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"My goal is to help students understand why math works." http://bettamath.blogspot.com/

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In this Common Core Resource, students will get the opportunity to be introduced to the Common Core Mathematical Practices and be able to underst...
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This is an interactive flipbook that students create and can use while working with the concept of ratios. I have had a lot of success with these...
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In this assessment bundle, you will receive a 15 Question Pre-test, three 5 question Mid-Concept Quizzes, a 15 Question Post-test all aligned wit...
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This lesson introduces students to the Order of Operations and includes "Step Viewer" templates, Order of Operations Checklists and worksheet pra...
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This is a fun game that introduces the students to a fun fictional scenario where alligators from Australia have escaped in their town. They have...
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In this comprehensive e-book, you will learn some time tested Betta Math techniques to help your students become more successful at adding and su...
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This is the lesson plan that goes with the FREE video entitled "Introduction to the Magic One". (The video has now been uploaded to the Betta Mat...
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This is the conclusion to Perimeter's Problem where Area and Perimeter outwit the Triangular Tree Pass Troll. (Perimeter's Problem Part 2)
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hpeterson001 re: Betta Math Common Core Ratios and Proportions Unit
After giving my students the pre-test, many of them are in the red group. I only have two students that might fall into the Blue group category. I have a couple of questions.

1) Do students have to pass EVERY question to be moved into a higher group or is one or two mistakes acceptable?

2) I'm afraid that the two students that will be working on the Blue Group activity by themselves will finish earlier than I can get through the lessons with the Red Group. What would you suggest for them do with the extra time?
May 28, 2013
Betta Math  (TpT Seller)
I also had this problem. I ended up creating a few extension acitvities to the standard projects that I listed. If you would like to progress as planned I would be happy to pass on some of these to you. (I have not uploaded them to TpT yet because they are not just the way I want them.) This would be offered at no cost to you.

The pre-test is a guideline but can adapted for your group because you know them better than anyone. Within that red group there could be some students that just need a little more guidance with the basics of ratios before you can allow them to join the next level group. I made a judgement call based upon each student's ability level. Also some of the more basic acitivities are beneficial for your two upper level students to complete. For instance, I had them still participate in the domino activity, but asked them to explain in more detail about the ratios they came up with. Please feel free to email me directly and I can provide you with the additional resources. (Just please understand that they are not 100% how I want them to be in order to be posted on TpT and they may need a little tweaking). My email is cmerritt1299@hotmail.com
May 29, 2013

Rachael Rhodes  (TpT Seller) re: Introduction to Ratios FREEBIE!!!
Hi,

The idea of the lesson is great! I'm thinking about using this to introduce ratios to my 7th grade as well. However, I noticed that there were no instructions as to how to use the pets in the pet shop. For example, what ratios did you use, and what was the procedures for setting up the pet shop? I think that discussing the ratios are a great idea, but what should the students be "discovering" in the activity so I could lead the discussion better?

Thanks,
Rachael
May 8, 2013
Betta Math  (TpT Seller)
The way I used it was as a very basic introduction to ratios where I named a few relationships and had the students think about how the various animals were related. We did not even get into reducing these ratios because I wanted it to be a very basic activity where students started to understand what a ratio was. Here are some specific ratios I had them come up with, but there are many more that you can use. [I had students practice writing them three ways (a:b, a to b and a/b)].

Cats to Dogs
Mammals:Reptiles
Animals that Swim:Animals that do not swim
Birds:Reptiles
Mammals:Birds
Animals with Feathers:Animals that do not have feathers

If you would like another resource for Ratios, please check out http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Betta-Math-
Common-Core-Ratios-and-Proportions-Unit.

Thank you so much for your interest in the product you asked about. If you have any other questions or if I have not completely responded to the question you asked, please do not hesitate to contact me again.
May 8, 2013

cbailey15 re: Betta Math Common Core Ratios and Proportions Unit
Sorry about all the questions below, but i couldn't get it to post and then wham..it was there like 4 times. Also, I just printed off these materials and I see the materials for the red and green group, but where are the blue group materials. And, I am not sure i understand the tracking sheets. A little more explanation would be helpful to me. Thank you
March 21, 2013
Betta Math  (TpT Seller)
No problem. The tracking sheets should be printed off so that each student has one card for the unit. The first column is for the Pre-test and helps to determine which level materials that student shoudl start with. Each of the mid-concept quizzes are 5 questions and serves as a "ticket out" for each level. It is meant to be a tool for tracking individual student progress. For example, if the student starts in the red group, they will work through the lessons on Basic Ratios and when you feel they are ready to attempt to "test out" you will give them the 5 question mid-concept quiz. If they are successful, they then move onto the green group and work on those activities.

The green group works the same way, except they get to skip the basic ratio activities if the pre-test indicates they already understand basic ratios. They need some help applying ratios. So they should work through the accompanying lesson supports that I have put in with the investigations.

Looking at my unit again, I did not put a written piece indicating what that blue group was intended to be doing. I apologize as somehow this was omited. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention and I will be putting a direction section into the unit. (The good news is that now through TpT you will be able to download any revisions that are made to this document free of charge.)

My intention was that the blue group should begin working on the investigations independently. Basically, they will not need the additional direct instruction if they are truly a "blue" level and have shown they have applied proportionate reasoning in their pre-test. They will probably need some direction, however it will not be as intense as the green group. I have worked through all parts of the unit myself, but no doubt there will be a need for some modifications when my kids start into it. Please also visit my blog in the next few months as I will be writing daily about the "good, the bad and the ugly" because I am sure there will be some tweaking.

Sorry to write you a book. If you have any other suggestions or ways that I can make the unit more user friendly, please feel free to email me cmerritt1299@hotmail.com. I greatly appreciate your interest in the product.
March 21, 2013

cbailey15 re: Basic Geometry Symbols Flipbook
I just downloaded this and I see the red group and the green group materials, but where are the blue group materials? Also, I am not sure how to use the tracking sheets. A little more explanation would be helpful. Thank you
March 21, 2013
Betta Math  (TpT Seller)
I am assuming this was a question about the Ratios and Proportions Unit, but did not want to leave a question unanswered on here :o).
March 21, 2013

cbailey15 re: Betta Math Common Core Ratios and Proportions Unit
Will you be making these for the other 6th grade common core units before the next school year?
March 21, 2013
Betta Math  (TpT Seller)
Yes. I started with Ratios and Proportions because this is what we are required to start teaching 4th Quarter. I will be completing them and posting them once I feel I have created a quality product for each standard. Thank you ao much for your interest.

You can also check out my blog at

http://bettamath.blogspot.com/

to see some of the finished products. I will be creating posts and uploading sample work as my students complete the various investigations.
March 21, 2013

cbailey15 re: Betta Math Common Core Ratios and Proportions Unit
Are you going to be making these for all the 6th grade Common Core Standards?
March 21, 2013

cbailey15 re: Betta Math Common Core Ratios and Proportions Unit
Are you going to be making these for all the 6th grade Common Core Standards?
March 21, 2013

cbailey15 re: Betta Math Common Core Ratios and Proportions Unit
Are you going to be making these for all the 6th grade Common Core Standards?
March 21, 2013

delia28466 re: Lesson Plan: Introduction to the "Magic One"
Where can I find the video
November 13, 2012
Betta Math  (TpT Seller)
Just had another idea and uploaded this video in two parts. It worked! If you are still interested, please check out the Betta Math store. I have uploaded it as Part 1 Introduction to the Magic One Supplementary Video and Part 2 Introduction to the Magic One Supplementary Video. Thank you again for your interest in this product.
November 14, 2012

jeanetteinga re: Betta Math Order of Operations Unit
I would really love to buy this. Please let me know if it is still available.
May 15, 2012

jeanetteinga re: Betta Math Order of Operations Unit
What materials are included in this unit? Only a DVD? Any other materials such as worksheets and/or tasks?
May 2, 2012
TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching middle school math for 9 years, but have had a lot of experience tutoring students ranging from middle school to 12th grade.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I enjoy making my students as interactive as possible helping them to learn through visuals, videos and games. I am excited about the new COMMON CORE CURRICULUM because it will be much more fun to teach the concepts at a deeper level. I love hands-on activities and inspiring my students to think at a much higher level.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have not earned any honors or awards, but I do love to teach and try to find ways to help students truly understand difficult topics in math.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a Bachelors Degree Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education. I am qualified to teach 6-12th grade and I have earned my Masters Degree in Leadership and Administration.