Saturday, November 9, 2019

STEM Challenges for Middle School Thanksgiving

Do your students like to make things and be creative in math? 
How do you have give students time to problem solve in math? 
Every year different students ask for projects or activities to do in class. This is the first year I have used STEM challenges. I've never used them before. Honestly I didn't know how they worked. Do they work?
Yes! I have found that there are STEM challenges that work. There are students that love to make and create. They are eager to build and work with other students on STEM challenges.

STEM Challenges for Middle School 

Students create, implement, and test their designs. The STEM challenges give students objectives to follow and guidelines to stay within. Any student can be successful with these STEM activities. Here are some STEM challenges to try this Thanksgiving. 

1. Students create Corn Mazes. 

Involving problem solving and area students have to create corn mazes. Students design, plan, and test their creations. This is a highly engaging activity for students who like to create and play. 

2.  Students build a Ship 

This is my favorite STEM challenge. Students have to create a ship from a design they are given or draw themselves. Using ratios, proportions, scale drawings, and problem solving to make their pictures come to life.

3. Design Thanksgiving Dinner Tables

Students create dinner tables for Thanksgiving with proportions and problem solving. They test their designs to hold turkey platters for Thanksgiving dinner. 

4. Construct Turkey Towers

This is my favorite STEM challenge. Students make turkey towers with ratios and rates. Solving problems for an equivalent ratio of turkey towers. Highly engaging, lots of fun, and who doesn't like mellowcrème pumpkins?

Thanksgiving STEM challenges are for students to make connections to math with the STEM process. Students will practice their problem solving skills in many different areas of math. They will enjoy making and learning. 



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    Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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    Sunday, November 3, 2019

    Math Centers Writing Prompts

    Do you use math centers?

    Do you have math centers with writing prompts?




    Math Centers are the perfect addition to any math class. Students can independently work at each center and complete math tasks, with a partner or the group of 4 students. Math Centers can include vocabulary and writing prompts to aide students in writing math responses for short response and extended responses.

    Math Centers Writing Prompts


    Math Writing Centers can be implemented with a scaffolded approach. This approach helps students learn the process of writing math, how to use appropriate terms, and make sense of the mathematical concepts. It involves a simple 3-step approach to scaffolding the math writing process. The 3-step approach goes from beginner to mastery level of math skills. Follow these three steps to help your students writing more math.


    1. Use a Vocabulary List

    Prepare a list of math terms for the month. Have students practice those words throughout the month until they are fluently using them. A vocabulary list should have 12-15 words. Each month change out the vocabulary list with new words. By the end of the year students will have reviewed the entire list of grade level math terms.

    2. Practice Writing Sentences

    Students need to have the opportunity to practice writing math. Help students by scaffolding how to write math sentences. At the math writing center, give students vocabulary sentences with missing terms. Students will use context clues to figure out how to complete the sentences. 


    3. Independent Writing 

    After practicing how to write sentences, students should be able to write their own. Give students a math writing center assignment to write their own sentences. Students will have to complete the four to six sentences by the end of the class. This is a great assignment to get students thinking, reading, and writing math concepts.


    Writing math does not come naturally for all students. It's a skill that needs to be taught and practiced. Using a math writing center in your classroom is one way to get your students writing more math. The best time to start writing is now. Grab the FREE Math Writing Center Checklist today!


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      Saturday, October 26, 2019

      Halloween Classroom Ideas


      Are you planning on having a Halloween classroom party? 

      Are you celebrating Halloween in the classroom this year? 




      How do you have a great Halloween? Here are some tips for having a successful Halloween party in your classroom. Try one or all of these tips and your students will have a great Halloween celebration in your classroom this year! 

      Halloween Classroom Ideas



      1. Limit Candy Consumption


      Depending on your school policy for Halloween and other holidays, error on the side of less is more. Students will have candy, students will bring Halloween trinkets, students will want to celebrate the spooky holiday. In preparation always buy a bag of candy or two for students to celebrate success or good behavior (if school policy allows it). Another great incentive is free homework passes or another reward that students will find value in. 
           

      Start class on Halloween by listing the agenda, "Today's goals are ....x.......y ........z..., If you accomplish them, then you will be rewarded with 2 minutes of candy time at the end of class." That two minutes of candy time always seals the deal. Wow! The teacher is allowing us to eat candy. (It's going to happen. So prepare for it and allow it during a certain time). 

      Remember that students appreciate a structure. Being the teacher with a structured class on such a chaotic day will benefit your class. Make sure your objectives for the day are clear and reward them appropriately for completing all the tasks. 


      2. Students place ALL book bags in front of room


      Keeping book bags in the front of the classroom allows for less distractions.  Students are less tempted to get in their bag for more candy or other Halloween items. Your classroom will have less behavior problems, less time talking about the book bags and other items, and more time focused on learning.



      3. Plan for a Halloween Activity


      Your entire lesson plan does not have to be Halloween based, but if you acknowledge the day with a bellwork question, your students will remember it more. Creating an environment to celebrate and acknowledge fun holidays is always helpful in developing rapport with your students. Think about what your students celebrate and how they celebrate it. Would having a Halloween math activity in class be helpful in building relationships with students?






      However you decide to celebrate Halloween, remember to have fun! This is a great opportunity for building relationships with your students. Holidays are a great time to show the students you can enjoy learning math in your classroom.




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        Saturday, October 19, 2019

        STEM Challenges for Middle School Halloween

        Do your students like to make things and be creative in math? 
        How do you have give students time to problem solve in math? 
        Every year different students ask for projects or activities to do in class. This is the first year I have used STEM challenges. I've never used them before. Honestly I didn't know how they worked. Do they work?
        Yes! I have found that there are STEM challenges that work. There are students that love to make and create. They are eager to build and work with other students on STEM challenges.

        STEM Challenges for Middle School 

        Students create, implement, and test their designs. The STEM challenges give students objectives to follow and guidelines to stay within. Any student can be successful with these STEM activities. Here are some STEM challenges to try this Halloween. 

        1. Students create Candy Bags. 

        Involving problem solving and volume students have to create candy bags to hold candy. Students design, plan, and test their creations. 

        2.  Students build Bat Boxes. 

        This is my favorite STEM challenge. Students have to create bat boxes with ratios and proportions. Highly engaging, lots of fun, and who doesn't like marshmallows?

        3. Design Candy Corn Footballs

        Students create paper footballs with rational numbers and test them on a football field. This is a highly engaging activity for students you like to create and play. 

        4. Construct a Pumpkin Display

        Students make a pumpkin display with decimals and area. Solving problems for a pumpkin patch to display their pumpkins to attract customers.

        Halloween STEM challenges are for students to make connections to math with the STEM process. Students will practice their problem solving skills in many different areas of math. They will enjoy making and learning. 




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