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Welcome to my math blog! The purpose of this blog is to help you stay informed about our learning and experiences that have taken place during our math class. I have also included links your child (and you) may want to use in order to supplement math learning in 5th grade.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Book-In-A-Day, Macy's Make-A-Wish Santa Letter, and Think Through Math

Bell Ringer:  101 Questions


Lesson Frame:


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To begin each class, we read a portion of the novel, "Towers Falling," by Jewell Parker Rhodes.  It is a wonderful historical fiction novel.  Beware, if you read this aloud and you personally remember that day, you will sob openly in front of your students.  I did.... twice!  I'm not ashamed, they need to see how this affected everything.

After the book, we went to Macy's Make-A-Wish 2017 and wrote a letter to Santa (online).  Macy's will donate up to onemillion dollars, $1 for each letter received.  The kids really enjoyed this!

Finally, we spent any remaining class time on Think Through Math.  Students donated point at the end of class.  They are trying to be the first class to reach 100% to donate to a charity they have chosen.

We will be out all next week for Thanksgiving:

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Multiplying and Dividing Fractions Wrap Up

Bell Ringer:  Clue 9 & 10

Lesson Frame:


My focus today was having my students complete the Khan assignments before our Thanksgiving break.  I was very pleased with the work the kids did today!  Most students completely finished the assignment, with just a few exceptions.  Those students who completed the assignments yesterday or quickly today had time to work on Think Through Math.  Again, the amount of work shows was outstanding!  My Jolly Rancher jar was almost depleted today and many lessons were passed!  I call it a successful day!

There was not an assignment today so that we could wrap up loose ends.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Multiply and Divide Fractions: Kahoot (Day 4)

Bell Ringer:  Clue 7 & 8

Lesson Plan:



We played another Kahoot today as teams.  I had a fantastic epiphany about how to solve a problem playing Kahoot.  Typically, students will let the "smartest" student do all the work as fast as possible to enter an answer.  So, to combat this, I set the timer for 120 seconds and said that the newest rule was that no one could input their answer until the counter reached 60.  I cannot believe how well this worked!  Students were much more willing to work the problems, collaborate on answers, and there wasn't a feeling of hysteria in getting it done quickly!  Students enjoy this game very much and I love sneaking a review in!


Assignment:  Fifth Grade Builder #36

We finished up the day working towards completing our Khan assignments and/or Think Through Math.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Multiply and Divide Fractions: Kahoot (Day 3)

Bell Ringer:  Clue 5 & 6

Lesson Frame:


Today I wanted to have my students work with word problems and models that incorporated fractions.  I used the math TEKS 5.3H - L and created a Kahoot for the kids to play.  I used the survey mode in order to be able to see where my kids were struggling and to deal with any misconceptions.

Students also worked on the assignments from Khan Academy to practice multiplication and division of fractions in particular.


Assignment:  Fifth Grade Builder #35

Monday, November 13, 2017

Multiply and Divide Fractions (Day 2)

Bell Ringer:  Clue 3 & 4

Lesson Frame:


I wanted my classes to spend some time practicing multiplying and dividing fractions.  Specifically unit fractions, so I turned to Khan Academy.   Students worked on the following lessons:

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Assignment: Fifth Grade Builder #34

Friday, November 10, 2017

STEAMing into the Weekend (Fun Friday)

Bell Ringer:  


I found this activity on TpT and decided to use it as my bell ringer over the next few days.  Basically, it is a whodunnit .  Students answer the problems to discover who, where, and what was NOT used to "murder" a reality TV show contestant.  The three remaining items solve the crime!

Lesson Frame:


I had six different STEAM challenges with each group having 3 students.  I carefully arranged the students myself, but then each table group the a number that represented one of the activities.  This allowed students to see that I didn't play favorites.

Bloxels - http://home.bloxelsbuilder.com/index.html is a build your own video game activity.  I had three Bloxels kits and three iPads for students to use.  


Lego Marble Run - https://frugalfun4boys.com/2016/01/13/lego-duplo-marble-run-stem-challenge/ is a STEAM challenge I found on the blog:  Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls.  We used the regular Lego sets I have with no difficulty.  This was the only true group activity where students worked together to complete a single outcome.



littleBits - http://littlebits.cc/ are easy to use electronic building blocks.  I was gifted a class set through Friends of Hamilton.  Again, there were enough pieces for all three students to have their own to explore with.


Hour of Code - https://hourofcode.com/us/learn gave students a chance to learn how to code.  To be honest, this was the least favorite, as everything else was more of a hands-on challenge.  I may try to find another hands-on activity next time.



STEAM Engineering Challenge:  Index Card Tower -  https://intentionalstorytime.wordpress.com/hands-on-science/engineering-challenge-index-card-towers/ challenged students to build a freestanding tower using only index cards.


CrazyAction Contraptions - students worked to create one of the contraptions and, while no one was successful in fully completing the challenge, everyone loved it!


I actually used a random closure generating  website to reflect on the activities.  The website is:  Learning In Hand with Tony Vincent.  The reflection generator web address:

The question that came up was :  

What was especially satisfying to you about what you achieved today?

To finish off the day we got onto Think Through Math and made donations to our classroom charity.  The classes are in a competition to get to 100% on their charity first to win a pizza party!  These were the standing BEFORE we made donations today:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Multiply and Divide Unit Fractions and Whole Numbers

Bell Ringer:  Guess My Number

Lesson Frame


Today we moved into multiplying and dividing unit fractions and whole numbers.  We began by looking at multiplying fractions:


In an effort to help students make connections and to see patterns in math, we used the second piece from "Fast Fractions - Easy System".  

Next we moved into dividing fractions.  Since my students are in 5th grade, they need to understand reciprocals before learning the shortcut shown in "Fast Fractions - Easy System."  So, I made up my own:  Reciprocal Applesauce Applesauce


However, I did use a graphic from "Math is Fun" to complete my idea.

To practice our new content, I created a Thanksgiving Riddles page.  Basically, I looked up some riddles and made problems for the letters.



Fifth Grade Builder #33

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Khan Academy: Add and Subtract Mixed Fractions with Unlike Denominators

Bell Ringer:  101 Questions

Lesson Frame:


As you know, we have been working on adding and subtracting mixed fractions with unlike denominators for a while now.  Today, with the help of Khan Adacemy, my students had to show what they know about BOTH adding and subtracting mixed fractions.  Within the activity students had to:
  • Add
  • Subtract
  • Borrow
  • Simplify
  • Convert
This was a challenge, because there always seems to be an element that a student omits... they forget to borrow, or simplify, or convert improper to mixed, or OOPS, they forget to add the "saved" whole number to their answer....

Knowing that they would need time, I did not include a Close or an Assignment today.  Those who were able to finish in the hour given used the remaining time on Think Through Math.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Subtracting Mixed Fractions (Day 4 - Individual)

Bell Ringer:  Which One Doesn't Belong?

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Lesson Frame:


Today was about working independently.  I can use this as a formative assessment to see which students truly understand subtracting mixed fractions (with some regrouping) as compared to how they did working with a table group.  It will help me see who I need to monitor tomorrow as they work on a type of quiz to "show me what they know."



Fifth Grade Builder #29

Monday, November 6, 2017

Subtracting Mixed Fractions (Day 3)

Bell Ringer:  SET Game


Lesson Frame:


Students worked in table groups on subtracting mixed fractions with regrouping.  They solved problems 13-18 on our latest mystery picture.  As students worked, I listened in on their conversations.  I was very pleased to hear students teaching borrowing from a whole number correctly.  I was most excited to hear them correctly explain that the fraction you borrow is based on the common denominator that has been created through "crisscross applesauce."



Fifth Grade Builder #28