Sunday, June 8, 2014

Loved that Lesson!: Paper Pool

I've talked about this lesson before, but wanted to bring it up again because my students love it so much.  My 6th graders are actually going to start this lesson on Monday and I can't wait to see what they come up with.

We usually spend the last week of school doing nothing but problem solving activities during our math time. One of my favorite activities to do with my 6th graders is called Paper Pool which can be found on the Illuminations website. The students would spend a whole week on this project if I let them. 

I start by going through THIS worksheet, which explains the activity.
We go through both examples so that they understand exactly what the rules are.  Usually about half of the students have trouble understanding how to draw the lines (they have to be corner to corner), so I usually have to spend time working with them. If I'm lucky, the partner they have chosen understands and can show them how to do it. Once everyone understands how the "ball" moves on the board, they try different size rectangles.





When the students see a pattern, they write the "rule" on the board (they have to have found at least 3 rectangles that fit their rule to write it on the board).  


The next day, we test the "rules".  Every group takes a different rectangle that fits the rule to test it.  If it passes the test for all rectangles tested, it goes on the proven rules list. We had approximately 25 rules when we started and it went down to only 7 after testing each one.  I then wrote down whether each number was odd or even and we narrowed our rules down even further.


If you are looking for more lessons that your students will love check out the Loved That Lesson! linky by clicking on the picture below.



Friday, June 6, 2014

Foldable Friday: Officers in the British Army





These interactive foldable graphic organizers and many more can be found in my People of the American Revolutions poster and graphic organizer set. Just click on the picture below to find it in my TpT store.


American Revolution Linky


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Book Review Tuesday: Secrets Underground by Elizabeth MacLeod


Secrets Underground: North America's Buried Past by Elizabeth MacLeod.

I was intrigued by this book when I saw it because I've been a fan of the TV show Cities of the Underworld on the History Channel. If you are a fan of that series, you will definitely want to pick of this book.

The first chapter interested me the most as it was on a topic that I teach, the Aztecs.  It explains the history of the Aztecs from how they chose the city of Tenochtitlan as their capital to their defeat by the Spanish.  It then explains how the city got buried and how it was uncovered. It concludes with what is happening now with the discovery.

The rest of the book is similar covering ships buried in San Francisco during the Gold Rush, a forgotten cave used during the Civil War in West Virginia,  underground tunnels used during the Prohibition in Canada, Grand Central Terminal's underground tunnels in New York City, and the bunker under the Greenbrier hotel in West Virginia.

There are also facts that can be found in the margins of the books that give information about other places with similar "hidden treasures."

This is definitely a book to have if you teach any aspect of US History. As a lover of history, I was throughly intrigued with every aspect of the book. As a teacher, I really think that my students will love learning these unusual facts about our country.

You can get this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and eBay.