Friday, October 31, 2014

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Comparing Decimals

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Converting Decimals

Converting decimals can be tricky for students, but with some practice, manipulatives, and visual diagrams, students can internalize this concept.  

A student just asked me a few days ago, "How is 0.75 the same as three-fourths.  We drew diagrams to make the comparison obvious.  This is important because knowing how to convert fractions into decimals is just as important and understanding what this means.

Through the use of the diagrams, it is easier to visualize how 0.75 is the same as having 3 out of 4 sections.  The concept became even clear for the student.

Using the decimal chart and circling the groups makes the connection between decimals and fractions even clearer.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Factors and Multiples

There are so many math vocabulary words. Helping students understand the meanings of words is an important first step.

I am back to share some student reference posters that I created.  Using visuals along with playing a factors and multiples game can definitely help students remember the difference between a factor and a multiple.Click Here To Access A Free Game

Free Factors and Multiples Game

Understanding math vocabulary is an important building block for math success. A common math error is confusing factors and multiples.  A factors and multiples game is available for free to help.  Yippee!!Click Here

Use this to build student knowledge before moving on to greatest common factor or least common multiple.  Use these to build general math vocabulary.  Use it as a math station activity.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Interactive Science Notebooks

The newest interactive journal for science has just been released.  I really had a great time putting it together.  Students absolutely love them because they make learning about different topics fun.Click Here To Access It.

This journal covers the rock cycle, atoms, magnets, and more topics.  There is a reading passage for each topic that can be directly placed inside of each student journal.  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Integrating Art

This is a picture from a recent artist reception that I attended.

Color is powerful.  Utilizing art together with reading and math produces powerful results.

This picture is a sample of my close reading task cards.

Even if you are a true Picasso, there are several ways to incorporate art and color in daily lessons.(Art skills are not required). When students closely read text, they highlight information that they find important, have a question about, or want to clarify. The brightly colored lines serve as a visual cue to remind students to defend their answers and think about their own thinking (metacognition).

Highlighting text is just a small step when it relates to adding color or integrating something "art related" into lessons.  Colorful, detailed notes are an even farther step.  This is an example from a math notebook that I am using with students.  Each student keeps their own notebook.

Visual representations, diagrams, and colored blocks are used throughout the journal to represent what we are learning in math. Students not only take written notes, they also draw what the math concepts means to them. This is has been a powerful tool for my students.  The lower, middle, and upper grade level students that I work with all respond positively to this.