I am so in love with our interactive notebooks! I have been using them for three years and I have learned a thing or two about making the most of our notebooks with the small amount of time that we have. If you have tons of extra class time and nothing to fill it with, this might not be the right blog post for you. ;-) But if you want to use notebooks and struggle with the time they take, I hope these tips will be helpful. Please tell me that I am not alone...but there is always a handful of students who cut so slow that I have to use all of my will power to keep from grabbing the paper and cutting it myself! Part of the awesomeness of interactive notebooks is that kids are cutting, glueing and moving. So I don't want to take that component away completely. But, I am not opposed to giving them a head start to save a little time! When you print out a page for students to put in their notebook, there is always blank space around the outside edges of the activity. You ca...
We are smack dab in the middle of our state testing. On our off days, I wanted to give kids a break from our usual routine. But, I really wanted to keep them reviewing! And that is where this graphing project comes in! I have done it for the past two years and it is always a student favorite. I break the class into groups of 4-5 students. Each group must come up with a survey question and answer choices for their question. After I have approved the questions and answer choices, the group will go around the class and survey their classmates. I like to give them a class list to keep track of who they have asked and the person's response. After they have completed the survey, the group works together to put their data into various graphs. I have my students make a tally graph, a bar graph, a pictograph and a line plot graph. The groups also write a paragraph to summarize their data. (Yay, integrating writing into math!) I love listening to my groups work. By this poin...