Note-Taking in Upper Elementary and Middle School Classes
How much do your math and ELA students love taking notes?!
What's your favorite method for taking notes with your upper elementary or middle school students?
Maybe your favorite math method is different from your favorite ELA method. Maybe they're similar:-)
I used to use fold it ups (or foldables) quite often in both math and language arts. However, my middle school classes were always 40ish minutes long and often, no matter how prepared I was, creating the fold it up just ate up too much of the class time.
Using Fold It Ups
Sometimes there wasn't enough time to add the notes before math or language arts classes was over.
And the fold it ups were kind of hard to keep organized. We tried using folders and envelopes, and in my last years of using them, I tried using a bound book of fold it ups. I took all my math fold it ups and organized them in the order we'd use them during the school year, added some blank pages in between them, and had them bound as a book for each math student. Then all the fold it ups stayed in the book. Some remained attached on their original page because they were never totally cut out; some were glued or taped onto the blank pages. This method of organizing the notes was the one that worked best for my math students.
I never did that with ELA...because I stopped teaching that class before I had this idea, lol.
But then, I started making math wheels....
Two Types of Digital Coloring Activities
Remote Learning Activities
There are so many distance learning activities available for your upper elementary and middle school math classes right now!
What will work best for your math students (or for your ELA students, or science students, etc, if you also teach other classes)?
What do your students like? But just as importantly, if not more importantly, what provides great practice of the math (or other) skills during this time of virtual learning?
Since I'm such a lover of color by number activities, I want to discuss two styles of digital color by number: the 'pixel art' mystery picture style and the 'fill color bucket' style.
Color by Number Activities Overview
Let's start with a quick overview of these color by number/color by answer types, in case you aren't familiar with them.
Pixel art mystery pictures:
1) Created in Google Sheets; could be downloaded and used in Excel.
2) Students solve, enter their answers in the cells, and color appears in the squares if the answer is correct. If the answer is incorrect, the squares may stay white or show an incorrect indicator, depending on how the creator designed it.
Hey there! I'm Ellie - here to share math fun, best practices, and engaging, challenging, easy-prep activities ideas!