Saturday, September 29, 2012

Working with Decimals

Next week, my 5th graders will be starting Chapter #3 in our math series.  The chapter focuses on decimals.  Comparing decimals, rounding decimals, adding subtracting decimals, etc.

To prepare for this upcoming chapter, I created 4 decimal foldables for our math journals.  I am really excited to try them out.  I do think that I will probably cut the division one apart and present each piece in isolation.  No need to completely overwhelm them.

I choose not to use color when creating my foldables.  Seriously, no teacher I know can afford to run color copies for their students.  I do, however, run my copies on colored paper.  Gives it a nice touch at a much more affordable price.

All four are for sale at my teacher stores on TPT or Teacher's Notebook  If you like what you see, please stop by and check it out.

Below are several pictures:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mean, Median, Mode, Range Foldable

I created a new foldable for my classroom this weekend.  It defines and shows examples of finding mean, median, mode, range, minimum value and maximum value.

Front side...

Back side... 
Folded up...
Cut on dotted lines...
And you've got a foldable!

Other a blank template and a 'parts' page.  Have students cut out the parts and assemble the foldable themselves by gluing all the parts in the appropriate spaces on the template.

Or...just run the front side, and have students glue the inside parts in.

Check out either of my teacher stores for you own copy :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Science Process Skills Foldable

I am really enjoying using foldables in my classroom.  My students seem to be enjoying it as well.  So far, most of the things I have created have been for my math class.  Last night it dawned on me...why don't I start a science journal?

And so, my very first science foldable!  It covers the 6 most used Science Process Skills:  predict, infer, communicate, observe, measure and classify. 

I made it with several options.  If time is an issue, I'd just run the completed gluing required.  If time isn't an issue, I'd have the kids cut out the parts and glue in the appropriate spots.

Here a just a few pictures:

Monday, September 17, 2012

Equation Parts

I have found that even 5th graders still seem to struggle with equation vocabulary:  Product, sum, difference, etc.

So, I made 4 equation parts foldables for their math journals.  One for each computation.  Students will be allowed to use the foldables as a resource when completing math assignments.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Making the Distributive Property Work for You

The new Common Core Standards promote teaching students a variety of ways to solve a problem. Using the various properties of math are utilized a great deal. Most of my students catch on to the Communative, Associative, etc. But the Distributive really causes a great deal of frustration.

I created this tri-fold handout for my students to use as a resource they can refer to when asked to use the Distributive Property.

The original handout has two different type of problems: Example One and Example Two. I have taught my 5th graders both. It, however, dawned on me that not all teachers may want to delve into Example Two since it is a bit more in depth.

So, I created two covers for this foldable: One which includes both examples...

and a second that separates the two examples. This allows the teacher to only teach one or the other or perhaps teach them at different times.

Note: The covers are upside-down for easier front and back copying for the tri-fold finished product.

Visit my Teacher's Pay Teacher's Shop or Teacher's Notebook Store to purchase your own Making the Distributive Property Work for You packet.

Exponents and Base Ten Foldable

I created this foldable for my 5th grade students Math Journals. Before Common Core, 5th graders in our state were not introduced to exponents so this is a brand new concept for most all my students. I feel this foldable gives students a basic understanding of exponents and serves as a valuable resource they can use throughout the school year. Visit my Teacher's Notebook Shop or Teachers Pay Teachers Store to purchase your own packet.

I have given the purchaser two options with this packet. If time is an issue, you may want to use the ready made foldable. Just print it out, cut in a few places and it is ready to go.

Or if you prefer have your students assemble the foldable by cutting and gluing each piece to the blank foldable template.

Some may be even more creative and use the cut apart page to make a matching game, take home activity, etc.

Note: I suggest cutting on the gray lower line for easier fit in a math journal.