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Geometric Sequences in the Real World

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Here is a great lesson/activity for using geometric sequences to model real world problems. Feel free to use/modify this lesson plan to meet the needs of your students. Lesson Objectives Define terms related to geometric sequences. Relate the terms in geometric sequences to real-world situations. Give an example of how the formula is derived. DetermineRead more

Teaching One Variable Equations Using Excel

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Here is a great activity to teach one variable equations using Excel (Google Sheets, etc.). This is a great activity for 9th and 10th graders completing Algebra 1/Integrated math, or for 8th graders working on one variable equations. Why Use Real-World Math Connections to Teach One Variable Equations? When working on topics such as howRead more

Number Sense Cooperative Group Activity

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This is a great way to get your students into groups and assess their number sense, as well as their cooperation skills. Preparation: I whipped up these cards with different types of rational and irrational numbers. They are available for free when you click here, but you can easily make your own set if youRead more

Brain Dump SCOOT for the Upper Grades

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If you are getting ready to kick off a new unit, and want a no-prep, no-planning idea to get kids in the zone, here’s something I tried last week that worked great.  It’s sort of a takeoff on a SCOOT activity that is so popular in the primary grades, but with a twist for older students.Read more

8 Great Secondary Math Pinterest Boards

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Are you a middle or high school math teacher looking for great teaching ideas/blog posts/resources, but are afraid that a quick click on Pinterest may lead you down a never-ending rabbit hole?  We have scoured Pinterest for 8 great secondary math boards to save you time and provide plenty of math “Pinspiration.”  Enjoy! Math TeachingRead more

Coordinate Grid Activity Part 2

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This is a great activity to get ALL of your students learning about and using coordinate grids.  My students had a blast doing this activity.  It’s especially great for students who are tactile/kinesthetic learners.  Click here to read our previous blog post about how to create a coordinate grid with your class. Materials Coordinate GridRead more

Coordinate Grid Team Building Activity

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To kick off the second semester, and to give my math students a team-building experience, I decided to do a hands-on activity with coordinate grids.  I did this with a mixed-ability group of 5th and 6th graders. Set up I put a sample coordinate grid up on the document camera, and told the students thatRead more

Hundreds Chart Shake-Out

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Hundreds Chart Shake-Out Here’s a quick and easy activity for your class, small groups, or individual math students. Use your pocket chart with individual hundreds cards (as you can see from the picture, I have had to re-create a few of mine over the years). In front of your students (they love this part), invert yourRead more

Number Line Cooperative Group Activity

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Number Line Cooperative Group Activity Here is a low-prep math activity that will get your students working together and talking about math.  It is a great way to set the tone for your math class.  While the math work itself is very easy for most students, it will provide a great challenge because it isRead more

Value of a Number Dice Activity

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Dice Place Value Activity (Value of a Number) Here is an easy and low-prep group or solo activity for 2nd – 6th grade.  I used this with a 5/6 combo class as a quick place value review.  It is super easy to differentiate and the kids had a great time playing. Give each group ofRead more