This Middle School Math Curriculum Sample features five of my favorite products.
1.) 8th Grade Math Stations and Games - "Math Match" Roots
2.) 7th Grade Commutative & Associative Properties Lesson: FOLDABLE & Homework
3.) 6th Grade Math Stations and Games - Pick-a-Card Box-Plots
4.) 7th Grade Math - CHOICE BOARD Adding & Subtracting Rationals
5.) Middle School Math Stations and Games - Equivalent Expressions Triangler
**8th Grade Math Stations and Games - "Math Match" Roots**
I created this game for common core math stations square roots and cube roots. It includes perfect squares up to 12 and perfect cubes up to 6. It can be played individually, in partners, or groups of three or four.
It works perfectly in stations as it is easily differentiated. As my students are rotating from one station to the next, I can grab the stack of cards and remove some pairs to modify the game for a lower level group.
There are 36 cards included. This is enough two different 18-card games or three different 12-card games.
I have groups of four rotate through stations. At this station, the groups of four split into two partner pairs. When both partner pairs finish the match, they can trade and do the other half.
For best results, print on card stock and laminate before cutting apart. Student directions are included to use as a partner activity. I recommend laminating them to keep at the station.
**7th Grade Commutative & Associative Properties Lesson: FOLDABLE & Homework**
This product includes a foldable with suggested notes, worksheet, and answer key covering Commutative and Associative Properties - CCSS.7.EE.A, A.1.
In my class, I use the left hand side of the notebook for guided notes with foldables, while the right-hand side is reserved for individual practice work. There is a one-sided worksheet to be glued into interactive notebooks on the right hand page opposite the notes. I usually trim just a bit around the edge of the worksheets with a paper cutter so that they fit perfectly, but this is not necessary.
I started using Stick-n-Solve Foldables in my Math Interactive Notebooks last year and it worked great! There are a few things about these Stick-n-Solves that I really have enjoyed. First, my students no longer spend time copying down problems when we take notes. I always thought this was a waste of time. Now, the problems are on the foldable ready to be solved. The students like to cut and fold and glue while working in their notebooks. It gives them something tactile to do during class. Finally, the foldables are a built in review tool for your students. At the end of a unit, they can go back through their notebooks and solve all the problems on the Stick-n-Solves. Since the work is on the inside, they just open them up to check their answers. Each foldable in this set has two per page. My students are set up in partners, so I give one sheet to each partner pair to cut in half. There is no extra paper on these foldable templates (which means no little scraps of paper to trim off and end up all over the floor).
With the foldable, you will see two pictures. You will see a draft picture of notes for the topic, and a picture of the solutions on the inside of the foldable.
**6th Grade Math Stations and Games - Pick-a-Card Box-Plots**
This activity was created for my middle school math stations on statistics. It is brief (one page), but will give your students the opportunity to each complete a unique set of problems. They choose a card with a set of numerical data and use that data to make and analyze their graph. This way when they ask each other for help, it cannot be, “What’s the answer to number one?” but rather, “Can you explain how to do number one?” The conversations and explanations that arise are great.
**Common Core Math - CHOICE BOARD Adding & Subtracting Rationals - 7th Grade**
I started using choice boards last year and LOVE them! I never gave my students the opportunity to be creative in my classroom. For years, it was notes, homework, and repeat until the test. These choice boards give students the ability to express themselves within their particular learning style. I have been so impressed with the results I get from my students.
This choice board focuses on Adding & Subtracting Rationals. Also included in this file are mini posters that describe each option on the choice board. I put these on a bulletin board that hangs all year, as we do a number of choice boards. You can also show them on a projector when introducing the choice board to your class. I like to distribute the choice boards at the beginning of the unit and give them a due date around the test.
When my students did their first choice board, I gave them a period in class to work on it. Following choice boards were completed entirely on their own time. I have also created and included a general rubric that you can use for any choice board item. To differentiate, I occasionally allow lower level students to complete two choices (I will cross out a row). The other option for differentiation is to reduce the number required for a particular choice. For example, have a student create two story problems rather than four. I also give students extra credit for any choices that they complete beyond the minimum.
**Middle School Math Stations and Games - Equivalent Expressions Triangler**
I created this Triangler Puzzle game for my common core math stations.The focus is on equivalent expressions created with the commutative, associative, distributive, and identity properties, as well as combining very simple like terms (no exponents).
It is great for stations as it can be easily differentiated. For a lower level group, exclude the bottom row of the puzzle. I prepare both versions so that I can swap them out as groups are rotating. Laminate the puzzle page and cut out the puzzle pieces. The puzzle is correct as it is, so print a copy to keep as your key. I laminate the included student directions to keep at the station.
My station rotations are in groups of four. I like to use this as a group station. That is, when the group gets to this station, they all work together to assemble the puzzle. The discussions that arise are awesome. You could also have the students work individually or in partner pairs. You would just need to print multiple versions of the puzzle. Doing so on different colored sheets of paper will make it easy to keep in order. I prefer cardstock for the weight and feel, but plain copy paper works, too.
Middle School Math Curriculum Sample
by Kimberly Wasylyk
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