This Cookie Monster "Coloring Book Math" worksheet includes a worksheet on order of operations (I use it in my 8th grade class and Algebra), a coloring sheet, worksheet key, and coloring page key! Have fun solving equations using the order of operations with the Cookie Monster!
“Why??? Coloring is for kindergarten.”
My motto has always been: “If you’re bored, your students are definitely bored!” After grading homework sheet after workbook page… I realized that grading wasn’t super fun, and I’m positive doing the homework wasn’t very fun either. Then I remembered how much I loved kindergarten and the lower grades because the teachers made EVERYTHING fun. That is when I decided to make my assignments a little more ‘interesting.’ I didn’t know how my students would react, but surprisingly they LOVE IT and grading is a lot more exciting as well! Who doesn’t love coloring? (Ok… I do have one student who chooses not to color but 1 out of 40 isn’t too bad :)
“How/when would I use these activities?”
Whenever you want! Use them as homework, review, extra credit, etc.
“Why are the colors so crazy? Don’t you know that Mario's pants aren't blue?
After being a middle school student myself and teaching middle school for the past few years, I know how clever they can be. If the colors were accurate, it would be simple to find the problem that is “blue” and match it up with the answer on his pants which are supposed to be “blue.” However, if they are random colors, they have to do the work!
“Do I grade them on their coloring?”
I don’t. I simply remind them that the ANSWERS are on the back! It would be silly not to look at them! (Remind them that this is not cheating since you are giving it to them.) I give them an extra credit point for coloring.
“What are the benefits?”
-Students actually check their work. If the answer isn’t on the coloring page, they know they did something wrong and can redo the problem.
-Easier to grade (just look at their coloring page). TIP: I usually at least glance through their work to make sure they didn’t simply copy someone else’s coloring.
-Students actually get excited about homework!
“Do you have a coloring book page for ___________”
Message me and let me know what topic/problems you would like to have a coloring page for and what cartoon/picture you would prefer and I will make you one if I do not already have one!