Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NO MORE Paper, Paper Everywhere-Going Green with Rocket Math!

As I am sure you already know, I have a problem with having too much paper everywhere. When I first found out that we were going to do Otter Creek Math (which we call Rocket Math), I just about had a fit! Having paper is a nightmare for someone like me...I like to create things...not clean up and put things away all day long. 


So, I came up with a way to be able to re-use the fact tests so that I don't have paper everywhere! Check out this video to see how I made it work for me!






Once you have your folders set up, it is quick, easy, AND...You don't have so much paper everywhere!


If you have ideas that help you organize your classroom, I would love to hear about them! So, leave a comment! I'm always looking for new ideas! Thanks for stopping by!  YOU ROCK!

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15 comments:

  1. Love it! We did Rocket Math with 1st grade last year and I really liked it. Do they have a K program also?

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  2. I love that fact test idea! Mrs. Schroeder sent me as a new follower :)

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  3. I don't think that kindergarteners use rocket math...at least they don't in our school. I don't think it is developmentally appropriate at that age.
    Hilary :)

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  4. Thanks so much!! I use Otter Creek for 60 4th graders and this would help me out A LOT.

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  5. We use the MAD MINUTE to practice facts but I think I could do this the same way! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. This looks like a great idea - but what do you do with left handers?? All of their answers would get smudged and just lead to sad faces in my room...I have 6 lefties - 7 if you include the teacher!

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  7. Wow! That's a lot of lefties! I have a lefty and I just put the problems on the back side of the page protector and have my student start from the right side of the page.

    Hope this helps you 'lefties' out!

    Hilary
    Rockin' Teacher Materials

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  8. I think this is such a great idea! I would love to see all the students in my SCHOOL use this system. THanks for sharing. I hope more people catch on!

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  9. What a lovely video! As the co-author of Rocket Math (formerly Mastering Math Facts, I would like to let you know that we have revised the curriculum and the program (Actually called "Rocket Math" is available at www.rocketmath.com

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  10. What a neat idea! I'll be starting my first year teaching 2nd grade in the fall, and I'm trying to come up with a good way to organize all the Rocket Math paper. How many copies of each practice/key sheet do you have printed in those binders...a class set? How long does it take for you to grade them all -- do you do it right when they turn it in, or do you grade them later in the day?

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  11. Hi there! Congrats on your new job! You will love 2nd grade! It's the best! I only have 13 sets of each of the levels and I run them back to back . . . run the answer key back to back too on colored tag. Since the kids start out at different levels, that seems to be plenty. I have the kids who think they've passed, bring their folders to me, and then I grade them right then. I flip the pages back and forth to check them. If they pass, they take their folder to their seats, erase the page, turn the folder into the basket, and move their clip on the rocket chart. Hope this helps you out and good luck to you!
    Hilary
    Rockin' Teacher Materials

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  12. I attended an Otter Creek workshop in 2008 and have used Rocket Math with my 4th graders ever since. I love it effectiveness! This year we started using enVision Math, and I have not had time to start Rocket Math. I don't think we'll be able to at all, sadly, so I will be interested to see how much of a difference it makes. But, I really enjoyed stumbling across your resources and video clips. When I used Rocket Math, I did have a lot of paper, but the students were responsible for grading their own tests and trading their papers in for new ones. I copied my pages double-sided (A/A, B/B, etc.) and that way if they did not pass, they could turn it over and use the other side the next day. Also, if they did pass and the other side was unused, they were trained to return the page to the crate where I stored the practice sheets in hanging file folders. I also have a recycling bin in my room, so all the used paper got recycled. Someday if we are able to start using Rocket Math again, I will have to remember your suggestions. Thanks!

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  13. A day or two ago, a parent came over to my desk as I was checking the students' Rocket Math 1-minute tests, and she was very impressed with the folder/plastic sleeve/dry erase marker set up. Her comment was something to the effect that it's nice to see routines that experienced teachers have in place. But I told her: oh no-I just started Rocket Math last week, and I was basing my system on your tips and downloads! So thank you very much! I love Rocket Math!! And you have helped make it doable!!

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