Monthly Archives: December 2012

72 – holiday banquet

It’s a half-day for us today before our 2-week winter break. We shortened the first three class periods, then from 10:30 to 12:00 we have the 8th grade Holiday Banquet, complete with entertainment from the kids and great food brought in by the parents. So cute when they’re all dressed up.    

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71 – solving systems of equations via Excel

I wrote about using Excel for problem solving here. My algebra kids are on them now. Half of our laptops need new batteries though. 🙁    

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70 – frog leaps

I also did Frog Leaps with my 8th graders on Day 18. I’m doing it now with my 6th graders. Such a great problem that has wonderful symmetry in its solution.  

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69 – Newtown, CT

This is Ram Pasture in Newtown, Connecticut. So pretty.     Charlotte Bacon, Feb. 22, 2006 Daniel Barden, Sept. 25, 2005 Rachel Davino, July 17, 1983 Olivia Engel, July 18, 2006 Josephine Gay, Dec. 11, 2005 Ana M. Marquez-Greene, April 4, 2006 Dylan Hockley, March 8, 2006 Dawn Hochsprung, June 28, 1965 Madeleine F. Hsu, […]

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68 – more equilateral triangle

We’re almost done with the lesson. This board shows what all the groups had shared.    

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67 – equilateral triangle day

In honor of 12/12/12, my geometry kids are doing a version of this great 3-Act post from Dan.    

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66 – fraction strips and color in fractions

Sixth graders folded fractions strips…     then they played this great activity again called Color in Fractions. Here’s one site that has the lesson.    

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65 – cut a square into smaller squares

Sixth graders continued with ordering on the number line. A lot of struggles! I gave too many pieces, will only do simplified fractions to start with next time, then add the equivalent fractions, decimals, and percents later.   Geometry students whiteboard one of my favorite problems: Can you cut a square into any number of […]

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64 -ordering on the number line and Jeopardy

With my 6th graders I’m using a lesson from Simply Great Math Activities: Fractions, Decimals, & Percents by Bill Lombard and Brad Fulton. They have an online store.   There are 128 cards, most are fractions, some are percents and decimals. Each kid has about 3 or 4 cards. I call students up one by one, randomly, using InstantClassroom. Student has to […]

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63 – constructing an equilateral triangle

I wrote about this on my blog.  

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