## Wednesday, August 31, 2016

### Teaching Scientific Notation {Grade 8}

One of my favorite topics to teach in eighth grade math {Pre-Algebra} was Exponents & Scientific Notation. Students have prior knowledge of numbers and how they can be big or small, but have little grasp of how BIG and small they can really get. Giving students options with hands-on activities and Math stations lets them explore the concepts and gather their own understandings of the Math.

I have listed here four activities to review and practice Exponents & Scientific Notation. I hope these help jump start your lesson planning into Exponents & Scientific Notation. The key to getting your students involved in the learning process is to include interactive, visual, engaging activities for them to actively participate in.

These interactive notebook activities are intended to help students understand and apply the properties of integer exponents, use numbers expressed in single digit form times an integer power of 10, and to perform operations with scientific notation and use appropriate measurements.

Included are:
-4 different Exponents & Scientific Notation activities to engage students
-Teacher facilitated activity for 60-90 minutes of classroom time
-Activities include: Vocabulary, Writing expressions using exponents, Writing numbers in scientific notation, and Simplifying expressions with exponents.
-Examples of Completed Interactive Math Notebook Activities are included

This math station activity is intended to help students understand and apply the properties of integer exponents, use numbers expressed in single digit form times an integer power of 10, and to perform operations with scientific notation and use appropriate measurements.

Included are:
-6 different stations to engage students
-Teacher facilitated activity for 60-90 minutes of classroom time
-Stations include:
1. Vocabulary
3. Practice of Exponents & Scientific Notation
4. Additional Practice of Exponents & Scientific Notation
5. Real World applications of Exponents & Scientific Notation
6. Word problems of Exponents & Scientific Notation
-Student Station Guide helps students record their answers

This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students are able to apply properties of integer exponents, express numbers in the form of a single digit times an integer power, and express how many times as much one is than the other.

Included in this lesson are:
-card sort activity with concept development of powers and exponents
-one extension activity for students to deepen their conception of expanded, standard, and exponential forms
-answer keys for all the assessments and activities
-how the lesson is tied to common core and mathematical practices

A Back To School Math NO PREP packet that will keep your eighth graders engaged on day 1 in your classroom! This packet is just plain fun. Not only is it PACKED with eighth-grade common core math problems, it also gives students fun coloring, puzzles, and problem solving. Also included is a beginning of the year diagnostic test with seventh and eighth grade benchmarks addressed, back to school activities, and a Math portfolio starter pack. Use this packet at the beginning of 8th grade year for review activities during August & September!!

Have fun with Powers & Exponents! Find a creative approach and teach it. Now is the time to engage your students at the beginning of the year in Math and the rewards will be higher in the end!

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## Monday, August 29, 2016

Let's take a look at teaching Integer Operations in 7th Grade! This is always a fun Math topic at the beginning of the school year to teach seventh graders. Students always come in with the prior knowledge of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, but may never have heard of a dividing a negative number. Establishing the basic vocabulary of integers is key in understanding how to make connections of negative and positive integers.

Included in the Math Stations: Integers packet for seventh graders are some basic activities to practice making connections and developing concepts of Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying & Dividing Integers.

This math station activity is intended to help students understand how to apply and extend previous understandings of addition and subtraction to rational numbers, describing situations in which opposite quantities combine, and showing that a number and its opposite have a sum of 0. Interpret sums of rational numbers by describing real world contexts. Students will also understand the additive inverse, apply properties of operations as strategies, and solve real-world problems with rational numbers.

Included are:

-6 different Integer stations to engage students

-Teacher facilitated activity for 60-90 minutes of classroom time

-Stations include:
1. Vocabulary
3. Practice of Adding & Subtracting Integers
5. Real World applications of Adding & Subtracting Integers
6. Word problems of Adding & Subtracting Integers

-Student Station Guide helps students record their answers

This math station activity is intended to help students understand how to apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division of fractions. Solve real-world and mathematical problems with four operations with rational numbers.

Included are:

-6 different Integer stations to engage students

-Teacher facilitated activity for 60-90 minutes of classroom time

-Stations include:
1. Vocabulary
3. Practice of Multiplying & Dividing Integers
4. Additional Practice of Multiplying & Dividing Integers
5. Real World applications of Integers
6. Word problems of Multiplying & Dividing Integers

-Student Station Guide helps students record their answers

Here are some other fun Integer activities for seventh graders to practice, apply, and get engaged in.

I hope these activities help you to get some ideas about engaging your students in Operations with Integers. At the beginning of the year it's all getting your students ENGAGED in the learning process. Let them be able to enjoy MATH and have fun with the learning process!

## Friday, August 26, 2016

### Interactive Math Notebook: Progress Monitoring RTI Activities {Grades 6 to 8}

What is Progress Monitoring?
Progress monitoring is a scientifically based practice that is used to assess students' academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Progress monitoring can be implemented with individual students or an entire class. {Source: studentprogress.org}.

{Click on the picture for the resource link}

These interactive notebook activities are intended to help students master all common core standards in Grade 6, 7, and 8. These Progress Monitoring {RTI} activities take the role from the teacher and places responsibility on the student. The student is the one in charge of their Math Mastery and the student is responsible for recording and turning in those reports to you! Middle School students are capable of doing this and will if you properly train them. Make students OWN their Math Mastery today!

Included in each Grade Level Packet are:

-4 Interactive Math Notebook activities to engage students in taking ownership of their Math Mastery of CCSS or Standards for your school {There is a blank version for every activity where students fill in the standard if you do not follow CCSS}.

-1 NO PREP Bulletin Board activity where students are acknowledged and praised for their Math Mastery of standards. {There is a blank version of this if you do not follow CCSS}.

-Teacher facilitated activities for 10-30 minutes of classroom time

-Examples of Completed Interactive Math Notebook Activities are included

I hope these activities prove to be awesome resources in your classroom too. The NO PREP Bulletin Board activity I used in my class for five years and at two different middle schools. I had several principals walk through my classroom and they ALWAYS noted how they loved the student created wall of Math Mastery Data. Not only did the principals take note of this, but as I began to give my students more ownership of their data my scores went up and I had the highest scores in the school. I didn't have the highest scores because I had the "best/gifted/smartest students", but because I taught my students to take ownership of their Math Mastery. This was such a success in my previous classes, that I know this can be a valuable resource for your students too!

## Wednesday, August 24, 2016

### Middle School Math Stations 101 Guide

Once upon a time I was introduced to Math Workshops {also called Math Stations}, and I was hesitant {maybe like you are today} of how to implement such a program in my middle school classroom. I tried a couple different strategies to see what worked best for my students and I. It was a lot of trial and error, but I figured out what worked well for my students and I to gain the most from the time spent in Math stations.

Last year I published my Math Stations on Teachers Pay Teachers to share with other teachers what worked well in my classroom and help you to start them in your own. In each Math station activity I have included six different stations for students to work independently or with group members.

Math stations can be a wonderful and engaging experience for all students. The independent and group learning that takes place helps students to make Math connections and take ownership of their learning process.

This product has tips for organizing and managing Math station activities in your Middle School classroom. It also explains how to get started, where to problem solve, chart student success, and many more strategies to help you make Math stations work for you.

This resource contains EVERYTHING you need to accomplish having successful Math station activities in your classroom including one Math Station Activity: Operations with Integers (a \$3.00 value and not offered anywhere else but in this packet).

Included are:

-NO PREP Resources for running Math Stations in your classroom

-How to organize Math Stations for your classroom

-Ways to incorporate different Math Stations in your classroom

-How to manage teacher facilitated activities for 60-90 minutes of classroom time

-Math Stations Activity {Operations with Integers}
1. Vocabulary of Integers
2. Technology with Integers (requires internet for ixl.com)
3. Practice of Operations with Integers
4. Additional Practice of Operations with Integers
5. Real World Applications of Integers
6. Word problems of Operations with Integers

I hope this can be a valuable resource in your classroom too. I never regretted using Math Stations in the classroom. My students used to always ask "When are we doing stations this week?" That's the excitement and love for learning that you can create for your students too.
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## Monday, August 22, 2016

### Teachers Pay Teachers BONUS DAY Sale

Today ONLY is the Teachers Pay Teachers  BONUS DAY Sale!
My store is at least 28% OFF with coupon code ONEDAY.

I also have a have a \$10 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway going on {CLICK HERE}. The winner of the \$10 TPT Gift Card Giveaway will be announced Monday August 22, 2016 at 9:00 PM EST.

## Friday, August 19, 2016

Let's take a look at Integers! This is always a fun Math topic at the beginning of the school year to teach sixth graders. Students always come in with the prior knowledge of basic addition and subtraction, but may never have heard of a negative number. Establishing the basic vocabulary of integers is key in understanding how to make connections of negative and positive integers.

Included in the Math Stations: Integers packet for sixth graders are some basic activities to practice making connections and developing concepts of Integers.

Included are:

-6 different Integer stations to engage students

-Teacher facilitated activity for 60-90 minutes of classroom time

-Stations include:
1. Vocabulary
3. Practice of Integers
5. Real World applications of Integers
6. Word problems of Integers

-Student Station Guide helps students record their answers

Here are some other fun Integer activities for sixth graders to practice, apply, and get engaged in.

I hope these activities help you to get some ideas about engaging your students in Integers. At the beginning of the year it's all about the "HOOK". Can you engage your students and get them excited about you and learning in your classroom? These resources can become great tools for your classroom in engaging students in being active participants in the learning process.

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## Monday, August 15, 2016

### Interactive Math Notebook: NO PREP Notes FREEBIE

I'm so excited to share with fellow teachers one of my FAVORITE resources for FREE! The Interactive Math Notebook: NO PREP Notes FREEBIE is so great I think that you will adapt it to your note-taking portfolio to use with your students in the future. I used this resource in the classroom for over six years. It took me a while to get the "perfect" note taking template for my students. The structure of the notes is visually appealing for review before a test or quiz and easy for students to read. I have had former students tell me that I was the teacher that TAUGHT them HOW to take notes effectively and this was the tool that did that! AMAZING! I hope this is a helpful resource in your classroom too.

This interactive notebook activity is intended to help students understand how to write notes effectively to retain mathematical information and concepts.

Included are:
-1 Interactive Math Notebook activity to engage students in note taking
-Teacher facilitated activity for 10-30 minutes of classroom time
-Examples of Completed Interactive Math Notebook Activities are included

Other NO PREP Interactive Math Notebook Activities I HIGHLY recommend:

Middle School Interactive Math Notebooks: The MEGA BUNDLE {Grades 6 to 8}

Middle School Interactive Math Notebook 101 Guide

Middle School Interactive Math Notebook BUNDLE {Grade 6}

Middle School Interactive Math Notebook BUNDLE {Grade 7}

Middle School Interactive Math Notebook BUNDLE {Grade 8}

If you have studied Marzano, then you know that summarizing and note-taking is one of the higher yield strategies that WORK! This Interactive Math Notebook tool is a resource that can help your students to achieve HIGHER scores and retain more Math knowledge and concepts. If you use this notes template correctly, the sky is the limit for students' note-taking skills to takeoff! Don't forget to leave me feedback on Teachers Pay Teachers about how this Note-taking tool has worked in your classroom too!!

## Thursday, August 11, 2016

### Back To School NO PREP Math Packet {Grade 5} Product Preview

I recently posted a video on YouTube about the 5th Grade Back To School NO PREP Math Packet. These packets are exactly that NO PREP. I have used all of the contents of this packet in the classroom and can testify that they will save you time and be valuable resources.

These packets are very versatile and engaging for students. The first couple weeks of school can be unpredictable, but this packet will help you to get to know your students, assess their prior knowledge of Math, and engage them in fun review Math puzzles. These puzzles are great for the times that the principal comes on the speaker and says "Hold your students for 15 more minutes". I can't count on my hands and feet how many times that has happened to me. It's always helpful having an educational Math activity that you can easily give to the students with little instructions and is NO PREP. I hope the packet is a helpful tool for your first month of school!

## Wednesday, August 10, 2016

### Meet the Teacher & Open House NO PREP Activities

If you are getting ready for Open House then check out these NO and LOW prep activities. I have lots of experience with Open House, Meet the Teacher, and School Orientations. The best practices I have found are to be ready ahead of time with these simple tools: a flyer, a list of items you need {classroom donations}, and to show off student work. Meeting parents and students for the first time should be engaging and fun experiences for all. If you use these resources you will definitely have a great time!

Included in this Open House Trifold Flyer is information about:
-Communication with Teacher and Parent
-Materials needed for class
-Testing dates and information
-Classroom expectations and rules

This Open House Activity helps you to let parents know what classroom donations are still needed for the school year. You can use the NO PREP hand out for parents and students to bring in supplies and earn EXTRA CREDIT! This is a win-win for the students and for your classroom!!

Included are:
-Directions for setting up
-No Prep Printable Hands with List (Black & White)
-Printable Hands (Colorful)
-Printable Hands (Black & White)
-Editable Items List

This Open House Activity helps you get to know your students and is NO PREP decorations made by the students! Win-win!! Students will take a "Math Selfies" and explain why they choose their selfies. This activity incorporate writing and math.

Included are:
-Directions for setting up
-No Prep Printable "Math Selfies"

These Open House Activities are a guide for you as you plan for Open House in your classroom. There is a list of activities as well as two activities included in the packet.

Included in this ACTIVITY PACKET are:
-15+ activities for Open House
-Math Open House activities for grades K-12
-activities with NO PREP
-NO PREP "Thank you Mints" for Parents
-NO PREP Bubble Maps Math Activity for Open House

I hope you have a great Open House & Meet the Teacher! Starting the school year off on the right foot will ensure you have the foundation for an AWESOME year.

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## Tuesday, August 9, 2016

### Quick Writes: Math Journal {Grades 5 to 8)

Getting students to write about Math can be a challenge at first, but with practice and persistence your students can master writing Math fluently. To get my students to write with more description and Math vocabulary I started having them respond weekly to open ended Math prompts. These Math prompts I in turn put together in a Math Journal that I call "Quick Writes: Math Journal". These prompts are meant to keep students actively engaged in the prompt for a very brief period of time. There are 180 prompts in each journal {36 weeks of prompts} for an entire school year! The great thing is you can use this set of prompts for a variety of things: bellwork, classwork, extensions for math, enrichment, and homework to name a few. The prompts are mostly open ended giving the student the ability to write openly about Math.

I also have 6th, 7th, and 8th grade versions also available with 4.0 star ratings. Here is one of the ratings about how a teacher used Math Journals in her classroom.

I have used Math Journals as practice writing prompts, Friday bellwork activities, Math Station activities, and the list goes on. Students need to practice writing Math so they are better able to describe Math Concepts and how they connect. You will see learning gains on quizzes and tests go up when students have practice with writing Math. Just like in all other subjects, writing is an important part that helps students display their knowledge of a subject and continue to build upon it.

You can visit my Store for these great resources at:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kelly-Mccown

## Monday, August 8, 2016

### Middle School Interactive Math Notebook 101 Guide

Have you used Interactive Math Notebooks? Are you hesitant about where to start? Do you feel overwhelmed with where to start? I felt all of these same feelings ten years ago. Many of the teachers I was teaching with were using Interactive Notebooks. I was overwhelmed with where to start, what would they look like, how would I grade them, etc. The list went on. I looked at my fellow teachers notebooks and then I jumped in the Notebook pool and never looked back! I loved using Interactive Math Notebooks in my Math classes. There are so many reasons to do this in your classroom too! Here is a little bit about Interactive Math Notebooks to think about if you are deciding whether or not to use them in your classroom too.

First, what is an Interactive Notebook? It is a notebook (spiral 120-page or bound 100-page) used to organize information for a specific subject area. The teacher determines how it is setup, organized, and managed.

Why should I use an Interactive Notebook in my class? It teaches students to organize information as a resource, accommodates different learning styles, instantly builds a Math portfolio of each student's work, and makes students take ownership of their learning process.

Where do I start this Interactive Notebook journey? Right here. I have published on Teachers Pay Teachers a Middle School Interactive Math Notebooks 101 Guide to help get you started on the right path for having a successful year with Interactive Math Notebooks. {I also have an Interactive Math Notebook Series for Middle Grades (6th, 7th, and 8th) posted HERE.}

Middle School Interactive Math Notebook 101 Guide  is for perfect guide for starting Interactive Notebooks in your Math classroom. This is a great resource to use in starting your Interactive Notebooks and maintaining them for the entire school year!

This resource contains EVERYTHING you need to accomplish having success with Interactive Math Notebooks in your classroom.

Included in this packet is:
-NO PREP Resources for starting Interactive Math Notebooks
-How to organize Interactive Math Notebooks for your classroom
-Ways to incorporate different activities in your Interactive Notebook
-How to manage grading Interactive Math Notebooks

I hope this resource is helpful to you in your endeavors with Interactive Math Notebooks. I know this tool helped my Math students increase learning gains in Mathematics, and I wish your students the same success!

## Friday, August 5, 2016

### HOT OFF THE PRESS: Middle School Interactive Math Notebooks MEGA BUNDLE

That's right! It's hot off the press and available for purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers!

This is a GROWING Bundle. What that means is, the earlier you purchase the Bundle the more money you save! As I ADD MORE to the Bundle the price will go up! If you purchased my Middle School Math Stations MEGA Bundle last year then you know this is an AWESOME deal! I love a good deal and I would love to help you go back to school with this awesome resource. You will love all the activities to come and I hope that your students love them too!

So what is in the MEGA BUNDLE? All Common Core State Standards are addressed in each bundle. Yes ALL OF CCSS are addressed! It's a great "go to" resource to pull out one or two activities for your Interactive Math Notebooks. If you already have an Interactive Math Notebook set, this is a great addition to complement what you have already have. In each Interactive Math Notebook Activity are four different activities. You can use one or all of them. I love that you can also easily differentiate with the activities for all types of learners.

You can CLICK HERE to view the MEGA Bundle or if you would like to see by Grade Level, the links are listed below.

I'm so excited to be publishing these on Teachers Pay Teachers. I wrote my thesis in graduate school partly on Interactive Notebooks {with a Problem Solving emphasis} and have used Interactive Math Notebooks for over eight years in the classroom. At first I was hesitant and resisted, but when I finally used them in the classroom I could really see the difference in my students' learning gains. These Interactive Math Notebook Activity Bundles are focused on enhancing the Mathematics learning experience. I hope your students enjoy these activities and exploring Mathematics in engaging new ways.

## Thursday, August 4, 2016

### Math Syllabus Middle School

Are you getting ready to go back to school? Do you need help creating or editing your current Middle School Math Syllabus? Look no further! Currently trending on Teachers Pay Teachers is my Editable Middle School Math Syllabus. This has been helpful to many teachers.

This is a great classroom tool that can save you time from explaining over and over again what your classroom rules, expectations, procedures, homework policies, testing policies, etc. are ALL about! This is the editable version that I give my students every year.

Included are:

-3 Different Grade Levels of Middle School Math Syllabi

-21 Pages of Editable Math Syllabus in Word Document Form

-Classroom materials needed

-Rules & Consequences

-Procedures for the classroom

-Info about Textbooks, Notebooks, other classroom tools

-Grading Scales for the entire Math Department

-Homework Policy

-Absence Policy

-Quiz and Test Policies

-Parent Communication Policies

-Helpful for Parent Conferences, Meet the Teacher, and Open House Night

-Updated for 2016-2017 School year!

{Here are some of the reviews from fellow teachers}.
I hope this can become a helpful resource for you returning to the classroom. Included in the file is everything you need to address at the beginning of the school year with your parents and students. Make sure you address everything thoroughly so that they KNOW your expectations. If you plan ahead to have a great year, then YOU WILL!
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## Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Often what I make and create for my classroom comes out of necessity. This summer has been pretty busy for my family and I wanted a way to engage my son in recording how much he reads {he reads a lot!}, remind myself to encourage more reading {I often forget with a baby that needs lots of attention that she deserves}, and reward my son for his reading. I really hope this is a useful tool for your classroom your students or reading at home with your children.

These Reading Logs are for Pre-K to fifth graders to record a their own reading. There is one set of weekly reading logs and one set of monthly reading logs for the 2016-2017 school year. Each Reading Log engages the students to record their own reading time {done with a parent or alone}.Included in this packet:

-1 set of Weekly Reading Logs

-1 set of Monthly Reading Logs

-Classroom Posters to Display Students with 4 STAR Reading Scores for reading at least 20 minutes a day!

-All reading logs have parent signature line

-Engages students in being active readers

-Kid friendly text

-Calendars for 2016-2017 School Year

-HIGH QUALITY clipart

We filled ours out for Monday and Tuesday. We read in the morning and afternoon, usually in between his creative playtime. My son loves to sit and read and this is helping me to better keep track of how much we are reading. Simply chart how many minutes of reading we do as we go. The reading logs are easy to PRINT & GO!

I'm using the monthly set and posting it on my white board in my home classroom. Here is a picture of what it looks like. I hope these reading logs are helpful for your students in keeping up with their daily reading too.

## Monday, August 1, 2016

### #THE BEST YEAR EVER SALE

Teachers Pay Teachers {TPT} is having their annual Back to School Sale today, August 1, and Tuesday August 2, 2016. Make sure you write out a checklist of your Must-Have Resources before you start shopping at TPT.

My entire store is 20% OFF and when you apply the 10% OFF promo code, you will receive 28% OFF the original price. These are the best prices of the school year. Happy Back to School shopping!!