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### Workin' On It Wednesday #2

Welcome to Workin' On It Wednesday:)  I've created a button you may use if you'd like to join in with Workin' On It Wednesday on your own blog (button graphics, which I love, by Ashley Hughes: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Ashley-Hughes-38 ). You can copy the code below to get the button to your blog if you'd like.

Below,  you are welcome to link up a blog post, a freebie, or a paid product that you have been working on.

My Workin' on it Wednesday item was inspired by Misty's link last week, which was to her blog post about her CUBES anchor chart that gives students steps to help break down word problems. I had seen a similar anchor chart on Pinterest and had been intending to create one too...but hadn't gotten around to it. Instead,  I decided to make bookmarks with a similar idea. I didn't want to copy the CUBES idea, so I went with "CIRCLE IT."
 Click to see on TPT
Please link up what you've been working on!

### Comments

1. Love the bookmarks! Thanks for hosting and sharing. I'm linked up.
Little Room Under the Stairs

1. Thanks Misty! Thanks for linking up your blog!

2. Ellie, I love your bookmarks! They almost make me wish I taught math ;)
Thank you for the linky opportunity. Stop by at my blog for another linky!
Darlene
meatballsinthemiddle

1. Darlene, this flip book looks awesome! Thanks for linking up!

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

This post has been moved to:  http://www.cognitivecardiowithmsmm.com/blog/memory-wheels-first-day-last-day-and-any-day-in-between

### 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

### Ratios Fold it Up!

Getting started with ratios! We pretested ratios, rates, and proportions last week, and I found mixed results in the item analysis. I was surprised to find that very few students were able to write a ratio (the pretest question was: there are 2 hamsters and 1 gerbil - write a ratio of gerbils to hamsters). It wasn't that they wrote the ratio as hamsters to gerbils rather than gerbils to hamsters....they either left it blank, or wrote something that did not resemble a ratio. So, I was glad that I had prepared a couple of Fold it Ups for them to use this week! I think this is the first time I've used this version of Fold it Up (with the triangles folded in) this year, and a few students commented that they like this version better than others (like the one I made for Wed...bummer), because this type won't rip as easily. Click to download...a pic of the inside is in the document. Do you have any favorite ratio activities? Subscribe to Middle School Ma