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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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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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Polydoku! Factoring Polynomials

Polydoku! Factoring Polynomials

This activity is a great way to introduction polynomial division and factoring. Students view a problem as a puzzle. Instructions are given on the sheet, answer sheet included.
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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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Volume SAT and ACT Test Practice

Volume SAT and ACT Test Practice

These 10 Multiple Choice questions cover volume of cubes, cones, spheres and other 3D shapes. Each question contains a graphic, which helps students picture the problem better. The answer sheet has a key that tells the teacher the answer to each question, the most common trap answer and the level of difficulty for each question.
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Make 24 version 1

Make 24 version 1

In this game, groups of students compete to "make 24" as many times as possible. They are given 10 examples and must make 24 using all of the numbers and the basic operations. It is a great activity because it reinforces arithmetic while working on algebraic thinking. It is very appropriate for students of all different skill levels as well.
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Make 24 version 3

Make 24 version 3

In this game, groups of students compete to "make 24" as many times as possible. They are given 10 examples and must make 24 using all of the numbers and the basic operations. It is a great activity because it reinforces arithmetic while working on algebraic thinking. It is very appropriate for students of all different skill levels as well.
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Make 24 version 5

Make 24 version 5

In this game, groups of students compete to "make 24" as many times as possible. They are given 10 examples and must make 24 using all of the numbers and the basic operations. It is a great activity because it reinforces arithmetic while working on algebraic thinking. It is very appropriate for students of all different skill levels as well.
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Make 24 version 4

Make 24 version 4

In this game, groups of students compete to "make 24" as many times as possible. They are given 10 examples and must make 24 using all of the numbers and the basic operations. It is a great activity because it reinforces arithmetic while working on algebraic thinking. It is very appropriate for students of all different skill levels as well.
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Quadratic and Root Transformations

Quadratic and Root Transformations

This worksheet is great practice for vertical and horizontal shifts, along with rotations about points for quadratic functions. The multiple choice handout is perfect for ACT, SAT or State Achievement Test preparation. Each question includes 10 questions, each coming with at least 1 trap answer. A great way to differentiate this activity is to have higher skilled students identify and justify each trap answer.
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Pythagorean Theorem Right Triangles FUN worksheet

Pythagorean Theorem Right Triangles FUN worksheet

This activity requires NO PREPARATION. Student and teacher documents included. It is a riddle worksheet where students have an answer bank and they use that to solve a (slightly silly) riddle ("Why did the duck get sent to the principal’s office?") Young people 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. In this particular worksheet, students use the Pythagorean theorem (a squared plus b-squared equals c-squared) to solve a riddle. They solve for hypotenuses and legs, and some are perfect squares and others are not.
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Unit Circle Trigonometry

Unit Circle Trigonometry

In this activity, students become familiar with the unit circle as they evaluate different trigonometric expressions (without using a calculator) in order to solve a riddle. Students match their answer to an answer bank and solve the joke "Why is it a bad idea to hang a funny picture on the wall?" Angles are given in radians.
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Function Composition

Function Composition

In this activity, students find a new function by composing one function into another function. They match the answer to an answer bank and in the process find the answer to the joke "What is Mozart doing right now?"
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Fracciones - Operaciones Basicas

Fracciones - Operaciones Basicas

*This resource is written entirely in Spanish.* It requires no preparation. Teacher and student documents are included. In this resource, students use an answer bank to solve a joke. They enjoy the activity because it give meaning to the math. Teachers also enjoy it because the answer bank gives students a way to self-evaluate without intervention. This activity is also ideal for home school and students with special needs. It includes 15 questions, that when answered correctly, result in the answer to the joke. This activity contains exercises to master fractions and basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.) Enjoy and please remember to leave your feedback and rating!
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Operaciones Basicas - Fracciones

Operaciones Basicas - Fracciones

*This resource is written entirely in Spanish. * Esta actividad no requiere preparación. Documentos para estudiantes e instructores estan incluidos. Con este documento estudiantes utilizan un banco de respuesta para resolver una broma. A ellos les gusta esta actividad por que hace la matemática significativa. A los maestros les gusta porque el banco de respuestas le da a los estudiantes una herramienta para autoevaluarse. Esta actividad también es ideal para la educación en casa y para estudiantes de educación especial. Incluye 15 preguntas que cuando contestadas, resulta en la respuesta a la broma: ¿CUÀL ES EL COLMO DE UN CÓCTEL? La tarea contiene ejercicios de fracciones para resolver operaciones básicas: suma, resta, multiplicación y división. Disfruta y por favor recuerdate a evaluarme.
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Basic Operations Bundle

Basic Operations Bundle

In these activities, students match a particular sum/difference/product/quotient to another sum/difference/product/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. It consists of 4 activities - 1 for each of the basic operations. Buy all 4 together and save $2! 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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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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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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Piecewise Functions

Piecewise Functions

In this activity, students match a piecewise defined function to its graph, and in the process they find the answer to a joke: "What kind of horses go out after dusk?" This activity requires NO PREP, student and teacher documents included. Young people 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.
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Inverse Functions - Graphs

Inverse Functions - Graphs

In this activity students must match the graph of a function to its inverse. In the process, they will find the answer to a joke - "What do you call a sleeping bull?"
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