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

Area of a Triangle: Discovering the Formula

My area and perimeter unit is seriously one of my favorite things to teach in fifth!  I love the formulas, the real life math experiences, and the hands on learning that can happen.  This week, I did a simple, yet totally powerful demonstration to help my students discover, and most of all remember, the formula for the area of a triangle. I gave each student a 5 inch by 5 inch square.  We used our rulers to measure five rows and five columns to show the area of our square. Last year, I used a 4 inch by 4 inch… View Post

Math Review Challenge: An Engaging Kahoot Activity

Over the summer, I attended a conference designed for integrating technology into daily instruction.  I love learning and discovering new ideas to implement in my classroom.  One of the ideas that I have used often this year is Kahoot!  I even shared the above image on Facebook and Instagram, and had so many people commented on their love of Kahoot! Math Review Challenge: An Engaging Kahoot Activity After Fall Break this year, we returned to a short week of only three school days.  I am totally a routine kinda girl, but I also love to use these “weird” weeks for… View Post
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