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Welcome to Common Core Fun, original, classroom-tested and age-appropriate jokes, riddles and puzzles to help teachers, parents, tutors and motivated students make learning math. We are a National Board Certified a high school math teacher who has taught all levels of math, from Algebra through AP Calculus BC and an artist with an MBA in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here are classroom exercises we've created with 10+ years of teaching experience.

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Welcome to Common Core Fun, original, classroom-tested and age-appropriate jokes, riddles and puzzles to help teachers, parents, tutors and motivated students make learning math. We are a National Board Certified a high school math teacher who has taught all levels of math, from Algebra through AP Calculus BC and an artist with an MBA in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here are classroom exercises we've created with 10+ years of teaching experience.
Polynomial Upper Level Review Bundle

Polynomial Upper Level Review Bundle

This bundle includes 9 different items that review polynomial operations. It is NOT meant as a comprehensive unit on polynomials, but for an upper level math course, this has plenty of review materials and refreshers. It includes: 1.) Polynomial Graphs 2.) Factoring Trinomials (with a leading coefficient) 3.) Factor by grouping 4.) Polynomial Division 5.) Factoring Cutout 6.) Polydoku (factoring/division) 7.) Rational Expressions Cutout 8.) Sum/Difference of Cubes 9.) Polydoku challenges Because of answer banks for students and answer sheets for adults, this activity is great for homeschool and special ed students too!
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Finding Equation of a Line Between Points

Finding Equation of a Line Between Points

These activities requires NO PREP, student and teacher documents included. It is a riddle worksheet where students have an answer bank and they use that to solve a (slightly cheesy) joke. Kids like this activities because they make the math meaningful, and FUN, and teachers like them because the answer bank gives students a tool to self-assess. Because of answer banks for students and answer sheets for adults, this activity is great for homeschool and special ed students too! In this worksheet, students are given 14 examples with 2 points on the x-y coordinate grid and they must find the equation of the line that passes through both points. In completing the worksheet, they solve the riddle - why did the belt get locked up? - because he held up a pair of pants. This is a great way to practice finding slope and y-intercept algebraically.
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Solving Logarithm Equations

Solving Logarithm Equations

This activity requires NO PREP, student and teacher documents included. It is a riddle worksheet where students have an answer bank and they use that to solve a (slightly cheesy) joke. Kids like this activities because they make the math meaningful, and FUN, and teachers like them because the answer bank gives students a tool to self-assess. Because of answer banks for students and answer sheets for adults, this activity is great for homeschool and special ed students too! In the worksheet students solve for a missing variable using logarithmic equations. Students practice logarithms and basic algebra.
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Inverse SOHCAHTOA Trig

Inverse SOHCAHTOA Trig

This activity requires NO PREP, student and teacher documents included. It is a riddle worksheet where students have an answer bank and they use that to solve a (slightly cheesy) joke. Kids like this activities because they make the math meaningful, and FUN, and teachers like them because the answer bank gives students a tool to self-assess. Because of answer banks for students and answer sheets for adults, this activity is great for homeschool and special ed students too! In this worksheet, students use inverse trig to find missing angles.
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Rational Expressions Cutout Puzzle

Rational Expressions Cutout Puzzle

This activity is a cutout puzzle for factoring rational expressions. Students match up a rational expression with its equivalent in simplified form and put the pieces of the puzzle together.
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Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

This activity requires NO PREP, student and teacher documents included. PLEASE REMEMBER TO RATE ME! Check out the preview file It is a riddle worksheet where students have an answer bank and they use that to solve a (slightly cheesy) joke. Kids like this activities because they make the math meaningful, and FUN, and teachers like them because the answer bank gives students a tool to self-assess. Because of answer banks for students and answer sheets for adults, this activity is great for homeschool and special ed students too! In this activity, students must take an improper fraction and match it to its corresponding mixed number to solve the riddle. Great beginning of the year practice!
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Simplifying Fractions

Simplifying Fractions

This activity requires NO PREP, student and teacher documents included. It is a riddle worksheet where students have an answer bank and they use that to solve a (slightly cheesy) joke. Kids like this activities because they make the math meaningful, and FUN, and teachers like them because the answer bank gives students a tool to self-assess. Because of answer banks for students and answer sheets for adults, this activity is great for homeschool and special ed students too! In this activity, students must match an unsimplified fraction to its simplified equivalent. Great beginning of the year practice!
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Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and series

Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and series

This activity requires NO PREP, student and teacher documents included. It is a riddle worksheet where students have an answer bank and they use that to solve a (slightly cheesy) joke. Kids like this activities because they make the math meaningful, and FUN, and teachers like them because the answer bank gives students a tool to self-assess. It is also great for both homeschool and special education students because it includes an answer bank for students and answer sheets for teachers. In this particular worksheet, students learn about arithmetic and geometric sequences and series by finding the nth term and finding the sum of n terms. There is also one question that asks about the common ratio.
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Parametric Equations

Parametric Equations

This activity requires NO PREP, student and teacher documents included. It is a riddle worksheet where students have an answer bank and they use that to solve a (slightly cheesy) joke. Kids like this activities because they make the math meaningful, and FUN, and teachers like them because the answer bank gives students a tool to self-assess. Because of answer banks for students and answer sheets for adults, this activity is great for homeschool and special ed students too! In this activity, students eliminate the parameter t to match parametric equations to their cartesian counterparts. In the process, they solve a "joke" which is There are 13 problems which practice lots of balancing equations and substitution. The functions include linear, root, quadratic, cubic and cube roots.
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Mayan Numbers

Mayan Numbers

This is a great activity for students to learn about number systems, exponents and Mayan numbers. The Mayans used a place value system, just like ours, except with base-20 instead of base 10 (they counted with their fingers and toes).
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Multiplying Fractions

Multiplying Fractions

his activity requires NO PREP, student and teacher documents included. PLEASE REMEMBER TO RATE ME! Check out the preview file It is a riddle worksheet where students have an answer bank and they use that to solve a (slightly cheesy) joke. Kids like this activities because they make the math meaningful, and FUN, and teachers like them because the answer bank gives students a tool to self-assess. Because of answer banks for students and answer sheets for adults, this activity is great for homeschool and special ed students too! In this activity, students multiply fractions and simplify the result to answer the joke!
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Factoring Polynomials Cutout Puzzle

Factoring Polynomials Cutout Puzzle

Students are given a puzzle to solve by factoring third degree polynomials. The puzzle includes 12 problems to factor by grouping and 12 to factor by guess and test or polynomial long division. Students cut the pieces out and then match up each equation with its solution set. The puzzle fits together and then spells out "Math Is Wicked Cool" when you replace each larger number with its corresponding letter in the alphabet.
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Labeling Opp, Adj, Hyp

Labeling Opp, Adj, Hyp

This is an introductory activity for trigonometry, and in it students work on labeling triangles correctly. It is a quick activity where students decide the appropriate label (O, A, H) and in the process answer a joke. Great for beginning SOHCAHTOA
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Order of Operations

Order of Operations

This activity requires NO PREP, student and teacher documents included. Drill but don’t kill It is a riddle worksheet where students have an answer bank and they use that to solve a (slightly cheesy) joke. Kids like this activities because they make the math meaningful, and FUN, and teachers like them because the answer bank gives students a tool to self-assess. Because of answer banks for students and answer sheets for adults, this activity is great for homeschool and special ed students too! In this worksheet, students must show their familiarity with the unit circle by finding expressions that match a given expression in value. This is a great warmup exercise for the beginning of the school year. It is a riddle worksheet - Why did the M&M go to school? - where students must work with the standard PEMDAS operations and positive and negative integers to get the answer.
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Sequences Intro

Sequences Intro

This activity requires NO PREP, student and teacher documents included. It is a riddle worksheet where students have an answer bank and they use that to solve a (slightly cheesy) joke. Kids like this activities because they make the math meaningful, and FUN, and teachers like them because the answer bank gives students a tool to self-assess. Because of answer banks for students and answer sheets for adults, this activity is great for homeschool and special ed students too! This is a simple activity I used to introduce arithmetic and geometric sequences and series. The activity could be used for students of all grade levels because it really only requires pattern recognition. Students are given the first 3 numbers of a pattern and asked to find the next three. They solve the joke: "How do you make holy water?" NOTE there are 2 versions - one with the word hell and one with the word heck, you can decide which is the most appropriate for your needs.
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Sequences and Series

Sequences and Series

In this activity, students build fluency with arithmetic and geometric sequences and series, along with summation notation. In the process, the find the answer to a joke "Why did Cindarella get kicked off the softball team?"
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Geometric Sequences and Series

Geometric Sequences and Series

This activity requires NO PREP, student and teacher documents included. It is a riddle worksheet where students have an answer bank and they use that to solve a (slightly cheesy) joke. Kids like this activities because they make the math meaningful, and FUN, and teachers like them because the answer bank gives students a tool to self-assess. Because of answer banks for students and answer sheets for adults, this activity is great for homeschool and special ed students too! In this particular worksheet, students learn about geometric sequences and series by finding the nth term and finding the sum of n terms. The formulas needed are given.
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Basic Division Joke Worksheet

Basic Division Joke Worksheet

In this activity, students match a particular quotient to another quotient with the same solution. As they find the matching answer, they place a letter from the answer bank into the appropriate box to uncover a joke. Because of answer banks for students and answer sheets for adults, this activity is great for homeschool and special ed students too!
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Adding Fractions with a Common Denominator

Adding Fractions with a Common Denominator

This activity requires NO PREP, student and teacher documents included. It is a riddle worksheet where students have an answer bank and they use that to solve a (slightly cheesy) joke. Kids like this activities because they make the math meaningful, and FUN, and teachers like them because the answer bank gives students a tool to self-assess. Because of answer banks for students and answer sheets for adults, this activity is great for homeschool and special ed students too! In this activity, students visualize adding fractions with no common denominator by matching a problem to a visual representation. This is a great introduction to the conceptual side of adding fractions.
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Parametric Equations

Parametric Equations

In this activity, students take functions for x and y defined as functions of t and algebraically manipulate them to get y as a function of x. They match their answers to a bank and in the process find the answer to the joke "Why did the cookie go to the hospital?"
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Domain and Range

Domain and Range

This activity is a good introduction to functions and the idea of domain and range. To complete the worksheet, students must determine a reasonable range of numbers to go with the domain and range of a function situation.
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