Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Zero the Hero--Working with Multiplication Patterns

I keep plugging along with Common Core math.  It is really quite amazing how different the curriculum is compared to what we had previously taught in 5th grade in our state.  I am, however, finding it much more interesting, engaging and yes, challenging.  I think my students are as well!

Yesterday, I created what I am calling a "Zero Can Be Your Hero" pack.  Clever, huh?  Not really, I'm sure I'd probably heard it before somewhere, someplace.  It did make my kids chuckle though, so maybe it will stick.

My "Zero Can Be Your Hero" pack, which is available at both my TPT and TN stores,  focuses on multiplication patterns when multiplying multiples of 10's, 100's and so on.  After showing the kids why it works, I broke it down into 3 easy steps.  The pack includes a half page handout which lists the steps.  Each sheet contains two handouts.  The handout would fit perfectly in a math journal or stand alone.

Also, included is a tri-fold foldable, which also lists the three steps plus provides some practice.  It too would work well in a math journal.  Note to self:  Pay attention when copying the foldable...the cover needs to be run upside down and the inside right side up in order for it to fold up properly!

And finally, the packet contains a two-sided practice page (plus answer key).

I hope your students enjoy "Zero Can Be Your Hero" as much as mine did :)

As Always...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lattice Method of Multiplication

One of the main ideas behind the Common Core Initiative was to give students the strategies necessary to become effective problem solvers.  Along with this premise, students are taught various strategies or methods.  They learn that there are many ways to get the answer.

With this thought in mind, I am teaching my student's a variety of strategies they can use to solve a multiplication problem.  One of those ways is the Lattice Method (aka:  Gelosia Method).  If you are not familiar with this method, you can find a variety of very good online videos that demonstrate the method.  I am currently teaching this method to my students and they LOVE it :)

I created a Lattice Method Packet to use with my students.  This packet can be found at either my Teachers Pay Teachers Store or my Teacher's Notebook Shop!

The packet includes a 1 page handout that lists the steps along with a 2 page worksheet.  The handout can be enlarged to poster size.  For directions, see my blog post about Making Posters

 The packet also includes a 2 page foldable which could stand alone or by used in a math journal.  Note: When making the foldable, the teacher should cut a portion of the template off (as indicated by the gray line) before distributing to students.  This allows for a nicer fit in a math journal.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

5 Things I'll Miss About Summer Linky Party


Joy of Kindergarten is hosting a 5 Things I'll Miss About Summer Linky Party!  I decided to join in the fun :)

First, I'll miss setting my own schedule.  Go to bed when I want to.  Get up when I want to.

Second, I'll miss spending time with my children and taking them to various golf tournaments across the state.  I'll really miss this because both are in their late teens and I realize we don't have too many summers together left.

Third, I'll miss cooking lavish meals.  Things get pretty hit and miss during the school year simply because I'm tired after a day of work.

Fourth, I'll miss sunbathing at our local pool while reading a good juicy romance novel.  (Sometimes, you just have to engage in something that is not too taxing on the brain, lol!)

And, fifth, I'll miss going for long walks at the park just after sunrise with my favorite pooch.

Awww...just writing these makes me sad!  Too bad summer can't last forever.  Good thing there is always next year :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Diving Into Common Core

Our district has given us the green light to abandon our state's previous standards and focus completely on Common Core.  So, I have been spending the past few weeks gathering and creating materials to meet the new Common Core standards in Math. 

Today I created a visual for Exponents and Powers of Ten.  Please visit my Teachers Notebook Shop if you would like a copy of your own :)

First I created a complete table with the Powers of 10 from one to one million.  Then I took that same table and pulled some of the information off.  Basically this gives me two options:  I can either distribute the completed table (quicker option) or the incomplete table and have the kids complete the missing parts.

In addition, I have several options on how to assemble the forms.  I can have the student leave it as is and ask them to store the paper in their math folder for future reference.  Or I can have them cut the paper in one of two ways to either glue in their math journals or store in their math journal tool pocket.

Create Foldable:

 Or cut and assemble into a 'number line' format:

Please visit my Teachers Notebook Shop if you would like a copy of your own :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Properties of Addition and Multiplication Fold-Out

I've decided to be a part of  'all the rage' and have my students build Math Journals this year!

The 5th grade math curriculum has changed quite a bit due to the new Common Core Standards.  With our old state standards, we really didn't focus too much on Properties of Addition and Multiplication.  It, however, is covered fairly extensively in the new standards.

So, to help my students understand these various properties, I created a fold-out for their notebooks.  Each student will be required to properly assemble the fold-out, matching property names with definitions and examples.  To get your own copy of my new fold-out visit my TpT Shop.

My 3 page creation:

My fold-out template cut and folded:

 Pieces cut and getting ready to assemble:

Assembly complete:

In addition to the fold-out, I made a 12 question worksheet to accompany the fold-out.  Didn't want to waste paper :)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Making Posters

I have been busy making math posters for my classroom.  One of my colleagues saw my posters and literally went crazy over them.  I explained how easy it is to create a poster by 'tiling' when you print.  She was simply amazed.  I have been doing it for years and really thought everyone knew how to do this technique.

I am sure many of you do know about this technique, but for anyone that doesn't it really is pretty simple.

  • Create your design on a 8.5" x 11" sized paper.
  • Save as a PDF.  (Below is a 8.5" x 11" screen shot of one of my soon to be posters.)

  • Choose print from the file menu when the PDF page is open.
  • When the print menu opens, go down to the 'tile scale' field.  Enter a number larger than 100.  (I find 175 is my favorite size.)  Leave overlap at 0.005.  Set 'page scaling' to 'tile all pages'.  I also check 'cut marks'.   (See screen shot of print menu below.)

  • You are ready to hit print.  I would recommend using card stock.
  • Your poster will print out in 4 to 6 sheets depending how large your 'tile scale' % is.  Use the cut marks to fit the pieces together just like a puzzle.  The .005 overlap will need to be trimmed on some of the pages and left on others.  This is where you will glue the pieces together.
  • Laminate, and you've got your very own self-created poster.
 My posters are currently awaiting lamination.  When I get them back, I will be sure to post pictures!