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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday Linky

Today I am linking up with Forever in 5th Grade for Show and Tell Tuesday. This sounds like a fun linky and I'm excited to link up for the first one ever.

I've been taking an algebra class for the elementary classroom and I was trying to get my kids to think algebraically about a task. I wanted them to come up with equations that would help them come up with an answer for any number, not just create a huge input/output table. Here's the task:

The jar starts out with $3.00 in it. Each time my family watches a movie, we put $1.50 in the jar to help us save up for a new projector.  It was a great task and everyone worked hard on it. Here is a sample of one fifth grade student's work. She didn't get to $1000, but there is a lot of math here. 

I have always wanted to have a student made math word wall. It's not as far along as I wish, but it's started. Now I just need to keep going with each new math concept and the vocabulary we are using.
I love integrating a little math into writing with this percentage poem. The idea came from our literacy coach and I gave it a try in December. I think it would be a lot of fun to write these again. Maybe for Black History Month or we just finished reading biographies, so everyone could write one about the historical figure they have been studying.
This last one is just for fun. We found this fabulous 1965 Volkswagen and we towed it home for my almost 16 year old. She had no idea it was coming. My parents had her out front helping them with the holiday lights when we pulled up. She didn't even look up until we honked. The look on her face was priceless. She dropped the lights and ran off the porch (running out of her shoes) with the biggest smile I've ever seen.

If you head over to Forever in 5th Grade, you can see what others have for show and tell too.


  1. Love your Math word wall! And that "beetle" makes me sigh. I so wanted one for myself, lol. They are so cool! I don't quite like the new ones. The old ones have more "flair". Your daughter is a lucky girl! :)

  2. I love the percentage poems! I'm totally going to have to steal that idea. Great post.

    Heidi Raki

  3. That beetle is my teenage dream too! Much better than the horrible maroon Chevette I drove. I think having your students make the word wall is a great idea! I bet your kids will use it a lot more than they would have otherwise. Thanks for linking up!

    Forever in Fifth Grade