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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.
Absolute Value Inequality Trios
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Absolute Value Inequality Trios

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This is a cut and match activity for students to practice Absooute Value Inequalities. Preparation includes copying and cutting the 3 piece puzzles, students work page and sorting the pieces into envelopes for groups of students. Students will solve the equations, then match to the solutions and graphs with their group. For an extra challenge use the additional 2 puzzles which do not match to mix in the envelopes. Great activity to demonstrate understanding of multiple representations.
Recursive Formulas in Arithmetic Sequence Matching Card Set
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Recursive Formulas in Arithmetic Sequence Matching Card Set

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Students gain proficiency at identifying formulas for Arithmetic Sequences with this matching card set. Students work in pairs or individually to match sequences to their specific recursive formula. Included are 18 pairs of matching cards, one side has a sequence of numbers and the other half have recursive formulas. Matching cards can be used in a variety of ways, use as flash cards, as exit tickets, or as a game of war or concentration.
Surface Area of Cylinders Matching Card Set
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Surface Area of Cylinders Matching Card Set

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Students practice finding the surface area of cylinders in this matching activity. Half of the 18 cards have a picture of a cylinderwith either the radius or diameter and height indicated. The other half have the surface area. 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.
Similar Triangles Partner Practice
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Similar Triangles Partner Practice

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Practice finding side lengths of similar triangles with 2 different pairs of collaborative worksheets for students. Pairs of students complete different worksheets of 8 problems each that have the same answers. Great activity for students to check their work, and promote problem solving skills. ⭐Use on one day for different levels of learners in the classroom or different days. You can also use as homework checks using one of the versions and follow up with the matching version the next day to have students check their homework answers. Also included are 6 different exit tickets to assess student understanding. Use different versions on the same day, on subsequent days or as warm ups. ⭐Answer keys for all are also included.
Scientific Notation Domino Set
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Scientific Notation Domino Set

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Students practice matching standard notation to scientific notation in a game format. Set includes 4 different sets of dominoes: 8 Dominoes, 12 Dominoes, 16 Dominoes and 24 Dominoes. 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 match 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 scientific notation and have fun at the same time. For students who struggle, have them practice rewrite each problem before they match.
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.
Free System of Equations Domino Set of 8
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Free System of Equations Domino Set of 8

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Playing games in the classroom is always so much fun, especially when it forces students to practice important solving skills. This set has systems of linear equations which the students will need to solve to match with the solution given. This domino set contains 8 rectangular dominoes. Students work in pairs to cut them apart, turn face down and mix up and then each draw 4 dominoes. The students with "start" goes first and puts down his domino, then whoever has the solution for that domino places the next, until one student is out of dominoes and is declared the winner. Answer Key is included showing the correct order of the dominoes.
One Step Equation Matching Cards Set
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One Step Equation Matching Cards Set

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This activity is so versatile and you can use in a variety of ways. The set includes 18 pairs of one step equations. In each pair, there are two different equations for students to solve and match to each other. This is a great activity to match up students into pairs, or have groups compete against each other and see who can match up all 18 pairs first. You can give students half the cards and keep the other half for yourself. Then either show one card or write the equation on the board and see which team/student can identify the equation with the same solution. 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.
Surface Area of Pyramids Matching Card Set
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Surface Area of Pyramids Matching Card Set

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Students practice finding the surface area of pyramids in this matching activity. Half of the 18 cards have a picture of a pyramid with the base dimensions and height and the other half have the surface area. 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.
Fraction Division Domino Set
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Fraction Division Domino Set

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Students practice dividing fractions in a game format. Set includes 4 different sets of dominoes: 8 Dominoes, 12 Dominoes, 16 Dominoes and 24 Dominoes. 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 answer/fraction problem 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 dividing fractions.
Scientific Notation Amazing Math
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Scientific Notation Amazing Math

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Students practice converting from standard notation to scientific notation in 3 of these mazes and from scientific notation to standard notation in the other three. This is a fun way to practice a skill and keeps students engaged at the same time. I have students use a colored pencil to trace their path and show their work. If they make a mistake, I have them use a different color to continue their work. This way we can see the points of confusion and help clarify. Great for sub work, extra practice at home or use for early finishers as well. I keep several types of mazes available for students as a spiral practice. Works in stations as well.
Partner Practice Order of Operations
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Partner Practice Order of Operations

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Great collaborative resource to have students practice the order of operations. Students can work in pairs (trios will work as well), one person completes A and the second person completes B and then compares answers. Problems are different, but answers are the same. Self - checking--when students have the same answer they know they are correct, but different answers mean they need to go back and check for their mistake. When students are stumped, one person visits another pair, gets help and is responsible for sharing the solution and all the steps with the partner. Encourages discource in the classroom as they practice this important skill.
Area of Circles Puzzle Set
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Area of Circles Puzzle Set

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Students practice finding the area of circles in these 4 puzzles given either circumference, diameter or radius. In two of the puzzles pi is left in the answer and the other two has an answer using pi= 3.14. Puzzles have 2 levels for differentiation in the classroom and 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. Set includes 4 different puzzles with 2 different levels of difficulty for students to practice finding the area of circles. You can use the puzzles on different days, at stations or give the struggling students the simpler variation.
Corner Collaboration--Finding the Discriminant
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Corner Collaboration--Finding the Discriminant

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Students work to identify the discriminant of a quadratic equation then collaborate with other students to check their work and check for errors. Resource includes 4 different worksheets, each identified with a symbol. Students work in home groups to calculate the discriminat of their quadratic equations. I use a timer to keep students on task, and when timer goes off, students break up into groups in each of the 4 corners with students of same worksheet to discuss problems, compare answers and check for errors. When time is up, students return to their home groups. This is a kagan strategy which works great to increase discourse in the math classroom.
Area of Trapezoid Matching Card Set
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Area of Trapezoid Matching Card Set

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Students practice finding the area of trapezoids 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 cards, one side with the diagram of the trapezoid and the other side with the calculated area. 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
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.
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.
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.