## Peep the Diagrams: The One with Similarity Problem Write Ups

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Writing up word problems from yesterday. We believe this helps the kiddos review what they learned/learn it if they didn’t get a chance the first time around, and helps them pick out key points, summarize (a little) and explain their thinking. Peep those diagrams.

What do you notice? What do you wonder?

## The One with the Stewie Reading Guide

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Starting similarity. It’s crazy what we remember from years prior. For me, it’s this reading guide with Stewie where we talk about realism and how we can make things bigger or smaller. At least one kiddo a year refers to Stewie’s head as a football.

We were able to condense the reading guide a bit. Always good to see some progress from years past.What do you notice? What do you wonder?

## Once More With Tiles

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We got scripts (mostly). Now it’s time to practice what we’ll be saying, with tiles.What do you notice? What do you wonder?

(PS Color helps see the tiles a little better, so let me know if you’d prefer a color photo?)

## The One with the Script

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We’ve got jobs, now we have to start writing the scripts we’ll be using.

Each group gets to divide 3-4 jobs among their group. Everyone writes a script with the ability to choose something suited to their level of challenge (all levels feature solving equations with tiles).What do you notice? What do you wonder?

## The One with the Reading Guide Revision

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It’s nice to be back in a unit that we’ve taught many times before (this is, I think, the only unit we teach every year).

A stray Google comment by Curriculum Partner on 2 year’s ago lesson plan reminds us that our original reading guide was somewhat clunky. We go through and revise the questions to focus on one workable problem each.

Kiddos are still stymied by the idea of getting X alone (as we call isolating the variable) and most of them refer to it as “making the equation easier”. Which, true, but still confusing.

## I Cannot be Angry When You Make Me Feel Bad: The One with the Make-Up Work

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As we round the bend on portfolios, thoughts to to unfinished work, especially for those kiddos who are struggling (or, in some cases, failing).

I wish I knew how to support this kiddo better, both in content and in student skills. Then again, if we’re being honest, I probably wish he’d paid more attention when the essay was originally due.

What do you notice? What do you wonder?