Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mathematical Monday & Tried It Tuesday- Math Snacks

Yesterday was Mathematical Monday with Jess at I Heart Recess and today Tried It Tuesday with Holly over at Fourth Grade Flipper. Getting two for the price of one! Since everything I try is Math, it fits, right?

We began ratios and proportions last week. This is new for all my students. This is not a skill they have previously learned. In the past, it has challenging. 

To make it fun, I introduced it with this video: The Bad Date. It is just darn funny. Sixth graders love it. It last all of 3 minutes and 37 seconds. But, they get the basic concept from this video. 

I then made a quick foldable and used it as an example. 

This past weekend, I was playing around on a school iPad and noticed that Math Snacks was an app. So, I investigated a little more and holy moly!, there are lessons that go with this video. They are other lessons too! 

Math Snacks were designed for middle schoolers, which I love. It's so hard to find good resources. 
They are short animations that keep kids engaged and teach  them too! Gotta love that. 
They include a Learner Guide for Students and a Teacher Guide for teachers. It's all done for me, another thing I love! 

My students are doing ratio and proportion centers right now. They are watching a different Math Snacks video on ratio and proportions and completing the worksheet that goes along with it. INSTANT CENTER! No work needed by me!!! 

This is directly off the Math Snacks site:
"Math Snacks are short animations and mini games designed to present mathematics in a very different way. In fact, we hope these snacks don't look like traditional mat at all. Math Snacks give students, especially those who don't particularly like math, another way to look at math concepts. While Math Snacks are designed for middle school, they address content and have been used by students in grade 3-8." 

Math Snacks

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  1. Elizabeth, I'm so excited that you shared this website. I have some 5th graders that will definitely benefit from this. I just went and dropped this site into my lesson plans on Planbook! So fun!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Can't wait to check out the website! Thanks for sharing Elizabeth! (funny video!)
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  3. This sounds great! I love your descriptions of the instant centers too. Gotta love something that keeps students engaged and learning!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  4. Cannot wait around to look at the web site! Many thanks with regard to discussing At the! (humorous movie! )#)
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