I did this one last week, but didn't get around to blogging about it yet. This is an idea that I stole from @jreulbach in

this post. Translating words into math is a skill that is so important in math at any level. So I took her graphic organizer and just moved some things around a little bit so that I could fold it up in our ISNs. I also added words that will indicate variables since the kids will be using it for algebra. I ended up with this: (printed double sided: flip on short edge)

This is brilliant, and interactive! I'm totally doing it tomorrow! (Or Wednesday depending on how long the commutative property takes us. :)

ReplyDeleteAwesome!! Thanks for the idea :)

DeleteThis is my first time on Pintrist and I am so inspired by your ideas!!! I have spent the last hour and a half looking through all of your ideas and I can't wait to start.

DeleteAwesome! I love the graphics and letting them fill in the words. I SHOULD have done something like this weeks ago, but I didn't. I think I will be going back and having them make a page for it. Where did you get your dry erase sleeves?

ReplyDeleteGo for it! It's definitely one that comes in handy all year.

DeleteI use these Smart Pals. I don't usually spend a lot of money on things like this, but I use them so much that I splurged on 20 of them. So I actually have some of my own and then a second set that my school gave me to use too.

You can really easily just use sheet protectors too and have the same effect.

I used this today with my 5th graders. My class that is majority ELL has really been struggling with word problems and when I saw this last night (and then graded this morning) I thought BINGO! It took a while to really pair up the words, but we finally got there. Going to cross my fingers that it becomes something useful for them from now on.

ReplyDeleteI don't use ISNs, but I'm really starting to see the benefit of it. Is it possible to start something like this mid-year? This is my first year of teaching, and I don't want to get myself stretched too thin (I get my kids for 90 minute blocks, so I'm using part of that time for math workshop) but I also don't want to sell my kids short.

I don't think that it's ever too late, especially in September!

DeleteBut I would suggest going with whatever you think you're comfortable with. You could create a foldable holder in their binders if that's more manageable for now or just focus on breaking down concepts into good graphic organizers and keep these all in a section of their notebook. Everybody implements ISNs a little differently so there are really tons of possibilities. Maybe sort through all the ideas you come across and start by focusing on a few that work best for you.

I used this today with my 7th graders, and it worked so well. This is my first year teaching math, but my veteran math teachers were all super impressed with this foldable. Thank you for sharing! We're starting algebraic expressions, so if you have any ideas that you would always use with your students, I'd love to hear about them. Thank you again for all of your posts. I check this site every day!

ReplyDeleteI'm so glad to hear that :) What are you doing with algebraic expressions? Like evaluating them/order of operation type stuff?

DeleteYes. We're currently working on evaluating them, which they're pretty good at if the expression is given to them, but they are still struggling with translating word problems into expressions with subtraction and division.

DeleteI just found your site last week on Pinterest and i've been on it for HOURS! This will be my first year teaching and I get to teach math! I'm super excited to use ISN's and you've done a great job of breaking it down! One question, is there a way to get your documents from somewhere else besides Scribd?

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