I've made something I am REALLY proud of, so, I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for:
I know it's not Monday, but I am just so excited early because.....Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I finished it!!!!! :) I blogged a bit about this on Friday, and I have worked really hard to get the FIRST set up!!! I only have one Monday Made It (well, I've made more things, but I don't want to clog the link up. :) I just want to put what I am most proud of!).
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I am SO PROUD of this set! I started this system of homework strips this year in my classroom. This is my first year with a COPY LIMIT (AHHHHHHHH!!!!). My problems: I do not have enough text books for my 6th graders, and I also can't write down problems on the board every day for them to copy for homework (such as word problems!) so I had to come up with some sort of system to save paper, and here it is! HOMEWORK STRIPS! :) This also lets me differentiate, too. Normally questions 6-10 are harder, so if I have struggling students I can just assign 1-5.
I have fit at least 4 different nightly assignments onto one sheet (not in this case, but all of the rest have 4 :)):
Then I copy ONE sheet for my students every Monday-and tah-dah I am DONE with my copies for the week, and I have saved HUNDREDS on my copy count, paper, and saved trees!
I then pass out ONE strip to students each day, and they complete them in their homework notebook:
In the morning as part of their warm ups, they compare answers with the students in their groups. This gets them talking, discussing, collaborating, and peer tutoring. I LOVE it! Then as a class we discuss any that they had trouble with. This saves ME time, too because I am not wasting class time going over MILLIONS of homework problems while the students sit there NOT engaged with what I am doing. It also saves time because I do not have PILES of their homework to review!! It keeps THEM more organized because they don't have homework papers shoved EVERYWHERE!!! It also allows the students to be creative. I personally don't mind if the students make it colorful, do their work in pen, etc. Whatever makes them want to make sure to do their homework. :)
This has been one of the best systems I have ever integrated into my classroom. You personally wouldn't have to use the strips for homework...you could use them in a variety of ways!
-in their interactive notebooks as a reflection
I hope that you enjoy this idea, and if you're a 6th-8th grade teacher I hope that you can use these in your classroom! Just click HERE to find it in my TPT store! Be SURE to follow me while you're there also, as I will be continuing to put out the rest of the CCSS in homework strip form for 6th grade. If I get ambitious I will start to put out other grade levels as well. If you do not use the CCSS, this packet includes things like:
*Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide Multi-digit Numbers
*Positive & Negative Integers
Also, don't forget to stop by Simone's Math Resources for a great giveaway!!! I'm one of the shopping sprees for tomorrow (9/15), so stop by to enter!!! :)