer. It will seem easy and challenging at first all at the same time, but trust me, within a week or so, you should be mastering the skills and gaining fluency moving from number to number. The systematic flow will help your child master their numbers in a consistent order. Your child will grow along with the program as skills get more difficult and gain in confidence as they master math facts and concepts.

ENTER to win

If your child says the math challenge of the day and makes no mistakes you can submit our form to win a prize. We will make sure there are challenges for all levels. You can go at your own pace and download the right challenge for you!

Win It in A Minute Challenge Record Sheet

Minute to Win It Challenge Form Record Sheet

You can enter your email to be notified when the podcast launches and the contests start.  

Enter Today!

While you’re waiting I recommend you order a 100s chart from Amazon or buy one at Lakeshore today!

I highly recommend you get a 100’s chart for practice at home. Worth every penny!


Just go to to learn how to enter!


Minute To Win It Challenge Form

Minute to Win It Challenge Form Record Sheet


Boys and girls I hope you had fun today and you also learned something new! Join us again for episode two of the Authentic Learner Podcast!

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