End of the Year Math Ideas – Part 2

Now that the year is winding down we teachers are in need of fun, meaningful activities to end the year on a good note.

In Part 1 of this series, I shared a Math Dictionary activity that I have my students create each year.  You can grab this activity and several others as part of my “We Made It!” End of the Year Math Bundle.

Today, I’d like to show you our annual Newspaper Scavenger Huntscavenger hunt

This fun scavenger hunt will show your students that Math really does exist outside the walls of your classroom. It features 24 Common Core Math concepts. I geared mine toward 6th grade, but you can quickly edit this Word document to fit your needs! It takes just seconds to edit it in seconds to fit your specific grade level.

About a week ahead of time, I send home a letter, asking for gently used newspapers or magazines.  I explain that we will be cutting out items, so they should not send anything valuable that they want to have returned.  You can  download a copy of the letter here.  Like the Scavenger Hunt, it’s in Word format, so you can edit it to suit your needs.

The students had a surprising amount fun searching for Math terms!  I usually have them work with a partner.  They can trade items with other groups if necessary.  To make it even more interesting, I offer a small prize for the team that can find the most terms.

Here is a completed copy from a previous year, before we switched to Common Core standards:scavenger hunt 1 (1)

I have the students label each item, to reinforce Math vocabulary.

Here are two more examples:

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The activity usually takes 45 minutes to an hour.  Be sure to leave plenty of time for the students to clean up!


How many days left?

I teach 6th grade, and this time of year is crazy!  In our district, the students have recess through 6th grade.  As a fun (at least for me!) reminder, I posted this sign in my classroom:IMAG0967

It’s just another way of reminding students that their behavior still matters, and that there are consequences for inappropriate actions.

Hopefully it will prevent me from having to repeat myself quite so many times.  (A guy can dream, right?)

If you’d like a copy to hang on your wall or dry erase board, you can download it here.

Do you have ways of reminding students to be on their best behavior or least stay sane?

End of the Year Math Ideas – Part 1

These are the try that try men’s souls…especially if he or she is a Math teacher trying to keep kids learning and entertained through the end of the school year!

You’re probably finished with all the required curriculum, or you’re awfully close.  So, what do you do now?

I have assembled a huge list of Math activities to wrap up the school year.  main thumbThey’re all actual, justifiable  learning activities that can’t be tossed aside as just “fluff”.  But they’re fun, easy, and engaging, which is what your students need with only a couple weeks of school left.  If you want to grab them all, at a discount, just click on the picture:

In this entry, I’m going to tell you about my Illustrated Math Dictionary.

Your students can create their own illustrated Math dictionary. Students can proudly show off all they have learned in your Math class with this simple yet powerful culminating activity. Use it at the end of each unit, quarter, semester, or year.

The key to this product is the dictionary TEMPLATE. Easy to cut, fold, and use, my template will save you and your students lots of dictionary main thumbtime and stress.

All you have to do is print the pages, 2-sided. Your students only have to make 1 horizontal cut per page. It’s that easy! Your students will write, draw, color, and easily assemble their dictionaries.

Assign a few pages a day or the whole thing at once. Your students will enjoy it, and you will be left with minimal work. Have fun!

I display the directions on the Promethean Board each day while kids are working:displayed on promethean board

Here are some more pictures of students’ work:

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