tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-59547542138858024242017-04-20T09:06:27.812-07:00Middle School Math Manmiddleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.comBlogger59125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-54204708329183245292017-04-13T13:52:00.002-07:002017-04-13T13:52:24.454-07:00Easy and Effective Ideas for Teaching Statistics in the Middle School ClassroomEverything has been statistics related in both 6th and 8th grade math over the past few weeks! Of course, we better start with some corny statistics humor first (answer at the bottom of this post). I thought of this one myself, so I will apologize for the terrible joke now. On a side note, I recently began sending out a weekly newsletter every Sunday morning. Each newsletter includes classroom tips, a freebie, and math humor. If you are interested, you can sign up at the link below! Please share with any other teachers you know that might be interested!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://eepurl.com/cJfPLz" target="_blank">Weekly Newsletter Sign Up</a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rbCR0RRvfMU/WO_jQE_an_I/AAAAAAAABFU/XBgx-hkuzmsFGcZrY1WEop156gU7NS01ACLcB/s1600/IMG_5678.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rbCR0RRvfMU/WO_jQE_an_I/AAAAAAAABFU/XBgx-hkuzmsFGcZrY1WEop156gU7NS01ACLcB/s400/IMG_5678.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />Alright, onto the good stuff! Here are a few easy prep, yet effective, ideas to help teach statistics in the middle school math classroom.<br /><br /><b>1. Data Displays Foldable Notes</b><br />This is one of those ideas that came to me in the middle of the night on one of those nights you just can't sleep because your mind is going a million different directions (if you're a teacher, you've surely been there before...). I have used foldable notes before with other concepts. For whatever reason, my students are way more likely to copy down notes if you fold them first. Weird, I know. We had been learning about various data displays. In 6th grade, we had covered finding the measures of central tendency, box-and-whisker plots, frequency tables, and stem-and-leaf plots<b>. </b>We also later added histograms to this foldable. In the activity, students each got two dice. They rolled the dice and multiplied the two numbers to get each number in their data set. I set a minimum of twelve rolls, so that they would have at least twelve pieces of data. After getting their set of numbers, they had to find or create each the measures/displays pictured. This was a fun, hands-on way to review and I also allowed students to use these notes on their mid-chapter quiz.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/--5tJh-tznQI/WO_gk-CmZbI/AAAAAAAABE4/lSpec1AOWeIIJQcYXIhnnKrEMyP2KgOXgCLcB/s1600/IMG_5680.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/--5tJh-tznQI/WO_gk-CmZbI/AAAAAAAABE4/lSpec1AOWeIIJQcYXIhnnKrEMyP2KgOXgCLcB/s400/IMG_5680.JPG" width="357" /></a></div><b> </b><br /><b>2. Mean, Median, Mode, and Range Math Sort</b><br />These sorts are one of the more engaging resources that I have created. I usually use these as a math workshop center, but I have also had students work on them individually or in small groups. For each set, students must sort the cards under the correct answer. Eventually, each of the four answer cards should have five problem cards sorted underneath. Once sorted, the students flip over the cards and must unscramble the funny phrases on the back! You can click <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mean-Median-Mode-and-Range-Sort-2101913" target="_blank">HERE</a> to get a copy of this resource. This particular sort focuses on finding the mean, median, mode, and range... other topics are also available in my TpT store!<br /><b> </b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mean-Median-Mode-and-Range-Sort-2101913" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mean-Median-Mode-and-Range-Sort-2101913" border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qa_z7X3cFO0/WO_iCnkHQ7I/AAAAAAAABFE/hmk1h_FsMZEgUXijcSZk9UImjHc2d1QgwCLcB/s400/IMG_5662%25281%2529.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><b> </b><br /><b>3. Class Survey Circle Graph</b><br />When it comes time to learn about statistics, we do a lot of class surveys. This year we did number of pets, states traveled to, number of siblings, and in the example pictured we voted for a celebrity president. As you can see, we had some interesting candidates. We used the results from our class election to create a circle graph. It was a great way to get students engaged in our lesson!<br /><b> </b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dgefv3wpX6k/WO_i5JjAu5I/AAAAAAAABFQ/gZKERFlyuiQFRT1KRs_QqklWWGELsqLaQCLcB/s1600/IMG_5675.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dgefv3wpX6k/WO_i5JjAu5I/AAAAAAAABFQ/gZKERFlyuiQFRT1KRs_QqklWWGELsqLaQCLcB/s400/IMG_5675.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><b> </b><br />I hope you all have found some useful ideas for teaching statistics and have a great rest of the school year!<br /><br />Answer to the Math Joke of the Week: Histo-gram :)middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-32095983480273246272017-03-25T10:37:00.003-07:002017-03-25T10:39:26.968-07:00Hands-on Volume of Composite Figures ActivityAs we began to wrap up our unit on volumes in 6th grade math, I started trying to think of some fun ideas to help my students review how to find the volume of the figures we had studied. In 6th grade, we cover the volume of rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cones, and then finally work up to finding the volume of composite figures.<br /><br />In past years we had constructed these shapes from their nets, so I decided to add on to that by letting the students come up with their own 3D creations from these nets. These <a href="http://mathgeekmama.com/product/3d-shape-nets-printable-pack/" target="_blank">f</a><a href="http://mathgeekmama.com/product/3d-shape-nets-printable-pack/" target="_blank">ree 3D figure nets</a> from Math Geek Mama worked out perfectly for this project! The rules were simple... students could use 3-5 of the available nets to create their own 3D creation! Here are a few that they came up with.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-393nE_0A-W4/WNapO40MM9I/AAAAAAAABEA/_it8_SkMEs8jLWy0jtD5xy3uwTu4D2IVACLcB/s1600/IMG_5627.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-393nE_0A-W4/WNapO40MM9I/AAAAAAAABEA/_it8_SkMEs8jLWy0jtD5xy3uwTu4D2IVACLcB/s400/IMG_5627.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />Day one was all about creating the figures. Students really liked the freedom of picking their own nets and designing their figures however they liked. They could use tape or glue to form their nets and composite figures.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-54JPRJVZjG4/WNapyJCuMbI/AAAAAAAABEM/Kb572MzCEioKNByEA4tZwfwI-hWbAarKwCLcB/s1600/IMG_5632.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-54JPRJVZjG4/WNapyJCuMbI/AAAAAAAABEM/Kb572MzCEioKNByEA4tZwfwI-hWbAarKwCLcB/s320/IMG_5632.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7Pf6Rd-jzc0/WNapvMBzVYI/AAAAAAAABEE/mSV2YjUo7f4kFq2qMyoUj2qdGBE5WktfACLcB/s1600/IMG_5630.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7Pf6Rd-jzc0/WNapvMBzVYI/AAAAAAAABEE/mSV2YjUo7f4kFq2qMyoUj2qdGBE5WktfACLcB/s320/IMG_5630.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />On Day 2, as students finished creating their figures, they started to find the volume of their composite figures. Many of my students had already grasped the idea of finding the volume of composite figures, but for those who hadn't, this project gave a great hands-on opportunity for them to practice these problems! Since I was short on time, I just had students take a piece of loose leaf paper to find their volume on. They turned in their paper and their robot (with names) once they finished!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qp06gSiA2zw/WNaqsGpNtLI/AAAAAAAABEY/7DfzMHvinEE_K6U7ZJ8VZo610wvy96C5wCLcB/s1600/IMG_5629.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qp06gSiA2zw/WNaqsGpNtLI/AAAAAAAABEY/7DfzMHvinEE_K6U7ZJ8VZo610wvy96C5wCLcB/s400/IMG_5629.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />This is definitely a project I will be doing again!<br /><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-42326858937491866962017-02-12T11:04:00.000-08:002017-02-12T11:04:08.689-08:00All About Angles in Middle School Math (With Freebies and New Task Cards!)Every year, I enjoy the transition from our algebra units to geometry. It is a nice change of pace for my 6th and 8th grade math students. In past years, I have noticed that students really enjoy angle challenge problems, like the one pictured, where they must find the missing angles without measuring. I have always included these in my Challenge of the Week problems this time of year. If you haven't downloaded these yet, you can find both my <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" target="_blank">6th Grade Math Challenge of the Week</a> and <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Challenge-of-the-Week-Problems-2962990" target="_blank">8th Grade Challenge of the Week</a> problems for free in my TpT store! <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" border="0" height="240" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mMLdS0D9zlw/WKCrVFrwB6I/AAAAAAAABC4/SEWEAKOa8-UPpYxegR6drxcuub386t5QQCLcB/s320/IMG_3720.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />These types of problems have become so popular with my students, that I decided to create an entire set of <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Angle-Relationships-Task-Cards-Middle-School-Math-3001603" target="_blank">Angle Relationships Task Cards</a>! To help differentiate, I decided to divide up the problems into four different levels of problems (1-star, 2-star, 3-star, and 4-star). For the first three levels, I created 24 different cards. For the 4-star problems, I currently have two task cards, but plan on adding to this set in the future!<br /><br /><u><b>ONE-STAR PROBLEMS</b></u><br />The one-star problems include 24 pretty basic angle relationship problems. Each one has two intersecting lines and students are given one of the angle measures. They must use their knowledge of vertical angles and supplementary angles to find the remaining three angles!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Angle-Relationships-Task-Cards-Middle-School-Math-3001603" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Angle-Relationships-Task-Cards-Middle-School-Math-3001603" border="0" height="240" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LxmojvuIcCc/WKCwXAyVRDI/AAAAAAAABDU/9tMd7HQWyy4VM57dxwzIH3NdEM38hjnrgCLcB/s320/IMG_5466.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><u><b>TWO-STAR PROBLEMS</b></u><br />The two-star problems include 24 problems. These are slightly more complicated, since students must use their knowledge of finding missing angles in triangles to find the missing angles. They also use supplementary and vertical angles for these problems.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Angle-Relationships-Task-Cards-Middle-School-Math-3001603" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Angle-Relationships-Task-Cards-Middle-School-Math-3001603" border="0" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Me0C4d8Xxdc/WKCwWxgjwDI/AAAAAAAABDQ/PdlYn4jiFMY2jwTlhrUGjwYnf3UrS0oZQCEw/s320/IMG_5467.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><u><b>THREE-STAR PROBLEMS</b></u><br />The three-star problems are one extra step up from the two-star challenges! Not only do students use vertical, supplementary, and triangle angles, but they also must use their understanding of angles in quadrilaterals. This is the level that many of my 6th graders choose to try.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Angle-Relationships-Task-Cards-Middle-School-Math-3001603" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Angle-Relationships-Task-Cards-Middle-School-Math-3001603" border="0" height="240" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-U3XVV8I9hrA/WKCwYBQQjkI/AAAAAAAABDY/mMXer6ro-4oeQ0_oHb2WK1rvinNDTnZ-ACEw/s320/IMG_5468.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><u><b>FOUR-STAR PROBLEMS</b></u><br />The four-star problems are the ultimate challenge! For these problems, students must find the missing measure of lots of angles, using everything described in the last three levels. In addition, they must know how to find the sum of the angles of other polygons (pentagons, hexagons, etc.) to help find missing angles! These have been great for my high achieving students.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Angle-Relationships-Task-Cards-Middle-School-Math-3001603" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Angle-Relationships-Task-Cards-Middle-School-Math-3001603" border="0" height="240" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hmmeeEqMIBo/WKCwZzU88YI/AAAAAAAABDc/eYNRQWFgXqEr2WGQpy4aI9EVPQ84AatdwCEw/s320/IMG_5469.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />I hope you can find a use for some of these resources in your math classroom and would love to hear what you do to teach angle relationships in your math classroom in the comments below!middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-65939066683511586322017-02-04T06:11:00.001-08:002017-02-04T06:11:19.850-08:008th Grade Math Mega Bundle!With it being my first year teaching a section of 8th grade math, I have been spending time creating resources to use with my 8th grade group. I have finally gotten around to putting all of these 8th grade math materials into a mega bundle. Below I highlighted each of the math bundles/resources that are included! The bundle is linked at the bottom of this post, or you can click <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Mega-Bundle-8th-Grade-Math-2980675" target="_blank">here</a> to take a look!<br /><br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-2655638" target="_blank"><u><i><b>8th Grade Math Task Cards Full Year Bundle</b></i></u></a><br /><br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-2655638" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-2655638" border="0" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KZGjzaGECaU/WJXbhaMxKZI/AAAAAAAABBg/-l3sJ3x16rYRQKPTLlI6VXH0PAVUQjmPACLcB/s200/IMG_4483.JPG" width="200" /></a>This set of 8th grade math task cards includes problems that are at a more basic level of the concepts we cover. I expect all of my 8th graders (it is a Math 8 class, not Algebra) to be able to do these. This bundle includes a task card for 93 different concepts and includes a total of 276 problems. Since we are all math people, let's do the math... that is an average of 2.97 problems per card! :) Topics include a wide range of 8th grade math concepts, including topics related to rational numbers, proportions, percents, a wide range of algebra concepts, two and three dimensional geometry concepts, statistics, probability, and more!<br /><br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Enrichment-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-2690557" target="_blank"><u><i><b>8th Grade Math Enrichment Task Cards Full Year Bundle</b></i></u></a><br /><br />This set is similar to the regular task cards that I described above, however these are much more challenging problems. I don't always expect all of my Math 8 students to be able to get to these, but of course am always pushing them to try! This bundle includes 89 different concepts and 215 total problems (I'll let you do the math this time!). The reason there are fewer problems is because these tend to take much longer to solve. The topics are similar to the other task cards, just more difficult! I have found these to be great to use during math workshop with the small group that I am working with and also for early finishers during whole group work times.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Enrichment-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-2690557" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Enrichment-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-2690557" border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/--z6gGjJHA9w/WJXbyNcjF2I/AAAAAAAABBk/hZBKyRaHikcOfRMj6FPP6AblsJ3edTUzwCLcB/s400/IMG_4588.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Exit-Slips-Full-Year-Bundle-2950061" target="_blank"><u><i><b>8th Grade Math Exit Slips Full Year Bundle</b></i></u></a><br /><br />This set of exit slips is set up the same way as my task cards, however each card includes exactly four problems that increase in difficulty. It ends up being 93 topics and 372 total problems. My district uses grading for learning, so each student earns a beginning, developing, proficient, or advanced grade in each math standard. These exit slips include one problem at each level for every concept. I actually use these as a daily check, which is like a mini-quiz, at the start of each class. It gives me a great chance to see if my students understood the lesson from the previous day!<br /><br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Bundle-2966861" target="_blank"><u><i><b>8th Grade Math Scavenger Hunt Bundle</b></i></u></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Bundle-2966861" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Bundle-2966861" border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PURrUHnNIfY/WJXcIfLLXNI/AAAAAAAABBs/DrZXL8MrU7A2L4dIB1vtxLPylcESRn2tQCLcB/s320/IMG_5310.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>I have found scavenger hunts to be extremely effective and engaging for both 6th and 8th graders. I put together this scavenger hunt bundle to use throughout the year in 8th grade math. It includes 7 different scavenger hunts for various 8th grade concepts. Each scavenger hunt includes 12 problems/posters that you place around the room. Students travel through the 12 problems and must find their next problem based on their previous answer! These are a great way to get kids up and moving around.<br /><br /><u><i><b><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Sort-Bundle-2980561" target="_blank">8th Grade Math Sort Bundle</a></b></i></u><br /><br />The math sort bundle might be the most effective way to kids working together and talking about math. In small groups, they receive 4 answer cards and 20 problem cards. After solving a problem, they sort the card under the correct answer card. After all 20 problem cards are sorted, they flip over the cards and must unscramble the funny phrases on the back! The bundle includes 4 topics, 16 sorts, and 320 total problem cards.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Sort-Bundle-2980561" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Sort-Bundle-2980561" border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oskGLHFKWiM/WJXdth7JjuI/AAAAAAAABCA/2xwjw7yeVl48k0RDr7r_42dBieBIUOYvwCLcB/s320/FullSizeRender%252810%2529.jpg" width="315" /></a></div><br /><u><i><b><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Full-Year-Bundle-8th-Grade-Math-2744267" target="_blank">8th Grade Math Connect Four Bundle</a></b></i></u><br /><br />This Connect Four Bundle includes 10 different games, again all related to 8th grade math concepts. After creating a wide range of these for 6th grade math and seeing how engaging they were, I decided to start making them for my Math 8 class. Students must solve problems, cover up their answers on their board, and try to connect four!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Full-Year-Bundle-8th-Grade-Math-2744267" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Full-Year-Bundle-8th-Grade-Math-2744267" border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VrImtup8h58/WJXd-D-DNWI/AAAAAAAABCI/InfWZniZU5M5GGFiMChzmurYB2LwrAEDQCLcB/s400/IMG_4649.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><u><i><b><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Challenge-of-the-Week-Problems-2962990" target="_blank">8th Grade Math Challenge of the Week Problems</a></b></i></u><br /><br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Challenge-of-the-Week-Problems-2962990" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Challenge-of-the-Week-Problems-2962990" border="0" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-p2f18DYED7I/WJXeW0ZNWhI/AAAAAAAABCY/sK9Cja9SJrcWlmXtQpB7zTB9JUipYkgFACLcB/s200/IMG_5038.JPG" width="200" /></a>This set of problems are the problems I post each week as my "Challenge of the Week." As you can see in the picture, I also have a set of these problems for 6th grade math as well. The challenge of the week has been a great opportunity to give my higher students a chance to challenge themselves. Every Monday, I post a new challenge of the week problem on my board. Students have until the end of the day on Thursday to submit an answer. On Friday, we discuss the problem and anybody that got it correct gets a mint or Starburst! Right now, the 8th grade set includes 27 of my 8th grade challenge problems, but I will probably add to this as the year goes!<br /><br />Hopefully this gives a solid picture of what is all included in this bundle! If you are looking for a wide range of resources for 8th grade math from my TpT store, this bundle is the most discounted way to do that! If you also teach 6th grade math, I have a similar bundle (linked below) that is even more extensive than this 8th grade bundle. If you have any questions about specific resources or topics that are included, please ask in the comments below!<br /><br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Mega-Bundle-For-Upper-ElementaryMiddle-School-Math-1978103" target="_blank">6th Grade Math Mega Bundle</a><br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Mega-Bundle-8th-Grade-Math-2980675" target="_blank">8th Grade Math Mega Bundle</a><br /><br /><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-13587946049222138392017-01-14T08:42:00.002-08:002017-01-14T08:42:21.800-08:008th Grade Math Exit Slips Full Year Bundle is Complete!As I have navigated through my first semester teaching a section of 8th grade math, I have started to get a good sense of where my students are at and how I can keep pushing them forward. After teaching primarily 6th grade math for my first five years, it has been important for me to get a good understanding of what my 8th grade students know and what we need to work on! One of the ways I have been doing this is with our daily checks in 8th grade math.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Exit-Slips-Full-Year-Bundle-2950061" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Exit-Slips-Full-Year-Bundle-2950061" border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-moVBLZl6UOQ/WHpUQjWlSKI/AAAAAAAABA4/hcNdqpB8gLovGXguK009bRDf9Kzh2CWjQCLcB/s320/IMG_5271.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Instead of a warm-up each day in math class, my students do four daily check problems that increase in difficulty. My school district uses a grading for learning system, so these daily checks make it easy to see where my students fall on our grading scale (Beginning, Developing, Proficient, Advanced). With this being my first year teaching 8th grade math, I have spent time creating four daily check problems for every concept that we cover. For a free sample unit, check out my <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Exit-Slips-Area-Volume-and-Surface-Area-2950085" target="_blank">8th Grade Math Exit Slips: Area, Volume, and Surface Area</a>. I now finally have the full year bundle of questions complete for 8th grade! You can check them out by clicking on the link below.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Exit-Slips-Full-Year-Bundle-2950061" target="_blank">8th Grade Math Exit Slips Full Year Bundle</a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Exit-Slips-Statistics-2942436" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Exit-Slips-Statistics-2942436" border="0" height="240" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZJv2DU8HlUc/WHpTgctja6I/AAAAAAAABAo/potyV-BLdao16SwzHHKG6v8lty3X2ii4QCLcB/s320/FullSizeRender%25287%2529.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Exit-Slips-Two-and-Three-Dimensional-Geometry-2923723" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Exit-Slips-Two-and-Three-Dimensional-Geometry-2923723" border="0" height="240" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dXOWhaoWNm0/WHpTj6tGGGI/AAAAAAAABAs/H5XVFnVawn4TVNoDdN-YoONK4DmAVAuiwCLcB/s320/FullSizeRender%25286%2529.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>As the name suggests, these problems also work great as exit slips at the end of class. The problems cover a wide range of concepts, from algebra to geometry, and almost everything in between! For those of you that have downloaded my <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-2655638" target="_blank">8th Grade Math Task Cards</a> and/or <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Enrichment-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-2690557" target="_blank">8th Grade Math Enrichment Task Cards</a>, the format of these exit slips is similar. The only difference is that every exit slip card includes exactly four problems that always increase in difficulty (some of the task cards have fewer problems on them... especially the more challenging problems). I discovered a pretty good storage system for my task cards (pictured below) with these bins from Michaels. At some point, I plan on doing the same with these exit slips!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AULo_8o-fI8/WHpUBdyfKEI/AAAAAAAABAw/5DxdVO145hcTXKpzf8VTWmwalG4JBxv5ACLcB/s1600/IMG_5282.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AULo_8o-fI8/WHpUBdyfKEI/AAAAAAAABAw/5DxdVO145hcTXKpzf8VTWmwalG4JBxv5ACLcB/s320/IMG_5282.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-76306147988718246762016-12-05T16:18:00.001-08:002016-12-05T16:25:49.193-08:00Math Dollar Deals Are Back!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hRVnWVQ19Lk/WEYDllIsAaI/AAAAAAAAA_w/kjsGQjZAWfg_7d6dMutEny0ZYPPearzXQCLcB/s1600/15027550_1778857985710670_5959843710597066684_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hRVnWVQ19Lk/WEYDllIsAaI/AAAAAAAAA_w/kjsGQjZAWfg_7d6dMutEny0ZYPPearzXQCLcB/s320/15027550_1778857985710670_5959843710597066684_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></div> <br /><a href="http://www.mrseteachesmath.com/2016/12/mathdollardeals-in-december.html" target="_blank">Mrs. E Teaches Math</a> is hosting our first December Math Dollar Deals! Back in July, some great math teachers and I got together to provide dollar deals... and now they will be back every Tuesday this December! Check out the info below to find out how to find what is on sale.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b style="font-family: verdana, sans-serif; font-size: x-large;"><u>3 ways to find the $1 stuff!</u></b> </div><br />The ways to find the sale items are the same this December as they were in July:<br /><br />1. Head over to this <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/scaffoldedmath/1-secondary-math-deals/" target="_blank">Pinterest board</a> to check for the new deals each Tuesday!<br /><br />2. You can also search <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:%23mathdollardeals" target="_blank">Teachers Pay Teachers</a> for #mathdollardeals to find all of the resources marked down to $1!<br /><br />3. Or you can head over to <a href="http://www.mrseteachesmath.com/2016/12/mathdollardeals-in-december.html" target="_blank">Mrs. E Teaches Math's post</a> for links to each item on sale! <br /><br /><br /><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-45127257440200597272016-12-03T10:50:00.000-08:002017-01-18T15:30:30.126-08:00Mystery Prize Review Activity (For Any Topic/Grade!)Recently, I tried out this review activity with both my 6th and 8th grade math classes. It was one of those activities that you plan last minute to fill time and get some extra review... and it turns out to be really effective and motivating! Both my 6th and 8th grade classes were reviewing for a test and I had loads of extra Halloween candy, so I decided to combine the two.<br /><br />My first step was to create mystery prizes. I wanted 7 mystery prizes to go along with the 7 review questions that students would be answering. In addition to the extra Halloween candy, I made a quick trip to the dollar store to grab some packs of gum (always good prizes) and some mints. I also had some fun math Pi pencils leftover from Pi Day last spring. All of my mystery prize bags contained some combination of these items!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h7xfpTtJiC4/WEMUHOQrsOI/AAAAAAAAA-s/bGC65a1gH4w6-MW-j5qYHQydEQjC4_hSQCLcB/s1600/IMG_5148.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h7xfpTtJiC4/WEMUHOQrsOI/AAAAAAAAA-s/bGC65a1gH4w6-MW-j5qYHQydEQjC4_hSQCLcB/s320/IMG_5148.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-X3IQv3oCaTI/WEMVSKZedRI/AAAAAAAAA-0/_Qy9wRt967MyKAzgSSty8f91z5lvCIhjACLcB/s1600/IMG_5150.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-X3IQv3oCaTI/WEMVSKZedRI/AAAAAAAAA-0/_Qy9wRt967MyKAzgSSty8f91z5lvCIhjACLcB/s320/IMG_5150.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />Next, I needed to create some review problems. This didn't take long... I focused on 7 algebra topics that we were working on at the time in our class. If you are looking for some middle school level questions, you could easily use some of my <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Bundle-1902320" target="_blank">Scavenger Hunt</a> questions as questions for this review as well. I also recently added a <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/6th-Grade-Math-Mystery-Prize-Challenge-2969158" target="_blank">FREE</a> set of 6 problems that can be use as a 6th grade math review. <br /><br />The morning of our review, I posted the 7 problems around the room. Next to each question, I taped the corresponding mystery prize bag next to the question. I also put a bucket and some scrap paper next to each problem. You wouldn't believe how motivating the mystery prizes were as students came in the door! The rule was, you couldn't touch the bag (but you could look at it or smell it!).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--eL16CB83i0/WEMWPBJIT3I/AAAAAAAAA_I/hFxR3-Q2U3wE1eK4U3R2zRp9odvEXKdiACLcB/s1600/IMG_5117.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--eL16CB83i0/WEMWPBJIT3I/AAAAAAAAA_I/hFxR3-Q2U3wE1eK4U3R2zRp9odvEXKdiACLcB/s320/IMG_5117.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />After that, the prep was complete! To start the activity, I told students that they could walk around the room at their own pace and do the problems in any order. They could work alone or with a partner, but they both had to submit work and answers separately if they chose to work in partners. At each problem, they took a piece of scrap paper, completed the problem, and put their answer in the bucket next to that problem (don't forget names!).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OmnRDqBAf4A/WEMW8__3oVI/AAAAAAAAA_M/9z-Ar_05ITAEjPdrIgKc4CFyOHmff-lhgCLcB/s1600/IMG_5154.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OmnRDqBAf4A/WEMW8__3oVI/AAAAAAAAA_M/9z-Ar_05ITAEjPdrIgKc4CFyOHmff-lhgCLcB/s320/IMG_5154.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-K-wvete8Jj4/WEMXDJgOZAI/AAAAAAAAA_Q/KL8oLOb162wVRBWDtc1jkZAhisf0moAcwCLcB/s1600/IMG_5156.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-K-wvete8Jj4/WEMXDJgOZAI/AAAAAAAAA_Q/KL8oLOb162wVRBWDtc1jkZAhisf0moAcwCLcB/s320/IMG_5156.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />After about 15-20 minutes, or once students had a chance to try them all, I had the class go back to their seats. One at a time, we discussed the correct answer to each problem. After we went over the answer, I drew responses from that bucket until there was a correct answer. The first correct answer won that mystery prize!<br /><br />To spread out the wealth a bit, I did make a rule that once you had won a prize, you couldn't win another one. The only exception was if a student won a prize, and then on a later question was the only student to get the answer correct. Fortunately this didn't happen, since we had multiple correct answers on the problems!<br /><br />This was a great activity! Sometimes it seems like the last minute ideas turn out to work better than the ones you plan hours for... and this was no exception. The idea of a "mystery prize" was really what hooked the students in and made it extremely motivating to work to get the correct answers to the problems!<br /><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-55412167398724763602016-11-12T11:54:00.002-08:002016-11-12T11:54:34.220-08:00Fractions, Decimals, and Percents in the World of 6th Grade MathThe last couple of weeks have been all about fractions, decimals, and percents in sixth grade math! Over the last few years, I have continued to add and alter activities to help my students grasp these concepts. For my 6th graders, this unit includes a lot of conversions and comparing of the three types of numbers, as well as a lot of practice finding the percent of a number. Following, are a few of the activities that I have found helpful for my students. I'd love to hear about other ways that you get kids motivated to learn these concepts in the comments below!<br /><br />As we begin learning about converting decimals to fractions, it is so important for students to have a solid understanding of place value. They must be able to accurately read decimals (0.8 is "eight tenths" not "zero point eight!") in order to understand how to write these decimals as fractions. These foldable notes are one method that I use to help students remember their place values and how to properly say these numbers. I have found these foldable notes to be valuable activities for my 6th graders. They somehow seem so much more motivated to take notes on the folded paper as opposed to in their notebooks!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CrWtJZyyvuc/WCdvYdrdqiI/AAAAAAAAA9U/5cBDjQBtfecSsVwzPRFwVtlI4aB64PA7QCLcB/s1600/IMG_5008.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CrWtJZyyvuc/WCdvYdrdqiI/AAAAAAAAA9U/5cBDjQBtfecSsVwzPRFwVtlI4aB64PA7QCLcB/s320/IMG_5008.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />After we have learned how to convert between decimals, fractions, and percents, I use several resources and activities to help them practice these conversions. I have found that my students become very good at each type of conversion (ex: fractions to decimals) when we spend all day doing only that conversion. It is so much harder for them to remember how to do each conversion when we put it all together at the end of the unit! We make these foldable notes to help them remember and practice the different conversions. I love watching them refer to these notes as they work on problems in class.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Z1RdiWPyKo8/WCdvijxapsI/AAAAAAAAA9Y/uSmxO0vsH3YxbgeHI5TTcSRBd9CRQWCdQCLcB/s1600/IMG_5051.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Z1RdiWPyKo8/WCdvijxapsI/AAAAAAAAA9Y/uSmxO0vsH3YxbgeHI5TTcSRBd9CRQWCdQCLcB/s320/IMG_5051.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />Another resource that I have found helpful to practice these skills is this <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fractions-Decimals-and-Percents-Memory-A-Math-Game-for-Upper-Grades-2179727" target="_blank">Fractions, Decimals, and Percents Memory</a> game. Students take turns flipping over two cards as they try to find the matching numbers (ex: 1/8 and 12.5%). This has been a fun way for them to practice!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fractions-Decimals-and-Percents-Memory-A-Math-Game-for-Upper-Grades-2179727" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fractions-Decimals-and-Percents-Memory-A-Math-Game-for-Upper-Grades-2179727" border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vgyH1TEhAJY/WCdvpyUG37I/AAAAAAAAA9c/6w8Pqab3IGU277VdpcC-RLkOazPhDe-AgCLcB/s320/IMG_5041.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />The second review activity I have the sixth graders do is this <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Fractions-Decimals-and-Percents-2206541" target="_blank">Fractions, Decimals, and Percents Scavenger Hunt</a>. I don't know what it is about scavenger hunts, but they are weirdly motivating for students! I use these for a lot of other topics as well. If you haven't tried them out, I highly recommend them. Students start at different problems that are posted around the room. After solving their problem, they must find that answer at the top of one of the other problems. Eventually, the should make it around to each problem, ending up at the problem in which they started!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Fractions-Decimals-and-Percents-2206541" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Fractions-Decimals-and-Percents-2206541" border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r1eRor4BeZA/WCdxyGwP1YI/AAAAAAAAA9s/l165kKepkNkOKHdEyy-RLoZA16SgVkVKACLcB/s320/IMG_5061.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />Once we have mastered these conversions, we move on to finding the percent of a number. This is such a valuable, real-world, skill that students will use! My free <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Percent-Scramble-Finding-the-Percent-of-a-Number-1563526" target="_blank">Percent Scramble</a> game is a fun way for students to practice finding the percent of a number. It takes some printing, cutting, and laminating ahead of time, but is definitely worth it as you watch the students have fun solving these problems!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Percent-Scramble-Finding-the-Percent-of-a-Number-1563526" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Percent-Scramble-Finding-the-Percent-of-a-Number-1563526" border="0" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1BF4RQMhBEQ/WCdx5olHExI/AAAAAAAAA9w/49G5EACe8gsa5zQMG7Ni7hVjh5JESAKQQCLcB/s400/IMG_5049.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />Finally, I am always looking to challenge my students who pick up on the concepts right away. The last thing I want is for students to be bored in class (we all know what behaviors that can lead to!). Here is one of the Challenge of the Week problems I always post during this unit. All of my sixth grade <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" target="_blank">Challenge of the Week</a> problems are free in my TpT store. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XHKHtIwqr70/WCdyHrbVZOI/AAAAAAAAA90/fHRE5Kr_cqseGANCvy_7MMx14PoxrsHgACEw/s320/IMG_5038.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />Hopefully you were able to find something useful when it comes to learning about fractions, decimals, and percents in middle school math! As a stated earlier, I'd love to hear what you do to help your students understand these concepts in the comments below! middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-64018350761204075162016-09-07T15:43:00.001-07:002016-09-07T15:43:25.666-07:00Tower Challenge - A Community Building Activity for Any GradeWhen planning the first few days and weeks of the school year, a few things always stick out as important to me. First, is building routines and laying out the structure of what class will look like. For my 6th and 8th grade students, that means filling out assignment notebooks, starting our daily check routine with some simple questions to start class, and learning how to work together. Second, I try to place a great deal of emphasis on making math fun and exciting for my students during those initial class periods, so that they leave feeling engaged and wanting to come back. Diving deep into challenging math concepts can wait a few days. I believe the very beginning of the year should include some simple math tasks to build confidence and lots of fun, engaging, and hands-on activities. The past couple of years, I have grown to like one team building activity in particular... the Tower Challenge!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ikMI0Mt8Kjw/V83T5-MI0BI/AAAAAAAAA68/OhWnd0YtGbsINF8wIJGtwbUCHWo4B1l6ACLcB/s1600/IMG_4742.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ikMI0Mt8Kjw/V83T5-MI0BI/AAAAAAAAA68/OhWnd0YtGbsINF8wIJGtwbUCHWo4B1l6ACLcB/s320/IMG_4742.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br />Setup: I break the class randomly into groups of 3-4 students. Each group starts with the materials pictured above: 2 pieces of card stock, 2 pieces of large construction paper, 2 Popsicle sticks, 4 paper clips, 1 ruler, and 15 inches of tape. One of the great things about this project is you can really use any materials. This is just what I used last year... it has changed pretty much every year based on what I have available!<br /><br />Planning: Tell students they will have approximately 13-15 minutes total to build the tallest free-standing structure using only the materials provided. Their tower cannot be attached to any wall or table, but they can tape to the ground. They can only use the materials provided! They will get 2 minutes to talk as a group and come up with a plan (without touching the materials!). After the planning time is up, they will get to start, but here is the kicker... for the first 4 minutes of building, they won't be able to talk to each other.<br /><br />Round 1: For the first four minutes, students must work together without talking. They can sketch, write, or use any other form of nonverbal communication. I usually come up with some sort of penalty if I hear talking. For example, they must take 3 inches off their final height.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hhjLTz6HtNY/V83YfyqTqkI/AAAAAAAAA7U/GctXrlycBI8OjcFr8uxqtPUWsHi1t_bOQCLcB/s1600/IMG_4739.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hhjLTz6HtNY/V83YfyqTqkI/AAAAAAAAA7U/GctXrlycBI8OjcFr8uxqtPUWsHi1t_bOQCLcB/s320/IMG_4739.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />Round 2: After the first four minutes is up, I have them freeze. The next four minute, they will be able to talk. However, for this next round, they can only use one hand. I would suggest having them put one arm behind their back, since it is very easy to forget and accidentally use two hands! It is great watching the teamwork involved with this round!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mtrXj1YkDgg/V9CX5YjWWAI/AAAAAAAAA78/OeGPgO4NZAIQ88fQ8RZ52_Fu1BuNQkuBQCLcB/s1600/IMG_4735.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mtrXj1YkDgg/V9CX5YjWWAI/AAAAAAAAA78/OeGPgO4NZAIQ88fQ8RZ52_Fu1BuNQkuBQCLcB/s320/IMG_4735.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />Round 3: After the round of using only one hand, I usually walk around and give each group an additional piece of construction paper and about another foot of tape. Then, for the final 5 minutes, they can use all of their resources. You probably want to forewarn them that this is it... after these 5 minutes, the must let go of their tower. If it falls it falls!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jBgMeqgjedI/V83Ys8nJQNI/AAAAAAAAA7Y/G5bF9UhflacuGJuBN7fe5EdXgywLNhjxACLcB/s1600/IMG_4741.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jBgMeqgjedI/V83Ys8nJQNI/AAAAAAAAA7Y/G5bF9UhflacuGJuBN7fe5EdXgywLNhjxACLcB/s320/IMG_4741.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />Measuring: I usually have students go back to their seats, where they are a little bit less talkative, while we measure. I walk around and measure each tower to the highest point. Even if it fell, they highest point is usually at least 3-5 inches. As I measure, I usually have a student record each height on the board. Even though we don't cover it until later, I usually find the class average and we have a little friendly competition between class periods!<br /><br />This activity has been great for a couple of reasons. For one, it promotes a ton of teamwork and working together. I tell the students going in that working together is our number one goal of the activity. If their tower falls that is fine, I am looking at how they are able to work with their group! Second, students LOVE it! I want students to leave math the first few days saying that math was awesome. This is one of those activities that can help do that.<br /><br />Hope you are all off to a great start to the school year! For another beginning of the year activity, be sure to also check out this Math is Everywhere project. It is one of those easy, low pressure math activities that gets students off to a great start in math and also gets them thinking about where they see math in the real world!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://middleschoolmathman.blogspot.com/2015/08/math-is-everywhere-first-week-math.html" target="_blank">Math is Everywhere Project</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://middleschoolmathman.blogspot.com/2015/08/math-is-everywhere-first-week-math.html" target="_blank"><img alt="http://middleschoolmathman.blogspot.com/2015/08/math-is-everywhere-first-week-math.html" border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PsldWKjP7Nc/V83Y-uk01fI/AAAAAAAAA7c/7jd8-3JbqjAyxDeOwHhvnOxHnHSSEly-wCLcB/s320/IMG_2713.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-66752172653425456882016-08-21T14:52:00.001-07:002016-08-21T14:53:26.192-07:00Moving into 8th Grade MathThis school year is bringing some big changes! In addition to teaching a couple of my usual sections of 6th grade math, I will also have the opportunity to have one class of 8th grade math this school year. It can be a little nerve-racking to switch grade levels, but I am excited to get started! Since I am planning on using a math workshop structure (similar to what I do with the 6th graders), it has been a summer busy with creating materials and resources that I can use in 8th grade math. I thought I'd highlight a few of these 8th grade math resources in this post!<br /><br />I started by creating task cards. My 6th grade math task cards have worked so well for me to use at the front table during workshop, I knew I had to start by creating an 8th grade version. Pictured below is a free unit of these 8th grade task cards that focuses on Units of Measure. You can click on the picture or the title to grab a free copy! :)<br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-Units-of-Measure-2648644" target="_blank"><br /></a><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-Units-of-Measure-2648644" target="_blank">8th Grade Math Task Cards - Units of Measure</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-Units-of-Measure-2648644" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-Units-of-Measure-2648644" border="0" height="240" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Z8xeLz7tVhk/V7ocX4umF7I/AAAAAAAAA5U/xE0n6IzBAZYNAHESg_MALv2O57tHQG-UACLcB/s320/IMG_4540.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />You can also grab the full year bundle of these math task cards at the following link. The bundle includes 12 different units, 91 topics, and over 275 problems!<br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-2655638" target="_blank"><br /></a><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-2655638" target="_blank">8th Grade Math Task Card Full Year Bundle</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">To go along with these math task cards, I also created a more challenging set of task cards to push my higher students. At the front table during math workshop, I always start the students with the task card from the set above. If they are able to easily finish those problems, than I give them one of the enrichment task cards. I'm excited to have a full set of these ready to go for my first 8th grade math class! As you can see, I've spent a bunch of time this summer printing and cutting these task cards! I'm hoping I can get around to laminating them before the year starts!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Enrichment-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-2690557" target="_blank">8th Grade Math Enrichment Task Cards Full Year Bundle</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Enrichment-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-2690557" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Math-Enrichment-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-2690557" border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eekYO14AHsI/V7ofSfq5f4I/AAAAAAAAA5k/UkeJZPesFpkr-se1ZCJJKWQV6symjHQaQCLcB/s320/IMG_4588.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1s__W9vwMqs/V7ohXtR7W6I/AAAAAAAAA58/vkwu_NyLysszP_xi9dlg3_KWHK_W4sUegCLcB/s1600/IMG_4647.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1s__W9vwMqs/V7ohXtR7W6I/AAAAAAAAA58/vkwu_NyLysszP_xi9dlg3_KWHK_W4sUegCLcB/s200/IMG_4647.JPG" width="200" /></a>After having my two sets of task cards ready to go, I knew I would need some resources to use at the math centers where students were working in small groups! I decided to start with one of my most engaging, class-tested 6th grade games... Connect Four. I use my 6th grade Connect Four games all the time and it seems like students don't ever get sick of playing! I use them a lot as math centers, but also with my math intervention groups - they have worked great in both settings. Theses games don't take long to print, cut out, and have ready to use! Each topic comes with 6 different game boards, 16 problem cards, teacher instructions, and sheets for students to record their work! You can try out <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Area-Volume-and-Surface-Area-8th-Grade-Math-2744312" target="_blank">Connect Four: Area, Volume, and Surface Area - 8th Grade Math</a>, which is pictured below, for free if you want to get an idea of how it works! </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Area-Volume-and-Surface-Area-8th-Grade-Math-2744312" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Area-Volume-and-Surface-Area-8th-Grade-Math-2744312" border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nl_9kllrTn8/V7ohI_X-dnI/AAAAAAAAA50/tkpQI28M_vQIrnUqv_xcJYK3XRpMar34gCLcB/s400/IMG_4692.JPG" width="300" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">All 10 of my 8th grade math Connect Four games are also available as a full year bundle!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Full-Year-Bundle-8th-Grade-Math-2744267" target="_blank">Connect Four: Full Year Bundle - 8th Grade Math</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Full-Year-Bundle-8th-Grade-Math-2744267" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Full-Year-Bundle-8th-Grade-Math-2744267" border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8-hmjJZwltI/V7oiDAGtppI/AAAAAAAAA6E/s8Lnhow5jxckTq5iKqF8uDsduWno8lg_QCLcB/s320/Slide1.JPG" width="247" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I hope you are all off to a great start to the school year (or about to get started like me!). I'm sure I will be looking to create and find some more 8th grade math resources as I start this new adventure into the upper middle school grades, so be sure to stay tuned for more! :)</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div>middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-18467626008192329062016-07-25T14:46:00.001-07:002016-07-25T14:46:41.771-07:00Final Math Dollar Deals of the Summer!It's almost here... the final Math Dollar Deals Tuesday of the summer! For the last several weeks, a group of math teachers and I have been posting a $1 math resource every Tuesday. Tomorrow will be the final day to grab these great deals... and to cap it off, many of us will be posting two $1 resources!<br /><br />These are the two resources that I will be posting for $1 (and just did if you want to head over there early and grab it tonight!).<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Expressions-Equations-mathdollardeals-1901766" target="_blank">Math Scavenger Hunt: Expressions & Equations</a></b> </div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Expressions-Equations-mathdollardeals-1901766" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Expressions-Equations-mathdollardeals-1901766" border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-IbL4XkXfbWE/V5aHoPFpMvI/AAAAAAAAA4k/vHsOnbH7UwUNKaprxJ5y2Y5p9WGw_uAkwCLcB/s320/IMG_3649%25281%2529.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b><br /></b><div style="text-align: center;"><b><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Task-Cards-Area-and-Volume-mathdollardeals-2655666" target="_blank"> 8th Grade Math Task Cards - Area and Volume</a></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Task-Cards-Area-and-Volume-mathdollardeals-2655666" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/8th-Grade-Task-Cards-Area-and-Volume-mathdollardeals-2655666" border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U-1I2GoTjX0/V5aIG9bLnNI/AAAAAAAAA4o/9S-aLX3Z9A0S4008Qe3ADnERnaiPWKdiQCLcB/s320/IMG_4569.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>There are a couple of ways to find all of the other great resources that are available as a part of these deals.<br /><br />(1) Head over to the <a href="http://scaffoldedmath.blogspot.com/2016/06/secondary-math-summer-dollar-deals.html" target="_blank">Scaffolded Math and Science</a> blog to see the links to all of the deals.<br /><br />(2) Search #mathdollardeals in the <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/" target="_blank">TpT search box</a>.<br /><br />Hope you are all enjoying the final weeks of your summer and/or getting ready for the new school year!middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-5737677396178123282016-07-19T07:09:00.002-07:002016-07-19T07:09:38.206-07:00Tuesday Math Dollar Deals - Here Again!Once again, there are some amazing Math Dollar Deals today on TpT! All you have to do is search #mathdollardeals in the Teachers Pay Teachers search box and then check out all of the middle school and high school math resources that are marked down to $1 for the day! There is really some great stuff from some fantastic math teachers.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1v8UuKB8bTI/V44zjRzLXmI/AAAAAAAAA4E/oaEHEYt81t4elG5mKuzP8vdAOemBuuHrwCLcB/s1600/13528701_887900418734_5234271229527256464_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1v8UuKB8bTI/V44zjRzLXmI/AAAAAAAAA4E/oaEHEYt81t4elG5mKuzP8vdAOemBuuHrwCLcB/s400/13528701_887900418734_5234271229527256464_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />This week, my math dollar deal is this <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Two-Step-Equations-mathdollardeals-1955301" target="_blank">Connect Four: Two-Step Equations</a> game. I have found these Connect Four games to be extremely effective at engaging students. A lot of students get so wrapped up in the game that they forget all of the learning! I especially like using these with my math intervention groups. The game includes six different game boards and sixteen different question cards. This one focuses on solving two-step equations, but there are plenty of other Connect Four games in my store if you are looking for another concept! Enjoy1<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Two-Step-Equations-mathdollardeals-1955301" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Two-Step-Equations-mathdollardeals-1955301" border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ORPNsQ6e-R4/V440WunUbUI/AAAAAAAAA4I/RKiFsfNcJTEwMT8px2fYHAjAB2wvylfJgCLcB/s400/IMG_4544.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-72551190532252586642016-07-05T05:19:00.000-07:002016-07-05T05:19:13.519-07:00Math Dollar Deals for Middle School/High School Math!It is Tuesday, which means our dollar deals are back! I have teamed up with an awesome group of middle school and high school math teachers for these Math Dollar Deals! Every Tuesday this summer, we will each be putting one of our math resources on sale for just $1.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zej7aeeJp04/V3ugN5yDsoI/AAAAAAAAA3U/_upe0DnnUO0B1Kf2pj9ZS8A7GbYE3NbCACLcB/s1600/13528701_887900418734_5234271229527256464_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zej7aeeJp04/V3ugN5yDsoI/AAAAAAAAA3U/_upe0DnnUO0B1Kf2pj9ZS8A7GbYE3NbCACLcB/s400/13528701_887900418734_5234271229527256464_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />The activities on sale are easy to find! Just search #mathdollardeals in the TpT search box and all of the dollar deals should come up!<br /><br />Or another option is to check out this Pinterest board, which will feature all of the math dollar deals each week.<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.pinterest.com/scaffoldedmath/tuesday-math-1-deals/" target="_blank">Tuesday Math $1 Deals!</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">This week, my dollar deal is this entire unit of <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/mathdollardeals-Math-Task-Cards-Volume-and-Surface-Area-6th-Grade-Math-2269232" target="_blank">Math Task Cards (Volume and Surface Area)</a>. These are great for 5th/6th grade math or possibly for 7th grade intervention groups. For those of you that have downloaded my Math Enrichment Task Cards, the Math Task Cards cover the same topics but are more basic problems. I use both sets every day during my 6th grade math workshop!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/mathdollardeals-Math-Task-Cards-Volume-and-Surface-Area-6th-Grade-Math-2269232" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/mathdollardeals-Math-Task-Cards-Volume-and-Surface-Area-6th-Grade-Math-2269232" border="0" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nkkJFTauooQ/V3ukQLEcopI/AAAAAAAAA3o/DR1MyxH6ghQqmZGi1TNo-MsY-JeDJS4wACLcB/s400/IMG_4477.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The following topics are included in this set of task cards: Volume of Triangular Prisms, Volume of Pyramids, Volume of Cylinders, Volume of Cones, Surface Area of Cylinders, and Volume of Composite Figures. Enjoy and don't forget to check out all of the other great math dollar deals by other math teachers using the hashtag #mathdollardeals!</div>middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-64443736626589721972016-06-28T04:52:00.000-07:002016-06-28T04:52:15.238-07:00Exciting news! After starting my summer Dollar Deals last Tuesday, some other middle/high school math teacher friends and I have decided to team up to provide some great deals on math resources for the rest of the summer!<br /><br />Every Tuesday from now until July 26, a bunch of great math teachers will be providing one of their resources for just $1. You can search #mathdollardeals on TpT OR just stay tuned here at my blog for links to the various resources. Unfortunately this week I am on a road trip and won't be able to get all of the links on this post, but it is easy to find the deals by searching #mathdollardeals in the TpT search! This week, my Dollar Deal will be this <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/mathdollardeals-Area-and-Perimeter-Sort-2079482" target="_blank">Area and Perimeter Sort</a> for 6th grade math. Although I created it for 6th grade, they could also be pretty useful with 5th or 7th graders!<br /><br /><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-61867179674257099782016-06-21T06:24:00.000-07:002016-06-21T06:24:08.941-07:00"Dollar Deals" are Coming this Summer!This summer, I have decided to try something a little different. Every Tuesday, I will be posting a different math resource in my TpT store for just $1!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZJpiIPBP6KM/V2k-YU9hUvI/AAAAAAAAA2g/AtYKU9-kbhIR5OjiuVnRGRr1zzfJZq9_gCLcB/s1600/Slide1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZJpiIPBP6KM/V2k-YU9hUvI/AAAAAAAAA2g/AtYKU9-kbhIR5OjiuVnRGRr1zzfJZq9_gCLcB/s320/Slide1.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />With it being the first Tuesday of summer, I figured there is no better day to start than today! The first resource up are these <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Exit-Slips-Perimeter-Area-and-Volume-6th-Grade-Math-2471727" target="_blank">Exit Slips: Perimeter, Area, and Volume</a> - for 6th grade math. Each of the nine topics included have four problems, which increase in difficulty. These exit slips could be used as a check as students leave the class, in math centers, small groups, or in lots of other ways! Check them out and stay tuned every Tuesday for the new deal!<br /><br />To make sure you don't miss out on the future Dollar Deals, follow my Instagram and Facebook pages, where I will be posting updates!<br /><br />Instagram: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/middleschoolmathman/" target="_blank">@middleschoolmathman</a><br />Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/middleschoolmathman/" target="_blank">Middle School Math Man</a><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-47027707186780436022016-06-15T08:27:00.001-07:002016-06-15T08:27:33.420-07:00Math Brain Teaser Challenge!Sometimes the best classroom ideas come once textbooks are turned in, no new math lessons are in the plans, and the school year is winding down! This year, whether it was a result of creativity or that end-of-year desperation, I tried out a new math brain teaser activity in my classroom. It turned out to be a fun way to keep the 6th graders engaged (and moving!) as our final week of school came to an end.<br /><br />It's actually a pretty simple concept. I searched around online and found some free math brain teaser problems that I thought would fit my class. I threw the ones that I liked into a PowerPoint, so that I six total brain teasers, each on their own poster. They looked something like this.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wfGLU6PSRjE/V2FxlHoXJPI/AAAAAAAAA1U/oV4ereGhqgoNrjJTsFg3oHS95Aty8Q-NwCLcB/s1600/IMG_4318.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wfGLU6PSRjE/V2FxlHoXJPI/AAAAAAAAA1U/oV4ereGhqgoNrjJTsFg3oHS95Aty8Q-NwCLcB/s320/IMG_4318.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />There are plenty of great sites that have fun brain teasers, but the primary two websites that I pulled mine from were <a href="http://www.coolmath4kids.com/math_puzzles/index.html" target="_blank">CoolMath4Kids</a> and <a href="http://www.mathwarehouse.com/riddles/math-riddles.php" target="_blank">Math Warehouse</a>.<br /><br />Next, I posted the six brain teaser posters around the room. Each problem also had a basket and scrap paper next to it for students to write and place their guesses. To start the activity, students walked around at their own pace, reading and attempting to solve the problems. I let them go in any order. After a student attempted a brain teaser, they wrote their name and answer on a piece of scrap paper, and placed it in the basket next to that problem.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-76U7IOI0E2c/V2FxhFIY8EI/AAAAAAAAA1c/S-pYoTOXRZIRkK3grg38NTHqVHAXhx4LQCKgB/s1600/IMG_4332.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-76U7IOI0E2c/V2FxhFIY8EI/AAAAAAAAA1c/S-pYoTOXRZIRkK3grg38NTHqVHAXhx4LQCKgB/s320/IMG_4332.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8lE4vDtMuag/V2FyxZG0dPI/AAAAAAAAA1o/61LHSUwIGYEOi6OQgL1Q-cpU-Rf_bp_bwCLcB/s1600/IMG_4327.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8lE4vDtMuag/V2FyxZG0dPI/AAAAAAAAA1o/61LHSUwIGYEOi6OQgL1Q-cpU-Rf_bp_bwCLcB/s320/IMG_4327.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NVN1lOl442E/V2Fy1-h8OAI/AAAAAAAAA1w/tUM1eI--UeszCCJIBJScDWlx6TZEdgswgCLcB/s1600/IMG_4323.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-NVN1lOl442E/V2Fy1-h8OAI/AAAAAAAAA1w/tUM1eI--UeszCCJIBJScDWlx6TZEdgswgCLcB/s320/IMG_4323.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />After about 20 minutes, we got back together as a class. One at a time, we went through the solution to each problem. After solving it, I drew answers out of the basket for that problem. The first correct answer to be drawn from each basket won a prize (in my class a mint or a Starburst)! Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy activity... it could really be adapted to any grade or subject, it is just a matter of finding the right level of brain teasers for your students! middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-27654767650862423562016-04-09T08:14:00.000-07:002016-04-09T08:14:43.355-07:00Repairing the "I'm Bad at Math" Attitude<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gonx00lMOgM/VwkYa137mOI/AAAAAAAAA0U/eBG36yqlLEAoM9ji7foM7Smq8BiuuXDhw/s1600/Slide1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gonx00lMOgM/VwkYa137mOI/AAAAAAAAA0U/eBG36yqlLEAoM9ji7foM7Smq8BiuuXDhw/s320/Slide1.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />After teaching middle school math for almost five years, I have found that one of the biggest hurdles and misconceptions for students is their attitude and confidence in their own math abilities. As a math teacher, one huge challenge is changing the "I'm bad at math" attitude that some students enter the year with. Of course, not all students carry this attitude with them. Many students are confident in their math skills. However, I think that making a dent in the attitude of students who lack that confidence might be the most important, and challenging, part of teaching math. Here are a few classroom routines and ideas that I have found to help repair and change the "I'm bad at math" mindset.<br /><b><br /></b><b><br /></b><b>(1) Make Math Fun</b><br />After reflecting on my first year of teaching 6th grade math, I found out very quickly that I needed to make math fun and engaging. I think the first step in changing the attitude of students who have struggled in math is making math class a place they enjoy coming to. One of the classroom routines I started is the Math Joke of the Week. It takes about 10 minutes per week to look up a fun (or corny) math joke and get it up on the board. Students love it when the joke is something they can try to guess, and I always hear about it quickly when I forget to get a new joke up.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s79jcz356TY/VwkZEpjmDuI/AAAAAAAAA0c/HO3rD3kvvpUzOprOMCu27PnEBAs854wsQ/s1600/IMG_3726.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s79jcz356TY/VwkZEpjmDuI/AAAAAAAAA0c/HO3rD3kvvpUzOprOMCu27PnEBAs854wsQ/s320/IMG_3726.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />Incorporating some random fun routines and things around the classroom can also start to get these students to enjoy coming into math class. Last year, I <a href="http://middleschoolmathman.blogspot.com/2015/01/well-youve-got-to-love-wisconsin-weather.html" target="_blank">blogged</a> about some of the fun things around my classroom. Although a lot of these aren't math related, I think they can help the general attitude of the students who come into the class!<br /><br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Multiplying-Decimals-1943728" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Multiplying-Decimals-1943728" border="0" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FQ4VPj-0I1w/VwkZYq7nlOI/AAAAAAAAA0g/nOpZSZcPNsEY-iOGh5zVdV8zxesFRR9Mg/s200/IMG_1996%25281%2529.JPG" width="150" /></a>I also have tried to make the learning process more fun for my students. In 6th grade math, we play a lot of math games that reinforce the concepts we are learning about. I've created many of these, but have also found a ton of awesome ideas floating around as well. My students love playing this <a href="http://www.starrspangledplanner.com/2015/03/kaboom-possibly-best-center-game-ever.html?m=1" target="_blank">Kaboom (also called Zap) game</a>, which I adapted to practice solving equations. One of the other favorites are the Connect Four games that I created for various topics. My <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Multiplying-Decimals-1943728" target="_blank">Connect Four: Multiplying Decimals</a> is a freebie in my TpT store! As much as possible, I have tried to make learning and practicing our math concepts into some sort of game or engaging activity.<br /><br /><br /><b>(2) Get Kids Moving</b><br />Many of my lessons during my first year of teaching involved me at the overhead projector (yes, I was still using an old-school overhead projector) and students at their seats watching me do examples. Reflecting on that first year, I discovered a few things. Number one, I probably damaged my eyesight by looking into that dang projector all day. Two, I was doing most of the work while students sat and watched. And three, a lot of the time students weren't sitting and watching... they were doing something they weren't supposed to be doing, not paying attention, or just flat out bored (and looking back I don't blame them). This structure made it difficult for me to reach the students who felt they were bad at math. I switched to a math workshop structure, where students rotate around the room to different stations each class period. This structure allows me to meet in a small group with all students, which helps me reach the students that normally struggle. Whether it's math workshop, or some other structure, I feel like it is important to get students out of their seats. Of course that's not to say we never have stretches where we are taking notes, watching me do problems, etc., but I have tried to limit the length and amount of these. More details about how I run the math workshop are at the tab at the top of my blog!<br /><br /><br /><b>(3) Challenge Students</b><br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" border="0" height="240" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SV9J8jguAko/VwkZ_P5HIEI/AAAAAAAAA0s/VPN6o1NmnnYqYmc_yp8VbaJ8ArnSF0zhw/s320/IMG_1136.JPG" width="320" /></a>All students enjoy a challenge and some competition... at least if there is a prize involved! Although my Challenge of the Week problems are often completed by my students who are very confident and strong in math, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of students who try these problems. There is nothing more rewarding than when a student who usually finds math difficult, gets the challenge problem. I put up a new problem every Monday. Students have until Thursday to enter (it's optional). On Friday, we go over and discuss the answer as a class - any correct answers get a mint! This is another routine that is pretty easy to set up, takes minimal time each week, and is a great way to stretch students thinking! If you are looking for some 5th/6th grade level problems, a <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" target="_blank">full-year set</a> is free in my store. The optional, low-risk, nature of the Challenge of the Week really encourages everybody to try it since there isn't any penalty for getting it wrong.<br /><br /><!-- start InLinkz script --> <div class='InLinkzContainer' id='623221'> <a rel='nofollow' href="http://www.inlinkz.com/new/view.php?id=623221" title="click to view in an external page.">An InLinkz Link-up</a></div> <script type='text/javascript' src='//static.inlinkz.com/cs2.js?v=116'></script><!-- end InLinkz script -->middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-28759945009341791922016-03-05T06:51:00.000-08:002016-03-05T06:51:07.834-08:00Area Review (Parallelograms, Triangles, Trapezoids, and more!)It has been all about finding areas recently in sixth grade math! The last week or two, we have been finding the area of parallelograms, triangles, trapezoids, and circles (with some perimeter and circumference thrown in there too!). For a while now, I have been trying to find a good way to review these concepts. This last week, I thought I would try an activity that worked pretty well last year with my sixth graders during our volume unit. This activity gets students up out of their seats, moving around the room, talking about math, and analyzing each others work!<br /><br />I began by creating six different posters that each focused on a specific concept. I started pretty basic, with the area of a parallelogram. The other five focused on the area of a triangle, area of a trapezoid, area of a circle, circumference, and one challenge problem! Each student started by getting 6 different colored Post-it notes. On each of the posters, I put one of these different colored Post-its in the corner, so students knew which color to do their work on for that problem. After assigning them a poster to start at (3-5 students per poster), they went around the room solving each problem on their Post-it notes. Here are a few shots of them in action!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ktuom2JHfms/Vto3dzBXg_I/AAAAAAAAAzE/uwBzGVtPzCM/s1600/IMG_3903.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ktuom2JHfms/Vto3dzBXg_I/AAAAAAAAAzE/uwBzGVtPzCM/s400/IMG_3903.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XjV3yySsO18/Vto36Ude_gI/AAAAAAAAAzI/zzZUmSAg948/s1600/IMG_3912.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XjV3yySsO18/Vto36Ude_gI/AAAAAAAAAzI/zzZUmSAg948/s400/IMG_3912.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />Once students got to their starting point, I gave about two or three minutes for them to solve that problem on their Post-it note. After the time was up, I had them rotate to their next poster. I debated having them just go around at their own pace, but this system of sticking together with their group seemed to work out pretty well! I was impressed with the great math conversations going on as they worked! There was a lot of "but don't we need to double the radius" and "it's a triangle, so we have to divide by two!" Once they had all gotten to each station, I gave them a minute or two to go back to any problems that they had not had time to finish. Then, once we were all ready, the students went around an placed their work (which was on each Post-it note) on to the correct poster. Each poster looked something like this...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gCLVcXCWnEI/Vto6gmLa2gI/AAAAAAAAAzg/earpripswf8/s1600/IMG_3906.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gCLVcXCWnEI/Vto6gmLa2gI/AAAAAAAAAzg/earpripswf8/s400/IMG_3906.JPG" width="300" /></a></div><br />Then, here was my favorite part. I gave the students three minutes to walk around and look at the work of their classmates. To give them something specific to look for, I had them try to find at least one thing we did well as a class and at least one mistake they found. The students really enjoyed walking around and looking at their work and it was a great way to spark a discussion about the different area problems we had been learning about. Here are a few pictures of students as they were analyzing each others work!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9EiO0vw9h2M/Vto7oTpReII/AAAAAAAAAzw/ooBy6iUhey8/s1600/IMG_3909.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9EiO0vw9h2M/Vto7oTpReII/AAAAAAAAAzw/ooBy6iUhey8/s400/IMG_3909.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--9ooWGFhZI0/Vto7r9M5fLI/AAAAAAAAAz0/6njETOGUynI/s1600/IMG_3908.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--9ooWGFhZI0/Vto7r9M5fLI/AAAAAAAAAz0/6njETOGUynI/s400/IMG_3908.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />I really enjoyed using this one as a review and I love how it could really be used with any concept! I'd love to hear any questions or similar activities that you have tried in your classrooms!<br /><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-4890817797946017822016-02-06T08:54:00.002-08:002017-02-13T15:47:47.565-08:00Angles, Triangles, and the Start of Geometry in 6th Grade Math!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fw1668z5vDM/VrYgQNqIRXI/AAAAAAAAAx0/lZDMAsPUo3g/s1600/IMG_3696%25281%2529.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fw1668z5vDM/VrYgQNqIRXI/AAAAAAAAAx0/lZDMAsPUo3g/s320/IMG_3696%25281%2529.JPG" width="320" /></a></div>With the beginning of our geometry units in 6th grade math, it has been all about angles and triangles this past week! Thanks to some creative (and cheap!) angle ideas I found on social media, I was able to incorporate some new things in my classroom this year as we start geometry! First off, this fun idea to reinforce a basic understanding of angles! With some leftover fun tape from Office Depot, a little card stock to write the angles, and about ten minutes, I made this fun entryway into the classroom. I can't take credit for the idea, but am happy to share it! It definitely caught the students attention and had them thinking about different angles!<br /><br />The second fun idea I found (again... can't take credit for this one) I was able to use with my math intervention groups this week. After we had learned about different angle relationships (vertical angles, supplementary angles, and complementary angles), I covered our front dry-erase table with table at various angles. I then went through and measure the minimum number of angles they would need to be able to find all of the missing angles without a protractor. This turned out to be a great problem solving challenge and really promoted teamwork and working together. I could also see this working out great as a math center during math workshop.<br /><br />UPDATE: I recently added a full set of <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Angle-Relationships-Task-Cards-Middle-School-Math-3001603" target="_blank">Angle Relationships Task Cards</a> to my TpT store! It currently includes over 70 challenging angle problems and 4 different levels of difficulty! <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JwPUMDTr6BY/VrYhrjwQVtI/AAAAAAAAAyA/hRDqbDX8jA8/s1600/IMG_3715.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JwPUMDTr6BY/VrYhrjwQVtI/AAAAAAAAAyA/hRDqbDX8jA8/s400/IMG_3715.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />With the start of geometry, I was also able to try out one of my newest units of <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Triangles-Quadrilaterals-Transformations-6th-Grade-Math-2265115" target="_blank">Math Task Cards: Triangles, Quadrilaterals, and Transformations</a>. I now have two sets of task cards up in my store. A set of <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-2273242" target="_blank">Math Task Cards</a>, which are a little more basic problems. Then, for students that finish these quickly, I have them try the <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" target="_blank">Math Enrichment Task Cards</a>. Having these more challenging task cards makes it easy to push my higher students and keep them challenged! Here are a couple shots of the prep and final product of some of these task cards. I always print out six cards for each topic, which is what I need for my math workshop front table group. If I have time I corner round the corners and laminate to help them last!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-2273242" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-2273242" border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ToZ7L8sBCmU/VrYjXg3Nh7I/AAAAAAAAAyI/T21VRJTH29M/s400/IMG_3701.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m609Rksln10/VrYjeJYcgYI/AAAAAAAAAyU/X7mFLXWd1TI/s400/IMG_3717.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />Geometry has also allowed me to finally get to what is probably my favorite Challenge of the Week problem! I recently updated this <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" target="_blank">freebie</a> with five more questions that could be used, so be sure to re-download it if you have already grabbed this one from my store in the past!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" border="0" height="300" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pMuecDqiGXI/VrYkZ-jahOI/AAAAAAAAAyc/ya2ggrEKH1o/s400/IMG_3720.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />So that's what we have been up to in 6th grade math recently. I'd love to hear what you have all been working on in your classrooms! And how about some humor to get everyone on their way? Who knew that One Direction is now a swear word?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-95MemIkdpDo/VrYlFdiBvpI/AAAAAAAAAyk/dJ_v21olkfc/s1600/IMG_3724.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-95MemIkdpDo/VrYlFdiBvpI/AAAAAAAAAyk/dJ_v21olkfc/s400/IMG_3724.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lB0T_Vk7H3E/VrYlLdj6CaI/AAAAAAAAAyo/fIFWuKiAJBA/s1600/IMG_3726.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lB0T_Vk7H3E/VrYlLdj6CaI/AAAAAAAAAyo/fIFWuKiAJBA/s400/IMG_3726.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-60945992768214692212016-01-23T06:31:00.001-08:002016-01-23T06:31:30.475-08:00Free Pi Day Challenge and a Freebie Bundle!<br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rTZmO_9p6YA/VqOB1icQhwI/AAAAAAAAAu8/Y2hmMCvB7_w/s1600/IMG_3619.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rTZmO_9p6YA/VqOB1icQhwI/AAAAAAAAAu8/Y2hmMCvB7_w/s200/IMG_3619.JPG" width="200" /></a>It has been a busy end to the quarter in 6th grade math. We are close to wrapping up our three units focused on algebra, we STAR tested this week, and had our annual end of semester middle school field trip to reward students for all of their hard work! It seemed like a good morning to get out this awesome new coffee mug I got for Christmas and get back to the blog!<br /><br />I recently put together a new <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pi-Day-Challenge-Math-in-the-Upper-Grades-2295128" target="_blank">Free Pi Day Challenge</a> activity and a <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Ultimate-Freebie-Bundle-Math-in-the-Upper-Grades-2319307" target="_blank">Freebie Bundle</a> in my TpT store, which will be the focus here today! The Pi Day Challenge is brand new to my store (although I have done it for a few years now in my classroom) and the Freebie Bundle is just a combination of all of the free products in my store. I hope you can find a use for some of them with your students!<br /><br /><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nmc_WzQbDC0/VqODDl6fHUI/AAAAAAAAAvI/M3HigAWsj-U/s1600/Slide1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nmc_WzQbDC0/VqODDl6fHUI/AAAAAAAAAvI/M3HigAWsj-U/s200/Slide1.JPG" width="154" /></a>With Pi Day right around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to share this fun challenge! It's pretty basic, but there is a ton of math involved and it has proven to be really engaging for students. I usually start Pi Day by reading the book <i>Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi, </i>written by Cindy Neuschwander. It really is a great book that shows how pi is found - which is by dividing the circumference of a circle by its diameter!<br /><br />In this challenge, students do exactly that! The activity includes four circles of difference sizes. I make a bunch of copies of each of the sizes. Students, in partners or individually, must pick a circle to use for the challenge. Once a circle is picked, they grab some yarn and a ruler. The challenge is to measure the circumference of the circle (using the yarn as picture below), measure the diameter using their ruler, divide, and see which group can get the closest to 3.141592...! After doing this for a few years now, here are a few tips. First, depending on your class, you may want to review measurements and the fractional parts in between each inch or centimeter. They will want to be as exact as possible and don't want to become frustrated if they don't understand how to measure their dimensions accurately! Second, when measuring the circumference, you don't want to pull the string too tight when straightening it out. You want to straighten it out (so you can measure it), without pulling it too tight and adding extra length that isn't actually a part of the circumference!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pi-Day-Challenge-Math-in-the-Upper-Grades-2295128" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pi-Day-Challenge-Math-in-the-Upper-Grades-2295128" border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kfmqq--62F8/VqN7eSGg_BI/AAAAAAAAAuk/RuIHj6fTve0/s400/IMG_1134.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pi-Day-Challenge-Math-in-the-Upper-Grades-2295128" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pi-Day-Challenge-Math-in-the-Upper-Grades-2295128" border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NvpyX2dFAU8/VqOEYv-SdaI/AAAAAAAAAvU/Fv-ql6mV0eA/s400/IMG_2502.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />After creating this free challenge, I thought it would be convenient to throw all of my free products into one <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Ultimate-Freebie-Bundle-Math-in-the-Upper-Grades-2319307" target="_blank">Ultimate Freebie Bundle</a>! Most of these have been available for some time now, but now they are all in one place. This bundle will also be updated every time I add a new free product to my store. Here is a quick snapshot of everything that is included!<br /><br /><b>1. <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Decimals-and-Exponents-6th-Grade-Math-2190163" target="_blank">Math Task Cards (Decimals and Exponents)</a></b><br />This is one of my more recent freebies! These task cards are a simple version of my Math Enrichment task cards. This is the first unit, which is up for free in my store. A <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-2273242" target="_blank">full-year bundle</a> is also available, which includes all 12 units!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Decimals-and-Exponents-6th-Grade-Math-2190163" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Decimals-and-Exponents-6th-Grade-Math-2190163" border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-B1Si7R2PVDA/VqOGHRaXpwI/AAAAAAAAAvk/i1dIn0mwAgE/s320/IMG_3140.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b>2. <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Problems-Decimals-and-Exponents-6th-Grade-1360872" target="_blank">Math Enrichment Task Cards (Decimals and Exponents)</a></b><br />These are the task cards I mentioned above! These are great for students who are catching on to a concept quickly and need a challenge! This unit, focused on decimals and exponents, is free. Again, a <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" target="_blank">full-year bundle</a> is also available!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Problems-Decimals-and-Exponents-6th-Grade-1360872" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Problems-Decimals-and-Exponents-6th-Grade-1360872" border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0hGAhGIx8yo/VqOHA45JFjI/AAAAAAAAAv0/u7GY8v67zHg/s320/IMG_2866.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b>3. <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" target="_blank">Challenge of the Week Problems</a></b><br />Here is the full-year set of my Challenge of the Week problems for 6th grade math! If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen some of these (@middleschoolmathman)! These are optional for students to try each week and I give a small prize to any correct answers.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Challenge-of-the-Week-6th-Grade-Math-1904489" border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0tMprxGHny4/VqOH6IOHYaI/AAAAAAAAAwE/2BtjDzFzBgw/s320/IMG_1152.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b>4. <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Multiplying-Decimals-1943728" target="_blank">Connect Four: Multiplying Decimals</a></b><br />This Connect Four game is the first of fourteen Connect Four games in my store. These have been extremely useful this year, especially during my math intervention time to use as a review. They also work great as math centers! If you are interested in the full set of Connect Four games you can find them<a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Full-Year-Bundle-1958232" target="_blank"> here!</a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Multiplying-Decimals-1943728" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Multiplying-Decimals-1943728" border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bMCdsQplQzc/VqOIVcFv86I/AAAAAAAAAwM/82b1_rwN-Bs/s320/IMG_1996%25281%2529.JPG" width="240" /></a></div><br /><b>5. <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Equation-Memory-Addition-Equations-1680829" target="_blank">Equation Memory: Addition Equations</a></b><br />This Equation Memory game helps students practice solving addition equations. On their turn, students flip over two cards and are trying to match the equation to its solution. Another fun one for review or as a math center! An <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Equation-Memory-Bundle-1680947" target="_blank">Equation Memory Bundle</a> is also available in my store, which also includes subtraction equations, multiplication equations, division equations, two-step equations, and inequalities!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Equation-Memory-Addition-Equations-1680829" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Equation-Memory-Addition-Equations-1680829" border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vJ71uGU9_EI/VqOKGiDA17I/AAAAAAAAAwc/fO0Nt34VYoY/s320/Slide1.JPG" width="247" /></a></div><br /><b>6. <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Curse-Challenge-Questions-1519455" target="_blank">Math Curse Challenge</a></b><br />Fun and easy to prep challenge if you have a copy of the book <i>Math Curse</i>. Students must try to answer some of the crazy and wacky math problems from the book!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Curse-Challenge-Questions-1519455" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Curse-Challenge-Questions-1519455" border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-o8njWbDGUu0/VqOKd7qxuJI/AAAAAAAAAwo/4GcmREg0xFs/s320/IMG_1056.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b>7. <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Number-System-1901461" target="_blank">Scavenger Hunt (Number System)</a></b><br />I started using scavenger hunts as a way to review towards the end of last year and am mad at myself for not doing them sooner! This one focuses on the number system (including multiplying/dividing decimals and fractions, exponents, and more). I also have several more scavenger hunts available for purchase as a part of my <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Bundle-1902320" target="_blank">Scavenger Hunt Bundle!</a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Number-System-1901461" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Number-System-1901461" border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oNejhQYms5c/VqOMUucUOxI/AAAAAAAAAw4/ilcpcxioWGw/s320/IMG_3064.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b>8. <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Blueprint-Project-Geometry-Math-Project-for-Upper-Grades-1717785" target="_blank">Blueprint Project</a></b><br />Lesson plans for this architectural blueprint project I do each year with my students! They must design a dream house or building on grid paper and then enlarge it (to scale) onto the poster board. They always have a lot of fun with this one!<br /><b> </b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Blueprint-Project-Geometry-Math-Project-for-Upper-Grades-1717785" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Blueprint-Project-Geometry-Math-Project-for-Upper-Grades-1717785" border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6Nln7F1Kzu0/VqOOJtRU6FI/AAAAAAAAAxI/rpuPzX_ZLj4/s320/IMG_1111.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><b> </b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Blueprint-Project-Geometry-Math-Project-for-Upper-Grades-1717785" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Blueprint-Project-Geometry-Math-Project-for-Upper-Grades-1717785" border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XnPCAZ0pSgU/VqOOPk2y2RI/AAAAAAAAAxQ/NV85UVzP9Yk/s320/IMG_1142.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><b> </b><br /><b>9. <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Percent-Scramble-Finding-the-Percent-of-a-Number-1563526" target="_blank">Percent Scramble</a></b><br />Percent Scramble is a fun and easy to prep math game that helps students practice finding the percent of a number... with some friendly competition of course! They must flip over a percent card and a whole number card. Once they find that percent of their number, they record their score for the round!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Percent-Scramble-Finding-the-Percent-of-a-Number-1563526" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Percent-Scramble-Finding-the-Percent-of-a-Number-1563526" border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YPWYxPO1DqY/VqOOjfPy57I/AAAAAAAAAxY/N2i8kDAW2uE/s320/IMG_0580.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b>10. <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pi-Day-Challenge-Math-in-the-Upper-Grades-2295128" target="_blank">Pi Day Challenge</a></b><br />Check out the start of this post! :)<br /><b> </b><br />I hope you can all find a use for some of these activities in your classroom! I intend to update the Freebie Bundle every time I get a new free product up in my store, so make sure you stay tuned! Enjoy the weekend everybody!<br /><b> </b><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-51633230287008670712016-01-02T17:08:00.002-08:002016-01-02T17:08:47.943-08:00Math Task Cards and the Teacher CenterWell, it took a little bit longer than I expected, but my new Math Task Cards are finally all finished and ready to go! Last year, I created a full-year set of <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" target="_blank">Enrichment Task Cards</a>, pictured below, to use at my Teacher Center during my 6th grade math workshop. I found these enrichment problems extremely useful and engaging for any of my students who grasped the basic concept quickly and needed a challenge.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TcIvqDyj5Nc/VohunfwNFlI/AAAAAAAAAtw/H1W5ZxWi2aU/s400/IMG_2273.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />What I didn't have, was a good method to display/give the more basic problems to these students - the problems that I use to determine if each students understands the basic concept. I had tried writing them on the board behind me and writing them on a mini-white board and holding it... both of which were annoying and sucked a lot of prep time out of my day (having to think of and write these problems every day!). That's when I decided to start making a set of more basic task cards (as opposed to my Enrichment Task Cards) for my students to use. That way I could give them the basic task card to work on first and if they finished that one easily, I could hand them the enrichment task card. Just recently, I finished up all twelve sixth grade math units and included them all in my <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-2273242" target="_blank">Math Task Cards Full-Year Bundle</a>. So far, it has worked out great! Here is a shot of the cards set out and ready for my students!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-2273242" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-2273242" border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-35XME3XZqmc/VohvQl3dhOI/AAAAAAAAAt4/3OI0gavMuiI/s400/IMG_3318.JPG" width="300" /></a></div><br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-2273242" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iUiw5ZPVRew/VohyiNgqt_I/AAAAAAAAAuQ/jdS5Qv7nEQ8/s200/IMG_3430.JPG" width="200" /></a>I love how convenient and easy to distribute these cards are. Although it takes a little extra time, I usually try to cut, round the corners (with a corner rounder from Target), and laminate my copies. Since I use them within the math workshop structure, I only need six copies of each - since my largest group has six students. I have found the extra step of laminating, as you teachers all know well, saves a lot of time in the long run! By the way, if you are curious about the dry-erase table... be sure to check out <a href="http://middleschoolmathman.blogspot.com/2015/09/creating-my-dry-erase-table-for-math.html" target="_blank">my post</a> about how I turned my front table into this fun classroom work space!<br /><br />Here is another shot of these task cards up close. The topics span a whole range of math concepts... multiplying/dividing decimals and fractions, ratios, percents, algebraic expressions, equations, geometry, probability, and more! I use these with my 6th graders, but they could also be used in 5th or 7th grade for different students. If you are curious about the level of the cards, I would recommend checking out my <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Decimals-and-Exponents-6th-Grade-Math-2190163" target="_blank">first unit</a> for free, which focuses on decimals and exponents! <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-2273242" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-2273242" border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fKmPWZCneug/Vohx4LcVEpI/AAAAAAAAAuE/diq2JNpadkA/s400/IMG_3395.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />I hope you all have a great second half of the year! As I sit here and wonder where our winter break went (how does it always go so fast?!?), I'm also excited to get this new year off to a great start! <br /><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-653470097955323902015-11-22T09:53:00.002-08:002015-11-22T09:55:13.410-08:00Dry Erase Table Update...3 months laterI thought it is about time I give some updates on the biggest change to my classroom this year...our new dry erase table! Earlier this school year, I wrote about the process of turning my front table into a giant dry erase board for students to use during our 6th grade math workshop. Click <a href="http://middleschoolmathman.blogspot.com/2015/09/creating-my-dry-erase-table-for-math.html" target="_blank">HERE</a> for that linnk. A can of primer and dry erase paint later, here is what the initial result was... a brand new (and shiny!) table.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jZcjIMMsUGY/VlH5hNmvb3I/AAAAAAAAAsI/c-eHqIuFArw/s1600/IMG_2601.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jZcjIMMsUGY/VlH5hNmvb3I/AAAAAAAAAsI/c-eHqIuFArw/s400/IMG_2601.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />The students have absolutely loved using the table. We used it almost every single day during our math workshop at the "Teacher Center." At this center, I give students 3-4 problems to try and I can help as needed. I recently began creating task cards of these problems (I was tired of holding up the problems on a white board!). Click <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Task-Cards-Decimals-and-Exponents-6th-Grade-Math-2190163" target="_blank">HERE</a> for a free copy of the decimal and exponent problems (and check out my store for other units - more are still in the works!). If students fly through these initial problems, then I give them an enrichment task card that is focused on whatever math concept we are learning. A full set of these enrichment task cards has been available in my TpT store for a while - if you are interested in a copy click this link: <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" target="_blank">Math Enrichment Task Cards</a>. The dry erase table has been perfect for students to use as we complete these problems. I can easily check to see if they are on the right track as they work!<br /><br />My biggest concern with the table going in was how it would hold up. I bought the cheapest dry erase paint from Home Depot... I think it was about $20 if I remember correctly. I'd say on a scale of 1-10, I would give it about a 7.5 as far as its condition after three months. This is after pretty heavy use I might add. Each spot on the table gets used by 12 groups a day, which means 12 students per spot. Each of those students is doing approximately 5 problems each day at that spot. That adds up to each spot being used and erased about 60 times per day! Here is what the table currently looks like.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sdxkkDvfoY0/VlH8yKaH0-I/AAAAAAAAAsU/F0ZAKODiFy4/s1600/IMG_3021.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sdxkkDvfoY0/VlH8yKaH0-I/AAAAAAAAAsU/F0ZAKODiFy4/s400/IMG_3021.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yZRaV6FbJnM/VlH86ojZykI/AAAAAAAAAsY/9b8JLq8q4TY/s1600/IMG_3022.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yZRaV6FbJnM/VlH86ojZykI/AAAAAAAAAsY/9b8JLq8q4TY/s400/IMG_3022.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />It's a little tough to see with the glare, but the heavily used spots are definitely not perfectly white anymore... but honestly, this doesn't really bother me. For how much students enjoy using it and how convenient it is to use during math workshop, it is definitely worth it. Other than it not being perfectly shiny, the only other minor issue has been a few small chips or cracks in the paint. I am considering putting on a fresh coat of the dry erase paint over winter break, although it wouldn't be necessary. So what's my opinion on how the table is working? Even though it isn't a perfect white (I was never expecting it to stay that way!) and there are a few small cracks in the paint, I am happy with how it has worked in my classroom and would 100% do it again.<br /><br />Here are a few more shots of the table in action! If you have questions about the table, let me know in the comments!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wIONxS06GdA/VlH_vAF5T1I/AAAAAAAAAso/ZRTLRuKr7do/s1600/IMG_2729%25281%2529.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wIONxS06GdA/VlH_vAF5T1I/AAAAAAAAAso/ZRTLRuKr7do/s400/IMG_2729%25281%2529.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3v8ssjW30xs/VlIAzn8-VrI/AAAAAAAAAs4/yZEXn7ZIr-Q/s1600/IMG_2724.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3v8ssjW30xs/VlIAzn8-VrI/AAAAAAAAAs4/yZEXn7ZIr-Q/s400/IMG_2724.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IBI5uMPyV5Y/VlIA563egrI/AAAAAAAAAs8/rgyI447ANSw/s1600/IMG_2927.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IBI5uMPyV5Y/VlIA563egrI/AAAAAAAAAs8/rgyI447ANSw/s400/IMG_2927.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MOmM0Sqb-jY/VlIBCBEz46I/AAAAAAAAAtE/-af6hBvYrZQ/s1600/IMG_2866.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MOmM0Sqb-jY/VlIBCBEz46I/AAAAAAAAAtE/-af6hBvYrZQ/s400/IMG_2866.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com18tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-46023829595963894622015-11-04T15:12:00.001-08:002015-11-04T15:12:06.226-08:001,000 Follower Sale!It is time for a sale! I recently reached 1,000 followers on TpT! As a thank you, I will be throwing a 20% off sale on Thursday and Friday this week! If you are already following, be sure to check your Teachers Pay Teachers Inbox for a freebie that I sent earlier this week! Most of my activities and resources are geared towards upper elementary and middle school math.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Alex-Oconnor-The-Middle-School-Math-Man" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Alex-Oconnor-The-Middle-School-Math-Man" border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BOHTpdUOto0/VjqM4jIPLYI/AAAAAAAAArQ/ywT2CvwbmtY/s400/Slide1.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />The sale includes EVERYTHING, including all of my bundles. I encourage you to take a look around everything in my store, but I thought I'd highlight a few of my bigger bundles here that you can save big on!<br /><br />First off are these <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" target="_blank">Math Enrichment Task Cards</a>! I use these during math workshop with any of my students that show they have a solid understanding of whatever topic we are learning about. These could also be used as a center in themselves or for students who get done with their work early! They cover a ton of different topics that would work well for advanced 5th and 6th grade students.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cLCBGcSJkck/VjqNrSiZMVI/AAAAAAAAArY/YTY593diw-s/s400/IMG_2273.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />Also included are these <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Brain-Busters-Bundle-1649112" target="_blank">Math Brain Busters</a>. I recently discovered a new storage system for them that was really easy and really effective! Just a few tacks and they were ready to go! The full bundle includes 675 questions relating to all of the 6th grade math Common Core Standards.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Brain-Busters-Bundle-1649112" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Brain-Busters-Bundle-1649112" border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MYFtkebjBAU/VjqOJ-rj0OI/AAAAAAAAArg/l85YTmBCf0c/s400/IMG_3066.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />One of my most recent products are these <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Sort-Bundle-For-Upper-Grades-2102154" target="_blank">math sorts</a>. These have been very engaging for my sixth grade students. They must sort the cards based on their answers. Once sorted, they flip over the cards and must unscramble the fun words on the back. These are great as centers, for groups done early, or as a planned group activity as a whole class. Lots of different upper elementary and middle school topics are included!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Sort-Bundle-For-Upper-Grades-2102154" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Sort-Bundle-For-Upper-Grades-2102154" border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CromHCZelBA/VjqO88h4TaI/AAAAAAAAArs/RufGI89_SAg/s400/IMG_2607.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />The majority of my products can be purchased at a big discount as a part of my <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Mega-Bundle-For-Upper-ElementaryMiddle-School-Math-1978103" target="_blank">Math Mega Bundle</a>. Right now, the only products not included are the Math Sort activities and my newest Fractions, Decimals, and Percents Memory game. Everything else is a part of this Mega Bundle.<br /><br />Anyways, I hope you are all off to a wonderful beginning to the school year! If you have any questions about any of the products or sale, comment below and I will be sure to get back to you! middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-88760508060871271862015-09-26T07:13:00.000-07:002015-09-26T07:28:52.580-07:00Math Mega Bundle (For Upper Elementary/Middle School Math)Wow...can't believe we already are four weeks into our school year, but things are off to a great start in sixth grade math! We recently finished up our first unit, which focused on multiplying/dividing decimals and solving problems with exponents. As I am sitting here grading tests (and watching college football pregame of course...) I am excited about how well the sixth graders are doing with our first unit! This year, I have been able to incorporate a lot of my new math games and activities into our math workshop. I was recently able to combine my math resources into one, huge, discounted bundle! In this post, I wanted to highlight and give a preview to some of the bundles included in this <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Mega-Bundle-For-Upper-ElementaryMiddle-School-Math-1978103" target="_blank">Mega Math Bundle!</a><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uPCYlE12Wo4/VgaaXpOrN8I/AAAAAAAAApo/JAmU8j5Xbb8/s320/IMG_2273.JPG" width="320" /></a></div>First up are these <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Enrichment-Full-Year-Bundle-6th-Grade-Math-Task-Cards-1544508" target="_blank">Math Enrichment Task Cards</a>. I created these task cards to challenge my students who quickly understood whatever concept we were learning about. The bundle includes 1-3 challenging problems for 87 different lessons, ranging from geometry to algebra (and everything in between!). All in all, the bundle includes 162 of these enrichment questions. Students love the challenge and it has really helped my higher students continue to grow (and not get bored!). I created them for sixth grade math, but have gotten a lot of feedback from fifth grade teachers who have found them useful as well! I personally use them at my front table during math workshop (at our Teacher Center), but they could easily be used in a lot of other ways!<br /><br />Another fun bundle that is included in this Mega Math Bundle are my <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Brain-Busters-Bundle-1649112" target="_blank">Math Brain Busters</a>. This bundle includes six different Brain Buster sets. I created one set of Brain Busters that relate to five of the Common Core standards for sixth grade math and one additional variety set. With these problems, I enjoy how students are able to self check their work. They read and solve the problems on the front of each card and can then check their answers on the back. I have also found that students enjoy the format of these Brain Buster sets. I have used these in several different ways in my classroom...as a math center, for students who finish work early, and with my math intervention groups. If you combine all six sets, this bundle includes 675 problems for students to solve!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Brain-Busters-Bundle-1649112" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Brain-Busters-Bundle-1649112" border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-I-Cm5sN3pZc/VgadEizQjkI/AAAAAAAAAp4/1gCdl_7b1sU/s400/Brain%2BBusters%2BBundle.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />One of my newest bundles is this <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Full-Year-Bundle-1958232" target="_blank">Connect Four Bundle</a>. I just recently used my Connect Four: Multiplying Decimals game and the students really enjoy playing. For 14 different topics that my students study throughout the year, I created a Connect Four game. In the game, students solve problems and then cover up that answer on their board. The first person to connect four in a row wins! Each of the 14 games include six game boards and sixteen problem cards. This is a great one to use as a math center or use with intervention groups!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Full-Year-Bundle-1958232" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Connect-Four-Full-Year-Bundle-1958232" border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YyX-jyYCzUY/Vgae-WdhkAI/AAAAAAAAAqE/yFiJaiSR4-c/s400/IMG_2812.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Equation-Top-it-Bundle-1597711" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Equation-Top-it-Bundle-1597711" border="0" height="200" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZUV6TVv5H34/VgahRAzejDI/AAAAAAAAAqY/NVOdcC4vBCI/s200/Equation%2BTop-it%2BBundle.JPG" width="200" /></a>Another math game that comes in handy as a math center once we move into our algebra units are these <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Equation-Top-it-Bundle-1597711" target="_blank">Equation Top-it</a> games. Every time we did any math activity with a deck of cards, I always had students asking if they could play the card game War. This gave me the idea to make a math game that incorporates the rules of War, only math related. In this game, students divide up the equation cards evenly. After each flipping over a card, they must solve the equation on the card. Whoever has the greatest solution gets both of the cards and adds them to their deck. This bundle includes sets for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and two-step equations! Also, each of the five sets includes a beginner and difficult set to help differentiate. I usually have my students start with the beginner set and then have the difficult set ready to go if it seems too easy! This is a game that makes solving equations fun! I have used this as a math center, in partners (as a whole class), and in my math intervention group.<br /><br />Next up...BINGO! The three bingo games that are included in my <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Bingo-Bundle-Squares-and-Roots-Negative-Number-AND-Multiplication-Bingo-1480802" target="_blank">Math Bingo Bundle</a> were a some of the first math games I made when I began teaching. I still use these quite often as a way to practice basic facts, multiplying negative numbers, and squares/square roots! The bundle includes three bingo games...Multiplication Bingo, Negative Number Bingo, and Squares and Roots Bingo. Each set includes 30 unique game boards and calling cards. The Multiplication Bingo is a great one for students who are still in the process of mastering their basic multiplication facts. I usually start the year playing Multiplication Bingo, then begin incorporating Negative Number Bingo and Squares and Roots Bingo as my students begin to really master their basic facts.<br /><br />For the first time last school year, I tried doing a math scavenger hunt with my students. I'm not going to lie, I was pretty nervous about how they would handle it and how it would go. Turns out, it was extremely engaging! For whatever reason, the idea of a scavenger hunt was all it took to help motivate ALL of my students. I had several students asking why we couldn't do one every day! What is really great about these is it gets the students up and moving around the room. My <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Bundle-1902320" target="_blank">Math Scavenger</a> Hunt Bundle includes 7 different scavenger hunts. Each includes twelve problems that are posted around the room. Once a student solves a problem, they must walk around and find that answer on the top of their next problem.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Bundle-1902320" target="_blank"><img alt="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Scavenger-Hunt-Bundle-1902320" border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZcoUyi55Duw/Vgal67lO3CI/AAAAAAAAAqo/Lj0BZ-mZu2M/s400/IMG_1521%25281%2529.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />These are just some of the math resources that are included in my Math Mega Bundle. There are several more that I didn't highlight in this post (Math Jeopardy games, a Stock Market Challenge, flash cards, a fun probability activity, and more!). I also included all of my free products from my store! I encourage you to head over to my <a href="https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Mega-Bundle-For-Upper-ElementaryMiddle-School-Math-1978103" target="_blank">Math Mega Bundle</a> and take a look at everything that is included in its description.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5954754213885802424.post-61220305493988445372015-09-05T12:21:00.003-07:002016-09-28T15:26:53.021-07:00Creating My Dry-Erase Table for Math Workshop!Well, it's official. I finally gathered up the courage to do something I have been thinking about for a while...creating my own Dry-Erase table for my 6th grade math workshop! Previously, my students had been using some old white boards (the ones on the table below) during our teacher center. Towards the end of last year, these boards started to peel, break, and turn every color BUT white. That is about the time I started to see pictures of white board tables floating around the internet, and last weekend I finally decided to give it a try. Here is the table I started with. It was a very dark brown and had a very smooth surface.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Rq_uU_FScCk/Ves6gOtqCcI/AAAAAAAAAnE/bgw23cNsfIw/s1600/IMG_0996.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Rq_uU_FScCk/Ves6gOtqCcI/AAAAAAAAAnE/bgw23cNsfIw/s400/IMG_0996.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-g6k7dFIOpys/Ves6wb2uyOI/AAAAAAAAAnM/04EJj1iUQpA/s1600/IMG_2564.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-g6k7dFIOpys/Ves6wb2uyOI/AAAAAAAAAnM/04EJj1iUQpA/s400/IMG_2564.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />My first step, was to prime the table. My table was such a dark table to begin with, I thought this was necessary. I wanted to make sure that if I was going to try this project that it turned out, so I decided to take the extra step of priming it. If the table was white or a lighter color to begin with, then I maybe would have considered skipping the primer. I didn't end up sanding the table at all (I actually didn't think of it until it was too late!). I used a bunch of Frogtape to line the side of the table so that it wouldn't get any primer or paint on it. Here is a shot of the table halfway through the primer! I used a few coats of the KILZ 2 Latex Primer.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qUk71fJ7OTo/Ves8wlD9MTI/AAAAAAAAAnc/DzCB_6qZyXQ/s1600/IMG_2573.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qUk71fJ7OTo/Ves8wlD9MTI/AAAAAAAAAnc/DzCB_6qZyXQ/s400/IMG_2573.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />After getting the primer on, I went home and gave it about 24 hours to dry. When I came back, I got out the dry-erase paint kit I purchased. For about $20, I bought the Rust-Oleum Dry Erase Paint. I was a little skeptical going in, since this was the "cheap" option and I had read some not so great reviews of the paint. I followed the directions on the box, giving the table two coats of the dry erase paint. I used a foam roller that was designed to paint a smooth surface. Once you mix the paint together, you only have an hour to use the paint. I did one coat, let it dry for about 25 minutes, and then added the second coat. It was as easy as that! The toughest part was waiting the three days before trying it out! Here are a few pictures of the whole process!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FH4wuI8ygjI/Ves_QuXMOVI/AAAAAAAAAns/pupnTovnSjg/s1600/IMG_2596.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FH4wuI8ygjI/Ves_QuXMOVI/AAAAAAAAAns/pupnTovnSjg/s400/IMG_2596.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JBgQs7kyIv4/Ves_YAiZhoI/AAAAAAAAAn0/RoCBmwovqPk/s1600/IMG_2594.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JBgQs7kyIv4/Ves_YAiZhoI/AAAAAAAAAn0/RoCBmwovqPk/s400/IMG_2594.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-crjoAqENqj4/Ves_e1b_QOI/AAAAAAAAAn8/JUTNfvgOrIQ/s1600/IMG_2601.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-crjoAqENqj4/Ves_e1b_QOI/AAAAAAAAAn8/JUTNfvgOrIQ/s400/IMG_2601.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-inIpOUFoxk8/Ves_pg8uciI/AAAAAAAAAoE/hiMAnq_pLqs/s1600/IMG_2619.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-inIpOUFoxk8/Ves_pg8uciI/AAAAAAAAAoE/hiMAnq_pLqs/s400/IMG_2619.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />I am making sure that I test out all of my markers on a different white board before using it on the table. For some reason, my green Expo markers always have a tough time erasing, so I am making sure I don't use those. My sixth grade students were beyond excited when I showed them the table! Since we haven't gotten into our math workshop rotations yet this school year, they haven't had a chance to try it out yet...but we are looking forward to it this week! Not only will it be fun for students to use, but it is also great from my perspective, since I can easily see all of the work that they are doing during our teacher center!<br /><br />Update: I am now in year two of using the white board table! Students love working on it. After three months of use last year, I posted this update about how it was holding up. Click the link below to see how it held up after three months of heavy use! <br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://middleschoolmathman.blogspot.com/2015/11/dry-erase-table-update3-months-later.html" target="_blank">Dry Erase Table Update... 3 Months Later </a></div><br />middleschoolmathmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13424047432932993303noreply@blogger.com6