Fold it Ups "Book" for 6th Grade Math
I love using interactive notebooks in my 6th grade math class, and I feel so excited when I find a new way to help students organize their resources/materials.
I wanted to share that I'm so glad I decided to bind my "Fold it Ups" into an interactive math notebook "book" this year!
It has been incredibly handy so far - helpful to students in keeping their Fold it Ups organized, and helpful to me because it definitely saves time!
In previous years, we'd staple or glue the Fold It Ups into spiral notebooks or try to keep them in pockets. This certainly is an improvement...I'm so excited about how it's working out!
Why Bind the Interactive Notebook Pages?
1) SAVES TIME!
2) Easy reference
Once the math Fold It Ups are completed, they stay in the interactive notebook for the students to keep with them all the time.
Students can use them as a reference when doing their in-class practice work or homework and will be able to refer to them throughout the year.
3) Easy to add additional math notes
I included lined pages for notes in between the Fold It Ups for additional topics, examples, etc., so students can keep all notes in this math notebook.
I'm sure you have other tips for using interactive notebooks in math class.
Feel free to add some tips in the comments!
See the math notebook on TPT.
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Order of Operations Activity for 5th or 6th Grade Math
Are you looking for an easy and effective activity to help students practice order of operations in math class?
Early last week, I was trying to think of a different kind of activity to help my middle school math students who needed more reinforcement with order of operations, and I decided to make a sequencing activity. I hadn't tried this before, so I wasn't sure about the best way to design it, but the activity ended up working quite well. Here's how I put this math activity together and used it with my 6th grade math classes.
Order of Operations Activity Design
For this order of operations activity, I created 8 different expressions, and then typed out the steps to simplify each expression.
I copied the expressions and steps onto different colored papers, so that two expressions would be on the same color. I cut the steps apart into strips, and then put two expressions and their steps (of the same colored paper) into a baggie...I figured if I put only one equation in a baggie, the activity would be too simple. If I put two expressions of two different colors, it would be too easy. So I went with two expressions in the same color. That way they'd have to do some sorting of the expressions.:-)
Using the Order of Operations Activity
I put 3 baggies (6 different expressions and their order of operations steps) into a manila envelope for each group. Groups were mostly just partners, with an occasional group of 3.
I typed directions to include in the envelopes, and asked students to do their best to follow those directions before asking for clarification (some of the students worked on this activity, while others completed different activities, so I needed them to try to work through the directions themselves before I got to each group to discuss with them).
Some students needed additional instruction, while others did not.
After students put the steps into the correct order of operations sequence (shown in the image above), they had to write those steps onto a recording sheet, pictured below.
In each of my math classes, students worked on this activity for about 15-20 minutes. Some groups completed all 6 expressions, while others completed only 2-3. A few more minutes would have been helpful for those students who didn't complete as many expressions, but I can revisit the activity with those students this week.
I will definitely use this again next year:)
Other Resources for Order of Operations Instruction and Practice
If you're looking for other resources to help your students practice with order of operations, I have several in my TPT shop - some print and some digital.
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