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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Algebra 1 Math Helper

Do you teach algebra concepts to your students?  The Common Core touches on algebraic thinking all throughout the elementary grades, even with lower elementary students. In the 5th grade Common Core standards, students begin algebraic expressions:

Write and interpret numerical expressions.
Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them. For example, express the calculation "add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2" as 2 × (8 + 7). Recognize that 3 × (18932 + 921) is three times as large as 18932 + 921, without having to calculate the indicated sum or product.


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So what strategies do you use to teach these concepts?  One method is to have students discuss solved problem structures and solutions to make connections among strategies and reasoning.

Some questions to help facilitate these discussions include:
  1. What were the steps involved in solving the problem? Why do they work in this order? Would they work in a different order?
  2. Could the problem have been solved with fewer steps? 
  3. Can anyone think of a different way to solve this problem? 
  4. Will this strategy always work? Why? 
  5. What are other problems for which this strategy will work? 
  6. How can you change the given problem so that this strategy does not work? 
  7. How can you modify the solution to make it clearer to others? 
  8. What other mathematical ideas connect to this solution? 
Questions to help facilitate the structure of problems:
  1.  What quantities—including numbers and variables—are present in this problem? 
  2. Are these quantities discrete or continuous? 
  3. What operations and relationships among quantities does the problem involve? Are there multiplicative or additive relationships? Does the problem include equality or inequality? 
  4. How are parentheses used in the problem to indicate the problem’s structure?
It is also helpful to review incorrectly solved problems. Can students analyze and discuss the errors? Can students fix the problems to make them correct?

Task cards are a great way to easily model algebra problems solved correctly.  Simply display a task card using the technology available in your room.  Interactive white boards work well.  Choose the 1st task card and show the correct steps and solution.  You may even want to choose the 2nd task card and show the incorrect steps and solution.  Students can compare and contrast the two examples.  You also may want to make a game out of it and have the students determine which one was done correctly. 

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 free algebra task cards for 5th and 6th grade


You will receive 6 Common Core task cards with a mix of multiplication and division math expressions for 6th grade. Task cards are a wonderful break from worksheets. Student can play SCOOT, have a scavenger hunt or play other games. Try them for free today. A student response form and answer key are also provided. 

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Note: More Department of Education math strategies may be found here.

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You will receive 2 anchor chart cards, 40 task cards, game ideas, a student response form, quiz and answer keys.

Common Core:
CCSS.Math.Content.6.EE.A.1
CCSS.Math.Content.7.EE.A.1 

Task cards are a great alternative to worksheets. These activities allow for movement in the classroom, which brain research shows increases achievement. Students can play SCOOT, have a scavenger hunt, or engage in other movement games.

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 Algebra Addition Task Cards


You will receive 42 algebraic expressions task cards, 2 anchor cards, game ideas, extension activity, quiz, student response form and answer key.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2
Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.

Task cards are a great alternative to worksheets. They allow for movement in the classroom, which brain research shows increases achievement. Students can play SCOOT, have a scavenger hunt, or engage in other movement games.

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You will receive 42 task cards, 2 anchor chart cards, extended activity, student response form, quiz and answer keys.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Financial Literacy Activities for the Classroom

What is Financial Literacy?

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Financial literacy is the ability to understand how money works in the world: how someone manages to earn or make it, how that person manages it, how he/she invests it (turn it into more) and how that person donates it to help others.


Financial Literacy: Mellody Hobson at TEDxMidwest

In a 2014 survey, three main questions were asked of respondents:

1. Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2 percent per year. After 5 years, how much do you think you would have in the account if you left the money to grow? 
More than $102; Exactly $102; Less than $102; Do not know; Refuse to answer.
2.  Imagine that the interest rate on your savings account was 1 percent per year and inflation was 2 percent per year. After 1 year, how much would you be able to buy with the money in this account? More than today; Exactly the same; Less than today; Do not know; Refuse to answer.
3. Please tell me whether this statement is true or false. “Buying a single company’s stock usually provides a safer return than a stock mutual fund.” 
True; False; Do not know; Refuse to answer.

In the United States, 38 percent of men answered all three questions correctly compared with only 22 percent of women. In the Netherlands, 55 percent of men and 35 percent of women got all three right, and in Germany the results were 60 percent for men and 48 percent for women.

In a 2016 Survey of the States, there were several key findings regarding financial literacy:

  • Since 2014, two additional states include personal finance in their K-12 standards and require those standards to be taught.
  • While more states are implementing standards in personal finance, the number of states that require high school students to take a course in personal finance remains unchanged since 2014 – just 17 states.
  • Only 20 states require high school students to take a course in economics – that’s less than half the country and two fewer states than in 2014.
  • There has been no change in the number of states that require standardized testing of economic concepts – the number remains at 16.
Financial literacy should begin in high school, not in college or even after college!

Here are a free resource to help you access your students' basic understanding of financial literacy concepts.

 Financial Literacy Vocabulary Activities

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 Financial Literacy Crossword Puzzle

Click financial literacy crossword puzzle to download this financial literacy crossword puzzle.


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Financial Literacy for Millennials: A Practical Guide to Managing Your Financial Life for Teens, College Students, and Young Adults

A modern primer on consumer finance and personal money management intended for readers aged 15 to 30, this guide can also serve as a primary text for high school, college, or adult education courses on personal finance.

• Provides an understanding of the structure and institutions constituting the U.S. economic system

• Shares knowledge about consumer finance and financial planning to enable young people to make better choices in their lives

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• Prepares millennials for the financial impact of life events so they will be empowered to take control of their financial futures

• Includes a series of tips that summarize the important lessons from the book

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Bell Ringers Teaching Ideas

How do you handle transition times in your classroom? Transitions can be a difficult time for many students. By having clear and precise routines, students will know their exact expectations.  Many unwanted behaviors occur simply because students haven't been taught what is expected of them.  At the beginning of the year, don't forget to spend a lot of time actually practicing and ACTING out expectations.

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 A bell ringer is a tool you may use to help focus students and jump start their thinking!  It allows the teacher time for necessary management tasks.  It also maximizes teaching time by creating structured routines.  Less time redirecting and disciplining means more time teaching and learning!

A fun bell ringer is to use the quote of the day.  Teachers may also want to create a suggestion box for students to share their favorite quotes.  Each day, display a new quote.  Students may draw a picture of the quote, describe what the quote means to them or expand on a situation in which this quote could be helpful or reflective.  Students may also explain if they agree or disagree with the quote. Students may also create their own posters or mini desk posters with their favorite quotes.

We have many posters in our store to help get you started.  Also, don't forget to use some of the quotes students submit in your suggestion box to create higher interest!

 free printable classroom poster


Post this free poster on the board.  During a transition time, have each student share one accomplishment to celebrate!

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Ready to transform those first chaotic five minutes of class into authentic learning? Then it's time to Take Five! With this resource, students will exercise their mental muscles and sharpen language arts skills as they tackle Common Core Standard-based lessons and fun-filled activities.
Whether students are inventing secret codes, concocting potions, rewriting history, making conjunction paper chains, or thinking like newspaper editors, these diverse and creative prompts will have them looking forward to the part of the day when they are asked to Take Five for critical thinking. 
The 180-plus prompts establish the learning environment from the minute that students step into your class. Each ready-to-use prompt includes corresponding Common Core standards, supply lists, language arts links, teacher tips, assessment options, rubrics, and digital connections that add more than 100 extension lessons.
Students in grades 3-9 will enjoy beginning each day of the school year with a burst of critical thinking and fun with this comprehensive resource. Ready? Set? Take Five!

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General Science: Daily Bell Ringers for grades 5 to 8 features daily activities that prepare students for assessment expectations. Aligned to current state standards, this science supplement offers review and additional practice to strengthen skills and improve test performance.

Mark Twain Media Publishing Company specializes in providing engaging supplemental books and decorative resources to complement middle- and upper-grade classrooms. Designed by leading educators, this product line covers a range of subjects including math, science, language arts, social studies, history, government, fine arts, and character.

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 successful classroom transitions


Learners with no, minimal, or limited exposure to formal education generally do not share the expectations and assumptions of their new setting; as a result, they are likely to find themselves confounded by the ways in which the language and content are presented, practiced, and assessed in Western-style educational settings. Institutions and teachers must tailor therefore their instruction to this population. Making the Transition to Classroom Success: Culturally Responsive Teaching for Struggling Language Learners examines how understanding secondary and adult L2 learners’ educational paradigm, rooted deeply in their past experiences and cultural orientations, provides a key to the solution to a lack of progress.


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 easy transition songs for the classroom


Sing your way through difficult times of the day and watch your job get easier!

Young children in school go through many transitions throughout the day. What can make ten children settle down, clean up, and move from room to room without protest?

Even if you're uncomfortable singing in public, the simple songs in this book will help you glide smoothly through tough transitions such as greetings and good-byes, calling attention, cleaning up, moving, waiting, and slowing down. Children will feel more powerful and in control, reducing stress levels during the more difficult times in your day. You will learn songs that everyone will love singing, including:
"Get On Board, Little Children" and "We're On Our Way," which move toe-tapping children in and out of the classroom
"Go to Sleep, My Little Pumpkins," which helps kids wind down for naptime
"Cleaning Spirit," which acknowledges children as they clean up the classroom

The CD includes multiple songs for each transition area, and the book includes a transition planning guide and lyrics to all 69 songs, formatted so you can easily create your own song cards.

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The author of the best-selling book Transition Time brings you more attention-grabbing, creative activities that provide children with an outlet for wiggles, while giving their brains a jump start with cross-lateral movement games. Grab their attention with songs, games, and fingerplays for any time of the day. These classroom-tested ideas are sure to become favorites!

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It’s never been easier to keep kids on track! Unique timer’s light and sound cues help to keep your whole class on track. Features 180° viewing and a large, easy to read LCD display. Allows quick programming of 3 colored lights (red, yellow and green) and 6 sound effects that alert children to time remaining. Can be customized to suit your needs. 

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

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Monday, August 1, 2016

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