Final Day of Math Dollar Deals

Today is the last Tuesday in July, which means the Math Dollar Deals are coming to an end. Today is the final day to grab some awesome math resources for just one dollar! To find all of the deals, be sure to search #mathdollardeals on Teachers Pay Teachers. Many of the teachers, myself included, will be putting TWO resources on sale for $1 this week! You can grab the following two resources from my store for one dollar until the end of the day on Tuesday, July 31st!

In Decimal Dash, students take turns drawing a playing card from the deck. If they are able to find the correct answer to the problem on their card, they move ahead the number of spaces indicated on the card. The tougher the problem, the more spaces they will get to move ahead! If a player lands on a "Take a Chance" space, they draw a "Take a Chance" card, which will either move them ahead or back!

This unit of task cards includes six different task cards (and answer keys) that focus on writing and solving equations. Each of the task cards includes multiple equations for students to work through. Task cards are a very versatile tool in the classroom and can be used in many ways. I use these cards at the front table with the small group I am working with during math workshop. For more ideas on how to use task cards in the classroom, be sure to check out THIS post!

I hope you all have enjoyed our Math Dollar Deals this summer and can find a good use for these resources in your classroom! Have a great rest of the summer and back to school season!

Math Dollar Deals Week 4

The #mathdollardeals are back for another week! Every Tuesday in July, some math teacher friends and I are putting a resource up for just one dollar. This week will be a bonus, since some of us will be putting TWO resources on sale. The deals are on Tuesday, but they usually start trickling in Monday night if you want to get a head start!

My first resource on sale is this Square and Square Roots Bingo game. The resource includes 30 unique bingo boards and 26 different calling cards, including the squares of numbers 0-12 and square roots (perfect squares only) of numbers 0-144. This is a fun one to play as a whole class or in small groups!

The second resource for $1 is one of my new Transformation Mystery Trip resources. In this activity, students begin in Miami, Florida, and must translate, reflect, and rotate their way to one of six mystery destinations. My students love the challenge of figuring out where they are going!

Remember, to find all of the one dollar deals, either search #mathdollardeals on Teachers Pay Teachers OR scroll down to the bottom of THIS blog post by Mrs. E Teaches Math! Have a great week everyone!

Math Workshop Full Year Mega Bundle

As my teaching philosophy and classroom structure shifted towards a math workshop setup, it became important for me to have engaging and effective activities for my students to use at their math centers. Creating these games, sorts, and hands-on resources has truly become a passion of mine. I am excited to share that I now have a Math Workshop Full Year Mega Bundle available in my store. This bundle includes the vast majority of my upper elementary/lower middle school resources. Although these activities were created with 6th graders in mind, if you teach 5th grade or 7th grade, I think you will also find them useful! Below is a snapshot of what is included! If you have already downloaded Part 1 or Part 2 of my Math Mega Bundle, then DON'T download this, since many of the resources are the same! Instead, you may want to consider downloaded the other part!

Task Cards and Exit Slips
Included are two full year sets of task cards and my set of Angle Relationships Task Cards. The first set includes more basic problems for close to 90 different concepts. Each task card includes 2-5 problems. The second set covers the same concepts, but are enrichment problems. Each of these cards includes 1-2 challenging problems for your higher ability students. The set of Angle Relationships Task Cards includes 96 different task cards in which students must use their knowledge of angle relationships to find missing angles. 

The bundle also includes a set of exit slips. Each of the close to 90 concepts includes an exit slip with four problems that increase in difficulty to help find where your students are at with each concept.

Math Games

Connect Four Games
My students love Connect Four games! There are 15 different games, each focusing on a different math concept. Students must answer math problems that lead them to cover spaces on their game board. First person to connect four in a row wins!

Math Board Games
These 16 board games are a more recent addition to my store. They were a huge hit last year with my middle school students. The games cover everything from fraction/decimal operations to probability/statistics and everything in between! My personal favorite is this Area Invasion board game.

Memory Games
Who doesn't like a good memory game? There are six different equation memory games, where students must match the equation with its solution. 

Top it Games
The six Equation Top-it games that are included have a similar game play as the classic card game War. Student each flip over a card and must solve the equation. Whoever has the higher solution wins both of the cards. The game goes on until someone wins all of the cards or time runs out!

Bingo Games
Three different bingo games are included that are fun to play as a whole class or in small groups as a math center. Multiplication Bingo, Negative Number Bingo, and Squares and Roots Bingo each focus on different skills.

Game Show Review
These Jeopardy-style games are great to use as review with the whole class. There are five different sets of questions, each related to a different standard. A sixth end-of-year review set includes questions related to a variety of standards.

Scavenger Hunts
Another fun way to review and get kids out of their seats and moving around the room is by using scavenger hunts. Post the 12 problems around the room and have 1-3 students start at each problem. Their answer to each problem will lead them to their next problem! This bundle includes 10 different scavenger hunts for a variety of math concepts.

Other Resources
In addition to everything described above, there are a variety of other activities also included in the bundle. A Stock Market Challenge, Percent Scramble game, Pi Day challenge, and much more are a part of this package to help keep things fun and engaging in your classroom! You can see a list of everything that is included in the product description at the following link. Have a great school year!

Math Dollar Deals are Back Every Tuesday in July

Math Dollar Deals are back for July of 2018! Every Tuesday in July, my math friends and I are putting math resources on sale for just $1. You can search #mathdollardeals on Teacher Pay Teachers to find all of the great deals!

You can find more information on Mrs. E Teaches Math's blog at the following post!

I hope you are all having a great summer!

A Stock Market Challenge for Middle School Math

Every school year I look forward to beginning our Stock Market Challenge. It seems like once spring rolls around, students need something different. In addition to the regular daily lessons and routines, this Stock Market Challenge has been a perfect addition to the classroom.

To introduce this activity, I usually give a brief overview of how the stock market works, using an examples. I take an actual company (this year I used Nike) and explain what would happen if I bought 100 shares and then the price of the stock went up or down $1 per share. Once students begin to grasp the concept, I let them either pick a group or work individually. On the first day, their job is to fill out the Stock Information Sheet pictured above. Each group begins with $10,000. They pick out a company to invest in, decide how many shares they want to purchase, and then figure out how much money they have left over. In my experience, it takes them between 10-25 minutes to do this once they get logged on to computers and begin searching!
After initially choosing their stocks, I usually have them check in about once per week to see how their stock is doing. This can be a pretty quick check (5-10 minutes) that they record in their packet. In addition to these checks, I usually create a spreadsheet with the updated standings each week! This takes some time on my part to update, but I have found it totally worth it! It gets students excited to come in every Monday and see where they are in the standings!

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Pi Day in a Middle School Classroom

It seems like March 14th always comes at a time when students (and teachers!) are in need of a break from the normal routine! Celebrating Pi Day on 3/14 in the middle school classroom can be a great way to take a step back from whatever unit you are in and have some fun! Here are a few ideas to help explore this intriguing number!

1. Read "Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi"
This book, written by Cindy Neuschwander, is such a great introduction to pi each year. It has become tradition to start off the class by reading this book to the class. I love how the book dives into what the number pi is and how it relates to circles.

2. Pi Day Challenge
As you may know, I like making classroom activities into challenges. This free Pi Day Challenge helps students understand that pi is a ratio between circumference and diameter. In this activity, groups must measure these lengths using a ruler and yarn. Once measured, they divide their measurements to see which group can get the closest to 3.1415...!

3. Numberphile Pi Videos
I am so glad I discovered this site. They have some amazing videos that explore a wide range of mathematical concepts. Although some of these go above and beyond middle school math, these two Pi Day videos are great! The "Mile of Pi" follows them stretching out the digits of pi, in fine print, for one mile on an airport runway. The second video I always show is "Calculating Pi with Pies," pi is measured and calculated with actual pies. Students always enjoy watching both of these!

4. Digits of Pi
If you are in need of a time filler on Pi Day, this simple idea is fun for students. Give each student a blank piece of paper. Then give each student a digit of pi, starting at the beginning. For example, the first student gets 3, the second student gets 1, the third student 4, etc. Each student must create, design, and color their number. Once they are all finished, I post them around the room, creating the digits of pi. This is even more fun if you have multiple classes, since each class can pick up where th last class left off!

What are your Pi Day celebrations! I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments below!

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