## Wednesday, August 29, 2012

### Tagxedo: Word Clouds with Style

 www.tagxedo.com
Found this neat website and wanted to share! This apple I created acutally came from all the words on this blog! Great way to show main idea in a fun way. Apparently, my blog is mostly about numbers! :)
Thinking this would be great for sections in my science book!

## Tuesday, August 28, 2012

### Equations and Algebra Tiles

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 1.  Represent the problem
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 2.  Make zero pairs
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 3.  Distribute the total to each variable.
This morning I used algebra tiles for the first time to explain how to work a two-step equation. The students really enjoyed the manipulatives. When I was in school, I just remember learning the steps and not ever questioning why things were done that way. I really like how these manipulatives allow the student to understand why each step takes place. As the students were using the manipulatives, I was showing them each step on the Smartboard.  They can always go back to doing the steps, but now they have an understanding of WHY?? things are done that way.﻿

## Wednesday, August 22, 2012

### Rollin' Place Value

I gave the students a worksheet I created and gave them number cubes to make the numbers they were going to work with. They worked in groups to generate numbers that they were to compare and write word form and expanded form with. They had fun doing this as a group! Cooperative learning is a big part of CCSS because of the listening and speaking element This activity worked much better for my students than a boring worksheet with the numbers already on it.

## Monday, August 20, 2012

### Cells

Started out the cell unit with the students sketching the animal cell and plant cells.
Showed a cute video called "The Living Cell" that I found on Discovery United Streaming. The students on the video play tic tac toe with the organelles of a cell.

### Absolute Value, Integers, Opposites, and the Human Number Line... OH MY!!!

I was reviewing last weeks' objectives this morning and we made a real quick human number line outside my room.  I gave each student a card with a number on it, then they put themselves in order.  I asked them several questions to make sure each knew the meaning of absolute value, integers, opposites, and the number line. The students would hop forward if they were the answer to my question. I took a picture of their line to print for the Math Journals.  The cards didn't show up so I photoshopped an integer card on here for you to see.  This was a good morning activity to get their brains and bodies in gear!

## Friday, August 17, 2012

### Exit Tickets

Compare and Order Numbers, Place Value, Operations, etc.!!!!

These cards representing the numbers 9,105,678 and 9,867,453 are going to be next weeks' exit ticket.  The students must follow the daily directions to answer questions using these two numbers.  I plan on changing the numbers every Monday.  The students simply put their answer on a post-it note and place it on their car in the "parking lot", then they are dismissed from class. This is an easy quick daily assessment that doesn't require grading a stack of papers.  I can just read the post-its or take a picture and check them later.

## Thursday, August 16, 2012

### Place Value Manipulatives

We all use base ten blocks which are fabulous concrete way of teaching place value, but I found a few new ways to share with you.
Here are a few cheap easy place value activities I found on Pinterest that I shared at grade level meeting today.
* Place Value Cups- write the numbers 1-9 on the rim of coffee cups then stack them. Rotate the rims to change the numbers. Then expand them and add your 0's and + sign. This will show the kids expanded form. Also, you could add a cup with decimals and show the tenths place.
This would be a fun easy center activity for the students to do independently.

## Friday, August 10, 2012

### Place Value and Math Journals

I started place value with my 5th and 6th graders today.  I like to incoprorate books when at all possible.  I chose two different ones for my classes.  "If You Made A Million" by David M. Schwartz and " Sir Cumference and All The King's Tens" by CindyNeuschwander.  I also started my Math Journals today! YAY!!! Here's what we did.
* Discussed place value and worked a few problems from our textbook.
* Read "If You Made A Million" by David M. Schwartz ... This book is great! We discussed money and the value of each coin, banking, interest, loans, and careers.
*Took notes and cut, pasted, taped information in the journals. Also created foldables.
* I love the Journal page at the end of each section. They work problems so I can see mastery and reflect on different parts of the lesson incorporating writing into the lesson.