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Showing posts from July, 2022

Waterfall Slide Puzzle

  This is a slide puzzle template.  The students will see all of the pieces but they will be out of order until all 10 questions are answered correctly.  A quick how to video is below on how to update the answer choices so it works in your classroom. Waterfall Slide Puzzle Template

The No Name Struggle

  Every teacher has a plan for no name papers, but what happens when you get A LOT of no name papers.  I used to keep a sake beside my desk but then students would have to wait while others look through it which took up class time and desk space.  I switched to the method in the video and would never go back.  I love it.  

Sunset Puzzle Template

  If you have ever wanted to create your own puzzle but don't have the time or know how to do the formulas here's a quick way to do it.  If you would like the template in the picture, it is below.  Sunset Template

Converting Between Degrees and Radians in Desmos

  I was working on a Geometry problem when I learned that desmos was set to radians. You can change this with one click and teach your  students to check.

When to Stop Simplifying a Fraction

  Each year, when teaching fractions, the students ask how they know when they are done simplifying.  Here is 3 ways they know they are done.  This doesn't include all possible cases but it does cover a large amount of what we cover in middle school.

Math Whiz Pixel Art Template

  This is a template that starts as the green picture on the left and ends as the picture on the right. The video below shows how to update the answer key so that the template is ready for your classroom.   Math Whiz Template

Milkshake Pixel Art Template

  This is a template that you can use for any topic in your classroom. This is formatted for you, the answer key is on sheet 2.  The video will show you how to update it, it will automatically respond to the new answers.   Milkshake Pixel Art Template

Creating Reusable Worksheets

  Each school that I have worked at has had a different paper or copy situation.  At one school we got a box of paper for the year, another gave us a certain number of copies on the machine, and then some gave us unlimited but tracked our usage.  Each school also had different supplies available to use.  Some of the schools had white boards, some had Smart PALS, and some you had to be creative.  A box of sheet protectors and a pack of card stock helped my paper supply and copy numbers go a long way.  Here's what I would do with worksheets or use for a dry erase board if the school didn't have them.   Click Here for Video

Student Videos for Converting Fractions

 I'm starting to prepare for next year by making some videos.  A concept we cover the first month is multiplication and division of fractions and mixed numbers.  I've found that converting between mixed and improper is a problem for students so I made a quick video for them to view each.  

City Puzzle Template

  This is a template which you can update for your classroom.  The template needs you to put in your questions, directions, title, and the new answers.  There is no reformatting required on your part. The video below will show you how to quickly update your answers.  City Puzzle Template

Classroom Funding

  As some school systems return August 1st, you may be wondering about classroom supplies.  I have started my list of wish items for this year and wanted to share some resources.  This first one is a grant, it is open until the beginning of October: Click Here For Grant .  The second one, is donorschoose.  Donorschoose has recently had several companies/organizations pay for a large amount of projects in a state or topic.   Here's a video on how to start a donorschoose project. 

Perfect Squares - Model

  When we teach perfect squares in middle school, I'm finding the question of how do you know it's a perfect square.  To start, we break down what makes something a square. The most common answer I get is that the sides are the same which is a great jumping point into perfect squares.  Here's a video on how I model it for them.

Visual Multiplication

  I often hear that if students could just memorize there multiplication facts they would be better off.  I see how learning them is essential in what I teach at the secondary level however, if they are a visual learner or don’t know why it works it may be hard to learn or remember.  Here’s a quick way I am showing students I’m working with this summer.  This is a visual way that shows them the groups and you can discuss how it’s repeated addition.