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!
Click to download

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fold It Ups Book

Click to see on TPT
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!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Apple Picking and Pumpkin Carving:)

Yesterday, my daughters and I went to a farm and had fun picking apples (jonagold and shizuka), shooting an apple cannon, and searching for the perfect pumpkins and gourds. It was such a beautiful day, and it was fantastic to get to spend time outside!

We did the pumpkin carving outside in the driveway, to continue enjoying the nice weather, and then went to a parade in the evening.

Today, I used some of the apples (jonagold) to make a verrrry yummy apple crisp...I found the recipe on Pinterest (of course) which led here.

Nice weekend!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Eating My Veges!

Every morning on the way to school, there's a short health-related message from Dr. Sanjay Gupta - facts or figures, and tips to improve/develop healthy habits. A few weeks ago, he shared the fact that fewer than 20% of Americans regularly eat the correct number of vegetable servings each day. Thinking about my own vege consumption, I have to admit, that I have not been in that 20% group for quite a while!

So, I decided to set myself up for better success - I've been buying carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower and cutting them up on Sundays. I put servings into 5 baggies, so that I could easily grab a baggie each day and take the veges to school for lunch (with a little dip). Yesterday was the third Sunday in a row that I have done this!

I am on a vege roll and just wanted to share:)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Workin' On It Wednesday

I have been working on:
1) finishing The Goldfinch  - interesting book
2) algebra 2 with my daughter
3) making pretests

What are you working on?

An InLinkz Link-up

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Order of Operations Sequencing

Early last week, I was trying to think of a different kind of activity to help students that needed more reinforcement of the order of operations, and I decided to make a sequencing activity. I haven't tried this before, so I wasn't sure about the best way to design this, but it ended up working quite well. Here's how I put this together and used it:
Click to download activity - free

For the activity, I created 8 different
expressions, and then typed out the steps to simplify each expression. I copied the expressions and steps onto different colored papers, so that two expressions would be on the same color. I cut the steps apart into strips, and then put two expressions and their steps (of the same colored paper) into a baggie...I figured if I put only one equation in a baggie, the activity would be too simple. If I put two expressions of two different colors, it would be too easy. So I went with two expressions of the same color.
I decided to put 3 baggies (6 different expressions and their steps) into a manila envelope for each group. Groups were mostly just partners, with an occasional group of 3.

Recording sheet
I had typed directions, and when I gave students their envelopes, I asked them to do their best to follow those directions before asking for clarification (some of the students worked on this activity, while others completed different activities, so I needed them to try to work through the directions themselves before I got to each group to discuss with them). Some students did need additional instruction, while others did not.

After students put the steps into the correct sequence (shown in picture), they had to write those steps onto a recording sheet, pictured here.

In each of my classes, students worked on this activity for about 15-20 minutes. Some groups completed all 6 expressions, while others completed only 2-3. A few more minutes would have been helpful for those students who didn't complete as many expressions, but I can revisit the activity with those students this week.

I will definitely use this again next year:)


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