### Workin' on it Wednesday!

Welcome to my first Workin' on it Wednesday Linky! Each Wednesday, I'd like to share what we've been working on in the classroom, or activities that we have tried with our students, or materials that we've made to help our students' learning. I would love to see blog posts linked up, but I am ok with freebies or paid products as well. I will attempt to make a button for this during the next week, but I don't have one made yet (it might take me awhile!)

My Workin' on it Wednesday is related to fraction division. We've been working on the fraction operations, and will start division on our next school day (whenever that may be, with the impending snow and Presidents' Day!)  After school I worked on creating a visual that shows models of division, to help students understand what dividing fractions and mixed numbers looks like and means; I also included examples to show how to divide fractions, using both the reciprocal method and the common denominators method.

Before I share this with my students we will spend some time exploring fraction division with a few word problems to think about, explore, and solve.

1. I am not middle school but I would love to join this link party to get more ideas with Math. We are out of school this week due to snow but we have been working on patterns in multiplication and division. I posted a link to an math activity pack I created for my students.

By the way, I love your anchor chart on Dividing Fractions. I'm very good at fractions but I can see how it can be difficult. That anchor chart is awesome.

2. Thanks for linking up! I like the bowling idea in your product:)

3. Misty,

4. I love the first day activity using Pentominoes. They are the best! My 8th grade students beg to use them. :)

5. Thanks Jill - I'm glad I started using them. I love your color by number activities.... had thought about creating some a while back, but never got around to it:( Thanks for linking up!

6. I love this idea, I'm sure students were able to clearly understand the concept of dividing numbers with fractions. I hope I can use your idea, but I'll be sure to quote you. Thank you for sharing!

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

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### 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