Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Standards for Mathematical Practice

Happy back to school time!
Unfortunately, there is only a week left before I head back to work full time. I have had a fantastic summer and I hope you have too. My son informed me this week that "school" is now a cuss word and cannot be used in earshot of him. He cracks me up!

At the end of the school year, I introduced my teachers to the 8 standards for Mathematical Practice from the Common Core State Standards for Math. Since I teach in Nebraska, where we have our own state standards, we are not held accountable for teaching the CCSSM, however; these 8 practices are just plain good and we should strive to help our students develop these levels of expertise in mathematics so that they can think like mathematicians and apply that thinking to any problem they encounter in the future. The 8 practices are:

CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 Model with mathematics.
CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5 Use appropriate tools strategically.
CCSS.Math.Practice.MP6 Attend to precision.
CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7 Look for and make use of structure.
CCSS.Math.Practice.MP8 Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
The teachers I work with seemed very interested in learning more about these and keeping them in mind while teaching their math lessons. I thought....why not have a visual aid to use to help teachers AND students be mindful of the practices they're using each day. I came up with the 9 posters and large checkmarks that can be used to identify those practices being used. I envision students pointing out various practices being used throughout the lesson, justifying why they think it's being covered, and placing the checkmark on the wall to show it. I have seen lessons where all 8 practices are present. I have also seen lessons where only 1 or 2 are many can you use in 1 lesson?

The link below will take you to TPT where you can purchase the posters get for FREE for use in your classroom. Enjoy!

Monday, September 30, 2013

What do good mathematicians do?

Good evening! I had a teacher request for something to post in the room to remind students of what they should be doing during the math block to optimize their math learning time. This is so important in my district because only 60 minutes of the day are dedicated to math. These posters are perfect for hanging on the classroom walls and can be printed 2/page to save space. They can be purchased on TPT for $2. I will also be sending them out for free to 3 lucky teachers who follow me on TPT! Thank you!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Math Talk Question Cards for Students

I just realized that there have been many, many requests for these cards to be moved to TpT. I have just taken care of that! I have never before charged for any of my documents, but am going to charge a small fee of $1 to see if this is something that could help me pay tuition as I go for my doctorate! 
Thank you for your purchase!

Font: Spicy Sushi Roll from
Graphics: Dollar Graphics Depot and Aifactory 
There are many ways you could use them, but here's what I'm planning on doing during some demonstration lessons I have coming up....have each child draw one at the start of the lesson and they will then use it at some point during the math lesson. This will get the students talking about math and justifying their answers which will lead to a deeper understanding of the concepts.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year Math

Happy New Year! I thought it would be fun to have some interesting math tasks to go along with the New Year. 2013 is interesting because it is the first year since 1987 to be made up of four different digits. The background is from Design House Digital and the font is Czaristite from Enjoy!


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Area and Perimeter Fun!

I have been so busy working on state test practice with each class and I am so glad to be done! I finally got to do something fun with a class today. The teacher requested some practice on finding the area of complex figures. I looked up some fun activities and I don't know why I never thought of using Cheez-Its myself! I came up with this packet for the lesson. First we discussed the formulas and units for  measuring perimeter and area. I handed out the packets and modeled how to find the perimeter and area and then use the crackers to check. Using the crackers really helped the students get a grasp on what area really is. I had a great time teaching and the students had a blast too. They were really responsible with the crackers.

The packet has the pages we used, a blank for creating your own problems, and a challenge problem for kids to do at home. The border came from Print Candee and the fonts are from

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

I went into a classroom last week and there were no digit cards available for my lesson. I decided to make my own with the number parade along the top to go along with our curriculum. Great for modeling! Borders from Print Candee and fonts from Kevin and Amanda!

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Personal Numbers

I am super excited about my new creation! I am just getting into classrooms to model math lessons and wanted to create a personal numbers activity to help the students get to know me. I came up with a list of numbers that pertain to shoe size, my age, the year I was married, how long I've been teaching, etc. and am going to have the students try and figure out what each number means. Not only will they get to know me, but they'll also have to think about each number and it will help them with their number sense! I hope this is something that you can use. I made a template that I thought anyone could use with blank cards for you to fill in your own personal number. Enjoy!

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Borders by Tracee Orman on TPT