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Brain Dump SCOOT for the Upper Grades

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If you are getting ready to kick off a new unit, and want a no-prep, no-planning idea to get kids in the zone, here’s something I tried last week that worked great.  It’s sort of a takeoff on a SCOOT activity that is so popular in the primary grades, but with a twist for older students.Read more

8 Great Secondary Math Pinterest Boards

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Are you a middle or high school math teacher looking for great teaching ideas/blog posts/resources, but are afraid that a quick click on Pinterest may lead you down a never-ending rabbit hole?  We have scoured Pinterest for 8 great secondary math boards to save you time and provide plenty of math “Pinspiration.”  Enjoy! Math TeachingRead more

Coordinate Grid Activity Part 2

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This is a great activity to get ALL of your students learning about and using coordinate grids.  My students had a blast doing this activity.  It’s especially great for students who are tactile/kinesthetic learners.  Click here to read our previous blog post about how to create a coordinate grid with your class. Materials Coordinate GridRead more

Coordinate Grid Team Building Activity

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To kick off the second semester, and to give my math students a team-building experience, I decided to do a hands-on activity with coordinate grids.  I did this with a mixed-ability group of 5th and 6th graders. Set up I put a sample coordinate grid up on the document camera, and told the students thatRead more

Hundreds Chart Shake-Out

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Hundreds Chart Shake-Out Here’s a quick and easy activity for your class, small groups, or individual math students. Use your pocket chart with individual hundreds cards (as you can see from the picture, I have had to re-create a few of mine over the years). In front of your students (they love this part), invert yourRead more

Number Line Cooperative Group Activity

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Number Line Cooperative Group Activity Here is a low-prep math activity that will get your students working together and talking about math.  It is a great way to set the tone for your math class.  While the math work itself is very easy for most students, it will provide a great challenge because it isRead more

Value of a Number Dice Activity

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Dice Place Value Activity (Value of a Number) Here is an easy and low-prep group or solo activity for 2nd – 6th grade.  I used this with a 5/6 combo class as a quick place value review.  It is super easy to differentiate and the kids had a great time playing. Give each group ofRead more

Tens and Ones Bean Sticks Activities

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Tens and Ones Bean Sticks Activities Small-group or whole-class activities with Base-10 materials are both meaningful and essential to understanding the place value system.  Here are some great activities you can do with your students in order from easiest to most difficult: What’s My Number? The teacher using the bean sticks to create a numberRead more

Tens and Ones With Bean Sticks

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Tens and Ones With Bean Sticks Anyone who teaches place value to little ones knows that creating hands-on learning experiences is absolutely essential.  Base-10 materials are often expensive or hard to come by (or both), but here is an easy and inexpensive way to make your own tens and ones. There are a lot of cuteRead more

Interactive Math Notebooks in the Secondary Classroom

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Interactive Math Notebooks Beginning to use interactive math notebooks in a secondary math classroom is difficult. There are a lot of concepts that need to be taught and adding additional tasks sometimes seems impossible. But, if you incorporate interactive notebooks into the daily routine, they can start to become an integral part of instruction andRead more