9th graders are a special breed of high schooler. Their brains are still in middle school, but their bodies are in my high school classroom. My first and second years teaching, I found myself with year long Algebra 1 classes. That means I saw the students for 90 minutes a day, 5 days a week, all year long. This can be rough! About halfway through the year, I realized that I had to do something to give my students a break at the end of the week while they were still learning. This is where Fun Fridays came from. The Setup: - I put my students in groups of 4 with one strong, two weak, and three middle level students.
- They spend 12 minutes per station for 5 stations.
- One station is always an application station.
- Each group only has 3 cards that they can use to ask the teacher a question - they must rely on each other!
- At the end of the rotation, the students turn in their papers for a homework grade.
- Each student then takes a short quiz. All of the questions come from the their stations. I have 4 levels of quizzes that go to the 4 different levels of students.
- The student's quiz grade is 1/2 their own grade and 1/2 their group average.
- The students always have a writing homework assignment.
The Fun Fridays activity I am uploading for you today is one I did towards the end of the year consisting of a lot of review. Enjoy! |

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