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Looking at the middle school math standards with a new attitude

Looking at the Middle School Math Standards with a NEW ATTITUDE

Gina Garner

Exceptional Education

Math 5 – 8

Donelson Middle School



  • To look at current math standards while addressing ways to ensure success with ALL students in the classroom.

Ice breaker

Ice Breaker

  • In your small group, think of at least 10 varied and unusual places that numbers can be found in our daily lives.

    Example: 1 dozen roses

    (no, you cannot use the example)

Today s standards

Today’s Standards

  • Rigerous

  • Emphasis on life long learning

  • Building blocks for success in High School

    and beyond.

Math is here

Math is here…

"…Even if you're sitting in math class counting down the minutes till it's over,

you're still doing math!" Lori


And here

and here…

…If you play games you use math to figure out your score. Do you have a combination lock? You are doing math there…When you count money you are doing math…If you use a scale, you are doing math… Sammy


And here1

and here…

My collage was about finding numbers and using math in wrestling. For example, you can use division and divide the WWE wrestlers between the Smack Down and the Raw Shows. My collage also showed that the Rock has millions and millions (which are numbers) of fans. When you add Jeff and Matt Hardy together, you get a Two Man Tag Team. When you minus Devon Dudley from the Dudley Boy Tag Team, you get one table smashing Bubba Ray Dudley left. There are a lot of things to count when you're watching wrestling! Joseph


Math is everywhere


  • What math means to me? Math to me is the universal language since every culture somehow some way has math. Math has so much to do with us from ancient times to our very own…my collage shows…pictures of math from Egypt and other cultures…also pictures of numbers inside DNA…and then mathematics with equations. Henry Voccola.org

Got math

Got Math ???

  • Video


Today s standards1

Today’s Standards



Looking at the middle school math standards with a new attitude


to make Learning


Today s standards2

Today’s Standards

Connect to real world as much as possible!



  • The Connected Classroom


Team teaching

Team Teaching

Team teaching1

Team Teaching

  • Together - Shared responsibilities. This is OUR class

  • Everyone – Instruction is not a one man show. Both contribute to the instruction and learning.

  • Achieve – You can have small groups to remediate and enrich at the same time!

  • More – reach the standards and go beyond!

Team teaching2

Team Teaching

  • Promotes Differentiated Instruction

  • Promotes Inclusion

Team teaching3

Team Teaching

  • Be flexible

  • Understand territories

  • Look for positives and strengths

  • Execptional Ed is there for ALL students

  • Both can learn from experience

  • Role model for students working together and social skills

Good team teaching

Good Team Teaching

Students or observer cannot really tell who is the teacher of record. Both are constantly interacting with students and in the instruction process.

BOTH share responsibilities of the classroom and plan TOGETHER.

Pacing guides

Pacing Guides

Pacing guides1

Pacing Guides

  • Developed by Metro Teachers and Math Coaches

  • May be adjusted by individual schools

  • Dictates the path of skills to be taught in a sequential order

  • Working (living) document

  • New ones being developed AS WE SPEAK

Example of pacing guide

Example of Pacing Guide

  • 7th Grade Pacing Guide – DMS 09-10

Important notebooks

Important Notebooks




Planning notebooks

Planning Notebooks

  • Designed to help the teacher

  • Is a working notebook

  • Pacing Guides

  • Lesson Plans

  • Activities

  • Notes and Handouts from P.D.

Student data notebook

Student Data Notebook

General Class/School Data

(TCAP Scores by

grade level)

Student data notebook1

Student Data Notebook

  • Individual Student Data

    * IEP Goal Sheets

    * Student Data Sheet

    (TCAP, Think Link

    & Report Card)

    * Phone Logs

    * Assessment Record Sheets

Student data notebook2

Student Data Notebook

  • Student Profile Sheets

  • (Mastery data by subject)

Student profile sheets

Student Profile Sheets

  • Document progress made by student

  • Share with student and parents

  • Can be used to create IEP’s

  • Can be used to focus on remediation and enrichment

Beginning of year

Beginning of Year

  • Test to see what skills have been retained and which need to be reviewed.

  • Common assessment for all students.



  • Key Math

  • Woodcock Johnson

  • DAB 3

  • Textbook Publisher Created

  • Exam View Created

  • Teacher Created

Common assessments

Common Assessments

  • Given every 3 – 4 weeks

  • Assess current skills taught and what has been retained.

  • Document standards as mastered

Common assessment

Common Assessment


  • DMS 8th Grade common assessment

    * DMS 6th Grade common assessment

Student profile sheet

Student Profile Sheet

  • DMS Student Profile sheet 1

  • DMS Student Profile sheet 2

  • DMS Student Profile sheet 3



  • Take 6th grade common assessment and complete student profile sheet



  • Using given student profile sheet, discuss with your partner test results and what you would like to do next. Use available resources your school has.

What do i do now

What do I do now???

Record and reflect

Record and Reflect

  • Review results with student

  • Discuss plan of action with student

  • DO IT!

  • Check Back

Remediate enrich

Remediate & Enrich

Student has copy of skills check list

Study Island or My Skills Tutor

Individual Skills Centers


Study island

Study Island

  • Web Based

  • Can individualize

  • Keeps scores / gradebook

  • Gives awards when mastery met

  • www.studyisland.com



  • Web (computer) based

  • Teacher created

  • www.portaportal.com

  • Sample guest name: donelsonmath

Other activities

Other Activities

  • Student centers

  • Menu activities

  • Games

  • Other computer based programs

  • Interdisciplinary activities with other classes (thematic learning)

  • LOTS of resources on internet!!!

Some web sites

Some Web Sites

  • Spy Guys http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mesg/html/math6web/math6shell.html

  • NASA http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/5-8/index.html

  • Math Academy


Some websites

Some Websites

  • Teachertube.com

  • aaamath.com

  • brainpop.com

  • eduplace.com

  • Edutopia.org

  • jc-schools.net

  • Nctm.org


Questions ???

Time to move around

Time to Move Around !



Multiplication rap

Multiplication Rap

  • Great Bell Ringer or transition

  • Kids can create own

  • Several commercial versions

  • Can do quick tests daily or weekly

  • Chart progress – reward those who learn all their facts

Standards activity

Standards Activity

  • With your group, look at the standards handed out (old/new)

  • Identify the “gaps” that you see which could be problems for students

  • Be ready to share 2 -3 “gaps” in 3 minutes.

Word problems

Word Problems

You will be handed one or more cards that have a word or words on them from word problems.

You will need to get up and match the card to the operation it goes with – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication or Division

Create foldable

Create foldable

Another way to use

Another way to use

  • On bulletin board, divide into 4 sections with masking tape. Put +, -, * and ÷ in 4 areas. Have words that mean the operation in each section.

  • Tape Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division in various parts of room. Have students match word to operation.

Solveing word problems

SOLVEing Word Problems

  • State the question

  • Organize the facts

  • Line up the problem in words

  • Verify – plug in the numbers

  • Evaluate- using estimation and


S state the problem

S – State the Problem

  • Underline or highlight the problem

O organize the facts

O – Organize the Facts

  • Circle the facts needed to solve the problem

L line up the problem in words

L – Line up the problem in words

  • Add number of girls and number of boys to get total number of students in class.

V verify with numbers

V – Verify with numbers

  • 19 + 12 = 31

E evaluate by estimation

E – Evaluate by Estimation

  • 19 + 12 = 31

  • 19 rounded is 20

  • 12 rounded is 10

  • 20 + 10 = 30 so answer must be right

Solve foldable

SOLVE foldable

  • Need: 3 sheets plain paper



    colored markers if wish



  • Mountain City, in upper East Tennessee, is about 540 miles from Memphis. If gasoline costs $3 a gallon and your car gets 30 miles per gallon, how much will it cost you to pay for the gas to drive all the way?

Time to move around1

Time to move around!!!

It’s time for the

Coordinate Plane Slide

Coordinate plane slide

Coordinate Plane Slide

  • Great to use when introducing or reviewing coordinate plane with students.

  • Gets kids up and moving – they can also create moves to go with slide.

Coordinate plane slide1

Coordinate Plane Slide

  • Positive to the right, negative to the left (4 times)

  • And Change….

  • Positive’s going up, negative’s going down (4 times)

Coordinate plane games

Coordinate Plane Games

  • Battleship

  • Hurkle

  • Locate the Aliens http://www.gameclassroom.com/game/45717-3427/plotting-points-equation/locate-aliens

  • Catch the Fly http://internet4classrooms.com/ppt%20files/coordinate_plane_type_on.ppt

Coordinate plane writing

Coordinate Plane Writing

Need: Graph paper and notebook paper

Coordinate plane writing1

Coordinate Plane Writing

  • You are have discovered a new constellation in the sky.

  • You are to “chart” your constellation on the graph paper, marking the coordinates next to the points. You need at least 10 points

Coordinate plane writing2

Coordinate Plane Writing

  • You will write a minimum of 3 paragraphs telling the story of your constellation and how it appeared in the sky.

  • Grammar, spelling and punctuation matters!!!

Prime numbers foldable

Prime Numbers Foldable

  • Need: large piece of construction paper

    white sheet of paper

    1 – 100 chart

    Table of Factors

Prime numbers foldable1

Prime Numbers Foldable

  • Using 0 – 100 chart, color prime numbers PURPLE. Color composite numbers Green.

  • Construction paper – fold two ends in to center. Crease folds.

  • Glue white paper on front cover. Cut so foldable opens

Prime numbers foldable2

Prime Numbers - foldable

  • Glue prime number chart on inside center piece. On left side, list prime numbers. On right side, list composite numbers.

  • Glue table of factors to back

  • Label and decorate front.

Order of operations cheer

Order of Operations Cheer

  • Parenthesis – make parenthesis with hands

  • Excuse – right hand in fist on top of head

Order of operations cheer1

Order of Operations Cheer

  • Multiplication – make “x” with body

  • Division – make fist with hands. Right goes on chest, left goes on stomach

Order of operations cheer2

Order of Operations Cheer

  • Addition – hold arms straight out

  • Subtraction – hold arms straight at side

  • Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally!

Fractions dictionary

Fractions Dictionary

  • What is a fraction

  • Equivalent fractions

  • Reducing fractions

  • Comparing fractions

  • Mixed Numbers

  • Improper fractions

  • Adding fractions

  • Subtracting fractions

Fractions dictionary1

Fractions Dictionary

  • Be sure to have definition and examples of what it looks like and doesn’t look like

  • Use as study guide

  • Back cover can be about author page

Fractions flags

Fractions Flags

Fraction flags

Fraction Flags

  • Use to show equivalent fractions

  • Could also be used to show equivalent decimals

Activity comparing volume

Activity - Comparing Volume

Need: nets handouts

tape (masking or scotch)


recording sheet

Algebra tiles

Algebra Tiles

  • Hands on activity for students

  • Can copy on to cardstock and have students cut out.

  • Green – positive, Red - negative

  • Used on TCAP as questions

Map scale activity

Map Scale Activity

  • In your groups, you will be given an activity card and map.

  • You will need to find the distance between two or three given towns/cities using your map.

  • Follow the directions on your activity card

Combining like terms

Combining Like Terms

Consider the problem

  • 7a + 17b + 8 c – 4a + 2c – 13b + 20c -1a=

7a 17b 8c 4a 2c 13b 20c 1a

7a + 17b + 8c – 4a + 2c – 13b + 20c -1a=

  • You could…

    • Pretend the letters don’t exist and solve the problem.

    • Draw different shapes around each letter (circle a’s, square b’s, triangle c’s)

    • Assign a color to each variable and the coefficient to group like terms.

7a 17b 8 c 4a 2c 13b 20c 1a

7a + 17b + 8 c – 4a + 2c – 13b + 20c -1a=

  • 7a – 4a – 1a + 17b – 13b + 8c + 2c + 20c=

    = 2a + 12b + 30c






Flying shuttles in the classroom

Flying Shuttles in the Classroom

  • Solve problems involving rate / time / distance

  • Need: shuttle patterns, glue sticks, scissors, stopwatch or watch with second hand, ruler or tape measure, graph paper and LOTS OF Room

Flying shuttles activity

Flying Shuttles Activity

  • Cut out paper shuttle and put together. Please put your name or the name of your shuttle on the shuttle.

  • Divide the duties of the activity between group members: Launch Control, Timer Director, Measuring Director, and Recorder

Flying shuttle activity

Flying Shuttle Activity

  • Take turns flying shuttle and recording the time in flight and distance traveled.

  • When finished flying shuttles and making recordings, find the rate of travel by using the formula r= d/t

  • Chart your results on graph paper. Be ready to share with group.

Pathagorean theorem

Pathagorean Theorem

a² + b² = c²

How to remember

How to remember

  • A – the vertical leg of the right angle

  • B – the horizontal leg of the right angle

  • C – the leg across from the right angle



Pythagorean Theorem Cut Out

U s customary and metric system

U.S. Customary and Metric System

  • Students do not have the concept of how long an inch, foot or yard is.

  • Students need proportion foundation to convert from one unit to another

  • Can create foldable of units of measure for students to refer to

Customary unit of measure foldable

Customary Unit of Measure Foldable

  • Need: Units of measure handouts

    scissors, glue

    sheets of white paper

    8 ½ x 11 sheet construction paper

    color pencils or markers



  • Create a booklet using white paper. Use construction paper as cover

  • Put picture of each category of unit of measure on each page.

  • Copy conversions on to pages.

  • Decorate as needed

Books in math

Books In Math

One Grain of


One grain of rice

One Grain of Rice

  • Introduces and expands exponential notation

  • Illumination activity to accompany





  • Look at menu handouts for ideas.

  • Great way to remediate or enrich

  • Use rubrics

  • You need to practice the procedure several times before students work on their own.

  • Have folders for students to keep up with their work.

Review gaps

Review Gaps

  • Meet with your group and discuss “gaps” that you identified at the beginning of this session.

  • Have you discovered activities that will help your students or have ideas for other activities?

  • Be ready to share in 3 minutes.


Questions ???

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