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About shlager

I'm a teacher and rookie math coach who loves designing tasks to motivate, engage, and challenge, a mom to 4 yummy kids, and wife to a hockey lover. Happiness is getting everything organized!

Day 88: Time

With my 5th grade advanced students on a trip this morning, I had an uninterrupted block of time to work on curriculum and planning for the upcoming third grade multiplication unit. Oh, how I love to search for ideas and … Continue reading

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Day 87: Exploring Equivalents

With all the designs complete, today my 5th grade advanced students had the opportunity to discuss their designs and prove that they work. Evident in their designs was that the size of the whole was different from student to student. … Continue reading

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Day 86: Create a Design

My 5th grade advance students began their exploration of fractions shortly before the winter break through a series of tasks cards. Each card had specific information about the design to be drawn and the only limitation was the size of … Continue reading

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Day 85: Ahhh!

While the rest of school returns from winter break today, my reality check is postponed for one more day as my family and I spend one last day in Boca Raton visiting my grandfather. (I’m almost caught up on my … Continue reading

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Day 84: Hungry?

While the snack choices do look delicious, this was not what I expected inside one of the desks, particularly since there is no eating during my 4th period class (the given snack breaks are prior to 3rd period and right … Continue reading

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Days 82-83: Sick Days

Having strep as an adult is terrible. The pain in my throat and fever wiped me out for three days straight. As a sick day is usually more trouble than its worth, I rarely take one. Yet this week I … Continue reading

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Day 81: Fractions and Decimals

With this cut-and-paste activity, my 6th graders had to match the multiplication sentence with its respective product. However, the multiplication sentences were written as fractions and the products as decimals.  Aside from noticing patterns, students noticed a relationship between the … Continue reading

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