## Thursday, November 30, 2017

### Christmas Middle School Math Activities & Games BUNDLE

Are you looking for ways to create holiday fun with Math?

Do you want to engage your students in Math games during the holiday season?

There is a NO PREP print and GO solution to helping spread holiday cheer to your students in your Math classroom. These Middle School Math Activities and Games are NO PREP and ready to keep your sixth, seventh, and eighth graders engaged! Each game focuses on different Mathematical concepts with a Christmas theme. Students can play these game with 1 to 4 Players. Students review Common Core State Standards and have some Christmas fun. Use these activities for bell work, classwork, extra credit, fast finishers, or homework.

### What skills will be reviewed?

*Common Core State Standards addressed with math problems for review and practice
*Topics covered:
-Percents
-Proportions
-Functions
-Rational Numbers
-Ratios
-Two-Step Equations

I hope these activities and games are a great way for your students to have holiday cheer at school. Creating a holiday environment for student-centered activities is an effective way to draw students' attention during this busy holiday season. Reviewing equations, proportions, or ratios can be engaging with these Christmas activities and games before the winter break!

Happy Holidays!

## Wednesday, November 29, 2017

### Planning a Math Lesson from Start to Finish

Are you struggling with how to plan your Math period?

Do you want to see how another teacher plans their classroom time?

Planning a Math Lesson from start to finish can be a daunting task, but you can follow these simple steps to keep your focus on the Math objective at hand.

### Step 1

First you need to know your end goal. What do you want the students to learn? What is the Math objective for the lesson? What is the BIG idea that you want the students to master? Write it down. Go back to the goal often and make sure the focus of the lesson is front and center for the students.

### Step 2

Schedule your goal. Goals don't just happen. Think about how you want to accomplish teaching the lesson. What are you going to do first? What will be your hook for the lesson to grab the students attention? I always start with vocabulary and work from there. Students do an exercise where they write Math definitions on post-its and add the terms & definitions to our classroom Word Wall. (You can DOWNLOAD it HERE: Grades 6-8 Vocabulary Word Wall Activity or Grades 3-5 Vocabulary Word Wall Activity ).

### Step 3

Now that students know what the lesson will be about, how will they learn the new information? What do you need to scaffold for the students? How will you teach it? My two favorite ways to teach new information to students is with Interactive Math Notebooks (IMN). I use IMN activities along with NO PREP Notes for 6-8 or NO PREP Notes for 3-5 to scaffold information to students.

### Step 4

Next plan a classroom activity for the whole class to complete during the period. This could be a Card Sort Activity Lesson Plan or Math Stations/Centers or another activity that ties into the lesson with real world applications and practice. The focus should be extending the learning beyond the previous notes, IMN activity, and homework to deepen the students' understanding of the Math topic.

### Step 5

Lastly assess for understanding with exit slips. If students have mastered the concept, move on to the next Math concept and repeat steps 1-5 again. If there is still a lack of understanding and connection with the Big Idea, review the lesson again with the students by scaffolding with notes and one follow-up activity. Also asking other teachers how they have taught that topic can be a great help to you and your students.

### Overview of my Math Lesson Plan (2-4 days as needed)

Day 1 of Lesson
2. Review Vocabulary for Lesson (5-10 minutes)
3. Create a Foldable/Notes (15-20 minutes)
4. Do a classwork activity (i.e. IMN activity or homework page from textbook) (15-20 minutes)
5. Exit Slip (1-5 minutes)

Day 2 of Lesson
2.  Review classwork (1-10 minutes)
3.  Math Stations or Card Sort Activity Lesson (30-40 minutes)
4.  Exit Slip (1-5 minutes)

Day 3 &/or 4 of Lesson (if necessary some lessons are 2 days and some are 3-4 days)
1. Bellwork
2. Math Stations or Card Sort Activity Lesson completed (40-45 minutes)
3. Exit Slip (1-5 minutes)

I hope this planning guide helps you to start engaging instruction in your classroom. Starting with a goal helps to drive any plans for student achievement. Make sure your goal is high and watch your students rise to achieve it!

Happy planning!

## Tuesday, November 28, 2017

### December Interactive Math Notebook Activities for Kindergarten

Are you looking for December Kindergarten Math activities?

Do you want to review key grade K skills with your students?

Do you need NO PREP math review?

These interactive notebook activities are intended to help students understand how to decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way, write numbers from 0 to 20, understand the relationships between numbers and quantities, count “how many?”, identify whether the number of objects is greater than, less than, or equal to, and compare two numbers between 1 and 10, and add with objects, solve addition word problems, and fluently add within 5.

How to use it:

1. A fun review of grade level Math CCSS skills
2. Substitute packet for days when you are sick or not at school
3. Morning Work, Classwork, and more

Cutting, pasting, and reviewing Math skills.
NO PREP, just Print & GO!

Counting the number of gifts, ornaments, and candy canes are included.

50 Pages of Color and 50 Pages in Black & White.
High Quality Images are used on every page.

Student centered and student created in their own Notebooks.

All pages are aligned to Common Core State Standards.

### -Represent, Count, and Write Numbers to 10

This Interactive Math Notebook Bundle was created for Kindergarten students to be an engaging and fun way to interact with Math. Students review ALL common core standards with this Notebook Bundle. Every month there is a fun theme for students to interact with. The notebooks are student created. Every student cuts, pastes, and writes in their own notebook. This is a great tool for reviewing and learning new math skills. Students enjoy the fun and colorful themes each month. Creating a notebook where their work is on display helps them to take ownership of their math. Help your students by getting them involved in the process of doing the math and watch them grow. My son enjoys this set every month and always asks for more than the 50 pages provided in the packet. It is such a great way for students to understand and practice fluency of their math skills.

Happy Teaching!

## Sunday, November 26, 2017

### Winter Break NO PREP Math Packet FREEBIE

Are you preparing your students for a long Winter Break?

Do you want to actively engage your students in Math fluency over the Winter Break?

If you said YES, there is a FREE Math packet cover and rubric for your students to complete and return after their Winter Break.

This Winter Break NO PREP Math packet that will keep your students engaged in Math over their break! This packet is designed to be fun for students to complete. This is a versatile tool for grades 3 to 8.

#### THIS FREE WINTER BREAK MATH PACKET FEATURES: *2 different covers for your student's Winter Break Packet *1 letter to students discussing the packet and when it is DUE *1 rubric for EASY grading when the packet is returned to school  *This packet encourages fun Math review while away from school on Winter Break

Engaging your students in Math may be difficult this holiday season, but you can keep them actively involved with activities to use their critical thinking skills. Great for not just over the long winter break, teachers have used these puzzles for bell work, morning work, class work, and fast finishers to name a few! Encourage your students to have fun with Math and watch them succeed!!

Happy Holidays!

## Thursday, November 23, 2017

### Thanksgiving 2017

To all my Teacher Friends,

I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends this week.

Happy Thanksgiving!

## Wednesday, November 22, 2017

### December 8th Grade NO PREP Math Packet

Are you looking to engage your students in a fun December Math review?

This December Math NO PREP packet that will keep your eighth graders engaged! This packet is just plain fun. Not only is it PACKETED with eighth-grade common core math problems, it also gives students fun coloring, puzzles, and problem solving. Use this packet for the long Winter Holiday break for students to stay engaged in Math!

### This December NO PREP Math Packet Features:

*25 different math puzzle worksheets
*FUN activities and puzzles centered on reviewing math curriculum
*Packed with 8th grade common core math problems for review and practice
*A "tracking" page to complete as days in the packet are completed for December
*An ANSWER KEY for each worksheet
*Lots of coloring fun

### Topics Covered:

-Operations with Real Numbers
-Operations with Exponents
-Scientific Notation
-Graphing
-Writing and Solving Equations
-Functions

### How other teachers have used this December packet:

-Class work
-Holiday party activities
-Morning Math
-Fast Finishers Work
-Math Stations
-Bell Work
-Warm Ups

These Math activities are great for students to increase their Math fluency and competency of 8th grade skills while having fun with a December theme. Other teachers have said, "These were awesome. Thank you!", "So helpful, Thank you!", "This was my first time having a younger class and they absolutely loved these activities!!! Thank you!" Certainly a great way for you to incorporate some holiday fun into any Math class!

Happy Holidays!

### December 7th Grade NO PREP Math Packet

Do you want to engage your students in Math review for December?

This December Math NO PREP packet will keep your seventh graders engaged! This packet is just plain fun. Not only is it PACKED with seventh-grade common core math problems, it also gives students fun coloring, puzzles and problem solving. It's a great packet for substitute teachers or the long Winter Holiday break for students to stay engaged in Math!

### This December NO PREP Math Packet Features:

*25 different math puzzle worksheets
*FUN activities and puzzles centered on reviewing math curriculum
*Packed with 7th grade common core math problems for review and practice
*A tracking page to be completed in the packet as students complete all the pages
*An ANSWER KEY for each worksheet
*Lots of coloring fun!

### Topics Covered:

-Class work
-Holiday party activities
-Morning Math
-Fast Finishers Work
-Math Stations
-Bell work
-Warm ups

These Math activities are wonderful for students to be involved in the holiday season at school and increase their Math fluency at the same time. Other teachers have said, "Love the theme!", "This was an excellent resource to review rational numbers before winter break. It provides practice, while also encouraging some critical thinking and problem solving. My students were engaged!" A great tool for any seventh-grade classroom.

Happy Holidays!

### December 6th Grade NO PREP Math Packet

Are you looking for engaging Math review for December?

This December Math NO PREP packet that will keep your sixth graders engaged! This packet is just plain fun. Not only is it PACKED with sixth-grade common core math problems, it also gives students fun coloring, puzzles, and problem solving. Use this packet for bell work, class work, extra credit, fast finishers, or homework! OR Use this packet for the long Winter Holiday break for students to stay engaged in Math!

### This December NO PREP Math Packet Features:

*25 different math puzzle worksheets
*Fun activities and puzzles centered on reviewing math curriculum.
*Packed with 6th grade common core math problems for review and practice.
*A “tracking” page - as they complete days in the packet, students will color a part of a winter picture until they complete the packet.
*An ANSWER KEY for each worksheet.
*Lots of coloring fun. I’ve intentionally designed this packet with lots of pictures and borders to color. A MUST: Using a set of crayons or markers.

### Topics Covered:

-Operations with Integers
-Factors & Multiples
-Operations with Decimals
-Graphing
-Operations with Fractions
-Ratios & Unit Rates

### How other teachers have used this December Packet:

-Class work
-Holiday party activities
-Morning Math
-Fast Finishers Work
-Math Centers
-Bell work
-Warm ups

These Math activities are great for students to increase their Math fluency and competency of 6th grade skills. December is a great time to review and refresh skills. Teachers have reviewed this packet as "just what I needed" and "I always love how easy thse are to work into my daily routine!" Students enjoy the puzzles and activities while practicing Math. A great tool for any sixth-grade classroom.
Happy Holidays!