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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ratios and Mysteries!

Sometimes I'm hesitant to post anchor charts because I don't have a ton of information or activities to go with them, but I thought I'd go for it anyway!  These are two that we have done this week as we get started on our next units.

In math, we are beginning to do some work on ratios and rates.  This is a totally new concept to these 5th graders, so an anchor chart was definitely in order!

Ratios Anchor Chart

Then, we began a mini-unit on mysteries!  We are reading The Westing Game (which is a semi-mystery novel), so I wanted to throw in some elements of mystery as well.  We will be doing a few activities here and there as we read the novel, and the kids are so thrilled!  If you have any suggestions for activities or lessons in a mystery unit, please feel free to share!  I am still in search of some ideas.

Elements of Mystery Anchor Chart

My students saw my new Math Mystery Detective Task Cards on my desk and are itching to start them.  Great cross-curricular connection!

My students and I tweaked the definitions a bit, but I got the list of elements from THIS website.  I'm not sure if that's the original source, but if you know what is, I'm happy to link to it!

I hope to pop back in this week to share a few activities my group of 3rd graders did to support perimeter and area!

Happy Wednesday!


  1. Great charts, both of them! And you don't always need a ton of activities and such to go with them. They're notes from a lesson, to refer to later. That's the whole purpose, to anchor the learning. The chart itself does that. Share away, without any lengthy descriptions of supporting activities. ;)