### Trios! Wow!

Equivalent Trios is a great game! We have been working with fractions, decimals, and percents, and we have worked on various activities during the past few days. One of the activities was this Equivalent Trios game. Each triangle has a percent, decimal, fraction, or picture on each side. Each side  needs to be matched with another trio that has an equivalent percent, decimal, fraction, or picture. I worked with each group to get them started with this game, because they did need some guidance to get on the right track.
The directions are written for this to be played as a game: the group places one tile in the middle, and each student begins with several tiles, taking turns to find a match. If they can't find one, they pick up an extra tile and the next person takes their turn. However, I found it more productive and time-saving (we were using this as a center activity and so did not have a lot of time) if they worked on it as a group to find the matches. Each student did take 4-5 tiles to start, and we left the extras face-up in the middle, but the students did look at each others' tiles to help each other. Once they understood the way the game worked, their conversations were great to listen to! For example, if they were looking for something equal to 0.33, students would say, "Does someone have 33% or 33 over 100?" and they would repeat it as they searched for a match...this repetition was really helpful to the kids who weren't as sure of themselves.

The students definitely found this to be a challenge and enjoyed working on it as they attempted to use all 36 of the pieces (only 2 groups of the 19 groups in all of my math classes actually finished it).  Some wanted so much to finish it that they asked to work on it during  9th period (study hall/activity time). We first used this activity on Tues, and I had students ask to use it every 9th period for the rest of the week!
Do you have any math games/activities that your students ask to play?

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1. Afternoon Ellie!
I just love using games like this in the classroom. I thought you'd like to know that I have a FREEBIE in my TpT store very similar to this that could come in handy for your little ones.

FREE Fun Fraction Tri Ominos has 10 basic level fraction Tri Ominos that demonstrates the link between symbols - language - materials.

I'm a new follower to your blog and just LOVE everything Maths too! :)

Liz - BaysideMathTeacher

1. Thanks so much for sharing, for visiting and for following! I will check out your freebie.
Thanks!

### Memory Wheels - First Day, Last Day, and Any Day in Between!

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### Love to Doodle (and a freedbie)

Exponents Color by Number For most of my school life as a student (and even as an adult, during PD), I have really liked doodling! During lectures, discussions...it would help me focus, but also give me something to make me look busy, so I wouldn't get called on in class! I always hated being called on and almost never participated voluntarily:) I liked to draw cubes, rectangles, squiggly lines, etc, and color in different parts of the doodles. Download this freebie:-) I really wanted to make some color by number activities. Since I am not good at creating actual pictures, I decided to make my color by numbers similar to my random drawing/doodling. My Exponent Color by Number is most similar to my past doodles, but I thought it was a little too random, so I started using actual shapes. The Integer Operations Color by Number (freebie), as well as most of my other color by numbers are more structured, but so much fun for me to make! Computerized doodling! Anyone else

### Math Class - First Day Activity

Rectangle of pentominoes Many 6th graders seem to have a pretty negative attitude about math, so I try to do something interesting to "grab" them during our first class. Last year, during the first math class, we spent part of the period working with pentominoes. Before working with the pentominoes, however, we played a name game so we could learn each others' names (I find it impossible to start anything else if I don't know some names, and fortunately, I learn them fairly quickly). rectangle outline For the activity, I divided the students into groups of 3 or 4. The directions for the activity were not complicated - the task was to make a rectangle, using all of the pentominoes. I gave students an outline of the rectangle, as pictured to the left, so they would know the correct size of the rectangle. The squares in the grid are each one inch. The rectangle is 5 squares (inches) wide and 13 inches long (13 inches includes the row that has the "Pent