Sunday, September 28, 2014

Five for Sunday Scoop :) Multiplying and Dividing Fractions Frenzy!

Happy Sunday!  I'm doing a double link-up today to talk about my past week!  Normally I link up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching on Saturday at the latest, but today I'm pulling a 5 for SUNDAY--eek.  

We are still hard at work using our homework notebook strips!!  This is still one of my most FAVORITE products and ideas that I have ever had!  If you follow me, you know that I have talking about this a LOT, but I can't help it. :)  It has just saved me SO MANY copies this year already, but still giving my students worth while homework that is challenging, and allows me to give them higher level word problems, too---AND not have to lug around a giant math text book (which I still haven't TOUCHED yet this year!!).

So far I have an entire unit done under the Number Systems strand for the CCSS for 6th grade:

You can use these strips for ALL SORTS of things--they don't JUST have to be homework.  They are also perfect to put into interactive notebooks for a proof or independent practice, exit tickets, or classwork!  This unit is only 5 pages of actual SHEETS of paper--it's a condensed version of over 15 worksheets!!!!!  Now THAT's a saving of copies right there!  So, there are over 150 questions packed into strips to save YOU on copies (WITH answer keys!!)!  It also keeps all of the students work in ONE spot instead of having separate worksheets shoved in a million different places.

If you're interested, I plan on adding the rest of 6th grade CCSS strands throughout the year!  On the item listing on TPT, I have also listed what TOPICS I cover in case you do not use the CCSS. :)  

I will be updating this file soon with some Number Systems spiral review strips, which will make this packet over 200 questions (an equivalent to 20 worksheets), so be sure to get it when the price is low! :)
This week we worked, and worked, and WORKED on multiplying and dividing fractions!  The concept of multiplying and dividing isn't really a new thing for them, but they were struggling.  So we played some fun review games with cards:
 They played a sort of "War" card game, flipping over two numbers, creating a fraction, then multiplying or dividing (depending on what they decided on), working out the problem and saying the answer in simplest form.  First person to say the correct answer won! :)  They really loved it, and the room got LOUD (in a "we're all learning" way). :)

Then, we moved on to WORD PROBLEMS...yikes.  This was a struggle.  Sooo, instead of moving on to LCM/GCF like the plan was, we spent a few days with this.  I made some task cards for the students to use.  They were a MIX of multiplying AND dividing fractions, so they had to decide what operation they would use.  This was a challenge!!!  We really got into some good discussions of number sense, practicality, and the students did some GREAT discussions with each other!  It was great!  

We played Showdown for all of you Kagan buffs out there.  We plan to finish up Monday, because they did not finish on Thursday.  There were really some higher level questions, and these cards would be great for grades 6-9 depending on your students.   They are a mix of proper fractions, whole numbers, AND mixed numbers.  Some are division and some are multiplying. It makes it a challenge for the students when they don't know the operation outright.  You can get theme HERE if you're interested, or by clicking on the picture below. :)

I'm also linking up with The Teaching Trio today for their Sunday Scoop! 

So, here is mine! :)

So, since I worked on that earlier, I have accomplished number 3 on my HAVE TO list:

If you follow me on Instagram (@immixingitupinmiddle) you will have already seen that picture. :)

I'm in the process of gearing up for my FIRST science unit test as a 6th grade teacher!  Tomorrow we will be playing Jeopardy to review.  I'm super excited!!!  I'm also excited to next week post my Halloween decorating pictures, so STAY TUNED!  Also, us NC teachers have an exciting Facebook hop planned soon (I have also recently updated my Facebook Fan Freebie, so be sure to follow!), so be sure to keep in touch for more details!!!

Monday I am also getting a new student in my class that is from my home state of MICHIGAN!  So I am very excited about that!!!!  Have a great week everyone!!!!!


  1. That pumpkin pie blizzard looks delicious! I love everything pumpkin. Too bad we don't live near a DQ. Your math resources look awesome…too bad I teach 2nd grade. I hope you have a great week.
    The Traveling Teacher

  2. My students LOVE Jeopardy! We did Place Value Jeopardy last week - boys against girls. Your Pumpkin Pie Blizzard is giving me an itch... Yum! :)
    Grade 4 Buzz

  3. I love that you put on your to do list that you had to stop to get a blizzard! I need to do that more often!!

    Mrs. 3rd Grade 


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