Monday, November 13, 2017


After everyone had an opportunity to order the bottle cap integers. Students began working with the coordinate plane. As everyone was working, I called on students randomly using the smart seat app to take a quick quiz over ordering integers. Student had to blindly choose 5 rocks from the bag and order them from least to greatest. 


Students have been working with number lines to make sure they understand that a negative gets smaller the further away from zero. This can be confusing when the number is large and has a negative sign. I remind them about owing their mom money and they quickly get it. They have also been working with opposites, and absolute value. In this activity I threw it all in. 

For this activity I used a lot of bottle caps. Wrote the integer on them with a sharpie marker. I dumped the pile in floor and then had groups come work for 3 minute rotations. I loved the discussions they were having. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Today we used Moby Max to assess over the following topics:

  • Finding integer opposites
  • Comparing two negatives on a number line
  • Comparing a negative and a positive on a number line
  • Comparing two positives on a number line
  • Positioning negatives and positives on horizontal and vertical number lines
  • Finding real-world integers
  • Finding opposite numbers on a number line

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Positive Paula and Negative Nancy helped students learn understand that integers can represent real world situations. 

While working with Paula and Nancy the class made a list of keywords for their notebooks. 

Students completed the following worksheet to practice writing integers. Afterward each student created 5 integer statements to be used on tomorrow’s quick assessment. 

Monday, October 30, 2017


Today after our integer pretest we began the unit with a puzzle. Students were grouped and had to work to get her to reassemble the piece of paper that contained their notes for the day. 

This activity makes taking notes not so hard. 

Monday, October 23, 2017


We had a great time speed dating in class on Friday, all students were placed in a large circle. I did not have the students partner with each other. They were partnered up with a clipboard that contained the math problem to be worked instead. I gave students 2 minutes to work the problem. When the timer sounded they flipped the clipboard over to reveal the correct answer. After each problem we discussed. Students were telling me if they ran out of time, were incorrect due to a multiplication or math error, were incorrect due to a decimal issue, were incorrect and had no explanation. The students then rotated to the next problem. We repeated the procedure and discussion, most students felt that they improved as class continued.

Sadly, I forgot to take pictures :(

Friday, October 13, 2017

Dividing Decimals by Whole Numbers Coloring Puzzle

Coloring is always fun. This was assigned after our quiz. All passing grades began coloring and had a lot of time to complete. This allowed me a lot of time to work one on one with those still struggling. As the week progressed I gave hints, (it's 100 problems).