Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy President's Day!! Coordinate Grid Activity

I found a coordinate mystery picture of President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln on Super Teacher Worksheets. The students plotted the points, connected the points, and colored them.  I found famous quotes and put them on our bulletin board.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

How big is your Valentine???

Thank you to Clutter-Free Classroom blog for this cute idea on Perimeter and Area using homemade Valentine's Day cards. I cut different sized construction paper and folded them to make the cards for the students to measure and decorate. They each had to measure two Valentine's cards (one in cm and the other in inches) and find the area and perimeter of their card then decorate them.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Day Mean, Median, Mode, and Range Candy Activity

Thank you Laura Candler for your  Valentine Hearts Data Analysis I found on Teachers Pay Teachers! It's FREE, teachers!!!! I spend $3 on boxes of conversation hearts for my 5th grade today. $3 WELL worth it!!! I covered so many objectives in this lesson...measurement (weight), mean, median, mode, range, addition, subtraction, charts, graphing, etc. Here's what I did:


  • Gave the students their Conversation Heart MMMR sheet I made for them to collect data on.
  • Gave them Laura Candler's Valentine Heart Data Analysis sheet (link above).
  • My fabulous math tutor took 4 students at at time in a group to predict and weigh their box in grams.
  • Students recorded individual data and class data for each color candy.
  • Students found MMMR for individual data and class data.
  • Made a chart using data and going to construct a bar graph of each color tomorrow. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Round and Round and Round We Go...Where We Stop...Sir Cumference & Circumference!!!

I am working on circumference this week with my 6th graders. I found a few ideas from Hodges Herald and Runde's Room. Thank you guys! You have fabulous ideas!!
I always read children's literature when I can incorporate it. I have all the Sir Cumference series (link to Amazon). I urge you to get them if you teach middle grade math. The kids LOVE them!!

Day 1:  
o   Read “Sir Cumference and the First Round Table” to the class aloud. 
o   Students take Accelerated Reader Quiz on the book.
o   Give out Word Wheels (I made these) and let students look up definitions, write formula, write letter used in the formula, work ex. problems with the teacher, then let students fill in the rest independently.
o   Work several examples of finding the circumference of a circle on the board; students help
o   Measure the diameter and radius of the round table in my room solve for circumference.
Day 2:
o   Let students write the definitions for diameter, radius, and circumference on a flattened coffee filter and glue to their math journals.
o   Review formulas and how to find circumference, diameter, and radius with students.
o   Listen to the Circumference Rap from
o   Let students measure the variety of round objects in my box (lids, coasters, etc.) using c, d, & r; use fortune tellers to practice finding the circumference with a partner.
o   Use geotools to draw different sized circles on construction paper or scrapbook paper and find the circumference of each. These will be used to make my Geome-Tree next week.

Sir Cumference Fortune Tellers to practice finding the circumference of a circle.
One of the students' math journal
Circumference Math Journal with coffee filter

Friday, February 8, 2013

Teachers Pay Teachers Store

If you haven't checked out my Teachers Pay Teachers store, go take a visit! I have several freebies that you might be able to use in your class. Many of them can be edited also!
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Coordinates are a BLAST!!!

My students made a Robot from Super Teacher Worksheets on the coordinate plane, colored it, and cut it out. This activity required the students to be able to plot the ordered pairs in each of the four quadrants.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Whooo Loves Math???

My students are working on the coordinate plane in 5th grade this week. I created a fun door for them to put their coordinate plane owls on. I found the mystery graph picture on Super Teacher Worksheets Owl Graph.
Sideways pic :/ Sorry!

More pics to come of the robots, President Washington, and President Lincoln the students are working on this week!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Carpet Coordinate Plane

I made a coordinate plane grid on my carpet in my classroom last week. The students are studying ordered pairs, coordinate planes, transformations, and dilations.  We did several student involved activities from walking out the ordered pair to constructing a rectangle ABCD and A'B'C'D' with the students to show translating with polygons. They had so much fun!
Rectangle ABCD took it's place on the Coordinate Plane

Rectangle A'B'C'D' joined Rectangle ABCD