Tuesday, January 9, 2018

ORDER OF OPERATIONS - QR CODE ACTIVITY - “WHAT’S NEXT?”

This activity was inspired by the main misconception about the order of operations. My students, past and present have all struggled to understand that the rules are not to be completed (100% of the time) in the order of PEMDAS. I always stress the actual rule of left to right but it is a continual battle. So to provide and great big opportunity for my current kiddos I created a QR code activity. 

In this activity they scan a start code that gives them a starting place. Instead of working the problem they are only saying “what’s next?” So their job is to go around the room looking for the next step. The message would then show them what the work should look like after that step is complete. 

Great engaging activity and it caused some great questions and discussion. 


This activity will soon be posted on TPT. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

ALGEBRA VOCABULARY FLASHCARDS

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TEST WILL BE FRIDAY DECEMBER 15

(CLICK THIS LINK) BCMS 6th Grade Algebra Unit Vocabulary


NEW UNIT NEW VOCABULARY

Today students began learning their new vocabulary words for the algebra unit. To get them up and movie they did a combination of a wandering worksheet and crossword puzzle. We called it the Search & Find Vocab Crossword. The terms and definitions were posted throughout the room. Students had a set of clues and the puzzle. They walked around searching for the definitions that matched their clues, this is how they get the word for the puzzle. Afterwards students were given the complete word list with definitions. 


Monday, November 13, 2017

BUSY BUSY BUSY

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. 


ORDERING INTEGERS

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

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT (REVIEW OF SOME INTEGER CONCEPTS)

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