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I have taught middle school mathematics for six years. My classroom curriculum is set up so students use higher-order thinking skills on a daily basis. I use very little lecture in my classroom. I want students to discover, connect, and apply. My classroom curriculum is set up so students use higher-order thinking skills on a daily basis. I use very little lecture in my classroom. I want students to discover, connect, and apply

I have taught middle school mathematics for six years. My classroom curriculum is set up so students use higher-order thinking skills on a daily basis. I use very little lecture in my classroom. I want students to discover, connect, and apply. My classroom curriculum is set up so students use higher-order thinking skills on a daily basis. I use very little lecture in my classroom. I want students to discover, connect, and apply
7th Grade Math Higher Order Thinking Skills Activity - What's the Question
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7th Grade Math Higher Order Thinking Skills Activity - What's the Question

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Looking to improve rigor in your classroom? What’s the Question is a higher order thinking skills activity that will challenge and help your math students critically think about various 7th grade math topics. This product consists of 14 different topics. There is one topic per page. Each topic consists of 5 different “questions.” The questions are actually the answers given to five different problems, and the students have to create the questions. This will help your students think deeper about the mathematics. The 14 topics include: • Adding Integers • Subtracting Integers • Multiplying and Dividing Integers • Simplifying Expressions: Simplifying expressions with rational numbers and the distributive property. • Equations: Solving equations with rational numbers and the distributive property. • Unit Rates: Unit rates with rational numbers. • Proportional Relationships: Proportional relationships in tables, graphs and equations. • Constant of Proportionality: Identifying constants of proportionality in tables, graphs, and equations. • Triangles: Angles and side lengths that form a triangle. • Circles: Circumference and area of circles • Surface Area and Volume: Surface Area and volume of right rectangular prisms and pyramids. • Slicing: Identifying a two-dimensional figure from slicing a three-dimensional shape. • Statistics: Comparing means and medians, identifying a random sample, and bias questions. • Probability: Probability between 0 and 1 and uniform vs. non-uniform probability models. An answer sheet is NOT included. Due to the nature of the activity, the answers will widely vary. A suggestion for the teacher: do not be so strict on students writing the right “answer” for this activity. Rather this is to challenge students to think beyond basic algorithms. Focus on the thinking of the students and you can learn a great deal on what your students really understand. These would be great to use for assessments, homework, math centers, group work, or individual work.
Graphing Linear Equations Math Stations
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Graphing Linear Equations Math Stations

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These graphing linear equations stations will help your students delve into the mathematics of graphing lines. Students will graph linear equations, write equations from points, write equations from graphs, and analyze the rate of change with real-world graphs. This product includes the following stations: • Slope-Intercept Form: Students graph lines given the equation in slope-intercept form. • Write Equations from Given Points: Students are given a pair of coordinate points and will write the equation for the line in slope-intercept form that contains these two points. • Writing Equations from Graphs: Students are given points on a graph and will write the equation of the line that passes through the pair of points. • Rate of Change: Students are given graphs of real-world situations and are asked to analyze the rate of change and make sense of the graphs. • Slope Analysis: In this coloring activity students will analyze whether a slope is undefined, zero, positive or negative given an equation, graph, or coordinate points. Each station will take about 15 – 20 minutes to complete. These would also be great to use as homework, group work or assessments. A recording sheet and answer sheet are included.
Adding and Subtracting Integers Math Stations
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Adding and Subtracting Integers Math Stations

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These integers math stations are perfect to engage students in analyzing integers. Students will develop a deep understanding of adding and subtracting integers after completing these math stations. There are four math stations. Adding Integers with a Number Line: students will write integer problems given a problem modeled on a number line. Rewriting Subtraction into Addition: Students will rewrite subtraction problems into addition problems. Modeling Addition on a Number Line: Given integer addition problems, students will solve using a number line. Integers in Action: Students will solve and write integer story problems. These would also be great to use as homework, group work or assessments. These stations include a recording sheet and an answer sheet.
Pythagorean Theorem Math Stations
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Pythagorean Theorem Math Stations

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These Pythagorean Theorem math stations are not your average Pythagorean Theorem worksheets. Take your students to a new level of understanding with these stations. Students will learn two proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem. Students will problem solve their way through two Pythagorean Theorem puzzles. One puzzle also combines their knowledge of area of triangles. Students will apply the Pythagorean Theorem to real-life applications. Students will find distances on the coordinate plane as well as practice their use of radicals on Pythagorean Theorem problems. Students will develop a deep understanding of this content after completing these math stations. This product includes the following math stations. • Pythagorean Theorem Proof #1 • Pythagorean Theorem Proof #2 • Pythagorean Puzzle #1 • Pythagorean Puzzle #2 • Pythagorean Theorem Application • Distances with Pythagorean Theorem • Pythagorean Theorem with Radicals Each station will take about 15 – 20 minutes to complete. Stations can easily be combined, or used to differentiate your teaching. Pythagorean Theorem Proof #1 guides them through a proof, and Pythagorean Theorem Proof #2 is more open-ended, this is a great way to differentiate your teaching. A recording sheet and answer sheet are included. These would also be great to use as homework, group work or assessments
8th Grade Math Rational and Irrational Numbers
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8th Grade Math Rational and Irrational Numbers

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These rational and irrational numbers guided notes are aligned to the 8th grade common core state standards. Focus is placed on understanding rational and irrational numbers, converting fractions to decimals, converting decimals to fractions and approximating irrational numbers. Students will calculate, explain, analyze and delve into the real number system. Aligned to the common core, these guided notes work great as an introduction, reinforcement or review of the material. Formatted for back-to-back printing with page numbers. Teacher can create a packet for student organization. These in-depth guided notes contain: • 1 title page • 7 pages of guided notes • 2 pages of additional practice (10 problems) • 1 lined page for extra notes • Complete answer key
7th Grade Math Triangles Guided Notes
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7th Grade Math Triangles Guided Notes

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These triangles guided Focus on drawing geometric shapes with given conditions, constructions of triangles and unique triangles. Students will calculate, explain, analyze and delve into geometry. Students writing sloppy notes? Improve their engagement and understanding of triangles with these common core aligned guided notes. Aligned to the common core, these guided notes work great as an introduction, reinforcement or review of the material. Formatted for back-to-back printing with page numbers. Teacher can create a packet for student organization. These in-depth guided notes contain: • 1 title page • 10 pages of guided notes • 2 pages of additional practice (12 problems) • 1 lined page for extra notes • Teaching Suggestions • Complete answer key
Congruence and Similarity Math Stations
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Congruence and Similarity Math Stations

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These congruence and similarity math stations are perfect to help your students make sense of congruent shapes, similar shapes, translations, rotations, reflections, dilations and coordinate rules. This product includes the following math stations. • Congruent vs. Similar: Given two shapes, students will determine if the shapes are congruent, similar, or neither and justify their reasoning. • Figures and Coordinate Rules: Given two shapes, students will describe the effect of the transformation using coordinates. • Analyzing Coordinate Rules: Given coordinate rules, students will explain in writing the transformation. • Drawing Transformations: Given a figure, students will reflect, rotate, translate, and dilate the figure and write the coordinate rule for the transformation. Each station will take about 15 – 20 minutes to complete. These would also be great to use as homework, group work or assessments. A recording sheet and answer sheet are included.
Area of Composite Figures Activity
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Area of Composite Figures Activity

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Engage your students as they problem-solve through the area of composite figures. Students will calculate the area of composite figure and color according to the key, makes for quick correction. This is a no prep, print and go, fun geometry activity for your middle school math classroom. Included in this engaging activity • Area of composite figures color key • Area of composite figures coloring sheet (Form A and Form B) • Complete answer key Form A (listed in lower left-hand corner) has some measurements missing, but students can problem-solve to figure out any measurements they need. I recommend form A so students use more critical-thinking skills. Form B has all measurements listed.
7th Grade Math Mini Assessments
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7th Grade Math Mini Assessments

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These thirty one page common core 7th grade math mini assessments cover the topics in all domains of the common core curriculum: number systems, expressions and equations, ratios and proportions, geometry and statistics and probability. Focus is placed on fluency AND clear understanding of concepts. Students will calculate, write, model, analyze and explain to show their understanding of the common core concepts. • Integer addition and subtraction fluency • Integer multiplication and division fluency • Rational number addition and subtraction fluency • Rational number multiplication and division fluency • Integer addition and subtraction with number lines • Rational number understanding • Rational number word problems • Simplifying expressions fluency • Applied expressions • Solving equations fluency • Word problems and equations • Solving inequalities fluency • Word problems and inequalities • Calculating Unit Rates • Proportional Relationships • Constant of Proportionality • Proportional Graphs and Equations • Ratios and Percent Problems • Scale Drawings • Triangle Construction • 3d Slicing • Angle Basics • Angles & Algebra • Circles: Circumference and Area Fluency • Circles: Circumference and Area Understanding • 2d Area • 3d Surface Area and Volume • Statistics • Probability • Compound Events These are perfect for quick assessments, quizzes, reviews, interventions, or even homework. These are also great to track your students’ progress and mastery of common core concepts. An answer sheet is included.
End Of Year Middle School Math Activities
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End Of Year Middle School Math Activities

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These math tasks are great for the end of year or for anytime of the year. These activities are not busy work. These tasks use higher-order thinking skills and focus on problem-solving activities in the real-world. Students are engaged in the tasks as they are also fun for them. These are great activities to focus on the mathematical practices. These tasks would be appropriate for 6th, 7th or 8th grade. The tasks and approachable for your low and high students, and all students should be able to complete them. View the preview for ideas on how to implement these tasks in your math classroom. Each task will take at least 1 day to complete. Answer key and suggested rubric are included. Includes the Following 6 Math Tasks • Vacation Time: Students plan a trip and determine whether it is more cost-effective to drive vs. fly. This is an open-ended task and students focus on justifying their solutions. Students practice decimal operations and mathematical practices. • Swimming Fun: Students determine the cost of tiles and the amount of tiles used to tile their new backyard swimming pool. Students practice surface area, perimeter, decimal operations and mathematical practices. • Summer Play: Students are given a budget to plan their summer activities. Students practice decimal operations and mathematical practices. • Stylin’ Swimming Suits: Students practice ratios, proportions or percents (depending how they choose to solve the problem) and mathematical practices. • Yummy Snow Cones: Students practice constructing a survey that gives viable results and mathematical practices. • Sunstone Summer Camp: Students practice geometric descriptions, can use symmetry as well, and mathematical practices. Strong focus on justifying their answer. © MakeSenseofMath2017 One product purchase is for one teacher
Exponent Rules and Exponent Properties Math Stations
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Exponent Rules and Exponent Properties Math Stations

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These integers math stations are perfect to engage students in discovering the properties of exponents. Students will develop a deep understanding of exponent properties after completing these math stations. There are four math stations. Three stations are created with the intent that students will discover the “rules” for exponent properties through expanding expressions. The following math stations are included: • Multiplying Powers: Students analyze models of multiplying powers. The models expand the powers then cancel and combine. Students discover the exponent rule of multiplying powers. • Dividing Powers: Students analyze models of dividing powers. The models expand the powers then cancel and combine. Students discover the exponent power of dividing powers. • Power to a Power: Students analyze models of powers to a power. The models expand the power, then cancels and combines. Students discover the exponent rule of power to a power. • Exponent Patterns: Students analyze tables of exponents patterns. Students make sense of the patterns and discover what a number raised to zero equals and a number raised to a negative number represents. These would also be great to use as homework, group work or assessments. A recording sheet and answer sheet are included. These math centers are aligned with common core 8.EE.A.1
Equivalent Expressions Math Stations
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Equivalent Expressions Math Stations

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These equivalent expressions math stations are perfect to develop a deep understanding of adding expressions, subtracting expressions, and expanding linear expressions with rational coefficients. Students will combine like terms and simplify expressions all while problem solving. This product includes the following math stations. •Colorful Expressions: Students will simplify expressions with integers and rational numbers and color a design according to their answer. •Expanding Expressions: Students will expand linear expressions in three different ways. •Equivalent Expressions Puzzle: Given a puzzle, students will match sides with equivalent expressions and put together their puzzle. •Writing about Equivalent Expressions: Students will answer higher-order thinking questions about equivalent expressions to develop a deep understanding of content. Use of the distributive property is not included in these stations. Each station will take about 15 – 20 minutes to complete. These would also be great to use as homework, group work or assessments. A recording sheet and answer key are included. © MakeSenseofMath2016 One product purchase is for one teacher
Probability Math Stations
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Probability Math Stations

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Students will dig into probability as they analyze probability models and estimate frequencies of given events. Students will also analyze compound events. Students will develop a deep understanding of probability with these math stations. The following math stations are included: • Probability Numbers: focus is on understanding probability as a number represented between 0 and 1 • Estimating Frequencies: Given the probability of certain events, students will estimate frequencies. • Calculating Probability: Given a probability model, students will calculate the probability of certain events. • Compound Events: Students will display the sample space of an event with a diagram, and calculate compound probabilities of certain events. Each station will take about 20 minutes to complete These would also be great to use as homework, group work or assessments. These math centers are aligned with common core 7.SP.C.5 7.SP.C.6 7.SP.C.7.A 7.SP.C.8 7.SP.C.8.A 7.SP.C.8.B
Addition and Subtraction with Integers & Decimals Thanksgiving Coloring Activity
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Addition and Subtraction with Integers & Decimals Thanksgiving Coloring Activity

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Students will practice adding and subtracting with integers and positive and negative rational numbers (only decimals). Worksheet contains 37 numeric expressions for students to simplify. Students will color the Thanksgiving turkey's feathers that correlates with the answer. Also included is an extension worksheet for students to delve into the mathematics of adding and subtracting with rational numbers. This coloring activity is great to keep students attention before the break, as well as to make sense of rational numbers. An answer sheet is also included. ★ Follow me for more great products to make sense of math If you enjoy this product, I'd appreciate your positive feedback Thank you © MakeSenseofMath2016 One product purchase is for one teacher
7th Grade Math Stations Bundle
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7th Grade Math Stations Bundle

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These middle school math stations are just what you need to help your students develop a deep understanding of mathematics. There are at least four stations in each set. The focus of these stations is for students to discover and apply mathematical principles. The students will delve into the mathematics and gain a strong foundation. These stations are set to take one to two class periods. These are great for group work but also work well as homework, assessments or individual work. Included in all stations is a recording sheet and answer sheet. What makes these different than other math stations available? Make Sense of Math stations are created with the intent that students will conceptually understand the mathematical concepts. These math stations are not simply "busy work" worksheets. Students will write, model, justify, create, explain and practice the mathematics.
8th Grade Math Higher Order Thinking Skills Activity - What's the Question
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8th Grade Math Higher Order Thinking Skills Activity - What's the Question

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What’s the Question is a higher order thinking skills activity that will challenge and help your math students critically think about various 8th grade math topics. This product consists of 13 different topics. There is one topic per page. Each topic consists of 5 different “questions.” The questions are actually the answers given to five different problems, and the students have to create the questions. This will help your students think deeper about the mathematics. The 13 topics include: • Number Systems: Categorizing rational numbers, integers, whole numbers, irrational numbers, and natural numbers • Exponents: Simplifying expressions using exponent properties • Scientific Notation: Writing in scientific notation as well as performing operations on numbers written in scientific notation. • Equations with Variables on Both Sides • Systems of Equations • Simplifying Radicals • Functions: Identifying functions from tables, graphs and equations. • Graphing: Graphing in slope-intercept form. • Parallel Lines: Identifying angles created by parallel lines cut by a transversal. • Pythagorean Theorem • Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres: Finding the volume of these shapes. • Transformations • Scatter Plots: Identifying linear, non-linear, positive and negative associations. An answer sheet is NOT included. Due to the nature of the activity, the answers will widely vary. A suggestion for the teacher: do not be so strict on students writing the right “answer” for this activity. Rather this is to challenge students to think beyond basic algorithms. Focus on the thinking of the students and you can learn a great deal on what your students really understand. These would be great to use for assessments, homework, math centers, group work, or individual work.
7th Grade Math Review Activity End of Year
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7th Grade Math Review Activity End of Year

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Engage your students with this 7th grade math review activity. Students will review concepts from all five domains in the common core: number systems, expressions and equations, ratios and proportional relationships, geometry and statistics and probability. There are two separate coloring activities, each activity contains 20 questions of a mixture of topics from the common core standards. Students will color the coloring sheet according to their answer. Makes for quick correction. Included in this engaging activity • Two review coloring activities (20 questions each) • Two separate coloring sheets • Complete answer key
7th Grade Math Scale Drawings Guided Notes
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7th Grade Math Scale Drawings Guided Notes

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These scale drawings guided notes are aligned to the 7th grade common core state standards CCSS. Focus is placed on understanding scale, finding lengths and area of geometric figures and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale. Students will calculate, explain, analyze and delve into geometry. Aligned to the common core, these guided notes work great as an introduction, reinforcement or review of the material. Formatted for back-to-back printing with page numbers. Teacher can create a packet for student organization. A ruler is needed to complete these guided notes These in-depth guided notes contain: • 1 title page • 6 pages of guided notes • 2 pages of additional practice (12 problems) • 1 lined page for extra notes • Complete answer key
7th Grade Math Probability Guided Notes
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7th Grade Math Probability Guided Notes

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These probability guided notes are aligned to the 7th grade common core standards. Focus is on probability vocabulary, calculating probability, theoretical vs. experimental, frequencies and compound events. Students writing sloppy notes? Improve their engagement and understanding of probability with these guided notes. No prep, just print and go. These guided notes work great as an introduction, reinforcement or review of the material. Formatted for back-to-back printing with page numbers. Teacher can create a packet for student organization. These in-depth guided notes contain: • 1 title page • 5 pages of guided notes • 2 pages of practice • 1 lined page for extra notes • Teaching Suggestions • Complete answer key
Area Surface Area and Volume Math Stations
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Area Surface Area and Volume Math Stations

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These area and volume math stations delve into area of irregular shapes, 3d surface area and volume. Students will analyze, create, calculate, explain, and apply the math to real-world situations. The Following Stations are Included: • Polygonal Area: Students will use their higher-order thinking skills to calculate the area of different shaped polygons. • 3d Surface Area and Volume: Students will calculate the surface area and volume of 3-dimensional figures. bull; Applied Surface Area and Volume: Students will solve real-world problems involving surface area and volume. • Dog House Design: Students will design a doghouse that must meet certain surface and volume conditions. Each station should take students 15-20 minutes to complete. This would be a good two-day activity. These math centers are aligned with common core 7.G.B.6 These would also be great to use as homework or assessments. These are perfect for math 7, but could also be an extension for math 6 or review for math 8. Recording sheet and answer sheet is included.