Hello and Happy Sunday! Thanks to ALL of you so much for your support of my fraction unit! I was so happy to see so many of you were able to get it yesterday. . . and the kind comments you left just made my day. Thanks so much . . . hopefully lots of students will be having fun learning fractions in a really meaningful way! I didn't really blog much about my little mini unit on ... Read the Post
I did it! I published it! 190 pages of fraction fun! I cannot begin to thank all of you for your kind words over the last few months . . . you have kept me going when it didn't seem worth the time and you have made me feel very appreciated! So . . . the unit is up and published. I feel so bad about how expensive it is . . . I asked several top sellers how much to sell it for, ... Read the Post
Getting ready to use protractors!
We are halfway through our angle unit . . . we've worked to build some understanding and are ready to use protractors! Today I actually introduced the protractor--we have been measuring with "nonstandard" angle measurers the last few days. If you haven't ever made wax paper protractors with your students, you should give it a try...lots of fun! Simply take a square of wax ... Read the Post
Problem Solving Rubric–Try out this math freebie!
I spent the day at a regional music competition watching my son and countless other students show off their hard work and practice. Some achieved their ultimate goal of qualifying for the state contest--others left disappointed. What struck me as I volunteered for the afternoon was the judging. After each student or group performed, the judge walked through their scoring sheet pointing out what ... Read the Post
Fractions Day 15: Student Self Assessment and Reflection
I know I gave you all a fraction word problem teaser yesterday, but I'm going to hold off and include that in tomorrow's post. Today what I want to share is something I did for about 15 minutes after math class was over. Before this unit, I printed a list of the Common Core "learning targets" rewritten in kid-friendly language for my students. We had looked at this list as our unit ... Read the Post
Fractions Day 14: Composing and Decomposing
Today was a math rotations day in grade 4 . . . I started the day with a minilesson and then we broke up into three math groups to rotate around the following centers: --“teacher time” --problem solving --</>/= activity Today’s minilesson focused on “composing” and “decomposing” using unit fractions, and I was hopeful that it would go smoothly. I was fairly confident ... Read the Post
Fractions Day 13: Benchmark Fractions
It is getting close to the end of our fractions unit . . . and I am trying to reflect on what more I need to accomplish! I am really seeing students (for the most part) having an "ease" with fractions, with equivalence, and with some of the "big picture" ideas. I know I want to dig into some problem solving with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and I want to throw ... Read the Post
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