Experienced teacher, having taught everything from 6 year olds, through to 16 year olds, in class and one on one in private session. My shop includes old and new, what ever it takes, is my attitude. My pinterest site also has links to material that I have found interesting and useful.

Experienced teacher, having taught everything from 6 year olds, through to 16 year olds, in class and one on one in private session. My shop includes old and new, what ever it takes, is my attitude. My pinterest site also has links to material that I have found interesting and useful.

This file consists of four worksheets at four levels - bronze, silver, gold and challenge.
The BRONZE level worksheets, consists of questions that only evaluates questions that involve difference of squares, there is no common factoring or simplifying like terms.
The SILVER level worksheet consists of simple difference of squares factoring, simplifying equations with like terms before factoring difference of squares. There is also several questions requiring simple common factoring before factoring difference of squares.
The GOLD level worksheets has more complex questions requiring both simplifying like terms and common factoring.
The CHALLENGE level worksheet involves questions with more then one variable, and solving for the value of the variable. This kind of question are excellent for prepping the students for quadratic questions where they need to find the roots.
There are complete solutions for the Silver to Challenge worksheets for the parts 2 on.

This lesson plan can be used either as it is laid out, each lesson being a class for those students that are new to systematic listing OR use it as review as you prepare to start teaching combinations and permutations. I found it really helpful to remind students why they need those lovely formulas when figuring out combinations and permutations, and what the difference is and why.

This file consists of four levels of worksheets in regards to Difference of Squares.
Bronze level has simple straight forward equations consisting of difference of squares that the students need to factor. There are four different sheets at this level for variety. This level does not have the full solutions for the questions.
Silver level worksheets require that the students not only factor the difference of squares, but also gather like terms and common factor to find the difference of squares. There are four different sheets at this level for variety. There are full solutions given for each worksheet, for the second part and on.
Gold level worksheets require that the students to gather like terms, common factor but also deal with exponents greater then two and fractions. There are four worksheets at this level along with full solutions, for part two and on.
The challenge level is here for the students who need the challenge, as it introduces two variables, and asks the students to solve for x. This is a good intro for finding roots with functions.

This game is designed to help reinforce the idea of adding fractions into whole number - such as 1/3 + 2/3 = 1. The ideal time to play this game is after students have learned to add fractions that have unlike denominators. By using the simple well known set up of go fish , the students have to combine cards to total 1 whole. This helps them to reinforce the idea and skill of adding fractions with unlike denominators in a fun methods.

This is a book full of addition games, solo and multi players. The games are aimed at helping the students learn those addition facts. Memorizing addition facts can be boring, but doing it helps in so many ways that it is worth it. All you are going to need to add to this book: a deck of cards, markers for some of the game boards and paper and pencils - have fun.
Please note that some of these games have been around for a very long time, so I don't know who first created it, some of them are from different countries and some of them have been designed by myself, my son or my grandson(8 years old at the time). Andrew (the grandson) tested the games we designed to be sure that they worked and would be fun to play.

There are two parts to this resource - the power point presentation and the notes. This is a step by step presentation on how to find the difference of squares. It explains what difference of squares is, how to identify and factor difference of squares. As the teacher you can progress though the presentation at your own pace, by clicking the slide, so that you can spend as much time on each slide as you need. While the presentation is self explaining, the notes,( which are designed to be read along with the slides), expand on the presentation. At the end of the notes are a series of worksheets from bronze through to challenge sheets. The idea being that the students would do two of the worksheets - one sheet at their level of understanding, and then the next level up to challenge them. By the end of this unit, the students should be able to identify when two terms create the conditions for difference of squares, and be able to factor them. The work sheets are designed to challenge not only the students who are just beginning to understand the concept, but also to challenge the students who find the concept easy, by having them factor out two terms from an equation to create the conditions for difference of squares.
It is always helpful to understand why you are learning a new skill, so the worksheets and the presentation show the students how being about to factor difference of squares will help them simplify their work.

Amazing Air is the first in a series of lesson about air. The age group it is designed for is 7 to 9 year olds. Amazing Air (part of Float through Air) examines that air takes up space (volume), it has weight, and therefore can make things happen (force). The activities are generally designed so that the students can do the activities themselves and therefore learn more from them. As these are very hands on activities the assessments are through observation and discussion.

This second part to the Floating in Air unit is all about air pressure and the strength it gives us. The activities build on the lesson " Amazing Air", allowing the students to see what air can do. The basic concept that is examined through all of the activities is how strong air can be. The next step after this set of activities (The strength of Air) is to look at how we need air, not only to breath and live but also in everything we do.
You will need lots of balloons, funnels, balls and other things, all of which should be fairly easy to get. The students will have a written assessment with these activities, to allow you a more formal form of assessment, while informal assessment is always there. The written assessments were created with three levels - cubs, mama bear and papa bear. I encourage the students that they have to do two - the level they are really comfortable and the next level up. (ex. cub and mama bear or mama bear and papa bear. The logic behind this to not only assessment the students but to also allow them to have some control over their assessments.

This book puts the fun back into dodgeball, by offering a variety of games for all ages. They range from games aimed for team work, through to every man for himself, and from the young student at school through to the high school student. The games from all over the world, with several developed by the author herself, and one or two of them by her grandson. - enjoy.

This power point presentation is an introductory lesson in histograms. British teachers would see this as a lesson in frequency graphs while Canadian teachers would see this as a lesson on histographs. Please note that in Canada we tend to call it histographs more often than histograms, which is more common in the British curriculum. The lesson includes an in class activity, to be done together and then a homework activity for the students to do. The lesson tries to help the students see how histograms are relevant to them, by relating to the pandemic of 2020 - 2021.
This lesson does not include frequency density while is needed in the higher levels of GCSE and A levels.

This is a nice little test, with a twist as the students show their mathematical skills by solving a code. There are two questions, the first one is for everyone while the second question allows you as the teacher to choose whether to have the students do part 1 for lower, middle set students or part 2 for the higher set students.

This is a cute little game to reinforce the introductory fractions. It is very active so an excellent one for using up that excess energy. The idea behind the game is for the students to match a visual representation of a fraction with the written form.

Ever had a student who struggles with finding their factors? - well this chart has helped a lot of my students. I put it up on the board, and have copies for students to take. Those students who don't need it, just ignore it, but it is a nice anchor for those students who struggle. Once they get into the pattern they get to the point that they do not need it. The student starts at the top of the follow chart, with their number, and follow the chart. Every time they find a factor they write it down. If they are trying to find common factors, they simply do two numbers at the same time. As soon as they find a common factor they can stop.

This is a test for using co-ordinates on the - x, y axes,( positive x and y only). It was an activity I use to use for practice but the students did not take it seriously until I made it a test. The students enjoy this test as it is a different approach to the average test.

This is a nice little chart to help the students figure out if a larger number can be divided by one of the basic numbers. There is a way to see if something can be divided by 7 but the explanation is hard to follow so I left 7 out. I always start with the simple ones, like 2, 5, 9 and 10 and then use this chart for the others.

This is a quick rounding test, up to 1000 column. This test could easily be used to assess how well your students understand rounding, before and after lessons on rounding.

Introductory presentation on pictographs, with an example and student activity to do. The students and teacher work through an example and then the students create a survey and pictograph on their own. The students will develop an understanding of how to create and why to make a pictograph.