Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bring on the Task Cards!

Well, we made it through STAAR testing at our school and we should hopefully get our scores in a few weeks. This is the first year that it "counts," so fingers crossed (and toes, eyes, etc!)

I had some time to create some new products after school this week and I wanted to share them with you. I really have been into creating task cards lately. After purchasing a few sets on Teachers Pay Teachers, I realized how much I enjoyed using them in my classroom. Plus, like most of you, things are so much more fun to complete in COLOR! I think my students feel the same way, because they have been diving right in to solve these problems. I have been piloting them in my 7th grade class particularly because it is just one class of 28, so if it doesn't work right, I don't have to worry about scrounging for another lesson the rest of the day. However, I haven't run into that problem yet :-)

Variables and Expressions Task Cards (4 of 20)

Check out some of my most recent sets on TpT and let me know what you think!

Volume of Prisms and Cylinders Task Cards
Variables and Expressions Task Cards
Sales Tax, Tip, and Discount Task Cards
Ratios and Proportions Task Cards
Pythagorean Theorem Task Cards
Probability of Compound Events Task Cards

Take a look at all the sets I have posted on TpT and the first 3 people to leave a comment can have the set of their choosing! You must sign up to follow my blog :-)

Also if you have a set of task cards that you would like to see created, let me know in the comments section and I can get to work on those!

Happy Sunday,

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Unthinkable! A Fun Math Vocabulary Game

Well, I had every intention of keeping up with this blog during the school year to document all the things that I did in my classroom. Seeing as how my last blog post was in August, that obviously didn't happen! I, honestly, am not even sure where the time went. In October I felt like the year was just dragging on, and now, the week before state testing, I can't push the brakes fast enough! Here is some of what I have been up to lately:

I started teaching 7th grade this year in addition to teaching 6th grade, and I LOVE it. 7th grade might be one of the best kept secrets in middle school. Since I taught most of the kiddos last year in 6th, I know exactly where each kid is skills wise, and that makes things SO much easier. There really is something to be said about moving up with your kids each year. Who knows? Maybe I will teach 8th grade next!

A few years ago, my husband (also a teacher) came home from a professional development and told me about a website called Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT). I browsed through some things, not really knowing what it was I was looking for, and I found some pretty great FREE items to use in my class. Who doesn't love FREE?? Well, I would periodically return to the site, most of the time by way of Pinterest (again, another epic discovery) and I would purchase things to use with my students that were better than anything I have created (and cuter, too)! However, I have made several things for my team at school and my husband mentioned at dinner one night, "Hey, you should sell some of your stuff online and make some money off of it." WHAT?! No way is my stuff good enough to sell online! Who would buy it?

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I took the leap of faith on February 19th and uploaded my first free product. By the next day, 20 people had downloaded it! I was so excited--I started posting other things that I had created in previous years, some for sale, and some free. Sales started off slowly, and they still are, but I get a little rush every time I get an email saying one of my products has sold! I now have 28 products uploaded on the site and am pleased with the progress my store has made in the past 2 months.

One of the products that I am the proudest of is my take on the game Taboo, Unthinkable!. It is a math vocabulary game played similarly to Taboo. I created a different set of cards for each of the 5 strands aligned to the common core (primarily grades 6 and 7). Here is a peek at some of the cards:

The cards are color coded by strand. The 5 strands included are: Numbers and Operations, Expressions and Equations, Ratios and Proportions, Geometry, and Probability and Statistics. I bundled them all together for a total of 186 cards!

Take a look in my TpT store to see the rest :)

I promise it won't be 8 months before I post again...Happy Saturday!