Eric Olsen

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United States - Idaho - Boise
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By Eric Olsen
First, get students interested with fun examples. Students determine whether statements are inductive, deductive or neither. I have collected some of my favorite examples submitted by students over the years and incorporated them into the worksheet.
Subjects:
Geometry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
$2.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By Eric Olsen
Engage students with volume problems based on real-world objects. Shapes include pyramids, spheres, cylinders, cones and prisms. There are nine problems. Some problems require students to solve for other variables such as the radius or the
Subjects:
Geometry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
8.G.C.9, HSG-GMD.A.3
$2.00
5 ratings
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By Eric Olsen
Engage students with this fun and interactive cross sections activity! Students go to a website where they create 3D shapes and take cross sections of them. The website allows students to change parameters and rotate the shapes for all different
Subjects:
Geometry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Internet Activities
CCSS:
HSG-GMD.B.4
$2.00
5 ratings
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By Eric Olsen
Students love the Stroop Test! This is an engaging activity where students use linear regression to create a line of best fit, interpret the data and use the data to estimate. This usually takes about one-and-a-half class periods.The “Stroop Test”
Subjects:
Math, Algebra, Applied Math
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Handouts
$2.50
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By Eric Olsen
Who is Euclid? What's an axiom? Start off the year with this brief but informative introduction to geometry. Students watch three short videos about Euclid and The Elements and fill in the video guide. Students then respond to two open-ended
Subjects:
Geometry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Handouts, Internet Activities
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By Eric Olsen
Help students prepare for their final with this review. There are 54 numbered problems but many have multiple parts. In total, there are over 80 total problems. I also use this review at the beginning of the year for calculus students to get their
Subjects:
PreCalculus
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
$3.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Eric Olsen
This worksheet contains 8 trigonometry story problems. Students use sine, cosine and tangent to solve for a side or an angle. The last problem asks students to create and solve their own problem which takes leaning to the next level. Problems
Subjects:
Trigonometry, Word Problems
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
HSG-SRT.C.8
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By Eric Olsen
Help students with proofs. This handout lists postulates, properties, definitions and theorems used for common high school geometry proofs. Version 1 is simply the names. Version 2 leaves space for students to take notes. Hand it out at the
Subjects:
Math, Geometry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Handouts
$1.50
1 rating
4.0
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Students practice converting back-and-forth between DD and DMS. This is a good supplement for trigonometry story problems with angles of elevation and angles of depression written in DMS form.EDITABLE.This download includes:Student Handout (1
Subjects:
Trigonometry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets
$1.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By Eric Olsen
Students are often at a loss of how to proceed with simplifying trigonometric expressions and verifying trigonometric identities. This handout summarizes strategies for tackling these problems.EDITABLE.This download includes:Student Handout (1 page
Subjects:
PreCalculus
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts
$1.50
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Literally hand-on learning! Students create 3D shapes out of clay and then take cross-sections of them. The 3D shapes include prisms, pyramids and cylinders. Students take pictures as they go and present their work in a slideshow.** Requires clay
Subjects:
Geometry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
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By Eric Olsen
This worksheet includes the formula with an explanation. There are 8 problems. Students solve for time, interest rate or principal. The last problem asks students to create and solve their own simple interest problem which takes learning to the next
Subjects:
Algebra
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
CCSS:
7.RP.A.3
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4.0
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By Eric Olsen
This worksheet includes the formula with an explanation. There are 8 problems. Students solve for principal, final amount or interest earned. The last problem has students create and solve their own compound interest problem which takes learning to
Subjects:
Math, Algebra, Word Problems
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
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Requires preparation - please read the entire description.For this project you will take a Google Earth snip of an area around your school and insert it the student handout. Students find the area and perimeter on the handout using traditional
Subjects:
Math, Geometry
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Projects, Activities
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By Eric Olsen
Students research different types of math identities, then they take guided notes on a Khan Academy video that proves the Pythagorean Identity. Finally, they use the identity to solve two problems. I use this as an introduction to verifying
Subjects:
Math, PreCalculus, Trigonometry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Internet Activities
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By Eric Olsen
This rubric is designed for grading middle school and high school math problems on quizzes and tests. I use it for algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. I created this rubric because I felt that typical 5-point and 4-point rubrics were not
Subjects:
Math, Algebra, Algebra 2
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Rubrics
$1.50
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This is 3-4 day activity that integrates math, science and English. There are three parts. Part 1 is an introduction to how and why astronauts exercise in space via guided reading and guided video watching. Part 2 is a NASA math packet in which
Subjects:
Math, Algebra
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Projects, Activities
$3.75
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By Eric Olsen
Zoo reviews target specific math skills and have a mystery animal puzzle to keep it fun! In this review, students determine whether a number is composite or prime and then list the factors. There are 8 problems. After solving the problems, students
Subjects:
Math, Numbers, Mental Math
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Math Centers
CCSS:
4.OA.B.4
$1.50
1 rating
4.0
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By Eric Olsen
Help students compare and contrast the different interest formulas. Includes the formulas for: Simple Interest, Compound Interest and Continuously Compounded Interest. If you are doing interest, check out my interest worksheets!Simple Interest
Subjects:
Algebra, Algebra 2
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Handouts
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1 rating
4.0
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By Eric Olsen
Students create original math memes based on their experience in your class. "Meme Day" is a fantastic end-of-year or end-of-semester activity when students have had the chance to get to know each other and the teacher. You can choose to let
Subjects:
Math
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
$1.50
1 rating
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching is my second career. I have been teaching all levels of high school math since 2011. Recently, I went back to school and got an administration degree. For ten years, I was a professional entertainer singing The Great American Songbook for seniors in Boston, MA.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Innovation and humor are two hallmarks of my teaching style. I am constantly trying new things and using humor to connect with students. I believe students must be part of the process. I look for ways to give students ownership and I love the direction this focus has been taking my classes.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. in Secondary Mathematics, M.Ed. in Deaf Education and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live in Boise, Idaho with my wife and two amazing children. I love to run, read, sing, garden and spend time with my family.

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