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A majority of what we do in the class room has been picked up through our years of attending workshops, conferences, and internet searches. We have modified to fit the needs of our teachers and school. We thank all of you who contributed by allowing us to take and extend your ideas.

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High Expectations Problem Solving Math Class Daily Agenda with music Differentiated Instruction Projects Math Bucks/Passes Incentive Parties

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High expectations for Math students prepare them for a successful adult life Learn AND Understand Responsibility Team Work Giving up is not an option Zeros are not an option Believe they can do anything

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Problem solving is a big part of the math class Must Follow 4 step plan on benchmarks/tests, Weekly Assignments, & POTW (problem of the week) ReadThink Write the questionList the facts SolveJustify Use any methodUsing complete sentences, explain what was done to solve the problem

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All math classes follow the same format: Consistency across the grade levels Weekly Assignments: Receive on Monday Due on Friday Daily Agenda: Bell Ringer Quiz Speed Test (music) POTW (music) Review class work/home work Guided Practice/Activity Independent Practice

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Bell Ringer 3-25-09 Four figures have the following dimensions: Rectangular prism: l=2 in; w=4 in; h=7 in Cylinder: r=4 in; h=6 in Cone: r=4 in; h=6 in Rectangular pyramid: l=2 in; w=4 in; h=7 in 1. What is the probability that a figure chosen at random will have a volume greater than 150 cubic inches? 2. Two figures are pulled one at a time. After you pull the first time, you do not replace. What is the probability both figures will have a volume less than 125 cubic inches? 3. Calculate the mean.

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Quiz 2-11-09 A cardboard box has the following dimensions: 7.5 ft, 3 ft, 4 ft How many cubic feet of material will the box hold?

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What is the volume? To calculate the amount of cubic feet, I need to find the volume. The figure is a rectangular prism. To calculate the volume of a rectangular prism, I found the area of the base. The base is a rectangle, so I multiplied the length by the width. I multiplied the area of the base by the height of the prism. A cardboard box has the following dimensions: 7.5 ft, 3 ft, 4 ft. How many cubic feet of material will the box hold? The volume is 90 cubic feet. Rectangular prism Length = 7.5 ft Width = 3 ft Height = 4 ft Cubic feet

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Speed Test 1. Get out a dry erase marker. 2. You have 1 minute to complete as many problems as you can. 3.We will grade in 1 minute. 4. Graph your results. Keep the graph in your notebook. 5. We will do this every day.

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Problem of the Week & Word Problem #5-2 1. You have 5 minutes to work on the problem of the week and word problem. 2. The problem of the week must follow the Read, Think, Solve, Justify format. 3. When you are finished, turn them in. 4. They are due Friday.

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Mathematics concepts are presented in various formats to accommodate diverse learning styles in order to help each child reach his/her full potential. Student teaching, Hands on, technology, microphone

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Students help teach other students Students are up at the board or Elmo presenting their problem(s) to the class Students explain in detail what they did to solve the problem and why

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Students get hands on experience in solving math problems when they use manipulatives Examples include: algebra tiles, cuisenaire rods, blocks, dice, base ten blocks, number lines, and other visual aids

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Grid paper allows for a better understanding of size and proportion Students learn that drawing a picture is a very helpful tool that allows them to see what is occurring Encourage creating tables to model patterns

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Computers Data projectors Document camera (Elmo) Graphing calculators Online quizzes Internet Research Real life application projects Virtual manipulatives Visits to various math websites Microsoft Office applications

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Portable amplifier systems allow everyone in the class to hear you Great attention grabber Saves your voice

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Allow for a fun and creative extension of a topic Consistent among grade levels The amount of time given in class to work on the project depends on the time of year Some are individual and some are group

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6 th grade –Fun House: Measurement –Creating a Town: Geometry –Spongebob Character: Polygons –Survey: Data & graphs –Mathematician: Internet Research

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7 th grade –Sing-a-long: teaches any math concept –Recreation Center: Geometry & Measurement –Zoo Coordinator: Internet Research, Budget, tables –Survey: Probability, Statistics, Percent, Graphs –I Can & I Learned: Goals and achievements

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8 th grade –Sing-a-long: teaches any math concept –Amazing Math Race: obstacle course of objectives –Commercial: Volume & surface area of 3d figure –Shopping Spree: Tax & Discount; Internet Research –Vacation: Tax & Discount; Internet Research –Easter Egg: Probability, Statistics, Percent, Graphs –Survey: Probability, Statistics, Percent, Graphs

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Students Earn Math Bucks & Passes for various reasons Students can deposit math bucks into a checking account to buy passes & other items. Keep deposit/withdrawal log Calculate tax on items Calculate discount (if given) Write check

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Snack Coupon This coupon entitles you to bring your favorite snack to math class. You are responsible for cleaning up any mess that may occur. Drink Coupon This coupon entitles you to bring your favorite drink to math class. You are responsible for cleaning up any mess that may occur. Math Bucks

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Reward for: 100% effort in class 100% effort on benchmarks Turning in work Following strategies Money is earned through fundraisers: Water Balloon Dodge Ball Dances Pie in the face

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Park Movie & Popcorn Skating Bounce Houses Flush the teacher Fun Day Fun Games Video Games

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We would like to give a special thanks to all of you for being here to enhance the learning of your students. With your help, the possibilities for our students are endless.

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