Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Middle School Math Man's Favorite Things Giveaway


1. Favorite Holiday Activity

When it comes to the holidays, spending time battling the family in board games often tops the list of things to do. Whether it means breaking out a classic like Monopoly with the nephews or some Ticket to Ride against the in-laws, there is never a shortage of board game competition! This isn't very surprising, coming from someone who once played himself in Monopoly as a kid because all his friends and family were so sick of playing and more recently, played 17 games of Catan in two days... :)


2. Favorite Math Activity

Sticking with the board game theme, I discovered a new student favorite this year in middle school math. These new Fraction and Decimals Board Games have been a huge hit with students and are a fun way to practice different operation with decimals and fractions. In each of these games, students answer math problems as they work their way around the board. You can click HERE to see a blog post with some more information about how the games work!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fractions-and-Decimals-Board-Game-Bundle-3404701

3. Favorite Teacher Tool

When it comes to teacher tools, I've got to go with dry-erase paint. The $25 spent on this paint from Home Depot each year is the best $25 I spend in my classroom. I have seen increased engagement (who doesn't want to do math on a table?) and it works perfect as a table for the teacher center of math workshop. If you are interested in trying it out, be sure to click on the blog post below that details the whole process!


http://middleschoolmathman.blogspot.com/2015/09/creating-my-dry-erase-table-for-math.html

Don't miss my giveaway!

For a chance to win a $10 TpT gift card and a pack of Expo Dry Erase Markers, be sure to do the following two things:

1. Comment on this post with your favorite holiday activity! 

2. Follow my weekly newsletter by clicking HERE (and also receive a task card freebie!). If you already follow my newsletter, than you only have to comment on this post to be entered. A winner will be chosen on Monday, December 18th at 8pm EST. Good luck!

Now it's time to hop over to Scaffolded Math and Science's blog to enter another giveaway! 
Giveaway ends Monday December 18, 2017 at 8PM EST!

https://scaffoldedmath.blogspot.com/

90 comments :

  1. Ever since I started getting your newsletter I've been refreshed and still working to keep things new and unexpected in my classroom. My favorite holiday activity is giving students those holiday coordinate graphing!

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    1. Thanks! Glad you have found some of the ideas useful! If you ever have specific topics or things you'd like to see in it, let me know. I'm always looking for ideas!

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  2. My favorite holiday activity is decorating the tree and then playing games with the family.

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    1. Putting up the tree is one of my favorites as well! Thanks for entering!

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  3. My favorite holiday activity is making gingerbread houses

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    1. I haven't made one in a long time! I might need to over break. Thanks for entering!

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  4. Watching old Christmas movies while eating Christmas baking!

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  5. Driving around looking at Christmas lights while drinking hot chocolate

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  6. My stepmom's family always has a gathering with her entire family and Santa comes to visit all the kids! He calls them up to sit on his lap and gives them a gift after checking on their year.

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    1. CONGRATS SAMI! You were the big winner for the giveaway! I will email you soon about getting the prizes!

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    1. Nothing beats Christmas cookies! We always had a "Cookie Day" tradition growing up where my mom, aunt, and grandma baked cookies all day. I was the official taste tester... :)

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  8. As a mom of a 2 year old, my new favorite holiday activity is taking him to see the Christmas Light display at our local fairgrounds!

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    1. Seeing all of the Christmas lights is always fun! Thanks for entering!

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  9. Watching Christmas movies: White Christmas!

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  10. Sledding (if there's snow) or watching christmas movies are my favorite activities this time of year.

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  11. I love spending time with my family, especially going around the city and checking out Christmas light displays.

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  12. We enjoy driving around looking at Christmas light displays! Happy Holidays!

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  13. I love watching Christmas movies while making Christmas cookies! Driving around looking a Christmas lights is a close runner up. Merry Christmas!

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  14. My favorite holiday activity is spending time with family, immediate and extended, through the entire holiday season.

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    1. Same here! It is always great to see my extended family over break!

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  15. My favorite holiday activity is just being with family, and it usually becomes a board game day. Love playing the old classics and the new ones.

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    1. Yes! Gotta love the board games! We have been obsessed with Ticket to Ride for a while now.

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  16. How did teachers manage without dry erase? My students love doing math on the desk top.j hill

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    1. Haha I have no idea! I had a chalkboard my first year of teaching and it was impossible to see what I was writing by the time I got to my 8th hour!

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  17. We make Spritz cookies and "Grandpa's Fudge" every Christmas. My boys always love this. I love the family time.

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    1. Sounds like a great tradition! Thanks for entering!

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  18. My favorite holiday activity is making Santa cookies with my family on Christmas Eve.

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    1. Nothing beats Christmas cookies! :) Thanks for entering!

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  19. My favorite holiday activity is checking out Christmas lights!

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    1. One of my favorites too! Unfortunately we ripped out a bunch of bushes in our front yard this year, so we had to improvise with our Christmas lights!

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  20. My favorite holiday activity is to bake cookies with my daughter

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    1. Sounds fun... and nothing beats Christmas cookies! Thanks for entering!

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  21. My favorite holiday activity is attending the Christmas Eve service with family!

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  23. I enjoy all the holiday activities, but my favorite has to be spending time with the little folks in the family.

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  24. My favorite activity is baking for family and friends...and taste testing before I give it away;)

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    1. The taste testing is the most important job! Thanks for entering!

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  25. My favorite holiday activity is all the time I get to spend with my family. We love to bake and visit and play games.

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    1. Family and games are my favorite! Thanks for entering!

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  26. Our town puts up Christmas trees at the "Christ of the Ozarks" - this year the number is up to over 250 different Christmas trees and they also create a Nativity Museum with Nativities from around the world. Some are so tiny and yet detailed and others are large - taking up a back wall. We love to drive around looking at the decorations and lights people have put out in their yards and then end at these trees and Nativities - and of course, playing Christmas music the whole time. - the MathLionness

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    1. That sounds amazing! What a great tradition! Thanks for entering!

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  27. My favorite holiday activity is listening to Christmas music, especially our old favorite records & tapes! I also enjoy all the time spent with family!

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    1. I could have put Christmas music as a close second! I always remember listening to Mannheim Steamroller and Canadian Brass Christmas growing up (and still do...)! Thanks for entering!

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  28. Baking with the kids and then snuggling in for a movie or Christmas shows

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  29. My favorite holiday activity is spending time with my nieces and nephews, that I often only get to see once a year. We play games and goof around while the adults visit and drink coffee. (I'm 47 and I have been an aunt for 25 years.)

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    1. That is one of my favorite parts as well! I have two nieces and two nephews that are always home for the holidays! Thanks for entering!

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  30. I started using your Equation Invasion game during the past two weeks with my 7th and 8th grade students during our interventions time. It has been a "game changer!" The students are happy, and I am thrilled because they are doing math and having fun! I plan on painting two of my tables with the Dry Erase paint over the winter holiday. They will love it!

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    1. Thank you! I am so glad to hear they are loving the games! I was seriously shocked at how well my students responded... I wasn't totally expecting it. Good luck with the tables. Feel free to email me at middleschoolmathman@gmail.com if you have questions!

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  31. My favorite holiday activity is getting to spend time with family.

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    1. Nothing beats time with family! Thanks for entering!

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  32. My favorite holiday activity is making Christmas candy with my husband.

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  33. Favorite holiday activity is having all the kids home from college and playing games, watching classic Christmas movies.

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  34. Going to the Christmas Parade and the Court House Lighting

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    1. Yes! We decorate cookies every year too. Thanks for entering!

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  36. Walking through the Christmas lights

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    1. The are always fun to see! We ripped out the bushes in front of our house this year, so we had to be creative with our lights! :)

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  37. I love watching Christmas movies & driving around to look at lights!

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    1. Two of the best things about the holidays! :) Thanks for entering!

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  38. I like doing these area and perimeter trees with my students. (Free on TPT.) They are a good review of area and perimeter, require problem solving, and are holiday-ish without being too specific and excluding children who don't celebrate Christmas.
    https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Area-and-Perimeter-Holiday-Trees-Craft-Grades-4-6-Christmas-FREEBIE-2906397

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    1. Awesome! I will have to take a look at them! Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Our new game is phase 10. Since my kids are older now, we like to sit around three table and play lots of card games.

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    1. Never heard of it! I will have to check it out!

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  40. I have found my middle school students do not like these games... maybe it has been my less than strict classroom management...

    Interesting how you like games with strategy and choice yet the games you design lack them ;)

    Like a ton of your other items.

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    1. Sorry they don't like them! What grades of math do you teach? I like to throw some luck into these games so that the quicker or more advanced students aren't the ones that are always winning. :)

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  41. My favorite Christmas activity with my students is to work on logic puzzles that are Christmas themed.

    My favorite activity to do with my family is to have family and friends over for the holiday.

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    1. Seeing family and friends is the best! Logic puzzles are a great idea for the last week before break! I might need to find some to use this week. Thanks for entering!

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  42. I'm so glad I found your blog! --Hannah Park

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    1. Thanks! If you have questions about any of the posts let me know!

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  43. I like doing Christmas songs rebus puzzles

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  44. My favorite holiday activity is making gingerbread houses!

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  45. My favorite Christmas activity is listening to Christmas music.

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  46. My favorite Christmas activity is driving around and looking at lights!

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  47. My favorite Christmas activity is sitting a talking with family members that I don't see often!

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    1. Seeing my extended family is always one of my favorites as well! Thanks for entering!

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  48. My favorite holiday activity is going out and picking the tree to cut down. The whole family (25-ish of us) all go out to farm, pick our trees, then have brunch after. It's the best.

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  49. My favorite holiday activity is baking cookies with my family!

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  50. My favorite holiday activity is simply spending time with my family

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  51. Spending time with family that I normally don't get to see very often!

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  52. Wow. So many great answers. I really enjoy setting aside theme days - tree day, card day, wrapping day, baking day, veg day to watch continuous Christmas movies. My husband and I have done this for 40 years and it makes the holiday so fun because we are tackling everything together and each day becomes more special.

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  53. Wrapping presents for my friends and family while listening to Christmas music!

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