Pokemon Go Graphs!!! and MORE!

Saturday, August 27, 2016 No comments
WE MADE IT! First week of school is done! In fifth grade we hit the ground running! So this week we focused on graphing.  This is the third year with the new math standards and I am still trying to fully understand the rigor behind the standards.  I think every year I get a little better at the new concepts.  This year during our data and graph unit, I did some of the same things as last year but I added a few new activities to increase the rigor.
First we focused on Stem and Leaf.  We used favorite numbers between 20-49 and we also played SKUNK to collect data in a more engaging way.  Afterwards I handed out a laminated piece of manilla paper with a stem and leaf graph in the middle.  I divided the paper into four sections.  Each student in the group was responsible for writing a question that could be solved using the stem and leaf.

After they wrote questions, they switched with another group and solved the other group's questions. 

The next day we looked at Dot Plots.  Just like last year, we made dot plots using or hand span and shoe sizes.  You can see those activities in an earlier post on my blog. We also used Padlet to look at several other examples of dot plots. Padlet is a virtual bulletin board which allows students to post in response to questions I ask.  

The next day we moved onto bar graphs.  We used Edmodo like we did last year, as a way to collect data.  Edmodo creates digital bar graphs that students can interpret. Afterwards, in partners, students looked at bar graphs and double bar graphs and analyzed statements to conclude if the statement is true or false.  This is an awesome way that students can justify their thinking and solve problems using their reasoning skills.  
Visit my TpT store and get your own copy of the bar graph analysis here: Bar Graph Analysis

On Friday we did an activity that I am super excited about! It features Pokemon Go! I figured if you can't beat'em join'em! I played Pokemon Go for a week and it was incredibly time consuming but fun! I have to be honest, I do not play it anymore, haha. 
First I showed a short slide show that describes Pokemon Go for students who had no clue what it was.  Then I hung posters aka Pokestops around the room.  Students worked with partners to rotate around the rooms looking at the posters.  Students used a cootie catcher aka Pokeballs to ask each other questions. The kids loved this! They also loved they could talk to me about something they are interested in! 

I laminated the posters so that at the end of the acitvity, as a class, when we went over a few questions, I could write on the poster with a dry erase marker.  
If you would like to do this acitvity in your class, head on over to my TpT store.  The download comes with posters, cootie catchers and the link to my google slide show! Pokemon Go Graph Activity!

Tune in next week for multiplication activities! 

Peace, Love, Math- Jennifer 

New Year, New Beginnings!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 No comments
Welcome back to another wonderful year in 5th grade! I had a wonderful summer break! When I was small, I thought time passed by so slowly.  I remember thinking, how much longer until my birthday, Christmas, summer break etc.  Now I feel like the older I get the faster the time flies, which I find very unfair since when you are older you have many more things you want to cherish and slow down the aging process. But alas, here we are beginning another school year.
I am very excited about the kids that are coming to us this year.  I helped out with fourth grade math last year so much that I already know a majority of the kids, so that feels amazing!
Last year, our fifth grade team had outstanding STAAR scores! In Math we had 100% of our students pass math with 48% of the students scoring in the advanced range (first Admin).  In Reading, we had 98% of our students pass and 38% of the students were advanced (by 2nd admin).  In Science we had 100% of our students pass with 30% of the students scoring advanced! Just amazing!
We owe it all to data driven lessons and assessments.  Towards the end of the year I really focused on student driven data and allowing students to be more accountable for their own learning and goal setting.  This is what drove my students to the advanced levels.  They didn't just want to pass, they wanted to set their own personal goals and meet those goals.
This year it is my goal to start this from the beginning of the year.  I have created a student friendly version of all the Math TEKS so that students can keep track of their own strengths and weaknesses.  I will have them glue these pages into their math journals for easy access and reflection.

I will feature this data sheet and a new data activity featuring Pokemon Go soon! Have a wonderful first day of school!

Peace, Love, Math- Jennifer