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This file contains two lesson plans: one lesson for elementary and middle school, and a second lesson for high school.
The elementary/middle sch...

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This is a continuation to the Pythagorean Theorem Lesson Plan.
This lesson uses the theorem for three different applications:
finding the dista...

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2 hours

This is a lesson plan that can be used on the first day of math class (algebra, geometry, algebra II & some pre-algebra classes).
The objec...

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This lesson plan applies the Pythagorean Theorem to solve real-world problems.
Students will use the information in the word problem to draw a ...

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1 hour

This is a problem solving lesson on graphing a quadratic function from a real-world situation (basketball free-throw). It includes an opening act...

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This is a lesson plan on writing numbers in scientific notation and using the rules of exponents to multiply and divide numbers in scientific not...

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2 hours

This is an introduction to determining whether a relation is a function. The lesson plan defines both relations and functions and explains that a...

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This unit plan includes the following lessons:
Graphing a Parabola from a Quadratic Function
Quadratic Functions, Pt. II
Quadratic Functions and ...

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1 Week

This is a full lesson plan on solving two-step inequalities and graphing the solution on a number line.
This lesson plan includes an opening ac...

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This is a complete lesson plan on graphing exponential functions in the coordinate plane.
This lesson includes an opening activity, minilesson ...

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1 hour

In this complete lesson plan students write algebraic expressions from word phrases and from real-world situations.
This lesson includes a warm...

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This is a complete lesson plan guiding students to find the prime factorization of a number by using factor trees.
This lesson plan includes an...

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1 hour

This is a lesson plan on simplifying radical expressions: simplifying radicals, multiplying radical terms and simplifying fractions with square r...

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This is an introduction to solving one-step equations. There are two complete lesson plans included.
Each lesson plan includes an opening activ...

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This is a complete lesson plan on the Distributive Property for middle school math classes. It can also be used as a review for the early high sc...

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This is a complete lesson plan for a double-period class (or it can be split up for two classes) on the different types of functions and what the...

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2 hours

This is a complete lesson plan on using the exponential function to solve word problems involving exponential growth and compound interest.
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I plan to use this lesson as part of my review.

April 15, 2014

Buyer

Very well thought out lesson plan that was effective with my students. Thanks!

April 9, 2014

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Great resource.

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March 18, 2014

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March 17, 2014

Buyer

Liked the variety of problems...great way to review before state testing!

March 17, 2014

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Great resource!

March 16, 2014

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Extensive and excellent.

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Great resource

March 12, 2014

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Great!

March 8, 2014

Jennifer M.

Perfect study guide! Thanks!

March 5, 2014

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I love this!

March 3, 2014

Carolyn L.

Great!!

March 2, 2014

Academics F.

Good

February 26, 2014

Sorng S.

thank you.

February 22, 2014

Pamela B.

I have just started using this unit with my high school geometry class. I have noticed some new ways to present the material and it is so nice to have it all in one concise unit instead of having to search and dig to find different things to put together. This is a very well put together unit. Thank you.

February 19, 2014

Andrea H.

Awesome!

February 17, 2014

Sorng S.

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February 10, 2014

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Lovely, thanks very much.

February 7, 2014

Diane H.

Nice activity.

February 7, 2014

Kay S.

Great help.

February 4, 2014

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Thanks!

February 4, 2014

Anita W.

Great!

January 28, 2014

Erin S.

Extremely easy to use!

January 26, 2014

Buyer

Love that the numberline was included!!

January 22, 2014

Cathleen G.

great activity

January 19, 2014

Stacey F.

Very easy to use lesson for a teacher teaching this for the first time.

January 15, 2014

Kirsten C.

Great!

January 15, 2014

Elyce S.

Great!

January 7, 2014

Amber D.

Very helpful during exponential unit.

January 5, 2014

Florence M.

Great resource!

January 1, 2014

Sarah R.

Good

December 30, 2013

Buyer

great addition to my unit

December 29, 2013

Miriam L.

Good outline covering all of the key portions of the topic for an introductory algebra class.

December 29, 2013

Stacy B.

Worked well with my 7th graders!

December 13, 2013

Stacy B.

Great lesson to use with my 7th graders!

December 13, 2013

Marlene S.

I gave parts of this to my students for extra practice. Will us the rest when we get to that in the book. This is a great review for those students who just didn't quite get the first time.

December 12, 2013

Hana W.

Very helpful! Thank you!

December 8, 2013

Buyer

Useful information for my class.

December 1, 2013

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Buyer

Hi,

I work in nyc and I'm having difficulties teaching high school geometry (11th grade) to students with special needs. If you can provide me with with any assistance I would appreciate it.

I work in nyc and I'm having difficulties teaching high school geometry (11th grade) to students with special needs. If you can provide me with with any assistance I would appreciate it.

Joe Fraioli (TpT Seller)

Hi,

Many of my students have special needs as well. If you have a SmarrtBoard, I think that's a great tool to teach geometry since it's so visual. I try to color code different steps and record the steps and play them back on the board (using the recording tool). Some students like going up to the board to work out a problem.

If you don't have a SmartBoard, I try to limit my time at the board because my special needs students (as do yours, I'm sure) have shorter attention spans and require more individual attention. For that reason, I try to use more, shorter activtities so that students are always busy and can transition to the next activity, while those that need more time can continue with their current activity. For example, instead of say, a worksheet with 10-12 exercises, I split them up into worksheets with 3-4 exercises that are very similar, or share a common theme.

Some geometry topics scream for manipulatives. For example, whenever I do transformations, I always cut out the figures and have students physically move them around a coordinate plane to show how the transformation affects the figure.

I'm in Brooklyn, and I have a special ed teacher in my room for a few periods and she is very helpful working with the students individually, but some special ed teachers can be math-phobic and need a little "push" to help out. I know how frustrating it can be when you're in the class alone and there simply isn't enough time in the period to work with every student. It really helps having a co-teacher or push-in. Otherwise, an after-school tutoring session would be great for special needs students.

I hope that helps a little, but I get the feeling that you've probably already heard/used my suggestions. I haven't posted many geometry lessons on TpT because they take a while to type up and format, but I hope to post some freebies before June.

Many of my students have special needs as well. If you have a SmarrtBoard, I think that's a great tool to teach geometry since it's so visual. I try to color code different steps and record the steps and play them back on the board (using the recording tool). Some students like going up to the board to work out a problem.

If you don't have a SmartBoard, I try to limit my time at the board because my special needs students (as do yours, I'm sure) have shorter attention spans and require more individual attention. For that reason, I try to use more, shorter activtities so that students are always busy and can transition to the next activity, while those that need more time can continue with their current activity. For example, instead of say, a worksheet with 10-12 exercises, I split them up into worksheets with 3-4 exercises that are very similar, or share a common theme.

Some geometry topics scream for manipulatives. For example, whenever I do transformations, I always cut out the figures and have students physically move them around a coordinate plane to show how the transformation affects the figure.

I'm in Brooklyn, and I have a special ed teacher in my room for a few periods and she is very helpful working with the students individually, but some special ed teachers can be math-phobic and need a little "push" to help out. I know how frustrating it can be when you're in the class alone and there simply isn't enough time in the period to work with every student. It really helps having a co-teacher or push-in. Otherwise, an after-school tutoring session would be great for special needs students.

I hope that helps a little, but I get the feeling that you've probably already heard/used my suggestions. I haven't posted many geometry lessons on TpT because they take a while to type up and format, but I hope to post some freebies before June.

Buyer re: Writing the Equation of a Line from a Graph Lesson Plan

Good day! I cannot download your lesson plan. I keep getting this message: 504 Gateway Time-out. The thumbnails look great!

Joe Fraioli (TpT Seller)

Hello mlrodgers, sorry to hear that you're having trouble downloading the file. My only advice would be to keep trying. At least 600 people have downloaded the lesson so far today and some left comments so I know it's available. It may be a connection or server problem. I hope that you're able to download. Joe

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been an educator for 7+ years in the New York City Public School system. I teach middle and high school math and science. I have also taught journalism. I am currently teaching to at-risk students who are behind several grade levels in their math and science skills. Before I was a teacher, I was a writer and editor for two national textbook companies.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Not only do students differ in their math and science skill levels, but they also have different learning styles, so I try to incorporate different activities into my lessons so that no student feels neglected. I try to incorporate reading activities, hands-on learning, group activities and other strategies where appropriate.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In November 2013 I earned my National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification in Early Adolescent Mathematics. Also in 2013, I was accepted as a Math for America (MfA) Master Teacher. I am a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS), and the Society of American Baseball Researchers (SABR).

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Lehman College, Bronx, NY (Mathematics Transformation Teacher Institute): Post-Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Leadership - July 2011*** University of San Diego, San Diego, CA: Specialist Certificate in Character Education/Development - June 2008*** Pace University, New York, NY: Master of Science Degree in Education (Adolescent Mathematics concentration) - May 2006.*** State University of New York at Stony Brook: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies (Journalism concentration) - May 1996. Minors in Journalism and Media Arts.

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