We are inspired by our Mount Vernon Community of students, families, and staff who are showing great resilience, determination, and creativity to stay connected with one another and to support student learning. Their efforts to continue to make Every Day Count during this unprecedented time are amazing! Teaching & Learning staff are excited to share resources and ideas for staying connected and supporting student learning. Students are likely to hear from their classmates, teachers, and school sites with ways to stay engaged. Maintaining our sense of community supports our social-emotional health and will help each of us to remain engaged in learning. We hope you engage with and enjoy the ideas we post on our Every Day Counts! student learning blog. Stay tuned--we plan to begin posting on Monday, March 23rd! Many of the resources we will be sharing are available to all students via the MV TECHSMART K-12 DIGITAL LITERACY site.

Friday, June 5, 2020

6-5-2020 Access Resources Online with a Mount Vernon Library Card

Right now, our Mount Vernon Library is closed due to COVID19, but did you know that there are many great resources available to you online using your library card? 

Here are a few ideas.   

  • You can check out audio books, music, ebooks. (Many Spanish titles) 
  • You can access Tumble Books which is a great resource for children's books. (Many Spanish titles)
  • You can learn a new language with Rosetta Stone.
  • You can research a product with Consumer Reports
  • You can learn about other countries with Culture Grams.  
  • You can read the Skagit Valley Herald or find archived articles. 
  • You can take online classes with Lynda.com
If you are a Mount Vernon resident, you can go online and apply for a Library Card to begin using our great library even before the doors are back open. Click here to learn more about getting a Library Card. 

Martha Thornburgh: Mount Vernon Schools Teaching and Learning

Thursday, June 4, 2020

6-4-2020 Learn a Card Trick

Anyone for a card trick?


This is a game where you tell a friend you will be able to determine the exact card they select from a deck of cards.

Each card has a number value.* 


Suppose your friend selects a 4 of Hearts!

Ask your friend to:


  1. Double the card number         4 x 2 = 8

  2. Add 3                                           8 + 3 = 11

  3. Multiply by 5                              11 x 5 = 55

  4. Add 1 if the card is a Club

Add 2 if the card is a Heart      55 + 2 = 57

Add 3 if the card is a Spade

Add 4 if the card is a Diamond

  1. Ask your friend for the number


Then you take the number and secretly subtract 15 from the total they give you.  57-15 = 42

Now you tell your friend that you know exactly what card they are holding.  


The first digit is a 4 so the number on their card is a 4Use the key above to see if the second digit tells whether the card is a Club, Heart, Spade or Diamond.  Since it is a 2, the card is a heart.  Your friend has the 4 of Hearts.

*Aces are 1, Jacks are 11, Queens are 12 and Kings are 13

Mary Ellen Huggins: Mount Vernon Schools Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

6-3-2020 Make a Sundial

You can create an accurate way to tell time using just rocks, sticks and the sun!  

Check out this article from ScienceKidsatHome.com



  • stick
  • rocks or chalk
  • 1 cup of playdough (optional)
  • watch or clock

1.Find a sunny spot in a lawn or even on a sidewalk.
2.Put the stick in the ground. If it is a sidewalk, put the stick in the playdough
and use that to hold the stick upright on cement.
3. Throughout the day, place a rock, or mark with chalk for each hour indicating
where the shadow falls at that time. Depending on your time, you may have
to place rocks over a couple of days before your sundial is complete.
4. Now your sundial is ready to use. When you want to tell the time, just look
for the shadow. In the picture above, the stones are used to mark each hour
from 7am to 7pm. The picture was taken at 9:15 in the morning.

In the beginning, you may find it hard to be very precise. With a bit of practice,
you should be able to tell time to the nearest 15 minutes, and maybe even more
 It's about 12:30 in this picture.

Use chalk and a ruler to draw in the shadow lines, instead of placing rocks on
the hour.

You can print out a sundial.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

6-2-2020 More Toothpicks

More Toothpicks and Squares




How many toothpicks do you need to make one square?


How many toothpicks do you need to make two squares?

Three squares?


What pattern do you notice?


Can you predict how many toothpicks you will need to make nine squares? 




Given three squares:


Below are four squares. Can you move two of the toothpicks so that you can have seven squares?


Mary Ellen Huggins: Mount Vernon Schools Teaching and Learning

Monday, June 1, 2020

6-1-2020 Draw a Self Portrait

Learn how to draw a portrait of a very important person.  YOU!  Follow along with this video and get tips on how to draw a self portrait.  What makes you unique?  

Martha Thornburgh: Mount Vernon Schools Teaching and Learning

Thursday, May 28, 2020

5-29-2020 Be Internet Awesome

Play this interactive game to learn about how to be a good digital citizen on the internet.  

Be Internet Awesome: Find more activities on helping your family stay safe online including a Coloring Book, Tip Sheets and a Family Guide.  Materials are available in English and Spanish.  

Martha Thornburgh: Mount Vernon Schools Teaching and Learning

5-28-2020 Scrabble Math



The “M” tile has the number 3 on it. Can you start counting at 3 and count up to 42?

Grade 1

There are about 46 tiles in the picture. Can you start counting at 46 and count up to 120?

Grade 2

Use the digits on the tiles to create 2 numbers with a sum or difference close to 100.

Grade 3

The”M” tile is worth 3 points. How many 3’s are in 18? 

How many 3’s are in 24?

Grade 4

Using all the digits on the tiles, what is the greatest number you can make? Write it in expanded form.

Grade 5

Use all of the digits on the tiles and a decimal point to create two numbers with a sum or difference close to 2.55.


Find other scrabble pieces and create your own questions for family members of students in your class.  If you do not have a Scrabble board game, look up scrabble letters on Google.

Mary Ellen Huggins: Mount Vernon Schools Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

5-27-2020 Code a Dance Party

Jump into Code.org and Code a Dance Party.   Code.org will take you through all the steps to help you create the code that gets your characters dancing.  When you finish the Dance Party challenge choose another activity and learn even more about coding.  There are coding activities for preschoolers to senior citizens.  Give it a try.  It is a great way to practice problem solving, sequencing, logic, algebraic thinking and creativity.  

Martha Thornburgh: Mount Vernon Schools Teaching and Learning

Monday, May 25, 2020

5-26-2020 Build a Straw Rocket

Learn how to make a Straw Rocket.  Experiment to see how you can improve your design by making a new rocket and changing one thing each time until you find the very best way to make your rocket so that it will fly the farthest.  

Friday, May 22, 2020

5-22-2020 Toothpicks and Squares

Toothpicks and Squares


This is a square made of toothpicks.  If you have toothpicks at home, you can make your own model or you can draw it on a piece of paper. 

There are a lot of different items that you can count.


Here is the start of a list:





Squares that measure one by one 


Corners (spaces)




Can you think of other things to count?

Mary Ellen Huggins: Mount Vernon Schools Teaching and Learning

Thursday, May 21, 2020

5-21-2020 Learn to Cook While Learning Math

Check out these great resources with recipes and ideas for learning how to cook and learning lessons while cooking.  

 Make flour 1080P, 2K, 4K, 5K HD wallpapers free download ...

Sign up for the  ChopChopFamily.org Kid Club Newsletter to get great ideas for cooking and learning together as a family.  Check out Volume 6 where you learn how to make bread.  In addition to making bread there is a cool science experiment with yeast and some suggestions for great read aloud book pairings. 

Another great resource is DREME Family Math Cooking.  Add and Subtract while making pancakes.  Measure while making Macaroni and Cheese, Count while making berry smoothies and so much more.  This resources is available in English and Spanish.  

Martha Thornburgh: Mount Vernon Schools Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

5-20-2020 How Many Do You See?



Generally, there is between ¼ and ⅓ cup of juice in one orange.

About how much juice would half an orange produce?

How much juice could all of the oranges in the picture produce?

This number line might help you!

Mary Ellen Huggins: Mount Vernon Schools Teaching and Learning

Monday, May 18, 2020

5-19-2020 Race to 21

RACE to 21

Here is a fun, quick counting game called Race to 21. It is for all ages and there are some strategies that you will soon figure out.

The game is for 2-4 players.  In this game, players take turns counting up to three numbers beginning with 1 and working their way up. Whoever lands on 21 is eliminated and the next round begins with one less player. The remaining player is the “winner”.  

Here is a sample game.

Player 1: 1,2

Player 2: 3,4,5

Player 3: 6

Player 1: 7,8,9

Player 2:10,11

Player 3:13,14,15

Player 1: 16,17,18

Player 2: 19,20

Player 3 would then have to say 21 and would be eliminated. Player 1 and Player 2 would start another game.

You can mix up the game by 

  • changing the Target number to 31, 50 or 100 if you wish

  • Counting out up to two numbers or up to four numbers

Experiment and see if your strategy has to change in order to have your partners choose the final number.

Mary Ellen Huggins: Mount Vernon Schools Teaching and Learning