I am really excited about it. So excited, that until midnight (Pacific Standard Time), it will be free in my Teachers Pay Teachers store! If you do pick it up, please leave a little love!
Today is my first real day of vacation, and I am trapped in the bedroom with three anxious dogs while Prince Charming the Gardener and his minions hack away at the slope. So I decided to use my time wisely and start restructuring my Math Notebooks.
Last year we used the single subject spiral notebooks that go on sale every summer at Target. I am not sure we will do the same this next year. At least for now, I am going to make my Master Math Notebook using a binder. I think it will allow me to refer to the "plan,"and be better prepared. Also, it will allow me to be more flexible with my planning and the order in which things just happen in the class.
It is an inside joke with my Read 180 partner that we "get all the best kids." Sometimes other teachers grumble about our "handpicked classes." We just smile and nod, because it is the truth. It is true that they are handpicked from a list of incoming students with their grades and test scores...we start from the bottom of the list and work our way up:) Consequently, most of our 6th graders really struggle with Math too. So this Interactive Math Notebook will be big on the basics.
Last year, my students really struggled with multiples and their times tables. Learning a teacher lesson from them, this year's notebook is starting off with multiples. I used Marcy Cook's 100 chart (from which of her wonderful books, I do not know:), and made them small enough so that two charts fit on one page. For each page of multiples, we talk and shade in the multiples on the 100 chart before we cut it out to glue in the notebook (mistakes happen:).
For the multiples that have a "trick," we write down a few notes and tips to help us remember. For example with the 9's, you write 0-9 and then put a 0 after the 9 and go back up 0-9. Or adding the digits of the multiple and they equal 9.
It seems simple and they take up space, but these were the most used pages in their Math Notebooks this year - especially when they were doing fractions. I expect that when I do this with my new group, the comments and tips will turn out to be different. But isn't that what makes teaching challenging, how different they are from year to year?:)
I didn't want to insult you with pages 2-12, so complete set of pages are on my new Math and Stuff page (I hope).