## Classifying Triangles with Manipulatives in Fourth Grade | TEKS 4.6c | TEKS 4.6d

In fourth grade students are tasked with building a basic knowledge of classifying triangles based on their attributes, identifying angles (right, acute and obtuse) as well as classifying two-dimensional figures based on their characteristics (TEKS 4.6c, TEKS 4.6d). While this is a fourth grade skill, it seems to be an area that many grade levels … Read more

## Taking Geometry to the Next Level with Exploragons

Throughout the past decade and a half I have always been on the lookout for quality math manipulatives for my classroom. Not only did I want effective math manipulatives for learning but also math manipulatives that served a purpose to meet the needs of my students. In comes meeting some of my friends at the … Read more

## 7 Ideas for Test Prep in Middle School

Test Prep… two of the most DREADED words for teachers and students alike. We all know it is coming, we all know it is (somewhat) necessary, and we all know that if we don’t try to make it fun it will be the death of both of us. Test prep doesn’t have be dull and … Read more

## Transformations Can Be Tricky!

Each year, I secretly love when I get to teach transformations because I not only enjoy teaching them but I love seeing the LIGHT in student’s eyes when they finally grasp on to what they are or they are able to teach a classmate. Seriously the best part of teaching. If your students are anything … Read more

## 8 Engaging Activities for Scientific Notation

Scientific Notation proves to be a TRICKY standard for most of my students as it is so abstract to them and they can’t connect it to what they are doing in life. Do you hear the moans and groans before you even teach scientific notation like I do? I hear ya so I’m here to … Read more

## Which One Doesn’t Belong: A Quick and Fun Math Activity

Which One Doesn’t Belong is not only a fun activity to use in your classroom but it definitely gets students engaged in their learning as they are trying to explain their thinking. What is Which One Doesn’t Belong? In Which One Doesn’t Belong (also called WODB), each puzzle provides pictures, expressions, equations, graphs, etc. in … Read more

## Jennifer’s Favorite Things… and a GIVEAWAY!

“I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad…” Yes, that is me right about now singing along with the Sound of Music song as I’m writing this blog post. But enough about that, lets get onto what you are here for! My Favorite Holiday Activity While there are very few … Read more

## Save Paper, Save a Tree!

Today I’m here to share with you a quick Teacher Tip so that you can save paper in your classroom! When you are prepping activities for Math Workshop that you need for multiple students to win, simply copy them on colored card stock (just a few for your station group) and then put them in … Read more

## Math Workshop: Working it Out in Middle School

For many people, implementing Math Workshop in Middle School is a foreign concept. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. You can make it work. I did and I honestly think that my students learned more because of it. Setting Up the Week Many of you know that I am a … Read more

## Update on Converting Rational Numbers (Fractions, Decimals and Percents)

With a new school year there is always a reason to change things up a bit in lessons and doing so in my Interactive Notebooks is no different. Back in September 2012, I created one of my first flippables for my official interactive notebooks and that has widely been seen around the internet. This Converting … Read more

## 10 Ways to Stay Creative When You Aren’t Feeling It

So you are roughly four to six weeks into the school year and you are hitting some walls with lack of motivation and staying creative and there are days that you are asking yourself, “When is the next three day weekend?” Over the Summer we took time to recharge our batteries, get creative and have … Read more

## Making Geometry Click with Geometiles

Thinking back to my days in Geometry (and even before) it was always a struggle for me. There were so many concepts to connect together in such a short amount of time and it truly overwhelmed me. I never had a chance to investigate things with manipulatives longer than maybe a 20 minutes time span … Read more