Thursday, October 23, 2014


In class we started with the guided practice problems 1-6. Students worked the problems and then I checked for correctness and especially how well they showed their work. If everything was ok, they were then assigned 8-19. If they did not finish in class this was also the homework assignment. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


We began with this guy to see how many students remembered the order of operations. I polled the class to get their answers. Instead of giving the correct answer, we watched a brain pop video.

After the video I worked the above problem. In the first class no one had given the correct answer. They all began talking a bit when they saw my answer. I heard "please excuse my dear aunt sally" and "she divided before she multiplied."

We watched the video again and I told everyone to listen very carefully for the rules. Many students realized very quickly.

I then explained that the reason we need to excuse Aunt Sally is because she is misleading. Students are typically lead to believe that multiplication is to be done before division and addition is to be completed before subtraction. This is untrue.

To help us remember correctly all students drew this organizer in their math journal.


Monday, October 13, 2014


After the integer review worksheet students practiced plotting points to make a picture. If you are doing this at home remember to connect each point to the one following. If you come to a STOP do not connect the next point to the one prior.


Monday, October 6, 2014


Students practice plotting points in all 4 quadrants using a Nerf Gun (knock off). They loved it. What was even better is that this was an assessment. One student said "I thought we were having a test."  I wasn't sure what to tell him first. I was so proud he was aware of the assessment and it was super exciting to tell them all this activity was the assessment. I got a WHOOOO!!!!


With painters tape I created the x and y axis on the marker board. I numbered each number line. Each student got to shoot the nerf gun twice trying to place a dart in two different quadrants. They then were graded based upon correctly giving the location of each dart. 100% was awarded to correctly naming both darts. 75% was given if students needed direction to get to the correct answer.

Thursday, October 2, 2014