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I like an active classroom where everyone is busy. If you stop in one day it will look like chaos, but it is a carefully orchestrated chaos that cleverly disguises all the learning that we are doing. I use a lot of activities -- and keep the kids moving. Research says that if anyone sits for more than 15 minutes, their brain disengages and learning is not happening. So I design a lot of activities to get kids moving, talking, thinking and participating.

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I like an active classroom where everyone is busy. If you stop in one day it will look like chaos, but it is a carefully orchestrated chaos that cleverly disguises all the learning that we are doing. I use a lot of activities -- and keep the kids moving. Research says that if anyone sits for more than 15 minutes, their brain disengages and learning is not happening. So I design a lot of activities to get kids moving, talking, thinking and participating.
Pythagorean Theorem Station Quest
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Pythagorean Theorem Station Quest

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A station activity with a twist! Students use the pythagorean theorem and the converse of the theorem in this 9 station activity. Students who correctly solve the station problems will receive the piece of the quest puzzle. Once all 9 stations are finished, students assemble the 9 piece puzzle and solve the final problems. Students love this activity. This can be used with or without the additional puzzle.
Writing Trig Ratios Domino Set
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Writing Trig Ratios Domino Set

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Students practice identifying trig ratios in a game format. Set includes 4 different sets of dominoes: 8 Dominoes, 12 Dominoes, 16 Dominoes and 24 Dominoes. Each set has a triangle with side measures and the trig ratio(either sine, cosine or tangent) sought on half the cards with the other half has a ratio. The smaller sets are great for pairs or even a student who likes to work alone. The larger sets are good for groups of 3 or 4. Dominoes are cut apart, placed face down and students draw all dominoes equally. Student with "start" places the first domino and then student with the diagram/trig ratio in their hand plays the next. This continues until one student is out of dominoes and is declared the winner. I usually give 5 points per domino left in other students hands and keep a running tally. Students love playing games in the classroom and this set will give them the opportunity to practice identifying their trig ratios. For students who struggle, have them practice checking the solutions into the system to determine the answer.
Finding Angle Measures by Solving for X Matching Card Set
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Finding Angle Measures by Solving for X Matching Card Set

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Students practice finding the measures of complementary, supplementary, vertical and adjacent angles in this matching activity to use in a variety of ways. Cut apart and use for a single student or pair of students. The set includes 18 pairs of matching cards—one side with diagram of angles, the other side a measure. In this deck, algebraic expressions describe angle relationships. Students must write an equation to find the value of x that will give the correct angle measures. Great practice with finding angle measures while reviewing solving one variable equations. You can use to pair up students for other activities. You can also use these cards as a ticket in the door or ticket out the door. Additional uses for these cards are explained in the directions or download my free resource.
Linear Inequality with Graphs Matching Card Set
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Linear Inequality with Graphs Matching Card Set

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Students practice writing linear inequalities from a graph and matching with the correct inequality in this matching activity which can be used in a variety of ways. Cut apart and use for a single student or pair of students or use one of the whole class activities suggested. The set includes 18 pairs of matching cards—one side with a linear inequality, the other side with a graph of an inequality Kids identify key points from the graphs to match to the inequality. You can use to pair up students for other activities. You can also use these cards as a ticket in the door or ticket out the door. Additional uses for these cards are explained in the directions or download my free resource.
Volume of Cones Matching Card Set
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Volume of Cones Matching Card Set

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Students practice finding the volume of cones in this matching activity. Half of the 18 cards have a picture of a cone with either the radius or diameter and height. The other half have the volume. Cut apart and use for a single student or pair of students. You can use to pair up students for other activities. You can also use these cards as a ticket in the door or ticket out the door. Additional uses for these cards are explained in the directions or download my free resource.
Multiplying and Dividing Decimals Puzzle Set
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Multiplying and Dividing Decimals Puzzle Set

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Students practice multiplying decimals in two of these puzzles and dividing decimals in the other two puzzles. Set includes 4 different puzzles with 2 different levels of difficulty for students to practice multiplying and dividing decimals. Answer Keys are included for all. In the simpler level, the outside edges are blank, so if students are having difficulty, have them arrange the pieces so the blank sides are on the outside. In the more challenging level, the edges have additional problems/answers in the border to make solving a little more difficult. Puzzles finish at about 9 inches square and can be taped/glued to card stock or poster paper and make a lovely bulletin board display. You can use the puzzles on different days, at stations or give the struggling students the simpler variation while more advanced students get level 2 puzzles.
Surface Area of Prisms Corner Collaboration
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Surface Area of Prisms Corner Collaboration

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Looking for a way to build student discourse and practice calculating surface area of both rectangular and triangular prisms, increase accountability and get students more engaged? Use this Kagan strategy to have students work in cooperative learning groups to practice surface area. ⭐Students practice surface area of prisms in this collaborative activity. Students work in home groups discussing the process to find the answers and complete their worksheet, 1 of 4 variations included. Set the timer to your students needs. ⭐When the timer goes off, students meet in one of the four corners to collaborate with a new group to compare answers, correct errors and improve discourse. When timer goes off again, students rejoin their home group and whole class discusses problems and any misconceptions. ⭐Exit ticket also included to use at the end of the lesson, end of the week or as a warm up to "exit" from the lesson. 3 Different versions included, use different days or use one as the warm up for the next day. What is included: ☀4 different students "worksheets" with 10 problems each. ☀3 Different Exit Tickets, ☀4 Page size graphics to displays in the corners ☀Complete answer keys for all.
Factoring Quadratics Puzzle Set
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Factoring Quadratics Puzzle Set

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Students practice factoring quadratics and/or multiplying binomials in all 4 puzzles in this set. 2 of the puzzles have the leading coefficient at 1 and the other two puzzles have a leading coefficient greater than 1. There are 2 different levels of puzzles with answer keys included for all. In the simpler level, the outside edges are blank, so if students are having difficulty, have them arrange the pieces so the blank sides are on the outside. In the more challenging level, the edges have additional problems/answers in the border to make solving a little more difficult. You can use the puzzles on different days, at stations or give the struggling students the simpler variation while more advanced students get a challenge with level 2 puzzles.
Finding Slope Puzzle Set
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Finding Slope Puzzle Set

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Students practice calculating slope from two points in two of these puzzles and and practice calculating slope from a tables in the other two puzzles. Set includes 4 different puzzles with 2 different levels of difficulty for students to practice finding slope. Answer Keys are included for all. In the simpler level, the outside edges are blank, so if students are having difficulty, have them arrange the pieces so the blank sides are on the outside. In the more challenging level, the edges have additional problems/answers in the border to make solving a little more difficult. Puzzles finish at about 9 inches square and can be taped/glued to card stock or poster paper and make a lovely bulletin board display. You can use the puzzles on different days, at stations or give the struggling students the simpler variation.
Piecewise Functions Matching Card Set
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Piecewise Functions Matching Card Set

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Students will identify the functions from the graphs in these 20 pairs of matching cards. Half the cards have two or three functions and the other have have the graped piecewise functions. Students work individually, in pairs or small groups to match the cards. Students need practice analyzing graphs and this will help them get that practice without the dreaded worksheet. Great collaborative activity to encourage students to work together and talk about math. Just print the cards and either cut yourself or have students cut. You can laminate for repeated use. Do you have students who finish everything quickly while others are just getting started? Give them an extra challenge. Also included are 4 additional graphs and 4 additional function cards which do not match. Mix these with the other cards to give your advanced students a more diffcult activity. Have students who struggle? Remove some of the matching cards for their set. Included: ☀20 pairs of matching cards ☀Additional Graphs and Equations to differentiate ☀Directions and tips for using ☀Answer Keys 
July Sampler Freebie
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July Sampler Freebie

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Enjoy a patriotic word search, a back to school activity, a blank July calendar for planning and some label templates to organize supplies. Perfect activities for unexpected absences and to get classroom set up for the new school year.
Segment Addition Postulate Matching Card Set
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Segment Addition Postulate Matching Card Set

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Students practice using the segment addition postulate in this matching activity to use in a variety of ways. Cut apart and use for a single student or pair of students. The set includes 18 pairs of matching cards—one side with diagram of segments, the other side a value of x that solves for the measure. Students will need to write an equation from these expressions to solve for the value of x that gives the correct measure. Students will have opportunities to practice identifying different types of segment problems and solving for the measures. You can use to pair up students for other activities. You can also use these cards as a ticket in the door or ticket out the door. Additional uses for these cards are explained in the directions or download my free resource.
Triangle Sum Matching Card Jumbo Set
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Triangle Sum Matching Card Jumbo Set

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Students practice using the triangle sum theorem in this matching activity to use in a variety of ways. Cut apart and use for a single student or pair of students. The set includes 24 pairs of matching cards—one side with diagram of angles, the other side a measure. In this deck, half the cards have a diagram of a triangle with the missing angle measure identified. Students will view the diagram and find the angle measure that matches it. You can use to pair up students for other activities. You can also use these cards as a ticket in the door or ticket out the door. Additional uses for these cards are explained in the directions or download my free resource.
Scientific Notation Matching Card Set
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Scientific Notation Matching Card Set

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Students practice write numbers in decimal notation and scientific notation by matching these 18 pairs of cards. This is a great collaborative activity in either pairs or groups—working to master several skills in one activity. In the 18 pairs of cards, one side has the number written in decimal notation and the other side is the number written in scientific notation. There are also many other ways to use these matching cards in the classroom. See my free product on ways to use matching cards in the classroom for creative ways to use these cards as a quick warm up or simple assessment.
Solving Proportions Matching Card Set--2 Deck Set
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Solving Proportions Matching Card Set--2 Deck Set

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Students practice solving proportions in this matching activity, The set includes 2 different sets of matching cards. In each set are 18 pairs of matching cards. In one set one half the cards have a proportion and the other half of the cards has the answer to a proportion. In the other set, students will have 18 pairs of proportions that have the same solution. You can use in a variety of ways.You can use to pair up students for other activities. You can also use these cards as a ticket in the door or ticket out the door. You can use in a variety of ways. Cut apart and use for a single student or pair of students. Or you can laminate and use as a warm up on a daily basis. Additional uses for these cards are explained in the directions or download my free resource.
Triangle Proportionality Theorem Matching Card Set
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Triangle Proportionality Theorem Matching Card Set

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Students practiceusing the Triangle Proportionality Theorem by using ratios to find missing sides in this matching activity to use in a variety of ways. Cut apart and use for a single student or pair of students or use as a station/group activity. The set includes 18 pairs of cards, one side with the diagram of the triangle and the other side with the calculated side measure. You can also use these cards as a ticket in the door or ticket out the door. Additional uses for these cards are explained in the directions or download my free resource.
Slope Intercept VS Standard Form Matching Card Set
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Slope Intercept VS Standard Form Matching Card Set

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Students practice converting from Standard Form to Slope Intercept Form of a linear equation in this matching activity which can be used in a variety of ways. Cut apart and use for a single student or pair of students or use one of the whole class activities suggested. The set includes 18 pairs of matching cards—one side with a linear equation written in Standard For, the other side with a linear equation written in Slope Intercept For—kids have fun rewriting the equations and then matching up the pairs. You can use to pair up students for other activities. You can also use these cards as a ticket in the door or ticket out the door. Additional uses for these cards are explained in the directions or download my free resource.
Triangle Midsegment Theorems Solve for X Matching Card Set
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Triangle Midsegment Theorems Solve for X Matching Card Set

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Students practice using the triangle midsegment theorem in this matching activity to use in a variety of ways. Cut apart and use for a single student or pair of students. The set includes 18 pairs of matching cards—one side with diagram of angles, the other side a measure. This deck uses an algebraic expression for the segment measures. Students will need to write an equation from these expressions to solve for the value of x that gives the correct measure. This gives students the opportunity to practice identifying different types of triangle midsegment problems and solving for the measures. You can use to pair up students for other activities. You can also use these cards as a ticket in the door or ticket out the door. Additional uses for these cards are explained in the directions or download my free resource.
October Sampler Freebie
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October Sampler Freebie

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Looking for a quick idea for unexpected absences or early finishers? Here is a word search with a secret message, a graphing activity with a Halloween theme and a cut and paste puzzle for students plus a blank October calendar for planning. Answer Keys for all included. Have a great October
Two Step Equation Matching Card Set
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Two Step Equation Matching Card Set

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Students practice two step equations in this matching activity to use in a variety of ways. Cut apart and use for a single student or pair of students. The set includes 18 pairs of two step equations that have the same solution. You can use to pair up students for other activities. You can also use these cards as a ticket in the door or ticket out the door. Additional uses for these cards are explained in the directions or download my free resource.