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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Multiplication Flashcards: Facts 1 – 12 (Printable + Free Pasta!)Self-contained with pasta themed envelopes and flashcards!Description: It’s easy to forget what it’s like to learn something for the first time. Handing anyone a full set of flashcards
Subjects:
Math, Basic Math
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Flash Cards
$5.00
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Help Maggie (an opinionated yet loving dog) and her dad Michael as they plan their wacky Halloween costumes and pick up lots and lots of chicken bone treats. Maggie is a real dog, and Michael is an illustrator who wanted to share his favorite girl
Subjects:
Math, Halloween, Decimals
Grades:
Homeschool, 6th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Minilessons
CCSS:
6.NS.B.3, 6.RP.A.3, 6.RP.A.3b, MP1, MP6
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Donuts!!! Okay, more accurately, donut holes! What better way to learn about combining like terms than problem solving with munchkins [imaginary or real, up to you]? Students work through scenarios of picking out and putting back different types of
Subjects:
Math, Algebra, Other (Math)
Grades:
6th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Minilessons
CCSS:
6.EE.A.4, MP7
$3.00
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Inspired by true events – I went to get a DEXA scan because I was worried about bone health – you know, a normal Thursday… and the technician responsible for interpreting these scans told me how she had diagnosed someone with declining bone health.
Subjects:
Applied Math, Word Problems, Numbers
Grades:
6th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Minilessons
CCSS:
6.NS.C.5, 6.NS.C.7a, 6.NS.C.7b, 6.EE.B.8
$3.00
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
In honor of Black History Month6.EE.1 Evaluate Numerical Expressions that involve whole number exponents **Disclaimer - Please read the content ahead of the time, some of it is quite raw and while I strongly believe our students can handle much more
Subjects:
Algebra, Order of Operations, Black History Month
Grades:
6th, 7th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
6.EE.A.1, RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.8
FREE
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Here students will plot points (and reflections) on the coordinate plane and identifies squares and rectangles. They will also use absolute value to determine distances, and use the grid to calculate Area and Perimeter. Mini-lesson (with guidance
Subjects:
Geometry, Graphing
Grades:
6th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Minilessons
CCSS:
6.G.A.1, 6.G.A.3
$2.00
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Besides bunnies, rats breed like mad.... some might even say ..exponentially <> Here students can see how the growing rat population exemplifies an exponential rate of growth by drawing what I like to call a "family tree". Students will then
Subjects:
Algebra
Grades:
6th
Types:
Worksheets, Minilessons, Homework
CCSS:
6.EE.A.1
$1.50
1
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Either distribute or display. I did both, I displayed off of my laptop and combined terms on the board, students followed along.
Subjects:
Algebra
Grades:
6th
Types:
Minilessons
CCSS:
6.EE.A.3, 6.EE.A.4
$0.50
1
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Simple practice to generate equivalent algebraic expressions.Students will be expected to apply -the distributive propertycombining like terms (terms come with a sign)order of operations
Subjects:
Algebra, Order of Operations
Grades:
6th
Types:
Worksheets, Minilessons, Homework
CCSS:
6.EE.A.3, 6.EE.A.4
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Using Area Models to Identify Equivalent Expressions. Lesson included: Two guided lessons + Keys (can use over two days, or one lesson and one homework, or as an assessment) Three sets of matching cards (Matching Game Tiered – High, Medium, Low) -
Subjects:
Algebra
Grades:
6th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Games
CCSS:
6.EE.A.3, 6.EE.A.4
$2.00
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
This is a strategic problem solving activity that can be conducted in groups. I performed this as a carousel activity and visited the groups to join in on their fruitful discussion. When we are working on problem solving, it's important for
Subjects:
Fractions, Other (Math)
Grades:
6th
Types:
Math Centers, Cooperative Learning, Activities
CCSS:
6.NS.A.1, MP1
$2.00
1
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
The quiz is a standards based assessment and would be a good starting point for backwards by design. Students will be expected to identify and apply conversion factors to convert both metric and customary measurements. Conversion reference table is
Subjects:
Algebra, Fractions, Word Problems
Grades:
6th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Minilessons
CCSS:
6.RP.A.3d
$1.75
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Here students are expected to identify a ratio, reduce it to simplest form and then create a ratio table. This is a useful precursor to plotting points. If you have already covered plotting points, then students can extend the lesson by plotting a
Subjects:
Algebra, Basic Operations, Word Problems
Grades:
6th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Minilessons
CCSS:
6.RP.A.1, 6.RP.A.3a
$2.25
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
When it comes to bar models, it takes a lot of practice to get the hang of it. This resource will provide that comfort level so that your instruction can build upon this. The performance task checks for understanding of ratio relationships. Ex: If
Subjects:
Algebra, Applied Math, Word Problems
Grades:
6th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
6.RP.A.1, 6.RP.A.3a
$1.50
1
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Here students will practice identifying part-to-part and part-to-whole relationships in given scenarios. Then they will have to determine whether statements represent the ratio relationship described by stating true or false. Lesson includes
Subjects:
Applied Math, Fractions, Word Problems
Grades:
6th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Minilessons
CCSS:
6.RP.A.1
$1.50
1
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
If I have a pint of cola and am told I have to split this exactly with my sister, it would be useful to know that there are exactly two cups in a pint. Dare I not give her more than I have :) Provide the reference sheet your students are accustomed
Subjects:
Applied Math, Arithmetic, Word Problems
Grades:
6th
Types:
Worksheets, Assessment, Minilessons
CCSS:
6.RP.A.3d
$2.50
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Real life application to determine the better buy, and besides, everyone loves Target! I used this as a performance assessment, but works well as a quiz or guided group activity. Tier 1 Students determine unit cost to determine the better
Subjects:
Applied Math, Basic Operations, Word Problems
Grades:
6th
Types:
Worksheets, Assessment
CCSS:
6.RP.A.2, 6.RP.A.3c
$1.50
1
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Just .... trust me on this one. Way fun! Based on Grade 6, but great for beginning of Grade 7 activity. Went through tons of sets each year because the kids kept wearing the cards out. Consider lamination! The students love it, it's healthy
Subjects:
Algebra, Mental Math
Grades:
6th, 7th
Types:
Math Centers, Activities, Games
CCSS:
6.EE.A.2
$1.50
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
Statistics doesn't have to be scary. In fact, I found that my students loved learning stats because we did so in the absence of difficult computation. It was always a pleasure to see who would surprise me.The "Big 5" in stats are as follows:
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Statistics
Grades:
6th
Types:
Worksheets, Scaffolded Notes, Minilessons
CCSS:
6.SP.A.3, 6.SP.B.4, 6.SP.B.5c
$3.00
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By Jessica at The Pointy Pencil
On the back of writing a book proposal review for Barron's they asked if I would be interested in writing a proposal myself for Grade 6 PARCC. This included explaining the standards by topic in a sequence that makes sense and coordinating relevant
Subjects:
Applied Math, Fractions, Word Problems
Grades:
6th
Types:
Test Prep, Mini-Course, Teacher Manuals
CCSS:
6.RP.A.1, 6.RP.A.2, 6.RP.A.3, 6.RP.A.3a, 6.RP.A.3b
$2.00
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

An even split between Fourth and Sixth grade.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Never walk in anyone's shadow.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I’m an outlier, and outliers know all too well that we don’t often get credit or recognition for the work we do, we’re too controversial. Independent study with author and Philosopher Dr. Colin McGinn on the Philosophy of Sound Economics Honors Society - Omricon Delta Epsilon High Honors in Philosophy

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Courses with the Nonverbal Group; Children’s book writing and Article writing (Gotham Writers Workshop); CELTA certified (Bell International School, Warsaw, Poland); BA in both Economics and Philosophy (Rutger’s University)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Very silly. Loves puns. Has a dog named Sookie.

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