Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tuesday Tried It- Sharing Some Good Finds

For Tried it Tuesday with Holly, I want to share some of the lessons I have used from other bloggers and TpT stores that I have enjoyed. 

We are finishing a unit of adding and subtracting fractions and decimals. 

My advanced kids are also multiplying and dividing decimals. 

This summer I purchased the entire store from Live Love Math. She lives in Texas like me, and last year she taught exactly what I teach now. (She is teaching 8th grade now, I think) 

Anyway, I hit the freaking jack pot!!! I love searching through her store and planning my lessons. 

This week my students did a looping activity for operations involving decimals. Due to scheduling, students actually ended up completing  this as homework, but it worked! 

What I love about this type of activity is the answers were available for the students.  Most of them have finally figured out they HAVE to show their work, so having the answers just makes them prove their work. 
As I was doing this myself, I didn't read one of the problems closely and couldn't find the right answer. Of course, I reread the problem and saw my error. If the answer cards had not been there, I would have thought I was correct and moved on. 

We also did a rotation for adding and subtracting fractions from Lisa Blagus. My teaching partner found this on Pinterest and it was FREE!! I couldn't believe it! It is really well done and has a great Halloween theme. The students LOVED it. Check it out here

See how engaged they are, even through the blurriness! They loved the Halloween theme part of it! 

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  1. Ooooh...thanks for the tip on the Halloween fractions. I've been on the hunt for some Halloween themed stuff for math!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. I always underestimate the power of giving the kids the answers ahead of time. It's counter intuitive but it works every time! Thanks for the tip.

    Polka Dots & Teaching Tots

  3. I like the idea of giving them the answers ahead of time! Perfect tip!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  4. I also agree with giving kids the answers when the purpose is the process, not just the product. The Ghost Fractions Freebie is great! Perfect review for my 6th graders.
    Kate's Classroom Cafe

  5. I love when students have the answers available to them too! As a student, I always used the answers in the back of our math books to check myself for accuracy. I would be so determined to "figure out" our to arrive at the right answer if I got the question wrong. That Halloween themed activity looks great and they are so engaged!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper