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Math JENGA as a Review Game

Math JENGA! I have been using Math JENGA as a fun, competitive and engaging center activity since my first year teaching in 2011. I was organizing my personal game closet and thought about how much fun I had as a child with the tumbling tower!  It was in that instance, that I thought of my struggling students and how to connect solving math problems with a fun way of overcoming the challenges. My very first set, I didn't really know what I was doing and I used a sharpie pen to write directly on the squares simple math facts to check for fluency. It looked awful <rofl> because the marker had bled through the wood grain so a 3 looked very much like an 8. But, I learned from that mistake and measured out the prisms to find the perfect size.  
My first set of Math JENGA was Order of Operations (PEMDAS):
Math JENGA - Order of Operations
I didn't want to stop there since my students kept asking for more! So, I visited my local Goodwill and Thrift stores for more JENGA games.  …
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QR Code Task Cards - Tech Friendly Math Activity

QR Codes are Tech Friendly: I don't know what stage you are in your teaching career, but, I'd like for you to know that I didn't become very tech friendly until my third year of teaching.  Why do I mention this first? Because, as a new teacher it was daunting to overcome those milestones that happen as a beginning educator.  Learning school routines, making lesson plans, learning names, behavior management, using data to drive my instruction, identifying struggling students, communicating with my team - there was a lot of new things!

It was during that third year that I felt confident in my classroom management skills to learn a new idea.  I had tested the waters and found success in my Math Centers and that was when I felt confident enough to integrate a tech in class. The summer prior to my third year teaching is when I thought about starting a tech center. I had already begun using clickers to electronically grade my warm-ups (which was awesome!) and I was curious abo…

Middle School Math Mazes for 6th and 7th graders {FREEBIE}

Why Math Mazes? Well, did I mention they are FREE <rofl>… but seriously, these Math Mazes can make a big impact depending on their usage.  I love them to continue learning in a fast, quick and almost painless way.  These are perfect for a refresher of covered material or as a way to introduce topics, vocabulary and content!  
Each Math Maze contains between 8-10 questions and students will work through a maze to complete the activity.  Plus, they fit into a 6th or 7th grade classroom seamlessly! Each Math Maze focuses on a different concept and you can access them at my TpT Store:  Types of Angles andTypes of Polygons.
I know you will find these Math Mazes useful and so will your students. Below is an example from the Types of Angles edition which focuses on the differences between Complementary (two angles with a sum of 90 degrees), Supplementary (two angles with a sum of 180 degrees), Adjacent (two angles that share a vertex) and Vertical angles (two angles that are equivalent…

End of the Year

Wow, the end is near for many of you! 

Congratulations for making it and I hope you look forward to the summer!  Remember, the next school year will be here in no time. It is literally like you blink and BAM, new school year and new kids.  It is mid-May now and many of you have a few weeks left before the last day of school.  Wondering what to do with that? Don't fiddle your fingers waiting for the day to end with nothing to do - Use these MATH Choice Boards! 
MATH Choice Boards
They will make reviewing the year's content enjoyable and meaningful with student led activities that will require critical thinking and peer reviewing.  Each 5 BIG Domains have their own Choice Board filled with a variety of activities that students can pick on their own to accomplish.  Examples include making Vocabulary study cards, journal entries, brochures, color by codes and foldables!  I have included ALL the templates that you will need to begin the portfolios so all you have to do is supply t…

Hop into #SpringSavings

This spring has been flourishing in more than one way! My Facebook page has been growing and it is with many thanks to people visiting my blog, TpT page and becoming followers of my small teacherprenueur business.  I have started to really look forward to the next year and half as that is my projected return to school date. My  youngest will be 3 shortly and my oldest is going to be going to VPK full-time! I have already started preparing what my classroom theme will be and I am so excited to reveal "pieces" of my Neon Dots Décor. This décor unit will be primarily for middle school math as many normal pieces of Décor packages are lacking what the typical math class requires. 
This sneak peak will highlight a few of my classroom "pieces"
1st: 2-d and 3-d Shapes This set is so valuable during your Geometry Unit. My incoming 7th graders find it so hard to understand that there are MORE than just the basic 3-d shapes they are comfortable working with such as rectangul…

MATH Centers

M-A-T-H Centers Info on Centers Starting centers in Middle School can be a daunting task. BUT... they are so worth the time and sweat with the pay off the students learn.  We all are in the know that middle school students are in a transitional phase. They exhibit character traits that are still in the developing stages so typically they're chatting, have short term attention spans and sometimes can stray to off topic conversations as easy as turning a page. All the factors weighing against establishing centers in your math classroom are real and relevant. With that being said, it is still the most valuable way to spend time in your classroom.  Peer support and communication for your low level students is beyond what you can provide to them. Just like my toddler, I can visibly see how much more he learns by watching older kids.  This is the exact way our students learn too - by observing, listening, talking through obstacles and discussing methods for problem solving. 
The age ol…

Winter is Here!

October and November (almost to the end) has come and gone! Where did the last two months go?  I remember, they have been filled with diy Dinosaur Costume attire and Thanksgiving menu prep <rofl>  It has for sure been a good Fall but I am really looking forward to cooler weather, camp fires and Christmas Lights.  We just got ours up and the twinkling glow is already filling my heart with positive vibes.

On to the real business of things.  I am hear to shout to the moon and back, that kids love Christmas Holidays. You know, the excitement and childlike behavior that fills your middle school classroom with chaos and shenanigans. Each day ends with a countdown of when you are released as well!  Turn all that negative energy into positive ones with Winter Themed Activities that are not only fun but challenging for your Math classes!

I am a huge advocate of Winter Break material. I teach at a Title 1 school, which means I have many students that are of low economic status. I large …