I did however get the first page finished and I am really excited about it. I originally decided that I would have the first page of the students notebooks be a "Math about Me" page and I went to my trusty friend, Google, to find some images for inspiration. Most of the ones I had seen were for elementary grades. Then I came across this one that was posted on "Shut the Door and Teach".
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The example above was for fourth grade, so I needed to put some guidelines in place for my middle school students. In the directions, I said that they needed to use fractions, parentheses, exponents, square roots, etc. to write their expressions. The expressions had to be at least 3 terms as well, to stop 9 + 1 being the expression for 10. I also hope that my example will inspire them to be tricky and challenging. Here is what I did:
I will fill in my self portrait by the time that the kiddos see it. I also forgot to use a square root somewhere, so I have to fix a sticky note! The answers are under the sticky notes, so after the students evaluate the expression they can check and see if they are right. I think it is an easy entry point for students to get back into the groove of math.
Update (8/19/14): I didn't realize that the author of Shut the Door and Teach had a template available on her TPT store. Due to copyright, I can't keep the template I formatted to fit in my INB available for free download.