Use on the First Day of Middle School to open dialog with students about their expectations of the teacher. Good Ice breaker too. This could be tweaked and done with mini units as well especially as students start new math objectives.
Here's a post on interactive notebooks with downloads for a table of contents, notebook rubric, and grade tracker. I am SO doing this this year. Already printed and have 1/2 my classes with it glued in. PERFECT!
In The Middle - Maneuvering the Middle Grades is a brand new Collaborative Blog for all things Middle School! Join Erin Cobb from Lovin' Lit, Lindsay Perro from Beyond the Worksheet, Mr. G from Mr Educator - A Social Studies Professional, Kathleen Amari-Crookston from Middle Grades Maven and Shayna from The Science Teaching Junkie as we journey through the wonderful, confusing and crazy middle grades!