# Favorite Resources – MS Sunday Funday

This week’s theme is Favorite Resources.   It’s not too late!  Submit you post for this week.  Next week, we will be focusing on our favorite problems.

# One Good Thing – MS Sunday Funday

This week’s theme is One Good Thing.   It’s not too late!  Submit you post for this week.

# Lesson Plan Organization

This week’s theme is Lesson Organization.   It’s not too late!  Submit you post for this week.

My lesson plan organization needs help!  Many years ago, I kept all of my lessons in a giant 3-ring binder.  But, I couldn’t keep up with it, and I really hate all of that hole punching.  I then kept a file folder for each lesson, but that was too many file folders.  Now, I keep everything from one chapter / unit in one file folder, but it’s all jumbled up.  I’m always looking for a certain sheet to make copies of or a homework key.  I would love to have it all in order in this file folder.  Is this possible?  Basically, I would love to have a better system, but it needs to be low maintenance.  Please help if you have a great idea!  Blog about your awesome system or just throw some help in the comments.  THANK YOU in advance!  And thanks to Beth and Mary for blogging this week.

# First Day / First Week 2013-2014

This week’s theme is First Day / First Week for 2013-2014.  It’s not too late!  Submit you post for this week.  Next week we will blog about lesson organization to help get ourselves reorganized from the beginning of the school year.

# First Week! Factor Craze and Pascal’s Triangle

I had an exhausting but amazing first week!  We set up math graph books in both classes, boring but necessary.  This introduced 6th grade to foldables and garnered the comment, “We sure use a lot of glue in this class.”  Hahaha.  Not THAT much glue!

This week in…

6th grade – We reviewed place value, fraction to decimal conversion, rounding, and rulers! I always have several 6th graders who write that 32/4 = 0.125 and my, “Estimate before you evaluate.” talk ensues, full of cookie examples.  But, my first lesson in 6th grade is to introduce them to patterns, and I do this with the “Math in Nature” YouTube video followed by an almost blank Pascal’s Triangle.  I just tell them, “There are a ton of patterns in here, can you figure them out?” and off they go!  At the end we color the odd and even numbers different colors and I show them the large colored interactive Pascal Triangle online.  This is a huge hit with 6th grade students and I even had 5 students request larger blank grids. They are bringing them back to me next week so I can hang them on my bulletin board.  Did I mention how much I adore 6th graders??

# Math Classroom Setup

Teachers have been working hard getting ready for their students these past weeks.  Check out all of our amazing math classroom decor!  Next week, blogs will be about First Day / First Week.  The blogs will be about our first day/week plans or reflections on how the first days went!

# Goals for 2013-2014

This week’s theme is goals for 2013-2014.  It’s not too late!  Submit you post for this week.

# Amazing Icebreakers for Teachers

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This week’s theme is Icebreakers.  Next week, the theme will be “Goals (or what I would like to do different/better) for 2013-2014 School Year”.  Make it count, take time to write down your vision for this year and share it.

# Our Supplies – What’s In Your Cabinets?

This week we are blogging about our favorite math class supplies!  Enjoy!

# Click here to submit your MS Sunday Funday post!

Geoff Krall created amazing problem based curriculum maps that are aligned to the common core for Grade 6 – Algebra II.  On his blog, he requested more resources for middle school math, particularly 6th and 7th grade.  This week, we are blogging about problem or project based lessons.  I added the CCSS to my blog title.

If you have a post for this week – please add it.  Right now, there is just the two of us.  🙂  Next week we are blogging about differentiation in math class.