Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Workin' on it Wednesday

I've been working on a few things:

1) writing more challenging problems for ratios/proportions unit
2) cleaning/organizing at home
3) trying this pumpkin growing idea that I saw on Pinterest!
(I bought the pumpkin over two weeks ago but took until today to spend 5 minutes to cut it and add dirt!)  I want to see if the seeds really will grow (before the pumpkin rots....stay tuned:)

What are you working on? Link up  below!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Math Teachers of TPT CD Bundle

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Math Teachers of TpT CD Bundle Volume 2 is here - quantities are even more limited than the first!

Eleven great Math Teachers of TpT have teamed up once again to bring you Volume 2 of math resources for 3rd through 9th grades at a deep discount. Grab over $125 worth of product for only $25 plus shipping! That’s 80% off!

What’s the catch? Quantities are even more limited this time, and the sale ends on Sunday (11/9/14)!
Buy a copy for yourself and/or your closest teacher friends...they’ll make great gifts for the holidays!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Workin' On It Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
What are you working on?
Link up below to share :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Using the Coordinate Plane

Last summer, I made this coordinate plane bulletin board for my classroom, with great intentions for its use....but...I didn't use it as much as I thought I would.  This year, however, it is definitely something my students will need to use, to find area, perimeter, distance between points, meaning of absolute value, etc.

So, I decided to start using it for a problem of the week type of bulletin board. The first question I put on the board is an area question. I put five points on the board with thumbtacks and labeled the points (though it's hard to see the labels in the picture).
Then I tied together a couple of pieces of lanyard that I had in my room (I need to take some yarn to school) and placed it around the tacks to form the figure.

I'll have the students look at it/think about it throughout the week as they finish classwork, and then on Friday we'll discuss the problem as a group.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Fun Findings!

I was looking in one of my classroom closets today, to see if I had any yarn (I didn't), and on the top shelf I found this "poster" that I made years ago. I made it when I taught 2nd grade (12-13 years ago), and used it to keep track of center rotations when we had our reading/language arts block.  The circle represents the color of the groups that students were assigned to, and it is attached with a brad, so it is able to turn. The little rectangles around the outside are pieces of velcro, to which I attached different cards with names of the different activities that students were to work on. Looking at the cards that were attached when I pulled it from the closet, it looks like I also used it when I taught reading/lang arts in the middle school, (though for some reason I don't remember this as clearly - even though it's more recent!)

I've started thinking about how (if) I can use this in math class, though the centers would have to be completed over a few days since our classes aren't that long.... 

I guess I should see what else is lurking in my closets!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Workin' On It Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

I've been working on a few things - planning, grading, working out, reading, working on homework, and more:)

Some of my students are having difficulty with translating algebraic expressions into phrases and phrases into algebraic expressions. So, I created an extra practice worksheet...feel free to use it it you'd like.

Link up below to share what you've been working on!
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Fold It Ups Book

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I wanted to share that I'm so glad that I decided to bind my Fold It Ups into a book this year! I only have about 40 minutes for math class, so there isn't much extra time for passing out and creating the Fold It Ups and then securing them into a notebook. However, having them bound requires students to simply take out their books and get started...and this does save a little bit of time. Then we don't have to staple or glue into a notebook, and that saves a LOT of time.

Once the Fold It Ups are completed, they stay in the book for the students to keep with them all the time. They can use them as a reference when doing their practice work/homework and will be able to refer to them throughout the year. I also included lined pages for notes in between the Fold It Ups for additional topics, examples, etc. This has been very handy so far.

Using this book is much easier than last year, when we were stapling or gluing the Fold It Ups into notebooks or trying to keep them in pockets. I'm so excited about how this is working out!


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