Students often know how to solve math problems, but do they always now all the parts of a math equation?

# Archives for May 2019

## High-Interest Middle School Nonfiction Passages

It is fun to read about interesting topics especially when the information is true. Our history holds so many interesting secrets that have been forgotten by time. These are just the types of topics that grab the interest of middle school students. Click the link to access it. High Interest Nonfiction Passages Middle School

Every Common Core Nonfiction Standard is covered. If your school is not a Common Core School, there are no worries. The Common Core alignment form (and state alignment form) are optional inserts that list how each question is aligned to Common Core and general state learning objectives.

Eight passages, comprehension questions, and written response questions are included. There is also an answer key. Click the link to access it. High Interest Nonfiction Passages Middle School

**Below is a list of the passage topics that are included.**

*What We Used to Eat: Our Forgotten Food 8.7 RL and 1280 Lexile*

*Propolis: The Bee Paste No One Talks About 7.4 RL and 990 Lexile*

*Beware: The 19th Century Hospital 8.4 RL and 1040 Lexile*

*Corn’s Unusual History 8.4 RL and 1275 Lexile*

*The Odd Plants That Shaped America 7.4 RL and 990 Lexile*

*Like Lichen 7.4 RL and 990 Lexile*

*Clever Plants 7.1 RL and 981 Lexile*

*Unusual Uses for Plants and Bugs 8.6 RL and 1065 Lexile*

## Common Core Number and Operations Fractions With Paint Sticks

Upper elementary fractions can be fun. Using paint sticks can transform a lesson and build student engagement.

This blog post provides fun hands-on ideas to teach the Common Core Math Standards and most particularly the Common Core Number and Operations Fractions section of the standards. CCSS.4.NF.A.1, CCSS.4.NF.A.2,CCSS.4.NF.B.1, 5.NF.A.1, and more standards.

Many of the Common Core Standards want students to be able to understand math concepts in the visual format as well as the numerical format. Clothespins and paint sticks are great because students can touch, hold, and see the differences between fractional amounts and improper fractions.

Students can then place the clothespin at the appropriate point on the blank number line.

Possible Ideas:

~Students can use paint sticks to add or subtract fractions.

~Use to help students visualize the meaning of mixed numbers or improper fractions.

~Determine which fractional amount is missing on the number line.

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## Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teaching is a labor of love. We dedicate our hearts and minds to ensuring that students are prepared for the future. Thank you to all teachers for everything that you do.

## Algebra 1: Understanding the Characteristics of Quadratic Functions

Understanding the characteristics of quadratic functions (parabolas) has just been made easier. I remember have genius (and very passionate) college professors that knew about math but struggled to be able to communicate this knowledge with others.

I personal goal has been to make math accessible to students through adequate practice and detailed solutions. This way, students can better understand any gaps in knowledge and correct it.

Access the link https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Algebra-1-Understanding-the-Characteristics-of-Quadratic-Functions-4552564