Finding Perimeter & Area of Irregular Figures

I’ll be honest, I HATE working on perimeter and area of irregular figures!  It is such a challenge for students and the perfectionist in me can’t deal with the mess that these drawings quickly turn into.  This year, I did something extremely basic but so close to my heart; color coding!!!  I have found this method to be very effective for teaching students to visualize how to find the “missing” measurements.  It can also be done quickly, on the fly, and without ANY preparation.   I begin this mini-lesson by telling students to grab two markers of their favorite color….talk…

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Math Warm Ups!

What morning procedures do you have each day?  I have the standard ones, such as turn in homework, sharpen pencils, and go to the restroom.  From there, rather than the typical morning work that I have previously used, I have began to implement Math Warm Ups.  If you followed my Guided Math Book Study this summer, you know that Math Stretches are part of Laney Sammon’s Guided Math philosophy.  {On a side note, I LOVE her!} At the beginning of the year, I began using Math Warms Ups to start our day by using chart paper and scented markers.  {Side…

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Math Journals!

This year, I have tried to put a strong emphasis on having my students be able to describe the processes and concepts behind each of our skills that we work on.  I’m not going to lie, this has been HARD! As I plan for each unit, I develop a prompt to support the daily skill that we work on.  Now, I am pretty proud of these prompts and I love how it allows me to see exactly what each student knows or understands about a given skill.  And then there are days, where you are so excited to see the…

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Mastering Math Facts!

Hey there!  I’ve missed you all!  My post today is one that I have slaved over for WEEKS!  Seriously.  I don’t know about you but many of my fifth grade students are really struggling with basic multiplication facts.  It’s sad to see them understanding HOW to do things but not be able to complete them correctly on a consistent basis due to math fact mastery.  So as any teacher-author would do, I set to creating a solution! Now, maybe I’ve been helping my kindergartener with her book club where they use these folders to transport books to and from school;…

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Teaching with Intention {Chapter Three}

So I think it’s safe to say that classroom environment is important.  I am also willing to bet that something stated in your beliefs on education that you have been pondering about (and hopefully recording :D) regard the environment of your classroom.  The environment sets the tone for what happens in the classroom throughout the entire school year.  But how the heck do we begin to create a classroom environment that fits all of our hopes and dreams?  That’s a difficult task.  Debbie Miller suggests that you start by purging and organizing all of the things that sometimes clutter our…

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