I took the plunge into interactive notebooks this year and I am so thankful that I have. It has allowed my lower students to reach new heights and helped my higher students to focus more on the problem solving then the actual rules. Parents are also happy to see these because the rules help them to support their students learning at home.

The notebooks are also helping me to bridge the gab between current knowledge and the new rigor of the Common Core. Our new common core textbooks are substantially more rigorous then our past books. I have not even been able to use them because the first chapter assumes a lot of pre-knowledge that my students do not have. It assumes that my students can solve multi-step equations, use fractions and integers with fluency, and write an equation from a word problem. These are areas that my students are very weak in. I am trying to support this with foldables. So far in regular 8th grade math, we have made 5 foldables. They are:

1. Adding and Subtracting Fractions

2. Multiplying and Dividing Fractions

3. Operations with Integers

4. Word Problems

5. Solving Multi-Step Equations

In algebra we have made 1 other foldable: Exponent Rules.

My goal for this week is to write about each of these foldables in a blog post. Most of them are combinations of ideas from other places and I will try to add links and my own files so you can make the foldable.

What are your favorite math foldables?

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