May 13, 2018

* 'Time Filler' Card Details *

Do you have students that get done with a task early? Do you have students that need more practice on a certain standard or substandard? Do some of your students need reinforcement? Looking for an activity that keeps your CCSS organized while providing practice for your students? This activity IS for YOU

I've been playing with this idea for over a year! Multiple templates have been created, problems written out and more during this time. I have trashed many files in the attempts to create something ideal for what I was wanting! I re-visited the idea a few weeks ago and finally something clicked this time around. I am excited to share the first of many of these resources to come! 

The resource is a CCSS aligned activity. Each standard and substandard has at least 6 problems within the resource (the breakdown is below for this activity). Along with all problems, there are cards that have the answers on them. The problems and answer key cards have different background colors to keep them separate and organized. Keep the answer keys behind the section of the problems OR keep the answers cards separate and students can check with you when all done working through the problems.

6th Grade Ratio and Proportional Relationship Problem Breakdown
6.RP.A.1 - 12 Problems 
6.RP.A.2 - 12 Problems
6.RP.A.3 - 42 Problems 
6.RP.A.3a - 18 Problems
6.RP.A.3b - 18 Problems 
6.RP.A.3c - 12 Problems 
6.RP.A.3d - 12 Problems

A blank CCSS tracking sheet is provided to help students stay organized and on task when they are working through these cards. The problem cards at the white background cards and the answer keys are on the grey background cards.  The cards are broken up into standards and sub standards; at the top right hand corner of every card you will see the standard typed there. This is a great reference point for any problem and/or answer card. 
(Example: Page 4 – Standard 6.RP.A.1 problems are found and on Page 25 the answers can be found on those cards.)

The bottom left hand corner has a given number on the problem cards. That number and the standard/substandard in the upper right hand corner will help students keep track of where they are on the student tracker sheet. As they go along, they can mark they completed the problems or put how many they got right. Along with these wonderful organizational tools with the activity also comes a blank work space sheet. Have a stack and students can pick them up whenever needed!

These cards would be perfect to print, laminate, put cards on a binder ring and keep sets in the classroom!

GREAT 'time filler' activity for whenever needed!

When your early finishers get done they can practice reinforcement or students struggling can use as a tool to target specific components within the standards to practice. The cards can also be used as bell ringers, assessment checks or as a quick reference tool for on-hand problems!

The possibilities of utilizing these cards is endless
I am looking forward to building the 6th grade up and expanding across 7th and 8th grade! What standard would you like to see next? Email me back and let me know! 

Happy Teaching! 

May 4, 2018

Real World Math #1 - Recipe Poster Activity

Do students know how to read a recipe? Do students know how to double a recipe? Half a recipe? Is cooking incorporated into lessons with students in class? How many still have FACS in their school district? (20 questions is done, hehe!)

As a parent, I always am trying to have my kids in the kitchen with me. Don't get me wrong, there are many days that I am scrambling to get dinner on the table and I wish I had more time to include them. But I have been working on making sure each one has an opportunity to help in some form at least once a week. We read directions, follow the directions, measure dry and wet ingredients. Understanding what 1/3 or 1/2 cup looks like compared to 1 cup or in teaspoon form. Simple introductions to include math in our everyday lives. 

Cooking and baking are everyday things that students will at one point in their lives see if not do. Here is a great activity to help students learn how to apply math to an everyday math world situation. The activity can help them learn how to cut a recipe down for one or two people or bulk it up enough to feed a crowd. They won't even realize they are doing math! 

I was wanting to show my students that math was included in our everyday lives. Because as teachers, we always get the same question "When will I ever use this math when I get older?" Well,  I was trying to find ways to make sure they understood that math was all around them and would continue as they grew up. When I was teaching a 6th grade enrichment class, I was searching for an activity to incorporate fractions. I think fractions are the nemesis of all! Who agrees?

I ran across this idea from ABC Teach called Recipe Booklet Activity. I used the basis of this idea and instructions, but had my students make a poster size booklet. They LOVED finding the recipes, it sparked interest of their likes and dislikes. It was fun to hear them discuss about things they love or things they did not love so much. I had collected over the years many food magazines (I am a recipe hoarder, try new recipe obsessed!) and they had a lot of choices to choose from. If you do not have access, check out your local recycling center.

*Students had to find 3 recipes that contained a whole number, 
a mixed number and a fraction. 
*When they found the the 3 recipes, they needed to decide which recipe 
would be halved, doubled and tripled. 

Then the fun began! They were able to decorate the poster any way they wanted, but had to include the recipe cut out from the magazine and the new converted recipe for each of the 3 recipes. Other than that, they could be as creative as they liked with their designs while following the rubric. I used the provided rubric above as a reference and created my own that fit the needs of my students. Feel free to use the provided one or create your own. 

For those looking to include activities into their home and/or class, check out Raddish Kids. I have become a member as a parent, and my kids LOVE following these recipes. They are detailed with pictures that help my daughter who is too young to read yet, but where her older brother can help read them too her. I only wish I would have ran across this website sooner. The neatest part is they include a section with lesson plans. Adaptable from pre-k to middle school! 
Check them out!

Happy Teaching!

April 21, 2018

Laminating ...and Velcro!

I really never knew about our laminator. I mean I did, but I thought it should only really be used for posters and borders in the classroom. 
Fun display type things to last longer.
Never really knew the potential of what a laminator could do...

I had a moment of trying to think of ways to use my resources in a different way versus continually having to print them. Printing is completely fine don't get me wrong, but wanted to think of something fun and colorful! Then I had the thought that I should laminate things! I see it everywhere! 

I took a chance and purchased this Scotch Laminator + 100 Pack of Laminating Pouches on Amazon (Not affiliated in any form, just want to share.) for a decent price. LOVE! I only wish I would have ventured into the laminating world years ago!

I was surprised at how EASY the laminator was to use. It only took about 3 minutes to warm up. It took seconds to run the laminating pouch through and cutting was a breeze. The laminating seems stable, clean (no bubbles) and the resources can definitely be used over and over!

I love printing the activities on a BRIGHT, colored paper! I highly recommend the Astrobrights - "Brights" or "Happy"...I purchase mine on Amazon for about $10 - $15. Which I think is a good deal! If you see them on sale, stock up! They are not too thick like card stock, but not too thin like regular printer paper. A great happy/medium! 

I honestly didn't think many of my resources could be utilized with laminating, but then VELCRO came to my mind. I haven't stopped printing, laminating, and sticking pieces of velcro on everything :)  
I found this pack of 500 sets for a good price on Amazon.

Now to the ideas and resources!! 

Laminate the resources and then you can use them in the following ways: 

*Station Activity
*Individual Time 

 Check out the following examples I put together!!

Cut and Paste Activities
I love cut and paste activities! I need to create more of them :) But with these, it is a great way to save time on students cutting the pieces of paper out. Have them prepared, laminated and in packets to hand out to students. Great station activity! 

Check out the other cut and paste activities I have listed!

Chain Reaction Activities
These were so fun to create! My 3 year old claimed them after I had it all together, and the chain is still connected! I put the softer side on the back side of the strip. Then the scratchy piece on the shaded part on the front. 
Check out the other chain reaction activities I have listed!

Around the Clock Partner Scavenger Hunt 
The newest activity Scaffolded Math and Science and I created is a great activity to laminate and put pieces of velcro on! I printed the clocks on brightly colored sheets and then printed the different font problem cut outs on white paper. Quickly added velcro to clocks and problems and the activity was ready to go! A great partner activity to display fun colors throughout the class!

Pythagorean Theorem
Check out the other partner activities I have listed! 

To read more about our around the clock activities, head on over to
this blog post to read more!

Interactive Notes Activity
I love creating the layered notes! They are a great way to separate and practice the definition portion and the example portion. These are not as stable as if you were to glue them down like recommended in my descriptions, but would be a great classroom reference tool to have. If you want a student to practice just the definition, take a layer off. Or if you want them to just practice examples, take the definitions off. Very versatile! 

Exponent Rules
Check out the other interactive notes activities I have listed! 

Maze Activities
Use a dry erase marker to highlight the route in a maze! This would be a perfect station or individual activity!

Area of Trapezoid
Check out the other maze activities I have listed! 

Scavenger Hunts, Grab n' Solve, Domino and Do-Si-Do Activities 
Laminating will help them stay strong while multiple kids are using them in a day. After one class period, my task cards were looking rough and half of them had little marks all over them. Pretty sure some, if not many had the answers even on them! 
I know MANY who laminate their task cards, I only wish I would have seen that idea years ago. I would love to have have kept my sets I used over and over! Instead 100% of them ended up in the trash after the students used them. But now I can print the fancy colored ones and save them for future uses :) 

Hopefully you found some neat ideas while reading this and will be able 
to use a few in your classroom :) 

What other ways do you find laminating useful for?! Drop them in the comments! 

April 2, 2018

Around the Clock Partner Scavenger Hunt

I find it so important for students to actually work with one another by communicating. We live in such a technology age that sometimes students, adults included forget how to actually communicate with one another.  I can explain, show multiple examples and more for a new topic. But sometimes a student needs to see a topic in a different perspective. Students are great teachers too! 
I love creating activities that are hands on, self-checking, collaborative AND print ready! I teamed up with my friend Shana over at Scaffolded Math and Science and we worked together to create this FUN "Around the Clock Partner Scavenger Hunt" takes those activities and puts them all into one!

1.) Cut & Paste - Hands-On Fun 
2.) Scavenger hunt. - Instant Feedback
3.) Partners - Collaboration

How do these amazing activities work?

Each student in a pair gets their own clock and their own set of 12 problems. Each set of problems are different, but the answers will be the same. I printed the clocks on two different colored sheets. Have you tried Astrobrights? I love! Then the problems sets are printed on white paper. The sets are in different fonts. If needed, everything can be printed on white and the activity still works out great! Within the activity, there are two additional versions with detailed directions provided.

There is a (*) on one problem from each set. Those problems are the starting point and are to be glued at the 12 o'clock spot

Then if using the provided blank answer work space page, I recommend having the students put that problem in the #12 space. Keep the problems with the same hour they are on, easy checking and referencing if needed.

Clock 1/Partner 1 Problem: (2+76÷1+9)+4-3×9=
Clock 2/Partner 2 Problem: 5×5-7+82÷(2×1)+5=

Both of these problems are different, but the answers are the same - 64.These answers will be found at the top of the problem cut outs. When the answer is found, that problem will be the next one in the scavenger hunt. That next problem will be put at the 1 o'clock spot. 

Each student works through their own set of problems, moving along clockwise. They can reach out to one another if they are stuck at any point or do not agree on an answer. They can help one another and find the correct answer that is the same between them.

 When they reach the 11 o'clock spot, that problems answer should match the answer at the 12 o'clock spot. 

Check out my newest activity - Order of Operations (pictures seen above).

Shana made this Around the Clock activity for 1-Step Equations. It works exactly the same way as the above and covers 6.EE.B5. 

To read more about her activity and to see other tips about our Around the Clock activities, head on over to Shana's blog to read more - Partner Scavenger Hunt!

Very excited for this new activity and ready to create and bring more topics to you!

What other topics would you like to see? 

Comment below or email me at!

Happy Teaching!

March 1, 2018

Translate, Reflect, Rotate....Transformations :)

Transformations - Translate, Reflect and Rotate!! 

Probably one of my FAVORITE 8th grade concepts to teach! It is challenging, yet one of those rewarding moments (especially with rotations) when it finally clicks! I break down each transformation separately starting with translations, moving to reflections, rotations and finally dilations. We practice, practice and more practice each one before even beginning to add more than one transformation to another. I also emphasize the rules and we directly work with using those along with making sure we understand how they move and are seen in the graphs.  

I created these resources with a lot of thought! I wanted them to be useful to a variety of levels with students and be a great resource tool to reference when needed. The practices can be used multiple ways and honestly could be reused in other forms. The pre-images are already complete. Utilize them as needed with your students!

First up - NOTES! Use a bright cardstock for the front and white cardstock for the notes and examples and these will not (hopefully) get lost in the shuffle of a folder, desk or locker. 

I never can get enough of how much I love creating these interactive notes activities. I really want them to be beneficial tools for students AND teachers. I put the most important information in them without adding too much fluff. Getting down to the nitty gritty! I provide examples that help students see the steps along with the guided notes right there too. This version of notes includes a partially filled and completed version. Great to guide students through each steps or for those that may need a completed version to follow along with, one is provided.

Each problem as an 'original' problem and two problems (a and b) relating to the original to solve. Students are given the rules and they need to translate the original image (pre-image). Within the two problems to answer, I add the original figure on there, but in a transparent form. That way it isn't the main focus of the problem, but they can see the original points to translate the pre-image. Also, a great organizing sheet for students to write down the original (pre-image) coordinates, rules and new image coordinates is included! 

Hang all the problems up on a white board with magnets or around the room. Students 'grab' a problem and go back to their seats to 'solve' that problem. When they are finished, they return that problem, 'grab' another one and 'solve' the the next one. Continue that process until all problems are complete. On the answer key, students will have a transparent image, but they can not answer the problem until they find the problem that matches it. On the problems, the reflection will be given and they can complete that on the answer key. Great way to get students moving and learning!

There are 15 images that students will need to rotate. They use CCW and CW directions using 90, 180 and 270 degrees. The students will need to write down the coordinates and use the rotation rule to find the new coordinates. Students will use the new coordinates to complete the coloring portion of the activity. BONUS part, students can also draw the new rotated image! This portion is included in the answer key :) 

The BEST part of ALL of these activities; they are ALL print ready! Download, print and copy! No prep required before class starts :) Really wanting to make your extra time needed to prep, LESS. I get how many extra minutes and hours are spent outside of the normal prep and day time. Toooo many! One of my main priorities when creating resources is to SAVE you TIME

Here are some more AMAZING resources to check out from my math friends!

Transformation Mystery USA Trip
I love adding real world type scenarios into the classroom. These mystery maps from Middle School Math Man do just that! Take a trip using different transformation rules and where do you land? Students always love a little mystery, this one will be perfect for them! The bundle is linked above, but search 'Transformation Mystery Trip' and individual resources will pop up. 

Transformation Pennant
Have you tried any of the pennants from Scaffolded Math and Science? If you haven't, a must tool to try in your classroom. This activity uses all transformations within the 24 problems provided. On each pennant, there is a grid where the students can transform the image right onto. When they are all complete, a great way to display and showcase students work!

Need more tips for teaching transformations? Head on over to Free to Discover blog site and she has a GREAT write up of tips and FREEBIES

Transformation Assessment Project
Need to create an assessment?! I was about to go on maternity leave with our 3rd kiddo and my students were finishing up this concept pretty close to when it started. I prepared a project that I started and my substitute teacher finished with them. I then collected them all and graded them after lil man arrived. Super easy grading! 

I used this idea from Equation Freak, (which was originally shared from Perfect Square) and created a project based assessment. Students created their very own pre-image with stipulations that were provided. Then students took that pre-image and had to translate, reflect, rotate, dilate in one of the 4 quadrants. Along with creating that, they had to fill in all of their coordinates and make rules for each of the transformations. ALL of resources that would help the project along were provided by me. An organized table I created that helped keep all the coordinates and rules nice and neat (mainly for me to help grading go easier...) along with a nice checklist with scoring points they could follow along to make sure they were completing all aspects of the project. . BUT hopefully you can find inspiration from above like I did! My students LOVED this project, it allowed them to be creative with their drawings and show me they knew each of the transformations too! If you want more information of what I did, please feel free to email me at and I can share :) 

Coming SOON - Dilations! What type of activity would you like to see with them? Comment below :) 

Happy Teaching! 

January 28, 2018

Slope Fun!

Have you started working on Slope? Or getting ready too? Here is a great post that highlights many activities that you can utilize when teaching slope. There is a range of activities students working independently, with partners, 
stations or as a whole group!

Keep scrolling to see what I have created to help you get through SLOPE lessons :) Plus some additional resources created from great math friends!

I LOVE creating these interactive notes activities! Adding a bright color cardstock to the front helps the notes stand out in an ISN, folder, desk ...heck, even a locker :) They hold up well and are a great reference tool for students when trying to memorize notes and seeing a completed example to look back upon. These notes include how to find slope AND y-intercept from a table, 
graph, equation and coordinate pair.



A great starter activity to practice graphing a line segment using a point and when a slope is given. Students will practice drawing positive, 
negative, undefined and zero slopes! 

Students practice graphing linear equations and identify the slope and y-intercept. Includes negative, positive, undefined and zero slopes. Fun mystery word can be discovered at the end by using slope answers. 

Practice finding slope from a table. Again, students will identify the slope and y-intercept. They riddle is decoded by matching letters with the slope answer. The riddle, "Why is the letter 'A' like noon?"

Time to find slope from a graph! Add a fun coloring activity to it :) Valentine's Day inspired! Includes finding positive, negative, undefined and zero slopes. 

Ready to practice finding slope from two coordinate pairs? This activity has a great variety of problems to practice including positive, negative, undefined and zero slopes. I should have shared this before Christmas ;) But who doesn't like to color, even if it is Santa in January or February! 

Looking for a self directed student activity? This is a perfect activity for students to break up in pairs and work through 12 problems together. Students will each have a set of 12 problems, they will graph the line from a set of coordinate points. When complete with all problems, students answers should match. They will then recognize that similar triangles have the same slope. OR have students work through all 24 problems instead :) 

Time to do a quick check! Add a little game to the process :) Have students work through finding slope, y-intercept only OR find both slope and y-intercept. Resource includes all 3 options. When students complete the problems, they have two chances to get the answer correct. Depending on how many chances the student took will determine how many hole punches they get. This game combines finding slope AND y-intercept from a graph, coordinate pair, table & equation. The answers are positive and negative. There is a great variety and they are not too difficult, it gives them practice. A great tool to use as a quick assessment over finding slope and y-intercept or either individually. 

The VERY best part of all of these resources, they are PRINT READY! What? Yes! Download the resource, print them off, run copies and hand them out to students. VERY little prep work! Saving you time, one of my top priorities! 


I LOVE sharing and highlighting my friends work! 
Check out these additional great resources to use for slope! 

How fun are these activities?! A fun matching Slope Puzzle activity and a Slope Tree! The matching Puzzle uses multiple representations of slope (graphs, tables, equations, coordinate pairs and right triangles) and the slope tree utilizes coordinate pairs! These would be perfect to set up within stations or with partners too! How fun would the Slope Tree be to display in your classroom too? 

I LOVE adding color into my classroom! I also like finding hands on activities for students to see outside of a paper and pencil type worksheet. Practice graphing linear equations with the Stained Glass Slope Activity and find slope from multiple ways with the Finding Slope Practice Color by Number Activity. Also these double as classroom decor, great way to display student work! 

The Sum 'Em Activities are sooo fun from Mrs E! This Calculating Slope is one to check out! I love that it keeps everyone accountable in a group to work hard and try their best. If the sum doesn't add up correctly when checked by the teacher, the students go back and work together as a team to help 
find the problem they incorrectly answered.

Hopefully you found a great activity from the list above that you would want to include in your lessons when teaching slope! 

What is your favorite activity to use when teaching slope? 

Share below in the comments :) 

Happy Teaching!!