Friday, October 6, 2017

QR CODES - DIVIDING DECIMALS BY WHOLE NUMBERS

Students absolutely love QR codes or maybe they like them. It love getting to use their own device. Either way, they get moving and stay engaged for an entire class period and that's a WIN!

I created 10 problems (with 10 correct answers), 20 incorrect answers (I used the same digits just moved the decimal points around). Then I used a QR code app to create the codes for my problems. Here are some pictures from the app. 

(Above) I typed all of this in the app and a code was created. When it was scanned this was visible to my students. They had a recording sheet (I'll attach later) they wrote the problem, worked it, and then looked around the room for a poster with their answer. When it was found they had to scan the code and get an oops or correct message. 



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

MULTIPLYING DECIMALS ASSESSMENT + DIVIDING DECIMALS NOTES = SUPER FUN


Today in class each student was given a envelope with a decimal multiplication problem written on the outside. Inside their envelope was a word. They were not allowed to open the envelope until directed.


        

Students were asked to work their problem on the back of their envelope. When all students had finished hey were directed to put themselves in order from least to greatest. At this time they removed the note from their envelope and held it out. This is where I was able to assess them. If they correctly worked their problems the statement that I read aloud made sense. If there had been errors we would notice them very quickly. I was able to check and discuss errors with the few rather than grade the entire class. When the statement was complete, I recorded a short video so we could take notes.

The statement was the first set of notes for the next topic, dividing decimals by a whole number.

Monday, September 25, 2017

MULTIPLYING DECIMALS - TAKE 4

Today we had a take 4 assessment. I had 4 assessments prepared and students have 4 opportunities to get their 100.

If students made their 100 then they got to move on to practice our next topic of dividing decimals by a whole number.

MULTIPLYING DECIMALS (BALL TO THE WALL)























The classes had a great time throwing a ball at the smartboard on Friday. This was a fun and very different approach to working practice problems. You can find the link to this activity at https://goo.gl/fC7Fas

Sunday, September 17, 2017

ADDING & SUBTRACTING DECIMALS ESCAPE GAME

Friday in class the students practiced working on their adding/subtracting decimals skills while working with word problems. Students were put into groups, handed a clue, and could not open their first lock until all group member had agreed upon the answer. 

I got some interesting looks as I purchased 9 tool boxes and 8 4-digit combination locks. I also got a 4-digit bike lock for the final box. 


This my first time to try the escape game and I have already learned a lot for the next time. I love making math fun. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

LONG DIVISION

Yesterday in class we created a foldable with 3 examples of the box method. For the remainder of class we discussed the examples and completed the following practice problems. 




Friday, August 4, 2017

FLEXIBLE CLASSROOM

This year I decided to experiment with a flexible classroom. Math can be very uncomfortable for some students. That added to all the middle school hormones and drama it can get even worse. So I decided to try to make my middle school math classroom as comfortable as possible.

I am curious, are you fan? Let me know.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

TESTING IS ALMOST HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In our final attempts to review and cram all the 6th grade content in we have been learning and practicing with Moby Max, IXL, youtube, etc.

Today students will be doing a practice on IXL covering the skills 6. GG.3, 6.GG.4, 6.GG.19, 6.HH.2, & 6.HH.1

Afterwards, we will be discussing frequency tables and histograms. Below is some information on histograms for extra practice.

Histograms
Illuminations - Histogram Tool - Interactive Applet - http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=78

Illuminations - "There is a Difference: Histograms vs. Bar Graphs" Lesson –
http://illuminations.nctm.org/LessonDetail.aspx?id=L812

NLVM - Box Plot/Histogram - Interactive Applet -
http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/frames_asid_145_g_3_t_5.html?open=instructions&from=category_g_3_t_5.html

Shodor - Histogram Lesson and Interactive Applet - http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/Histogram/

IXL - "Create Histograms" - Interactive Applet - http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/create-histograms

LearnAlberta - "Interpreting Graphs" Lesson -
http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mesg/html/math6web/index.html?page=lessons&lesson=m6lessonshell10.swf

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TASK STATION ROTATION TOOLS

DISTANCE CAPACITY WEIGHT Converting Metric Units - moving the decimal point converting U.S measurements

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

GOOGLE CLASSROOM - PRACTICE

Today's work was mostly on Google Classroom. I am practicing. Today's events were in this order


  • 3 Question Quiz - Differentiated Lesson to ensure all students are on task toward mastery. Score determined what each student did next
  • Move on to Customary Units of Measure
    • students copied the list of measurements from the bonus page and then searched the internet for the correct answers.
  • Early finishers - 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

HAPPY PI DAY - SMARTIES ACTIVITY - DAY 1

This is my 1st ever Pi Day Celebration. Today my 6th graders will be hearing the word Pi, possibly for the 1st time. Though Pi is not actually part of our content I am going to associate it with our activities for the day.

We are currently studying ratios so everything we do today will relate back to ratios and rates.


I love "Noticing Activities" students are always right, no matter what answer they give it is always correct.
-students told me all kinds of things like: it looks like a Chinese symbol, looks like it a T and a backwards J, looks similar to the paragraph symbol, etc.
-a few students knew that this was the symbol for Pi and knew that is represents 3.14
-1 student knew it was Pi Day before school started.




-Students were asked to create a rate from the data shown.
-Students were asked to then find the unit rate.
-We then discussed what we could do with the information they came up with. They said figure out how much it would cost to buy 2 boxes, 4 boxes, 12 boxes, then someone asked if we could use the information to figure out how much 1 moon pie cost.
-We figured out what 1 moon pie cost and then talked about why that is important to a shopper.


-Students were asked to create a rate from the data shown.
-Students were asked to find the unit rate.
-Students then determined what 1 roll of smarties cost. ($0.05)
-Students then determined that 1 piece of smarties candy costs $0.003 (what hard for them to picture





Students were then give a package of smarties, asked to sort them out by color and then fill out the worksheet.

-Students sorted their smarties and then wrote the ratio, fraction, decimal, and percent.

Monday, March 13, 2017

PLOTTING POINTS REVIEW - GeoGebra

Go To GeoGebra

RATIO RUMBLE

In class students finished up their Moby Max lessons covering ratios and unit rates. Then students practiced their skills and documented their work in their math notebooks. Students also worked on a review to show their understanding of equivalent ratios, which are just like equivalent fractions. For those who were all finished and caught up, they were able to review plotting points, (which I now know we must review this more next week.) As a reward and fun way to end our week the students played Ratio Rumble. We used the reflector app and were able to reflect the app from my iPad to the smartboard. Every student participated and we had a great time being competitive and helpful to each other.



 Plotting Points - Ice Cream Cone








Plotting Points - Ice Cream Cone
















Ratio Rumble - Online Version

Friday, March 10, 2017

BUSY BUSY WITH RATES AND EQUIVALENT RATIOS

Yesterday in class

  • Quick notes on Page 89
  • Self paced lessons on rates and equivalent ratios on Moby Max
  • Worksheet on Ratios and Unit Rates
    • Check it Out - students checked their answers, folded their paper hamburger style and attached the worksheet to page 90
  • Quick notes on Page 91
  • Worksheet on Equivalent Ratios
    • Check it Out - students checked their answers, folded their paper hamburger style and attached the worksheet to page 91
  









Thursday, March 9, 2017

FRACTION-DECIMAL-PERCENT SHAKER ACTIVITY

This week students have been working on converting between fractions, decimals, and percents. So to show their understanding the shakers came out. 

























Groups were given a shaker with 1 six sided die and 1 twelve sided die. I did this to cut down on improper fractions. To make sure we avoided improper fractions students were instructed to flip them over if they rolled one.

The six sided die represented the numerator and the twelve sided die represented the denominator.

Students shook their shakers to create a fraction. They then recorded it on the "Shaker Sheet" I created for them.



















After the fraction was written down, they had to convert it to a decimal and then to a percent.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

SKITTLES RATIOS


  • Every student was given a small package of skittles
  • Students then sorted their skittles
  • Spin the spinner to determine the first color in the ratio
  • Spin the spinner again to determine the second color in the ratio
  • Remember you can write it any of the 3 ways

INTRODUCTION TO RATIOS

















WHAT IS A RATIO?




Friday, February 17, 2017

FRACTION PROJECT (100 POINTS)

The fractions project is a choice project. Students have many options as to what they would like to complete in order to earn 100 points. Below is the assignment students were given. Samples of student products coming soon.



DEBATE TIME #2


DEBATE TIME #1



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

SUBTRACTING FRACTIONS WITH UNLIKE DENOMINATORS - WALKING WORKSHEETS

I love these. A clipboard and a blank sheet, the students are on the move and working at the same time. There is just something about a clipboard.

Today there are 18 problems placed around the room in a random order. They find a problem and place it in its correct location on their paper. These are all mixed number problems that do not require regrouping. 

The last 4 problems I gave them the answer to the problem and they have to create the problem. This really tests their knowledge.