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The FTLOTM (For the Love of Teaching Math) Store is now open. To begin with, I went with the trial option which only allows me to post five priced items. You can get to the store by press the “FTLOTM Store” button on the top of the page. Under each priced item is a “Buy Now” button. When you click on that button, you can either pay for it with your PayPal account or, if you don’t have a PayPal account, you can pay with your credit card. Everything goes through PayPal, so it is all secure. After you pay, you will be directed to a page in which you can then download your item. You have twenty-four hours to download your purchase. On the bottom of the FTLOTM Store, there are several freebie downloads. I will continue to post my freebies on this page as well. This is a great way to keep all of my downloads in one place for the ease of finding them. I hope you enjoy, and thank you so much for your support!
Udpate!! I realized that I did a bunch of work that I didn’t have to do, but I also realized that I can’t put my freebies up on it yet. Anyway, you can still check out some of my products. Thanks!
I realize that not all teachers have nor want to set up a Teachers Pay Teachers membership. Because of this, I am trying to build my own store right here on my blog. I am going to put my freebies and my priced products on the store so that they are all in one location. This way if you find a product you like, you won’t have to search all of the posts to find it. This is turning out to be quite time consuming to build, so please be kind. Haha! Thank goodness it’s Spring Break, and I have the time to play on it! Hopefully I’ll have all of my products in it in no time! The store page is actually on my blog, and is functional. I am going to start with adding all of my freebies, and then start adding priced products. Thank you so much for your support!
As I said in an the last post, I’m trying to come up with ideas to help review my students for the many different skills they will be tested on here in a couple of weeks. One of the skills that is very important for both the test, as well as a much needed concept for future years also is FRACTIONS. Fractions always seems to be difficult for several students every year. Back when I taught multiplying and dividing fractions at the first of the year, I thought about dominoes. I’m sure this isn’t a new concept for a lot of teachers, but I thought it was genius. When I thought about the dominoes, I had already spent a bunch of money on sets of dice and other things, plus I didn’t have enough time for them to come in before I was going to need them.
Because of all of this, I figured that I would just make dice. They aren’t going to be “as good” as the real thing, but they will be much cheaper and easily available. The activities that could go along with dominoes are endless. I put together four different worksheets that will guide students through the activity. One worksheet for multiplying, one for dividing, and one for adding fractions. These worksheets are designed for students to work in pairs. They use the dominoes to form two fractions, then use the operation given, and then an added bonus is that it has them compare the numbers. I am all about activities that use more than one skill at a time. A fourth worksheet guides students (either in pairs or individually) to use the dominoes to form fractions and then order them from least to greatest.
Update::: There are now three ways to buy this great activity!! It is on my Teachers Pay Teachers store, on the FTLOTM Store page here on the blog, or you can click the “Buy Now” button located below to purchase.
You can find this set of activities and dominoes on my Teachers Pay Teachers Store for a small fee. While you are at my store, please take a look at the other items I have as both freebies and priced. Thank you for your continued support!
Some people look at vacations as a time to get away from work. I view my Spring Break this coming week as a time to catch up on connecting with more middle school math blogs, and to start preparing for the two weeks we have to review before we take our state achievement test. My students know all of the information that will be presented on the test, but of course they need to be reminded of some of the things we haven’t done in a while.
When I first began teaching, and wasn’t utilizing as much, all of the creative activities, hands-on materials, and games that I have the last few years; reviewing at the end of the year was almost like teaching the material all over again. What I’ve noticed since incorporating all these things into every lesson, is that when I go back over to review…..they may not remember at first, but it just takes one key word or one example to bring the concept back to the front of their brain.
I have generally given packets, had the students work the problems, and then went over each problem with them together. I felt as if they needed pencil/ paper experience and that was the best way. This year, I am going to do a combination of some pencil/ paper activities with a lot of fun activities. It is important for the students to stay engaged and to continue to enjoy coming to my class, not to dread walking in to monotonous, rote worksheets every day for two weeks. My quest for this week is to build some great review activities to use in the next two weeks. Hopefully, you will be able to use them in your classes as well! Keep checking back this week for some great material. In the mean time, I would love for you to check out my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. I have some great freebies that have been featured in the weekly newsletter as great freebie downloads of the week. Here is a link to my store. If you could “follow” me on this blog as well as “follow” my Teachers Pay Teachers store, I would SOOOOOOO appreciate it! Thanks for your support!!