Monthly Archives: April 2013

143 – comparing mattresses

I wrote about it here.

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142 – tired but glad to be back!

I do miss my students when I’m away for too long, and 3 teaching days in a row was the longest I’d ever been away. The kids were glad to see me also which made it sweet! In each class, we spent about half of it just catching up. I talked a lot about D.C., what […]

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136 through 141 – nothing

I had a sub for 4 of these 6 days. One day to travel east to check out RPI with my daughter, and 3 days for a conference in Washington D.C. The students worked on 3 different things: problem-solving puzzles, regular content work, and New York Regents Practice Tests.

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135 – hit the court

So today my 6th graders are doing Act 2: Hit the Court in “Basketball IQ” lesson from Mathalicious. Kids said, “that was fun” and “thank you” to me as we walked back from the courts. Awesome.

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134 – basketball IQ and 9-point circle

My 6th graders are working on percentages and “Basketball IQ” from Mathalicious is a slam dunk lesson for this. It’s just more fun to watch clips of real basketball games and calculate the NBA and WNBA players’ shooting percentages. My geometry kids worked constructed the 9-point circle. They followed my instructions to construct and locate […]

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133- Regents practice test

It’s already that time of the year. We’re taking the state test early in May, and I don’t want to spend solid days of reviewing, instead I’m starting them now and we just do 15-20 minutes every other day. And I’m only starting with the algebra class. I’m using the Regents Practice Test for “Integrated […]

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132 – circles galore

I absolutely loved this lesson last year and wrote about it. It went well again this year! Some of the kids saw the pattern right away but are finding it challenging to find the nth stage.

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131- weight puzzles

We just ended our unit on Circles, so I’m having my geometry kids work on these fun Weight Puzzles from http://www2.stetson.edu/~efriedma/weight/ before we start the next unit. (I learned about this set of puzzles from a post at Math Munch!)

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130 – finishing up the tethered dog problem

We started this on Day 128. A student is explaining how his group solved the problem.

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129 – finding the border of a picture frame

My algebra kids are learning to write a quadratic equation to help them solve this problem from mathisfun.com: But first I made them figure it out by physically cutting a 28-cm2 frame to evenly surround a 6-cm by 11-cm picture. I blogged about it here.

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