Interactive Math Notebooks

I love using interactive notebooks in my classroom. I think it's a great way to review concepts in a fun and hands on way. My students love their notebooks!

I usually teach new math concepts using our math text books, but I use these activities as a review to make sure my students master key math vocabulary or skills. 

Here is an activity my students added to their notebooks to review standard, word, and expanded form. 

And here we reviewed the divisibility rules. Underneath each flap you will find the rule for the number!

This is a great visual for area and perimeter. On the left my students wrote the definitions. 
And last but not least....a greatest common factor venn diagram. 

If you love these activities and would like to see more, please check out my Interactive Math Notebook Bundle in TPT. I have put together 31 great math on the link to check out all of the topics that are covered! 

Currently September

Thank you Oh Boy 4th Grade for giving me the opportunity to participate in my first linky! Here's my currently September. 

Math Rotations for a Beginner

I decided to start Math Rotations this year and I must say...I was nervous! I have always taught math to the whole group and I've never done enough hands-on activities. This year I have a class that has a huge gap in their abilities. I knew that something about the way I taught math would have to change. I spent all summer researching and preparing for math rotations.

First, I read Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction by Laney Sammon. I highly recommend this book if you are just starting out with math small groups.

Then I made this awesome Math Rotations board from the Clutter Free Classroom on TPT.

M = Math Facts, A = At Your Seat, T = Teacher Time, H = Hands-on

Next, I spent some time hours creating centers like these Math Dice Games for the students to use during their hands-on time. 

You can find these Math Dice Centers in my TPT store! They cover a ton of different concepts. 

Finally, it was time to teach math! I used a Saxon pretest that was provided in my curriculum to group my students into four groups. I spent a great deal of time on the first day just going over the procedures and walking them through the rotations. At first it seemed a little chaotic! 

But I finally got them working quietly like this...

and this!!

This is where my students come for "Teacher Time." I have small whiteboards from Lakeshore that my students use to practice the concept that I am teaching. 

         I always start with a mini lesson. All students are learning the same concept, but I differentiate their "At Your Seat" work and I also differentiate what I do with them during "Teacher Time." The "Math Facts" and "Hands-on" rotations are usually the same for everyone. This allows me to keep my sanity when trying to plan for math rotations. I found that it is very easy to get caught up in the planning and go overboard! I had to calm myself down a bit and realize that not every little thing needed to be differentiated. 

So far, this is working for me, but I'm interested to know how other people do math rotations! Since I'm still a beginner, I have plenty of room to improve and I'm always seeking advice on how I can change things for the better in my classroom.  What do you do differently?                  

Classroom Tour

This is the first time in my 6 years of teaching that I have stayed in the same classroom and did not have to move over the summer! I was so very happy when I found out that I could stay in my classroom, because...(for whatever reason!?) I had become the teacher that was constantly being told to move. Now that I got to stay in the same place twice, I was able to focus on making my room BETTER over the summer instead of just making it a classroom! So here it is...
We use Thinking Maps at my I turned this bulletin board into a bubble map! I'll leave this one up all year as we study the different parts of speech. 

 I got these great genre posters from Hope King's TPT store. In the middle I track my students' AR points with stars. Every 5 points = a star!
My desk! I love my little nook back here. 

Here are my book bins, labeled by AR levels. 

 Math it up board! We started this in the first few days of school and my students loved it. It was a freebie on TPT!
That little brown table is my "catch all table." It's at the font of the room and it hold all of my important things like teacher's manuals...and COFFEE! Next to it is a shelf for all of our writing supplies. (Dictionaries, writer's notebooks, thesauruses...) This is also where they sharpen pencils and turn in their class work. 

Our mascot is a gator! Check out the cute gator I drew. 

View of my back small group table.

View towards the front of the room....all those desk crammed into my tiny room!

and my favorite!!
(Yes, this one is ALL over pinterest. You've probably seen it...I stole borrowed the idea, but that's what pinterest is for...right?!

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