Monday, April 29, 2013


We have exactly 1 week before out KPREP testing beins. This week students will be reviewing skills from the whole year and completing homework assignments based on the days review.

I am timing them during their question sessions so students will already be used to the time constraints.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013



Today in class students were working in groups to create a NET which is a 2-dimensional figure that when folded will create a 3-dimensional figure. 6th grade students only have to concentrate on finding the surface area of right rectangular prisms. 

Students were given this sheet while with their groups.

This page instructed students to have a quick discussion to come up with a definition for the word Surface Area and then list 3 characteristics of the box they were given to work with. Afterwards students then:
1.) Traced the side, front, and bottom (2 of each)
2.) Cut the side, front and bottoms
3.) Laid each piece on the box and then began to take it apart in order to correctly lay if flat
4.) Tape the net together
5.) Measure the length and width of each side (all 6 rectangles are labeled with their length and width)
6.) The activity will continue tomorrow.





Students learned where the area formula for triangles comes from. Students were told to draw a rectangle and then draw a diagonal line segment. They realized quickly that a rectangle is made of 2 triangles. They then were given dimensions of the rectangle and calculated the area. 

I asked the following question:
"If you know the area for the rectangle is 48, what do you believe the area of each triangle to be?"

Students were very quick to say the area of each triangle would be 24. Most students were able to explain this very well. I think this is a great example because it really helps students understand the concept of dividing something in half. We were able to rewrite the formula in a much more student friendly way.

(length x width) ÷ 2


To learn more about area and perimeter the class used crackers to make rectangles and squares. We used the creations to calculate perimeter and area. (sorry no pictures)

After the activity the students completed the following assignments.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


After taking notes the students practiced naming and identifying points, line segments, lines, and rays on this worksheet from


Today in class my students are taking notes about points, lines, line segments, rays, planes, and angles. The weird part is that I am not sharing this information in a lecture. I wrote out the notes that I wanted the students to have.

I cut apart this page and handed each piece out to the students.

Students were given a blank notes page to be filled in. Each square is numbered and correlates with the pieces with the same numbers.

Students were given class time to go around the room trading squares with classmates. This process continued until all students had completely filled in their papers. Below are some pictures of the kids working.