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An educator since 1979, Tammy L. Jones has worked with students from first grade through college. Currently, Tammy is consulting with individual school districts in training teachers on strategies for making content accessible to all learners. Writing integrations as well as literacy connections are foundational in everything Tammy does. A variety of resources are offered for mathematics Pre-K through 12 as well as several that are interdisciplinary. Electronic trainings are also offered.

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An educator since 1979, Tammy L. Jones has worked with students from first grade through college. Currently, Tammy is consulting with individual school districts in training teachers on strategies for making content accessible to all learners. Writing integrations as well as literacy connections are foundational in everything Tammy does. A variety of resources are offered for mathematics Pre-K through 12 as well as several that are interdisciplinary. Electronic trainings are also offered.
History of Mathematics
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History of Mathematics

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The study of the history of mathematics allows students to understand where and how some of the mathematics with which they work came from or was derived. There are resources for teachers and students as well as some activities and topics and projects for students to investigate. Writing and presentation opportunities are included. A writing project, trade card project and a scavenger hunt are included. This resource is good for students with dyslexia and language-based learning deficiencies.
Math Literacy-Primary-A Place for Zero
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Math Literacy-Primary-A Place for Zero

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Do trade books have a place in today’s mathematics classroom? Yes! Incorporating literature into the mathematics classroom at any level can increase student engagement, make mathematics come alive and have meaning, and can help to differentiate instruction as well as support ELL/ESL students. Present mathematics in a way that will make mathematics more accessible and understandable for students at all levels. This resource contains 13 suggested activities to engage students AS YOU READ, for students to experience BEING A MATHEMATICIAN, and provide authentic OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITING. The suggested activities can be adapted for a large or small group, centers, learning stations and for intervention. This resource is good for students with language-based learning deficiencies. We'd like to hear about your experience with our resources. Just give it a star rating then tell us what you think, simple as that! Book not included.
Geometry A Study of Pythagoras
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Geometry A Study of Pythagoras

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The Pythagorean Theorem is one of the foundational studies in the secondary years. It is one of the mathematical formulas that many people remember from their mathematical journey in school. Even the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz took a stab at the Pythagorean Theorem when he got his diploma. The Pythagorean Theorem, once introduced in middle school, serves as the foundation for the distance formula, the special right triangle ratios, as well as the unit circle in Trigonometry. Typically students are simply given the formula and told to use it. In this study, students investigate and discover the relationships for themselves. A different approach to a proof is offered. It is a dissection proof. Other famous historical proofs are referenced as well, even one from a Unites States President! In this 30+ page packet (plus powerpoint) there are two different literacy connections, opportunities for writing, two different investigations for discovery of the Pythagorean Theorem, a dissection proof, activities for vocabulary, a graphic organizer for students to organize their findings in, several tasks that allow students to think deeper about ideas, and three application probes. Directions for performing the dissection proof on Geometer’s Sketchpad® is included but can be easily adapted for the TI-Nspire®. Centimeter paper, engineering graph paper, and color masters for the dissection proof are also included. A powerpoint for classroom use during the study of this topic is also included. This collection of activities and investigations can be used from middle school through review for Advanced Algebra and Trig.
Multiple Representation Match Linear Functions
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Multiple Representation Match Linear Functions

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One of the primary works of the secondary mathematician is building functional fluency. NCTM describes “representation” as referring to both a process and a product. So mathematical representations include all the different ways that students depict their thinking as well as the processes they use to put their thinking into those forms. Representations have often been taught as an end in and of themselves, most as essential elements in supporting students’ understanding. When students gain access to mathematical representations and the ideas they express they acquire a set of tools that significantly expand their capacity to model and interpret physical, social, and mathematical phenomena. This activity takes linear functions, with the same domain set, and represents them through verbal, tabular, graphical, symbolic, and set representations. There is also a contextual problem for each for the students to work through. There are six sets of cards, each with 6 representations with facilitation notes. This resource is good for students with Dyslexia and language-based learning deficiencies. We'd like to hear about your experience with our resources. Just give it a star rating then tell us what you think, simple as that!
Math Literacy-HS-Why Pi
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Math Literacy-HS-Why Pi

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Do trade books have a place in today’s mathematics classroom? Yes! Incorporating literature into the mathematics classroom at any level can increase student engagement, make mathematics come alive and have meaning, and can help to differentiate instruction as well as support ELL/ESL students. Present mathematics in a way that will make mathematics more accessible and understandable for students at all levels. This resource contains seven suggested activities to engage students AS YOU READ, for students to experience BEING A MATHEMATICIAN, and provide authentic OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITING. The suggested activities can be adapted for a large or small group, centers, learning stations and for intervention. This resource is good for students with language-based learning deficiencies. We'd like to hear about your experience with our resources. Just give it a star rating then tell us what you think, simple as that! Book not included.
A Study of the Real Number System
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A Study of the Real Number System

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The activities in this 20 page packet on A Study of the Real Number system include two application probes, 2 investigations, 7 tasks to probe students deeper into their study of this topic, and several pre-assessment and writing activities that support the development of the language of mathematics. Student activity and investigation sheets are provided as well as teacher facilitation notes. Many of these activities can be extended into the Complex Number System as well.
Fermi Problems and Questioning
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Fermi Problems and Questioning

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Today’s teachers are pushed for time to develop the level of understanding with content as well as the levels of expertise with the Standards for Mathematical Practice in the typical mathematics classroom. Fermi problems provide an engaging platform for fostering students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, estimating, modelling, and questioning skills. And they can be implemented in such a way as not to detract from the limited class time teachers have available. Fermi problems can be embedded in daily instruction to help students develop these important skills. This model of implementation does not require a large amount of additional time to be spent but fits seamlessly into daily instruction. A power point for classroom use is provided as well as facilitation notes supporting the initial process for implementing a Fermi problem in your daily instruction. From the first journaling assignment to the final check phase students will engage in writing, posing questions that need to be answered in order to “solve” the Fermi problem, developing a model to be used in determining an answer, applying the model, and reflecting on the outcomes. Activity, PowerPoint Presentation This resource is good for students with dyslexia and language-based learning deficiencies.
Writing About the Red Pyramid
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Writing About the Red Pyramid

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Writing is one of the parts of language that students are developing. For some students, ESL/ELL for example, what they know about a topic may exceed their ability to communicate it through the written word. Students learn to write by writing. Writing needs to be original thought, not just copying something that someone else wrote. Therefore, it is imperative that opportunities are provided often for students to engage in writing about a variety of content. Students’ writing should make sense and be complete. Writing About offers a collaborative opportunity for small groups of students to work individually first to write about a concept and then to come together and putting their individual work into a paragraph about the topic. A word cloud of The Red Pyramid - The Kane Chronicles- associated words is given as a prompt for words and ideas. Facilitation notes are provided as well as student activity sheet. This is a good activity for struggling students and ESL/ELL who may need some support in writing. This resource is good for children with Dyslexia and language-based learning deficiencies. We'd like to hear about your experience with our resources. Just give it a star rating then tell us what you think, simple as that!
Using Trade Books in the Secondary CR: Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
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Using Trade Books in the Secondary CR: Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

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Perfect resource for RtI/Intervention, small group instruction, or learning stations. Incorporating literature into the mathematics classroom at any level can increase student engagement, as well as support ELL/ESL students. Contains 15 pages with over 15 assorted activities, A MUST HAVE book for all secondary teachers. Several activity sheets and blackline masters are included as well as tables identifying keywords, topics, and suggested manipulatives. Book not included.
Math Maneuvers Game Board for the Secondary Classroom
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Math Maneuvers Game Board for the Secondary Classroom

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Available secondary game boards: x=What? Math Maneuvers Tropical Math Maneuvers Practice to Proficiency Game boards are 11x17 in size. Pawns not included. Game boards Can be used: • With game cards as a review game to build procedural fluency • In a flash card type activity • In a center or learning station activity for review or practice • For differentiation and intervention as needed by your students Can be used: • With game boards as a review game to build procedural fluency • In a flash card type activity • In a center or learning station activity for review or practice • For differentiation and intervention as needed by your students Secondary game cards available (40 card sets): Exponents I Exponents II Integers I Integers II Order of Operations Rational Exponents Literal Equations Evaluate Expressions Perimeter & Area
Place value mat to hundreds
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Place value mat to hundreds

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Place value is the corner stone for building numeracy. Having a base ten mat that shows the verbal – both the place value and the name for the manipulative, the numerical, as well as the pictorial helps students build stronger connections and deepen their understanding as they work with place value. This is a mat for units, rods, and flats. There is also a version sized for legal paper.
Teaching Mathematics with Trade Books beginning book list
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Teaching Mathematics with Trade Books beginning book list

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Do trade books have a place in today’s mathematics classroom? Yes! Incorporating literature into the mathematics classroom at any level can increase student engagement, can make the mathematics being studied come alive for the student as well as have meaning, and can help to differentiate instruction as well as support ELL/ESL students. This is a beginning list of trade books from elementary to high school .Perfect for giving the school librarian or sharing with parents. Check out the Mathematical Literacy Using Trade Books Classroom for your particular grade band. Each eBook contains over 80 assorted activities to engage students AS YOU READ, for students to experience BEING A MATHEMATICIAN, and activities to provide students authentic OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITING. Activities can be adapted for large group, small group, centers, learning stations and for intervention. A MUST HAVE book for all teachers. Several activity sheets and blackline masters are included as well as tables identifying key words, topics, and suggested manipulatives.
Math Literacy-HS-The Kings Chessboard
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Math Literacy-HS-The Kings Chessboard

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Do trade books have a place in today’s mathematics classroom? Yes! Incorporating literature into the mathematics classroom at any level can increase student engagement, make mathematics come alive and have meaning, and can help to differentiate instruction as well as support ELL/ESL students. Present mathematics in a way that will make mathematics more accessible and understandable for students at all levels. This resource contains seven suggested activities and "The King's Chessboard" activity to engage students AS YOU READ, for students to experience BEING A MATHEMATICIAN, and provide authentic OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITING. The suggested activities can be adapted for a large or small group, centers, learning stations and for intervention. This resource is good for students with language-based learning deficiencies. We'd like to hear about your experience with our resources. Just give it a star rating then tell us what you think, simple as that! Book not included.
Writing, Vocabulary & Literacy in Secondary Mathematics
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Writing, Vocabulary & Literacy in Secondary Mathematics

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Students learn mathematics more effectively and more deeply when reading and writing is directed at learning mathematics. (Bossé and Faulconer 2008) This packet includes activities that target foundational components for developing understandings and building fluency with key mathematical topics: Circles Data Analysis Exponential Functions Expressions & Equations Functions Geometry Inequalities Linear Functions Quadratic Functions Modeling Probability The Pythagorean Theorem Ratios and Proportional Reasoning Right Triangles in Trigonometry Statistics
Writing, Vocabulary & Literacy in MS Mathematics: Data Analysis
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Writing, Vocabulary & Literacy in MS Mathematics: Data Analysis

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Students learn mathematics more effectively and more deeply when reading and writing is directed at learning mathematics. (Bossé and Faulconer 2008) This packet includes four activities that target foundational components for developing understandings and building fluency with key mathematical topics: Data Analysis. Vocabulary and writing are targeted and facilitation notes are provided to support making mathematics content accessible to all learners. Templates and additional resources are provided. This resource is good for children with Dyslexia and language-based learning deficiencies. We'd like to hear about your experience with our resources. Just give it a star rating then tell us what you think, simple as that!
Writing, Vocabulary & Literacy in MS Mathematics: Probability
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Writing, Vocabulary & Literacy in MS Mathematics: Probability

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Students learn mathematics more effectively and more deeply when reading and writing is directed at learning mathematics. (Bossé and Faulconer 2008) This packet includes four activities that target foundational components for developing understandings and building fluency with key mathematical topics: Probability. Vocabulary and writing are targeted and facilitation notes are provided to support making mathematics content accessible to all learners. Templates and additional resources are provided. This resource is good for children with Dyslexia and language-based learning deficiencies. We'd like to hear about your experience with our resources. Just give it a star rating then tell us what you think, simple as that!
Writing Prompts for High School Mathematicians
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Writing Prompts for High School Mathematicians

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This packet offers 11 diverse opportunities for writing in mathematics with over 40 individual prompts for primary students. Writing in mathematics involves more than just putting word to paper. Words need to be carefully chosen to communicate ideas and concepts clearly. Writing involves all of the language of mathematics. Reading, vocabulary, notations and symbols, diagrams, charts, graphs, and metacognition all serve a role as students are engaged in writing in mathematics. Many and varied opportunities need to be provided for students to engage in original thought writing. And remember, just because a students can say something in words, it in no way shows that they can write those same thoughts. Those are two different skill sets. Writing also provides opportunities for the verbal learner to excel as well as the creative learner. This beginning assortment of writing prompts can be adapted as needed for the course, topic, and level of the students. The important thing is to write! Just asking, “Why?”, “How did you think about that?”, “What could be another strategy used here?”, and “Is your conclusion reasonable?” requires students to engage in more than just procedural mathematics. On the back page is a sample of how journal prompt cards can be made for learning station facilitation or to print on labels for ELL/ESL and struggling learners and beginning writers.
Fall in Focus: Autumn Activities and Writing Prompts for the September Equinox
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Fall in Focus: Autumn Activities and Writing Prompts for the September Equinox

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The September Equinox offers the opportunity for students to investigate many topics related to the annual event. Website resources included. This resource is good for children with Dyslexia and language-based learning deficiencies. We'd like to hear about your experience with our resources. Just give it a star rating then tell us what you think, simple as that!
Fall in Focus: Looking at the World Through the Lens of a Camera
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Fall in Focus: Looking at the World Through the Lens of a Camera

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The following collection of photographs can be used as journal prompts, discussion starters, bell ringers, or for centers, small groups, or learning stations. These pictures provide opportunities for students to engage in their world through looking at pictures related to fall. As a starting point, have students free-write what they see and describe it. Detailed facilitation notes included in PDF and PowerPoint. Perfect resource for RtI/Intervention, small group instruction, centers and/or learning stations. This resource is good for children with Dyslexia and language-based learning deficiencies. We'd like to hear about your experience with our resources. Just give it a star rating then tell us what you think, simple as that!