Must Read Math Mentor Text and some B2S ideas!

Okay, this time I am linking up for realises :) with some amazing bloggers, Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties for their Must Read Mentor Text Linky.

The book I am suggesting is a book I am sure many of you use...

I don't want to spend too much time talking about this super fun book so I will just give you the description from Goodreads

Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem? You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes until your bus leaves. Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants. Can you make 1 good outfit? Then you start to wonder: Why does everything have to be such a problem? Why do 2 apples always have to be added to 5 oranges? Why do 4 kids always have to divide 12 marbles? Why can't you just keep 10 cookies without someone taking 3 away? Why? Because you're a victim of the Math Curse. That's why. But don't despair. This is one girl's story of how that curse can be broken

The reason I picked this book is that I just wanted to throw a couple of teaching ideas out there to go with this book for the first week or two of school.

I use this book on the second day of school during our first full math class. I use it as a jumping off point to talk about how my students feel about math and to highlight how math is everywhere.

I follow the book up with a couple of activities.

#1. A math survey. I was given a very long and very official survey from one of our math consultants. It was 3 pages long and had a marking key and I am sure would be very helpful to many people - just not me :)
I made this quick little survey to just let me know how my students felt about math and to help me group them (I also use a quick little assessment - but I will tell you more about that on Workshop Wednesday).
Here is my survey. It is not fancy or official - just a little something to get me started on grouping and looking at what kind of feelings my students are bringing with them. Click here for a copy.

#2. A "Math About Me" page. This is sample from Pinterest with no link - sorry!!

I am undecided if I will do this again this year and use it as their Interactive Math Notebook cover or if I will give them this page to decorate for their cover. Click on the picture to get a free copy - there are different subject pages to choose from.

#3. An "I Can't Believe I Used Math in the Summer" page. This was an idea I read about on Teaching with a Mountain View who did a similar activity after Spring Break, so I adapted it for B2S. Students have to draw and write about how they used math over the summer break. I will go through a few examples with my class first of how I used math over the summer. Since most students will have done some B2S shopping that will be an obvious example but I hope to get to some more creative examples - math for baking, building with lego, what time to leave to arrive at the movie on time, how much money my daughters saved, how many cobs of corn to make....

Click the picture to get a copy.

 I will use this activity as an opportunity to introduce my math goals chart. In particular - the pictures, numbers and words pages. Click here to get a free copy of these pages.

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  1. I like the idea of the "I used Math this summer". My goal is to make math more "real" for my class this year. And a HUGE thank you for the math goals! OMG! I was just printing and cutting your reading and writing goal clip charts last night and thought to myself, "I wonder if she has made some for math?"
    Thank you!

  2. I love your math goals! All of these are wonderful ides! I'll definitely be using them when I go back to school next week!

    Peaches and Palmetto Trees

  3. What a great post!! :) So many ideas- I'm trying to think what I can squeeze in tomorrow!!!
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  4. I love Math about me and your Math goals are super cute. Thank you so much for sharing all this awesome information!

  5. Such a great post! Thanks for sharing! Even with my little ones (first graders!) so many of these things I need to be doing with them...I definitely want to start of the year using your idea of the Math about Me page! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Learning to the Core

  6. I absolutely LOVE all of these ideas! Thank you for sharing the link for those doodle pages for possible notebook covers. My students LOVE to do these!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  7. This is a great book! Thank you for all the ideas for follow up activities!

  8. I love the Math About Me page! I'm going to use that this year for sure. :)

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  10. You are too generous! Those posters will be a great visual for my students! Thank you!!! I love the Math About Me! So cute! I use Math Curse too-for a family project. Sending you letter now!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  11. Amazing post! Thank you so much for sharing all the materials. I was able to Pin but not print - Math I used this summer. Not sure why....

    1. Thanks for letting me know that you were having trouble opening the link. I did the link again - I hope you can open it. Let me know if you are still having trouble and I can email it to you.

  12. thank you for the Freebies!! I think that they will be great to use in my classroom!

  13. This was such a great post!! Thank you for sharing such great freebies! I have gotten lots of great ideas from this!


  14. Fantastic post!! Love all the ideas and thanks for the freebies!! Can't wait to use some of these ideas in my class!
    A Tall Drink of Water


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