Monday, September 17, 2012

Made4Math - Foldables and Stations

Wowzers! Can you believe that we've been doing this for 12 weeks? Sometimes I wonder if I'll make it through the year, but honestly, the idea of #Made4Math helps to keep me going. It forces me to blog every week AND it forces me to try to be creative in some way every week.

Project #1 - Stations Activity
Last year, Julie had posted about using acrylic frames for her stations activities. Since I like to do stations, I was intrigued. In the past, my students had really struggled with stations because no matter what, someone couldn't see the problem well enough to work it. With Julie's idea, everyone can see the problem, which I love! I finally got the chance to use my frames this week.

I printed off 2 sets of 4 problems, one set in orange, one in pink. The right side of my room got one color, the left side got the other color. Each group started with a problem and after about 10 minutes, we rotated within their color groups. It worked out well, students could see the problem, and the frames gave it an air of "official-ness" :)

Project #2 - Writing Equations Foldable
I have to say I am VERY proud of this one. We were working on writing equations of a line and I decided to do a foldable. Since I'm slightly OCD, I wanted everything to line up well and I finally got it to work. It was so much fun to see students using their foldable all week :)

If you want the file, click HERE

Have a happy Monday!! :)


Anonymous said...

I am assuming you teach vertex form instead of point-slope?
As in y = a(x - h) + k, where (h,k) is the point and a is the slope? Do you think the students do better with that rather than point-slope? Thanks!

druin said...

Yes, I teach Vertex Form instead of Point-Slope. This is the first year I've done it this way, but so far, it has worked out very well. In the past, with point-slope, students focused more on where to put the numbers rather than what those numbers mean. In Vertex Form, they can tell me that the line shifts left, right, up, down, etc. It has been a keeper for me :)

Anonymous said...

how did you transition to the vertex form or did you simply say let's try it this way? I want to - it makes sense to me and I know it would be better - just hestitant. tips?

Mrs. M said...

I love this idea. Especially of introducing the vertex form. I am teaching this as review in my algebra 2 class this week. I think I will definitely cover vertex form as well. That should definitely help when I teach it for absolute value and quadratics!

Nutter Buttersmith said...

Can you send me the original word document so I can edit it to have point-slope form instead?