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I teach 6th grade math at a Title One School. I think instruction should be student led and inquiry based. I have a Master's in Math and Science Curriculum and Instruction. Visit my blog at www.teachingwithstowe.blogspot.com

I teach 6th grade math at a Title One School. I think instruction should be student led and inquiry based. I have a Master's in Math and Science Curriculum and Instruction. Visit my blog at www.teachingwithstowe.blogspot.com
Weather and Climate Sort
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Weather and Climate Sort

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Help students practice the difference between weather and climate. There are 11 statements each about either weather or climate that students need to differentiate between. Have it as a group activity or set it up as a science center. After students sort, you can have students write or say their own statements describing weather or climate.
Area of Polygons and Volume of Rectangular Prisms Riddle Task Cards
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Area of Polygons and Volume of Rectangular Prisms Riddle Task Cards

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A new way for students to practice finding the area of parallelograms, triangles, trapezoids and the volume of rectangular prisms. Each cards gives the students 3 clues and then presents a task for students to complete. Some task cards have students solve for area or volume. Others ask students to solve for a missing dimension (like height) given the area.
Equivalent Numbers Converting Fraction Decimal Percent Stations or Small Group
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Equivalent Numbers Converting Fraction Decimal Percent Stations or Small Group

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These activities help students understand equivalent fraction decimals and percents and practice converting between the forms of equivalent numbers. There are 4 different activities that can be used for small group for teaching or interventions. The activities can also be used for students in stations. Instructions are included for each activity and where applicable, student instructions are also included so they can complete the activity with little teacher assistance. Student accountability sheets are also included. Activities included: Bingo Modeling with Money Tic Tac Toe Spin to Make a Number
Earth Revolve and Rotate Interactive Notebook
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Earth Revolve and Rotate Interactive Notebook

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Help students see the difference between revolution and rotation with these interactive notebook pages that actually have Earth revolve and rotate! Students will need brads so that the pieces of the page will revolve and rotate. There are two versions for each page--one with CLOZE style notes where students fill in key words, they other has all words included for students.
Triangle Inequality Theorem Notes
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Triangle Inequality Theorem Notes

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Triangle Inequality Theorem Notes, Journaling, Exit Tickets Covers 6th Grade Math TEKS 6.8A Engage students with this foldable which covers the Triangle Inequality Theorem. Students will make this foldable using an accordion fold. Two formats are available, one where the notes are filled out for the students and one where students add notes. Perfect for students who need hard copies of notes. This also includes an exit ticket, which can be printed two to a page, to assess students understanding of the Triangle Inequality Theorem. Answer keys are included. Pictures of a notebook page suggestion are also included.
Integer Operations Stations
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Integer Operations Stations

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Students will practice adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing positive and negative integers. These stations help students practice computation. There are 6 different stations for you to use in your classroom. Each station is a different way for students to practice integer operations so they will not be bored doing the same activity. You can use them as stations, homework, assessments, etc.
Area of Polygons--Rectangles, Parallelograms, Triangles, and Trapezoids
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Area of Polygons--Rectangles, Parallelograms, Triangles, and Trapezoids

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Area of Polygons--Rectangles, Parallelograms, Triangles, and Trapezoids There are 5 different activities with two versions each. In one, measurements are given to students in centimeters. They will need to use the area formulas for each shape to find the area. More measurements are given then the students need and they will need to determine which ones are needed. In the other version, no measurements are given and students will need to measure to the nearest tenth of a centimeter and then find the area.
Writing in Math--Geometry--Two Truths and a Lie
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Writing in Math--Geometry--Two Truths and a Lie

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A unique way to get students writing in math. This has 21 pages with 21 graphics related to triangle properties, area of polygons, and volume of rectangular prisms. Having students write in mathematics can be difficult. Get students up and moving around the room while they are engaged in writing in math with this activity. Students will write two truths and one lie (adapted from the get to know you game) about the graphics. Teacher Instructions included. There are two versions. In the first versions, each group of students will get a graphic or word problems and write two truths and one lie about it. Afterwards, students will get sticky notes to identify the lies on other groups papers. In a second version of this, the truths and the lies are already written and students need to identify which of the three statements is the lie. This can be used as a review at the end of the lesson. You could use all the pages at once or break it up by unit. There are potentially three days of activities here: triangle properties, area of polygons, and volume of rectangular prisms.
Elementary Science Safety Unit
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Elementary Science Safety Unit

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Start your science year off right with these activities to discuss science safety with your classes. These activities can help you introduce group work, writing, exit tickets, and homework to your students while covering classroom expectations and procedures the first weeks of school. Science Safety Contract: Send home as a homework assignment. Students should sign agreeing to the rules and their parents should sign so they know what is expected. This can be glued into an Interactive Student Notebook to refer to later. As you introduce the rules, assign each group a rule to create a poster of what it looks like and what it doesn’t look like. Science Safety Sort: Students will match the situation with the “safe” or “unsafe” beaker. This page could fit into an interactive science notebook. Science Safety Scenario Cards: 9 unsafe situations in science class. You can use this in a variety of ways. Science Safety Quiz: Give the students a great start to the year with a quiz on science safety.
Additive and Multiplicative Relationships Tables, Graphs, and Equations 6.6C
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Additive and Multiplicative Relationships Tables, Graphs, and Equations 6.6C

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Student will match verbal descriptions, tables, equations, and graphs that show the same relationship in a puzzle format. The graphs do not include any labels so students have to read the graph instead of looking at the labels. There are 10 different situations included which have similar numbers so students can't just match the numbers. There are two versions--one has one relationship per page, the other has two per page to save paper. You can use this as a math station, guided math, or a whole group activity. As a whole group, you can give students one part of the puzzle and have them find the other three people in their group. 6.6C--represent a given situation using verbal descriptions, tables, graphs, and equations in the form y=kx or y=x+b
Inequality Sort--Real World Situations
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Inequality Sort--Real World Situations

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Inequality Sort--Real World Situations Introduce inequalities to your students using this inequality sort. Students will take real world situations like-- "You must be at least 36 inches to ride the roller coaster"-- and assign it to an inequality sign. There are 6 situations per sign and 1 blank card for students to write their own. There is also a page for the equal sign so students see the difference. This product contains one file where the cards are sorted by sign and one file contains cards that are shuffled so students can be given original copies and sort themselves. Use this as a interactive notebook page or as a station in your classroom.
Writing in Math--Rational Numbers--Two Truths and a Lie
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Writing in Math--Rational Numbers--Two Truths and a Lie

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A unique way to get students writing in math. There are 20 pages of graphics--classifying numbers, ordering numbers, equivalent number models, and coordinate graphing. An EDITABLE VERSION is included. You will need to have Microsoft Powerpoint in order to edit it. Having students write in mathematics can be difficult. Get students up and moving around the room while they are engaged in writing in math with this activity. Students will write two truths and one lie (adapted from the get to know you game) about the graphics. Teacher Instructions included. There are two versions. In the first versions, each group of students will get a graphic or word problems and write two truths and one lie about it. Afterwards, students will get sticky notes to identify the lies on other groups papers. In a second version of this, the truths and the lies are already written and students need to identify which of the three statements is the lie. This can be used as a review at the end of the lesson.
Area of Rectangles, Parallelogram, Triangles, and Trapezoids--Student Notebook
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Area of Rectangles, Parallelogram, Triangles, and Trapezoids--Student Notebook

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Area of Rectangles, Parallelogram, Triangles, and Trapezoids by decomposing Aligned to Math TEKS 6.8D and TEKS 6.8B Have students visualize area of these shapes as they are decomposed and formed into other shapes. There are two versions of each shape--one with all words filled in and one that is CLOZE notes where students fill in key words. Each foldable has practice problems for students and some include journaling prompts. The practice problems include all rational numbers, including fractions or decimals. The product uses the terms base and height so students can connect the formulas together. These notes are best used with lessons where students decompose the shapes themselves so they can connect. This product includes Area of Rectangles (a quick review, students should already be familiar with area) Area of Parallelograms Area of Triangles Area of Trapezoids This product includes two versions of notes. One with all notes filled in (except the interactive parts) and one with key words left blank so students can actively participate. I To print the notes to make a booklet, print the two pages you want two sided and select “flip on the short side.” You could also print and copy 1 to 2 sided on a copier. There is no cutting for students, only a simple fold. Students could also color as they take notes.
Rational Number Math Notebook Page
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Rational Number Math Notebook Page

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Rational Number Math Notebook Bundle includes: Absolute Value and Opposites Coordinate Graphing Classifying Numbers Whole, Integers, Rational Numbers Reciprocals Multiply by a Fraction Fraction, Decimal Percent Ordering and Comparing Numbers 8 different files for interactive notebook pages. All (except Fraction, Decimal, Percent) include exit tickets. The can be doodle notes--with spots for students to color and be creative while learning math. To print the notes to make a booklet, print the two pages you want two sided and select “flip on the short side.” You could also print and copy 1 to 2 sided on a copier. There is no cutting for students, only a simple fold. Students could also color as they take notes. find that students are more engaged when they have something to color.
Two Variable Relationships BUNDLE
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Two Variable Relationships BUNDLE

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This bundle includes: Additive and Multiplicative Relationships Tables, Graphs, and Equations 6.6C Additive and Multiplicative Relationships Interactive Notebooks 6.6C Independent and Dependent Variables Interactive Notebook Page Writing Equations from Tables Math Notebook Page Two Variables Relationships Task Cards
Solving One Step Equations with Word Problems Puzzle
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Solving One Step Equations with Word Problems Puzzle

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Students can practice writing equations from real-world situations and solving them. There are 16 different puzzles with similar numbers so students can’t just match numbers. Each puzzle has a word problem, equation, and solution. An answer document is included for students to match their answers. You can use these as a math station or for small group instruction. These are similar to task cards and you could give students part of the puzzle and have them complete the missing steps. Print on cardstock and laminate for long-term use. To save paper, print 4 puzzles to a page and students will still be able to read everything clearly.
5th Grade Math Christmas Activities
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5th Grade Math Christmas Activities

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Review math concepts at Christmas time with Christmas resources! Students will practice equivalent fractions, word problems, decimal operations, adding and subtracting fractions, order of operations without exponents, and comparing decimals. There are 6 different activities which are a mix of no-prep and low prep.
Calculate Density and Identify an Unknown Sample BUNDLE
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Calculate Density and Identify an Unknown Sample BUNDLE

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All my resources for calculating density and then identifying an unknown sample. Interactive notebook pages, exit tickets, task cards, color by number practice, dominoes, and a puzzle. In all, the focus is to calculate the density of an unknown sample given the mass and volume and then to use the density to identify the sample. The task cards come in two versions, with QR codes and without QR codes. The dominoes and puzzle can be used as individual practice, or can be turned into a science station.