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An Easy Way To Help Those That Get Overwhelmed



A ‘custom-made-kid-folder’ gets things done one row at a time. A paperclip holds the worksheet in the correct position, to line up with the sections of the folder.


Some Kids Just Need To Move

Pyramid Facts (you can read about them here):

Here’s an activity to practice pyramid facts that also gets a student moving:

To start working towards division, the student rearranged the numbers to show division:


More Interactive Math

One day with this activity and my student declared, “I get it!”

There is a brad with a piece of elastic, some packing tape across the top and the bottom, and sticky notes. Just an effort to be more kinesthetic.


I Love It When a Plan Comes Together

My grade 7 and 8 math students have been working on geometry, and specifically, angles. Today we had a building time to make learning more authentic. I found this great website with free plans. Using a plan for a preschool picnic table, we measured everything in centimetres instead of inches to make it miniature size. We used thin styrofoam strips, small nails from my husband’s model railway set, as well as his miniature hack saw. This was fun!
We started with this:

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Students really showed some hidden talents! Talents in leadership, cooperation, and building skills! Here are two finished products:



Easy Folders to Make For Centres

I poke paperclips through for children to easily manipulate and attach cards. This folder is for telling time. A Level 1bag has o’clock and thirty digital cards to match with analogue clock pictures. Level 2 is :00, :15, :30, and :45. Level 3 includes any minutes and Level 4 includes things like “quarter to”. Level 5 will match cards that say things like 10 minutes after 3:35, dealing with elapsed time. I simply have students bring a finished folder to me when complete and I check it and tell them whether or not they can go to the next level.


Multiplying and Dividing Decimals by 10, 100, 1000

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Kinesthetic – we moved the decimal left and right and shifted the place value words as needed.

LOTS of practice reading the numbers made.  Take away the place value labels as students improve.

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Interactive Notebook – (the page before this has an envelope with the same number set and decimal as above chart.) This handout was given to students to fill in.

Practice was done in pairs.   Students were given a starting number, rolled the dice, and changed the number as indicated by the dice.  Review how and when to place a zero in the number.

A Useful Math Interactive Notebook Page

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We put packing tape overtop of the chart so it can be used again and again. Here we answered #11 on the worksheet with the notebook’s help.

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