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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.
Patterns with Pentominoes
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Patterns with Pentominoes

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Pentominoes, like dominoes, have many uses in the mathematics classroom. A pentomino is simply a geometric shape that has been formed by placing five congruent squares adjacent to each other. The squares must connect on at least one side and there can be no corner or partial side. Included in this 33 page packet are several activities and investigations for primary students through secondary students. Blackline masters for pentomino letter charts as well as pentomino letters to fit the 100 chart for printing on 11” X 17” paper for the number chart investigations are included. Resources with links are also embedded. This resource is great for students with dyslexia and language-based learning deficiencies. Please take a moment to review this resource.
Right Triangles and Trigonometry: Writing, Vocabulary & Literacy in Mathematics
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Right Triangles and Trigonometry: Writing, Vocabulary & Literacy in 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 four activities that target foundational components for developing understandings and building fluency with key mathematical topics: Right Triangles and Trigonometry. 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!
Pattern Block Fractions: Investigations with Basic Blocks - Double Hexagon and Chevron
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Pattern Block Fractions: Investigations with Basic Blocks - Double Hexagon and Chevron

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“Difficulty with fractions (including decimals and percents) is pervasive and is a major obstacle to further progress in mathematics, including algebra.” (National Math Advisory Panel, 2008.) Fractions are the earliest topic in school mathematics where educators agree that students fail and teachers struggle to instruct. This activity packet is good for students with dyslexia and language-based learning deficiencies.
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.
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.
Math Literacy-Intermediate-Wild Fibonacci
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Math Literacy-Intermediate-Wild Fibonacci

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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 "Creating a Fibonaci Spiral" 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 About HS Quadratics
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Writing About HS Quadratics

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Writing is one of the parts of language that secondary mathematicians are still developing. For some students, ESL/ELL for example, what they know about mathematics 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 mathematics. As the teacher, providing an environment that is rich in mathematical language is a priority. Students’ writing should make sense and be complete. This will develop over time for secondary mathematicians as they have more opportunities to write about their experiences. 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 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.
Math Literacy-Intermediate-A Remainder of One
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Math Literacy-Intermediate-A Remainder of One

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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.
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.
Tropical Math Maneuvers Game Board for the Secondary Classroom
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Tropical 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
Writing, Vocabulary & Literacy in Mathematics: Quadratic Functions
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Writing, Vocabulary & Literacy in Mathematics: Quadratic Functions

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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: Quadratic Functions. 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!
Roles for Habits of Mind Poster
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Roles for Habits of Mind Poster

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Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick wrote Habits of Mind in the late 90’s. Soon thereafter, Al Cuoco, E. Paul Goldenberg, and June Mark wrote Habits of Mind: An Organizing Principle for Mathematics Curriculum. In their work they described roles that students hopefully will assume as they are working with mathematics. This poster gives a visual and brief descriptive overview of some of those roles. The language is applicable for all grade levels as well as subjects beyond mathematics.
Paper Folding in Mathematics
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Paper Folding in Mathematics

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Paper folding can be a useful tool of investigation for some students. Here are a few opportunities for using paper folding in the secondary mathematics classroom from difference of squares to an infinite geometric sequence. Directions are included as well as an extension activity for a learning station on paper folding to punch one hole and create a pattern. This resource is useful 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!
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.
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
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!
Compare and Contrast with Equations and Inequalities
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Compare and Contrast with Equations and Inequalities

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Vocabulary is one of the foundations for developing understanding for any subject area and mathematics is no exception. For many students, words used in mathematics may not be familiar in context. Students need many opportunities to use vocabulary in their daily work. Providing additional opportunities to review vocabulary in a learning station, center, or small group will help support students who are challenged by the language of mathematics.
Compare and Contrast with Equations and Inequalities
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Compare and Contrast with Equations and Inequalities

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Vocabulary is one of the foundations for developing understanding for any subject area and mathematics is no exception. For many students, words used in mathematics may not be familiar in context. Students need many opportunities to use vocabulary in their daily work. Providing additional opportunities to review vocabulary in a learning station, center, or small group will help support students who are challenged by the language of mathematics.