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After spending 8 years in the classroom teaching Middle School & High School Math, I am currently working from home designing resources for teachers. I love creating fun, interactive learning materials that promote understanding and engagement!

After spending 8 years in the classroom teaching Middle School & High School Math, I am currently working from home designing resources for teachers. I love creating fun, interactive learning materials that promote understanding and engagement!
Back to School Math Activities
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Back to School Math Activities

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5 great math-focused back to school activities for getting to know your students, and for them to get to know each other! Math Scavenger Hunt- hunt for students who know the answers to middle school math questions (answer key is included so that you can go over the math facts when the time runs out). Partner Interviews- a great way for students to get to know each other. I have students choose 2 or 3 interesting things they learned about their partners and have them introduce the other person to the class. 60 Second Challenge- fun challenges that students do in pairs! Have one student help by timing and counting, while the other student completes the challenge and vice versa. My Mathography- student choose numbers that best describe them and make illustrations about these numbers to create a numbers autobiography page. Numbers in the Room- students search for others with specific numbers (like the same birth month) in the room to get to know each other.
Combine Like Terms Graphic Organizer
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Combine Like Terms Graphic Organizer

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Easy to use combine like terms graphic organizer for notes on vocabulary and guided practice. Teaches students how to identify and color code terms. Great to use with colored pencils, markers or highlighters! Includes a Combine Like Terms with Distributive Property option!
13 Inspiring Quotes for the Math Classroom
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13 Inspiring Quotes for the Math Classroom

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Great for decorating your classroom at the beginning of the year! Sample Quotes: “Go down deep enough into anything and you will find MATHEMATICS.” ~Dean Schlicter “The only way to learn mathematics is to DO MATHEMATICS.” ~Paul Halmos “Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.” ~Stefan Banach “It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a POET in soul.” ~Sofia Kolvalevskaya “Math is the language of the universe. So the more equations you know, the more you can converse with the cosmos.” ~Neil deGrasse Tyson
Systems of Inequalities Word Problem
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Systems of Inequalities Word Problem

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Great application problem showing real world situation modeled by a system of inequalities! Topics: A) Step-by-step break down for defining variables B) Writing inequalities in standard form and rewriting in intercept form C) Graphing and shading D) Identifying the meaning of the solution region Great for introducing inequalities, review or homework. Key included. Related Products: Systems of Equations Word Problems Systems of Equations w/ Word Problems Task Cards Solve Systems with a Graphing Calculator
Math Interactive Notebook Cover (with 'About Me' Pages)
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Math Interactive Notebook Cover (with 'About Me' Pages)

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Math interactive notebook cover that includes the 8 Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practices: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Model with mathematics. Use appropriate tools strategically. Attend to precision. Look for and make use of structure. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. Includes two about me pages: “About the Mathematician” and “Numbers About Me.” Great for setting up your interactive notebooks at the beginning of the year! I have students glue the cover page to the outside of their notebook and one of the “About…” pages on the first open page. Having the Common Core Math Practice Standards on the front on the front of students’ notebooks is a great everyday conversation piece!!
Graphing Slope-Intercept Form Scavenger Hunt
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Graphing Slope-Intercept Form Scavenger Hunt

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Practice or review graphing slope intercept equations with a fun scavenger hunt! CONTENTS: 2 Warm Up Problems plus key 16 Cards to put up around the room Student worksheet Teacher Key Starting Answer sheet OPTIONAL VERSION: 16 cards with points on lines for scaffolded practice INSTRUCTIONS: Cut problem sheets in half so that there is one problem and one solution on each card. Post cards around the room. Hand out scavenger hunt worksheets to students. Assign starting answers to small groups of students by giving each group one of the “Starting Answers” at the end of this packet. This will ensure that students start at different locations. **Tell students that the answer they start with is the SAME ANSWER they should get for the final answer of the last problem they do. ** Students write the equation they find underneath their assigned graph in box #1 on their answer sheet. Then, they search for the graph that matches the equation on a new card. (The answer to the current problem will lead them to the card with the next problem.) Students should continue until they reach the graph they begin with. During this activity, students are encouraged to check in with the teacher if they get stuck, or get to the final answer prematurely. (I use the key to quickly check over their work and let the student know which problem to go back to and solve again.) Small Group: Give every group the same starting graph and have groups arrange the problems in the correct order, filling in their scavenger hunt worksheets as they go.
Back to Middle School Math BUNDLE
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Back to Middle School Math BUNDLE

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Middle school math bundle that contains key elements for BACK TO SCHOOL: 5 Icebreaker Activities: Math Scavenger Hunt- hunt for students who know the answers to middle school math questions (answer key is included so that you can go over the math facts when the time runs out). Partner Interviews- a great way for students to get to know each other. I have students choose 2 or 3 interesting things they learned about their partners and have them introduce the other person to the class. 60 Second Challenge- fun challenges that students do in pairs! Have one student help by timing and counting, while the other student completes the challenge and vice versa. My Mathography- student choose numbers that best describe them and make illustrations about these numbers to create a numbers autobiography page. Numbers in the Room- students search for others with specific numbers (like the same birth month) in the room to get to know each other. 3 Pre-Assessment options to help you become familiar with your students’ fundamental math skills (computations, number sense, equations, fractions, graphing and word problems) Pre-Algebra Pre-Assessment Two Follow-up Quizzes Answer Keys 3 Interactive Math Notebook pages (front cover with CC Math Standards, “About the Mathematican” page and “Numbers About Me” page)
Multiply & Divide Integers Mystery Pictures
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Multiply & Divide Integers Mystery Pictures

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Three fun pages! Multiply, divide and multiply/divide integers with this fun color-by-code activity. Students complete each problem, choose the solution and use the color listed to fill in squares on the grid to reveal the mystery picture! Includes sun, cherry and cupcakes pictures! Instructions: Each color section has two columns. For easy self-check, every solution in the left column has a matching solution in the right column. Students will locate their solutions on the grid and color those squares with the correct color to reveal a mystery picture! Note: Not all squares will be colored! Low prep and great for self-check! Perfect for math stations, classwork, homework, or sub plans.
Integer Operations Mystery Pictures
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Integer Operations Mystery Pictures

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Two pages of integer operations practice and coloring fun! Add, subtract, multiply and divide integers with this engaging color-by-code activity. Students complete each problem, choose the solution and use the color listed to fill in squares on the grid to reveal the mystery picture! Includes hamburger and ice cream pictures! Instructions: Each color section has two columns. For easy self-check, every solution in the left column has a matching solution in the right column. Students will locate their solutions on the grid and color those squares with the correct color to reveal a mystery picture! Note: Not all squares will be colored! Low prep and great for self-check! Perfect for math stations, classwork, homework, or sub plans.
Add & Subtract Integers Mystery Pictures
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Add & Subtract Integers Mystery Pictures

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Three fun pages! Add, subtract and add/subtract integers with this fun color-by-code activity. Students complete each problem, choose the solution and use the color listed to fill in squares on the grid to reveal the mystery picture! Includes heart, watermelon and donut pictures! Instructions: Each color section has two columns. For easy self-check, every solution in the left column has a matching solution in the right column. Students will locate their solutions on the grid and color those squares with the correct color to reveal a mystery picture! Note: Not all squares will be colored! Low prep and great for self-check! Perfect for math stations, classwork, homework, or sub plans.
Write & Solve Proportions Mystery Picture Coloring Worksheet
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Write & Solve Proportions Mystery Picture Coloring Worksheet

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Write and solve proportions with this cute color by code activity. Students complete each problem, choose the solution and use the color listed to fill in squares on the grid to reveal the mystery picture! Includes the following skills: Solve proportions Rounding to the nearest tenth and hundredth Write & solve proportions from percent questions Write & solve proportions from word problems Low prep and great for self-check! Perfect for classwork, homework, or even a quick informal assessment. Cat theme works great for Halloween or everyday coloring fun!
Properties of Exponents Notes Sheet
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Properties of Exponents Notes Sheet

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Great for taking notes or a review on properties of exponents. Includes multiplication, power to a power, division, zero and negative exponent properties. Has examples with numbers, variables, and variables with coefficients for each of the properties. Key included.
Add Integers Scavenger Hunt
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Add Integers Scavenger Hunt

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A fun, engaging way to practice or review integer operations for middle school students! Includes: 20 cards to hang around the room, starting number cards, student recording sheet and answer key How to: Cut out and hang cards around the room. The top numbers on each card are the ANSWERS to the previous problems. Assign small groups a starting answer to find first (you can do this verbally or you can cut out and hand each group a “Starting Number” from the sheet at the end of this packet). Students search for their starting number and then solve the problem below that number on the card, which leads them on a hunt to find their next problem. The solution to the LAST problem leads to the number that they started with! Small Group Option: Make a set of integer cards for each group. Give every group the same starting number and have groups arrange the problems in the correct order, filling in their scavenger hunt worksheets as they go.
Distributive Property with Area Models Task Cards
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Distributive Property with Area Models Task Cards

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Develop conceptual understanding of the distributive property using area models! I find that area models give students a concrete way of envisioning the distributive property, helping them grasp why the outer term is distributed to terms inside of the parenthesis. Great for practice after an introductory lesson or as a review. Includes several ideas for activities using task cards. Contents: ~2 Example Problems with key ~16 DP task cards ~Student recording sheet ~Answer key
Solve Systems with a Graphing Calculator
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Solve Systems with a Graphing Calculator

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Solve systems of linear equations using a graphing calculator. Use this handout as a tool for full class instruction or a group investigation. Learn about entering equations, graphing equations, using the trace and zoom functions and verifying results on the calculator’s table. Includes reflection questions and practice problems with answer key.
Unit Rate Task Cards
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Unit Rate Task Cards

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Great for practicing rates and unit rates in small groups! Contents: 14 task cards 2 options for student handouts Answer Key Instructions for Use: Small Group: Each group gets a set of task cards and each student gets a handout to record their answers on. Give students time to solve each problem. It can be fun to assign each group one or two problems that they are in charge of explaining to the class after completing the activity. Around the Room Activity: Post task cards around the room and give each student a handout. Give students time to circulate in small groups to solve the problems. When using this method it can be helpful to assign each group a starting number to ensure that groups begin the activity at different task cards. Whiteboard Games: One of my favorite ways to do this activity is as a small group competition with whiteboards. In this case, no handout is needed. I show a task card under the projector and give a time limit. Every student (or pair of students– sometimes it works better for them to share one board per two people) in the group has to have the correct work and solution to score a point for their group. The group with the most points at the end wins.
Systems of Equations Word Problems
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Systems of Equations Word Problems

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Great for introducing systems of equations! Step-by-step activity that guides students through the process of solving a word problem using systems. Meant to show students that the solution to the problem can be found on both graphs and tables. Students will: Define variables Write equations Make a table and graph Explain their solution in a sentence **Includes: **2 different word problems plus answer keys
Integer Operations Scavenger Hunt
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Integer Operations Scavenger Hunt

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Product Description A fun, kinesthetic way to practice or review integer operations for middle school students! Includes: 20 cards to hang around the room, starting number cards, student recording sheet and answer key How to: Cut out and hang cards around the room. The top numbers on each card are the ANSWERS to the previous problems. Assign small groups a starting answer to find first (you can do this verbally or you can cut out and hand each group a “Starting Number” from the sheet at the end of this packet). Students search for their starting number and then solve the problem below that number on the card, which leads them on a hunt to find their next problem. The solution to the LAST problem leads to the number that they started with! Small Group Option: Make a set of integer cards for each group. Give every group the same starting number and have groups arrange the problems in the correct order, filling in their scavenger hunt worksheets as they go.
Middle School Math Pre-Assessment plus Check-In Quizzes
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Middle School Math Pre-Assessment plus Check-In Quizzes

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Contents: Pre-Algebra Pre-Assessment Two Follow-up Quizzes Answer Keys Instructions for Use: Designed for students entering 7th grade math or Pre-Algebra. Get to know your students’ general math skills at the beginning of the year with a pre-assessment and use the follow-up quizzes to monitor growth! I have given this pre-assessment in a variety of ways, from a partner or group quiz to an individual effort. I generally learn a lot about my students from either method– by circulating the room and having conversations with students about what they do or do not remember, or grading individual tests for a score and reviewing strengths and weaknesses in each or the categories. I typically do not let students use a calculator as part of the pre-test is basic computation, and all questions can be done without a calculator. This pre-assessment is a great way to gain understanding about student skills at the beginning of their new math year!
Multiply & Divide Integers
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Multiply & Divide Integers

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Product Description A fun, kinesthetic way to practice or review integer operations for middle school students! Includes: 20 cards to hang around the room, starting number cards, student recording sheet and answer key How to: Cut out and hang cards around the room. The top numbers on each card are the ANSWERS to the previous problems. Assign small groups a starting answer to find first (you can do this verbally or you can cut out and hand each group a “Starting Number” from the sheet at the end of this packet). Students search for their starting number and then solve the problem below that number on the card, which leads them on a hunt to find their next problem. The solution to the LAST problem leads to the number that they started with! Small Group Option: Make a set of integer cards for each group. Give every group the same starting number and have groups arrange the problems in the correct order, filling in their scavenger hunt worksheets as they go.