#made4math- Scratch Off Unit Rates


I was so inspired by this post over at Sch00l Stuff and I knew I wanted to do my own scratch off assignment.  I will definitely use her ideas a little more next time, because I did them all myself this time and it is taking forever! So excited to use it in class, though. 

So I created the worksheet I wanted on unit rates.  The groups will need to find each unit rate and decide which is the better buy.  Then at the bottom of the boxes, I put the word correct or incorrect.  This is the part that I covered up with the tape and scratch off solution (2 parts paint and 1 part dish soap).  I did need a couple of coats of the solution.  I also just went with green paint instead of silver because that is what I had here at home.  Groups will need to decide which one is the right answer and scratch it off.

Unit Rates



#made4math- Equation Envelopes

Some of my students still struggle with the concept of solving one step equations.  I made this activity so that they start to think about the variable as an envelope and they are trying to figure out what is inside.  This will lead nicely into multi step equations when I hope to compare the equations to a gift that you need to unwrap.  First the ribbon, then the paper, etc.  So I wrote the answer for each probelm on a notecard, then put the card in an envelope.  Each group will get one envelope per problem.

I hate that none of my assignments that I upload to scribd look the same after I upload them.  I promise, it was super cute and lined up nicely when I uploaded it!  Feel free to fix and/or change if you want it!

Here it is!

#made4math- Page Protector Whiteboards

I’ve seen this idea floating around and I love it!  I think there are so many possibilities for thing you can put in the page protector and I think the kids will be so engaged when they can use white board markers instead of pencil and paper.  I also think it will change a lot of what I do as far as assessment.  Instead of turning in papers, I will be able to walk around and see what students are working on and change my teaching accordingly.  I also plan to use graph paper for graphing equations and slope. 

So here’s what I did:

Step 1: Take page protector and put a piece of white card stock inside.  I did this because I wanted students to be able to hold their answers up when needed and it gives the whiteboards a little more stability.

Step 2: Cut off the 3 hole punch edge.

Step 3: Cut a length of fun duck tape (Yes, I know the old school silver stuff is Duct Tape, but the fun colored kind is actually Duck Tape).  I went with pink zebra stripes, blue jeans, and mustaches.  I folded the tape around the bottom edge first, then did the same for the sides.  I left the top open so I can slide different papers in there.

This was the point when I realized that it might take a lot longer than I thought…  But it really wasn’t too bad once I got a system.

The finished product:

All 3 designs:


Random Documents

I made a few different things last night that might be helpful to some people, so I figured I would post them. 

First, I saw this on pinterest last night:

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It is clearly not for classroom use, but I thought it might be something that I could use.  So I changed it a bit, simplified the reasons, and added a writing section.  I think I will give these out to students who do smaller rude things to me or other students that might need to think about their actions a little more.  I’m not sure how it will go, but thought it might be worth a shot.  Unfortunately, when uploading it into scribd, the formatting is off because of the font difference.  Hopefully it is still useful to you guys! Apology

Next, I made this to use at meetings to take notes.  Most of my teammates have their calendars, lesson plan book, discipline pages, parent contact documents, meeting note pages, etc all nicely bound at the beginning of the year.  I wish I could plan this far in advance, but there are just too many things that I like to take in and out of my plan book.  So I found this:

It has a plastic cover that folds all the way around to the back and flexible three hole… bindings…?  I don’t know.  The things that you can open to put papers in.  🙂  It also comes with nice plastic page dividers.  I will put in all of the same things my teammates will, but I will be able to add and take away when needed.  So tonight I made this simple document to use at any meetings I have to take notes.  That way they are all kept together in my book. Meetings

Ahhh!  Pressed publish instead of preview. 

Back to the post.  Finally, I updated this form that I have used in the past for students who are absent.  One person from their group will fill this form out and put the pages into my missing assignment folders.  That way students have little excuse as to why they don’t have what they missed.  While You Were Out


#made4math #3

So every year for as long as I can remember, I have strugged with calendars.  I really don’t like weekly calendars because I am too much of a big picture person and need to see the whole month at  a time.  But a one month calendar isn’t enough to write what I need to write.  I do unit plans that have much more detail, but I still like to have a place to plan out short notes for each day.  This year, I created this calendar that will span 2 pages but still contains the whole month.  I like it, but I still don’t think it is exactly what I want.  If anyone else has great ideas, let me know please! 

I am also trying to embed something and use scribd for the first time.  We will see how that goes. 

Feel free to use it and change it if you want!  Calendar

#made4math #2

I made a few new things this week for my classroom.  Nothing major, but I’m still excited!

 First of all, I hot glued pom poms to a bunch of whiteboard markers to use as erasers.  I have seen this many places, but now can’t seem to find any of them.  Sorry to whoever came up with this, I would love to give you credit!  Also, I had planned on the students keeping these in the pencil boxes that are under their desks, but after reading this post, I feel like I must try to keep them face down.  I am really hoping this makes a difference because we go through a ton of markers!  And I also bought my cloths today.  Happy whiteboarding!


 I also made these folders, matching the ones from this post of course.  This idea came from @misscalcul8 on her blog here.  I used clear tape because my folders were busy enough.


Finally, I made these noise level signs.  I already had them posted horizontally in my classroom, but I love the way they were done here so that a clothespin could be moved so the students could see exactly where they were expected to be.  Love my flower.  Happy Monday! 


#Made4Math… Wednesday

I realize that #made4math is a Monday deal, but since I created my blog on Monday and spent Tuesday actually doing my #made4math project, it is just going to have to be a #made4math Wednesday over here.

So I made these super cute signs for my white board.  I have done this in the past, but those signs were getting a little tired so I made new ones.  I will laminate them, then put magnets on the back so that they can easily go on the white board.  I have a page for the things we do in class so that I can easily change the schedule every day.  This eliminates cuts down on the students continually asking, “What are we doing today?” I also made smaller signs with materials that are needed for my class so that I can post the materials on the whiteboard outside of my room that the students will need for that day. This ensures students will all have what they need for the day. Ha.Image

But then, I saw these folders at the store.


Unfortunately the signs I made earlier were pastel and didn’t go with these folders that I love.  So off to make new signs I went.  Here they are:


Much better.  Plus, bright colors are much more “me” than the pastel ones.  Although the pastels did have sparkles.  So then I moved on to those awesome folders and made these:


I will put these on my wall for students who are absent to collect any work they missed.  I was also going to do a separate poster with the homework assignment that day, but then I realized that I should just combine them and write the homework right on the folder so I added the white space.  I like this because it give the responsibility back to the students to collect and complete their work.  It will also cut down on the students asking “Did we do anything while I was gone?” right??  Sigh.  I wish.  (As an aside, I wish just once students would ask WHAT we did while they were gone vs. IF we did anything.) Another tool that I also have in my room is a bin filled with hanging file folders.  I stapled a page protector to the front of each file.  When I take the pages out of the files for the week, I will move them to this bin.  One page goes in the protector, the rest of the copies go into the folder.  That way, I always have one master in case more copies are needed.  Again, this puts the responsibility on the students to find their missing work.  Hopefully.  No picture for you though.

Finally, after reading this post about putting the students in groups while allowing them to face forward, I decided I would go for it.  Having students always in groups is a bit out of my comfort zone, as I worry about the noise level, but I need to make sure that I am doing what is best for the students and not for me.  I truly believe if I can do what needs to be done for management on my side, the students will learn so much more from working with others on a daily basis.  So I created these table numbers to hang from the ceiling, as well as smaller numbers to use for a point chart for rewards for the groups working the best.  Not clear on these details yet.