# FREE 6th Grade Ratios and Proportional Relationships Common Core Math Posters

### Try these FREE posters:

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or FREE from my TpT Store:  6thGradeCCSS_RP_Posters

# Divisibility Rules Poster Options

I am working on converting old anchor charts and notes to typed posters.

# Divisibility Rules Poster Options:

## Black and White:

Use these photos as a poster to display in your classroom, or print for use in student notebooks/binders.  Here is the FREE .pdf:  DivisibilityRulesPoster.

### So, what is this trick for the 7’s divisibility rules?

Check it out:

• Double the last digit and subtract it from the remaining part of the number.  If the answer is either 0 or it is divisible by 7, then the original number is divisible by 7.

Example:

• Isolate the last digit:  1015 .
1. Double the last digit.  5 x 2 = 10.
2. Subtract the result (10) from the remaining part of the number (101):  101 – 10 = 91
3. Determine whether your answer is equal to 0 or divisible by 7.  If it is, the number is divisible by 7.  If it is not, the number is not divisible by 7.
• 91 divided by 7 equals 13, which is a whole number.
• Since 91 is divisible by 7, that means 1015 is also divisible by 7.
• If you are curious, and don’t feel like working it out… 1015 divided by 7 equals 145.

It is probably easier just to do long division in most cases, but it is always fun to learn a new trick 😉

Check out my post on making a divisibility rules foldable.

# My Welcome Video for Students

I start teaching on Monday (8-25), so I finally made my welcome video for the students that I mentioned here.  I unexpectedly had to finish the video on Friday.  Now that it is online, I am happy to share it with you.  Even though I am not 100% happy with the video, I learned how to get over that feeling quickly last year when I was making flipped videos with a deadline every week. Check the video out if you like:

I already know that I want to do something different for the next time I make a welcome video, but I am happy that I got something out there for the students to feel like they know me a bit before classes start.

Right now, I am challenging myself to turn on my camera during class more this year.  This is a scary thought, but I know I can do it, and the students will love it!

# You teach ONLINE? AND What I have been up to this week!

## You teach ONLINE?

When I tell others that I teach middle school math online, the first thing they say is, “How does that work?”, followed by an endless amount of other questions.

It seems like most people who I have come across do not know about online schools, so I will come back and update this if we change our plans throughout the year.  Maybe it will give a better picture of how some people teach online. To be honest, I didn’t know that there were online schools for middle school students until I looked into it and found a job, and I have taught for 6 going on 7 years!

## Organized the Office

I spent tons of time organizing my office!  I needed to take a break from constantly being at my computer.

It is still a work in progress, but I am happy to have a place that I can work once school starts back up.  In the midst of my back to school fever, I went a little crazy decorating my office.  Early this week, I started putting up posters that I used to have in my classroom.  I got inspired by my fiance’s office that has pictures and posters.

The fun has only just begun… I am sure I will make plenty of changes as the year goes on.  After all, I will be spending a lot of time in there.  I will be teaching from 8:30-3:00 with a break for lunch and another break throughout the day. Technically, this will be more hours teaching than last year. However, I will not have as many videos and lessons to create (hopefully).  I will have trouble resisting the urge to make new videos and resources, so expect some new videos from me to show up on my vimeo profile.  Plus, I did promise to make a back to school video to send to my students, so I need to follow through on that.

## Back to School!

Our first meeting is the 11th, so even before we have students, there is work to do.  Luckily, I got a lot done at the end of the school year to prepare for this year.  Of course I still have things to do, but it isn’t as overwhelming as it could have been.  I am the most concerned about our new structure of classes: how it will end up working out, and what it will be like when I am the main teacher for 7th grade.  I am happy that I will be teaching 7th grade Pre-Algebra, which is a class that I taught last year.

I am so excited to see everyone again and am looking forward to working with some new people this year!

#### A little about our class structure plan:

• Classes will be Monday-Thursday
• Friday will be open office
• Each class period will last 1 hour and 30 minutes.
• 45 minutes will be a large group
• Led by me and assisted by the other 7th grade math teacher (there are two of them, but they will rotate) for the first class of the day only.  The rest of the day, they will be teaching their own class.  Ideally, we would like to have the students take a ticket out the door so that we can decide if they are free to go or if they need to stay for the remediation class.
• 30 minutes will be a smaller group
• The other 7th grade math teacher will be teaching a remediation class on the same topic that I taught that day during the 30 minutes directly after the 45 minute class.  They will take turns, so each of them will teach twice a week.  I will help them for the first 15 minutes, but for the second 15 minutes, I will have a break, tutor, or set up for the next class.
• There will be up to 6 classes a day

## Bought a Headset & Printed Products

I bought a printer and a headset.  I have yet to try the headset, but am looking forward to it! I did charge it.

I printed some products (even though I can’t use the hard copy because I teach online) just to make sure everything was how I intended it.  I organized the products in two binders: one for stations, and one for other products.  I haven’t done all the products yet, but I am sure I will eventually.  Maybe I can use them someday in the classroom, or use them as a portfolio of my work.  I used my label maker to label the binders.  I can’t wait to start cutting out and laminating some station activities!

## TpT Sale Spike

Next came the TpT sale.  I was in shock on the 4th (mainly because I had almost forgotten about the sale and had taken a few days away from technology), and especially the 5th… look at that crazy spike!  The crazy part is that most of those sales were late in the day on the 5th.  My spike motivated me to buy some clip art from a TpT seller to spread the love. Thank you TpT for hosting an amazing sale!

## Got Creative

I created some new products on Tuesday and Wednesday:

Then, I added an easy version to my product, Building Squares:  Icebreaker Puzzle (for the first week of school).

## Was Inspired

I listened to most of Edmodocon on the 6th and was thoroughly entertained.  We are trying to decide if we will use edmodo next year.  We did not use it last year, but I used it the year before.

# Welcome Video for Students

### I am thinking about making a welcome video to send to my students.

First, I must say that I need to start going to bed earlier.  It never fails, I end up staying up late right before the school year is about to begin, but not at the beginning of the summer.  If I want to stay up late, I have one week left.  After that, it is time to get back on a regular schedule.  Our first meeting is on the 11th.

#### Most likely, I will post the video on vimeo and share the link with the students to watch before our first class.

##### FACT:  I only know what a few of my students look like.

I work at an online school, so I work at home, except for meetings.  Last year, I never met most of my students, in person anyways. The few that I did meet looked completely different from what I had imagined in my mind.   I wanted to stare at them and soak in their faces so the picture in my head would transform.  I had some pretty fantastic students in 6th grade last year that I am really looking forward to having again this year!

##### FACT:  Most of my students haven’t met me.
###### Where did I meet some of my students?

At the office and/or while proctoring CRT tests.  Last year, I had a few pictures on my website, and turned on the camera sometimes during class.  Typically I only came on camera when the students asked me to, but there were a few days where I surprised everyone.  I did not come on every day.  I don’t mind being on camera, but I become very aware of what I am doing, which is distracting.

###### Why Am I Thinking About Making a Welcome Video?

The video will give my students a chance to see me.  They loved it when I came on camera last year, but there audio and video don’t sync properly.  There is no lag if I post the video on a website (unless they have internet like at my parent’s house in the country).

I know that some students will be really excited to see me in action. Hopefully the video serves its purpose, making the students feel a little more comfortable and welcome.

I will make sure my office is in good shape so that I can record the video there.  Currently the condition clean, but I am trying to add more items to it. Today and yesterday, I cleaned the perimeter of the garage, where I have tons of school supplies, books, etc. from my classroom. Most of them are still out there… just  a little neater.  Some of these items are moving to my office.

I am thinking about putting up posters on the walls of my office.  I have them, and I have no idea what to do with them. Storing them on the walls might be the answer.  The room needs re-painted from the previous owners, so putting a few holes in the wall isn’t a big deal.

I am considering donating the school supplies… what am I going to do with them?  Maybe I can give them to students at the office somehow.

I can’t believe it has taken me a year to deal with the mountain of stuff from my classroom that has sat in my garage. Now when I open my garage door I don’t have to cringe, thinking that neighbors are looking at my piles of stuff, and secretly judging me.  The amount of money that I spent on all of this stuff is insane!

I know from making flipped videos last year, students don’t like to watch long videos, so I don’t feel the need to make it very long. 2 minutes tops.  Just a hello and a bit about me and about what to expect in class.  It will include any necessary excel documents (a calendar of topics, and 7th grade common core resource) and a PDF with information, such as when to get help.

Now that I wrote it down, I will remember it, so it is time to follow through.  Pictures coming soon.

What do you think?  Would you watch a welcome video from a teacher?  Would you make one?

# Math is a Language

### Understanding “Mathlish”:

#### Have you ever tried to learn another language?

Can you speak English? Spanish? Both? Another Language? Learning about Math is just like learning another language!

Once you can speak Mathlish, doing math problems is easier!  Note:  We started calling math vocabulary “mathlish” last year. The students loved it!

# Back to School Ice Breaker Puzzle Activity

### Back to School Ice Breaker Puzzle Activity

#### Are you looking for an activity to use for back to school? You can’t lose with a fun icebreaker! This set of puzzles is challenging and guaranteed to make every student think whether they want to or not!

Here are some pictures from my rough draft before creating this activity.  I created the entire activity on the computer, and was looking forward to print it out to have my fiancé try it to assess the difficulty level.  I went to my printer to print the activity, and was greeted by an angry printer that just kept eating my paper.  I was flabbergasted because I have only used my printer a couple times before, and it was brand new when I got it!  Also, it is telling me that I am almost out of ink… but I thought my ink was new too!  Either someone has been secretly using my printer, or it just decided to betray me.  Needless to say,I was super disappointed.  I just sat there with a frown on my face for what seemed like a few minutes.  Then, I realized, that I could just grab some paper, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, a ruler, and some fabulous folding and tracing skills to test this activity.  As I was recreating the activity that I made on the computer, I was constantly reminded that math is SO cool!  Equilateral triangles can form so many patters… so can right triangles!  Playing around with the shapes was a lot of fun.  I would love to come up with some new criteria and shapes and create some unique puzzles.

### Note:  These puzzle pieces do not “go together”, but here are all the pieces sorted by number.

Once I finished creating the puzzles, I took pictures of them before cutting them out so that I would have something to refer to if I got confused later.  Then, I cut out the pieces.  I tried putting the puzzle together, but it was taking too long, so I decided to make some adjustments to change the difficulty of the puzzle set.  In the process, I discovered two great ways to lower the difficulty level:

1.  Make sure that all the numbers are facing the same direction.  (See the example above)  By having all the numbers face the direction, the puzzle could have quickly became too easy (especially if this fact is given out as a clue), so I decided to write the numbers facing all directions to start.  Later, I decided to change it to increase the ease of making the product, and to make the puzzle easier (once the clue is given out).

2.  Color code to change difficulty levels instantly!  This activity has 6 puzzles with 4 pieces in each puzzle.  I chose these numbers on purpose because they offered flexibility when determining the difficulty level.  On top of that, having a nice number like 6 allows you to easily discard 2-4 puzzles without affecting the results.

Here is how I created the difficulty levels:

1. Easy (1 blue, 1 purple, 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, and 1 orange):  6 puzzles, all different colors, 4 pieces in each puzzle
2. Average (2 blue, 2 purple, 2 red):  6 puzzles, 2 of each color, 4 pieces in each puzzle
3. Difficult (3 yellow, 3 green):  6 puzzles, 3 of each color, 4 pieces in each puzzle
4. Mega Challenge (6 orange):  6 puzzles, all the same color, 4 pieces in each puzzle

Other ways to change the difficulty:  take out and entire puzzle or set of puzzles.

### Puzzles Sorted by Color: 8 Pieces (2 Puzzles) per Color

As you can see from the picture above, a simple paperclip (yes, that is a mini-gel pen… but same concept as a paper clip) will suffice.  You can store the pieces in a plastic bag, in pencil pouches, or pencil boxes.