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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
Slope-Intercept Form Graphing Art
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Slope-Intercept Form Graphing Art

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This activity allows students to practice graphing using slope-intercept form. Students are given equations in slope-intercept form and graph the lines with the given end points. In doing so, students create a picture, and will also find the area of their picture and color accordingly. This is a great activity to connect graphing, area, and art. This activity is perfect to reinforce graphing equations. Students are engaged as they create their picture. Graphing Art is perfect for students who finish early or who want an extra challenge. This No Prep product is also a great activity for a substitute. Use this product as homework, in-class activity, or extra credit to review and reinforce graphing with slope-intercept form. Included in this product are the graphing instructions, a blank graph, and the solution.
Equations with Variables on Both Sides Task Cards
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Equations with Variables on Both Sides Task Cards

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These middle school math 8 task cards includes 60 multi-step equations with variables on both sides. (45 equations with exactly one solution, 7 equations with no solution and 8 equations with infinite solutions.) Students will be able to practice solving equations with variables on both sides as well as identifying the number of solutions of equations with variables on both sides. These are specifically aligned with the math 8 common core specifically 8.EE.C.7a and 8.EE.C.7b. Also great in 9 - 12 classrooms as review. Read below for various activities with these task cards in your classroom. An answer key IS included Ideas for using these Task Cards in your Classroom • Solution Slap Divide the students into groups of 3-4 students. Give each group a full deck of cards. Have the students place the deck face down in the middle. Students take turns turning over the top card and placing it face up next to the deck of cards. When students see a solution with infinite or no solutions then they slap the card and say either “infinite solution” or “no solutions”. The other students in the group check the accuracy of their slap. If they are correct they collect all the cards in the face up pile. If they are wrong, they must put back all the cards that they have collected into the draw pile. You can set a time limit for the game, and the student that has collected the most amount of cards wins, or you can play until the draw pile of cards is depleted, and the student that has collected the most cards wins. • Exit Slips Have students draw one card from the deck of cards and have them write the equation and solve before leaving class. • Equation Re-write Hand out one card to each student. Have students write the equation on a piece of paper. Then, instruct the students that they have to change the right side of the equation without changing the left side of the equation two different times (so that they have three different equations). One equation should have an exact solution. One equation should have no solution, and one equation should have infinite solutions. Have the students finish by writing a few sentences of how they know that their equations have the correct amount of solutions. • Equation Race Divide the class into 3 – 4 groups. One student from each class comes to the board and draws a card. The students then race to solve their equation correctly on the board. The student that finishes first receives 3 points, 2nd place receive 2 points, and 3rd place receives 1 point. Continue for a set amount of time or until a teach reaches a set amount of points.
Christmas Holiday & Winter Middle School Math Activities
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Christmas Holiday & Winter Middle School Math Activities

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Looking for activities to keep your students engaged during the holidays? These Holiday Middle School Math Activities are perfect to challenge your students, and your students will love them! Each task challenges students and will take about 20-30 minutes to complete. Differentiation and teaching ideas are also included to reach all of your students. Math Tasks Included • Snow Day: This task requires students to reason through the size of a snowman and calculate the volume of the snowman. Easier level: Students can calculate the area of the 2d snowman. This task also includes a challenge as an extension. • Santa vs. The Grinch: Students calculate who wins in a sleigh race between Santa and the Grinch. Higher level: Students use systems of equations and solve both algebraically and graphically. Lower level: Students reason through the task using problem-solving skills. This task also includes a challenge as an extension. • Geometric Snowflake: Students learn how the Koch snowflake is created and find the area of a stage 3 Koch snowflake. Higher level: Students use the Pythagorean Theorem to find missing side lengths. Lower level: Students use a ruler to practice measurement and find the composite area of the shape. This task also includes an extension for higher students. • O Christmas Tree: Students are given equations in slope-intercept form and end points to draw on a graph. The finished product is a work of art. Easier level: Students use substitution to find the end points. A challenge is also included as an extension. Graph is included. • Colorful Crystals: Students classify real numbers as whole, natural, integers, rational or irrational. Students then color snowflakes according to their answers. This activity is perfect to keep students engaged before a break or a substitute.
Systems of Equations Math Stations
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Systems of Equations Math Stations

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These systems of equations stations will help your students delve into the mathematics of systems. They will solve systems of equations using elimination, substitution and graphically. They will solve word problems and write systems of equations. The will also show their understanding through writing. This product includes the following stations: • Solving with Elimination • Solving with Substitution • Solving Graphically • How many solutions? – Students are given systems of equations and they must decide how many solutions the system has. • Word Problems with Systems – Students are given word problems, and they must write a system of equations for the word problem, and solve the system in a method of their choosing. • Understanding Solutions – Students are given a coordinate point and are asked to analyze if it is a solution to a system of equations. Students will write about infinite, zero and one solutions systems. 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.
8th Grade Math Writing Prompts
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8th Grade Math Writing Prompts

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Writing in the math classroom is extremely important and aids to deep understanding and assessment of mathematics. These 50 8th grade math writing prompts are perfect to help your students explain their understanding of math concepts. These questions go beyond basic fluency of math concepts. Questions help students analyze and think deeply about the mathematics. As a teacher, you can more easily assess understanding from well-structured questions where students must explain and give examples. Correlating with the common core, these writing prompts contain the following: • 3 Number Systems (NS) • 13 Expressions and Equations (EE) • 7 Functions (F) • 13 Geometry (G) • 11 Statistics and Probability (SP) • 3 Other (O) These writing prompts come in three different formats: • Paper strips • Half sheets of paper with space to respond • Task cards These can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom • Openers • Exit slips • Interactive notebooks • Homework • Assessments • Games • Centers The questions are numbered to aid in the process of recording and grading.