Mean, Median, and Mode: An Activity Your Students Will Love

This past week, my kids and I have been dividing into the data world!  By Friday afternoon, we were ready to practice finding the mean, median, mode, and range of various data sets. I “popped” a bowl of popcorn for each group of students, and handed them a recording page.  The recording page required the students to grab a few pieces of popcorn from the bowl and find the mean, median, mode, and range of their data set. This student “popped” a set of data with five numbers.  She ordered them from least to greatest, and is now working on finding… View Post

Exploring Volume: A FREE Hands-On Activity

I feel like I’ve been filling my blog with so many geometry activities lately, and today will be no exception.  #sorrynotsorry  This is seriously one of my favorite units.  This week, we were finally ready to dive into three-dimensional objects! I partnered up my students, passed out a handful of blocks, and gave them a shape to cut out.  Even though we were working in groups of two, we all had the same shape.  I wanted to explore what volume was, and how to calculate it with a common example. After filling their shape with cubes, I asked them to… View Post

Using Nets to Find Surface Area: A Free Math Activity

Why does surface area have to be so intimidating?  My kids are excellent at calculating the areas of squares, rectangles, and triangles.  Buuuuuut, the second you throw multiple parts and pieces together, it becomes instantly overwhelming. To practice finding surface area, I passed out random nets to my students in class.  I asked them to neatly cut them out.  (I know, I know….I’m asking a lot here.) They folded up their shapes, and named the solid figure that they had created. Then, they assigned a measurement or measurements to their shapes. Students with more complex shapes loved the opportunity to… View Post

Checking Station: An Essential Component for Centers

Whether you follow my blog often or this is your first visit, you need to know one thing about me; I love using centers in my classroom.  Several years ago, I had a checking station that just sort of……invented itself!  In my special education classroom, I supplied all of the classroom supplies, such as markers, colored pencils, and scissors.  I happened to have the markers in a cute container coincidentally next to the answer keys that I required my students to use to check their own work.  In time, this station just unfolded.  Markers + Answer Keys = Checking Station!… View Post

Teaching Multiple Meaning Words: A Free Activity

This year, my teaching partner and I are switching things up….like a LOT!  Last year, I taught math, science, and social studies.  I had a fabulous year but really missed teaching reading.  With a few other changes in our building, collaborating together seemed like the best fit for us!  Luckily, we work well together and are usually on the same page with everything. Last week, we were working on multiple meaning words.  By the fifth grade, I feel that most students know many of these words but need a little refresher! To refresh them, I created a simple center activity… View Post
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