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Differentiation is a breeze with these parallel lines cut by transversals puzzles! Students will be able to determine angle relationships and measures when parallel lines are cut by a transversal in this think-pair-share activity. Students should

Subjects:

Math, Geometry, Tools for Common Core

Grades:

7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}

Types:

Worksheets, Activities

CCSS:

8.G.A.5

Get students out of their seats and solving literal equations with this interactive scavenger hunt. Students will practice solving for the indicated variable. Half of the expressions involve a, b, c, d and the other half involve w, x, y, z. The

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}

Types:

Activities, Games

CCSS:

HSA-CED.A.4

Get students out of their seats and performing operations in scientific notation with this interactive scavenger hunt. Students will practice multiplying, dividing, adding, and subtracting numbers written in scientific notation. Difficulty ranges

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Science

Grades:

7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}

Types:

Activities, Games

CCSS:

8.EE.A.4

In these discovery-based, guided notes handouts, students will explore patterns in numbers to help build their understanding of positive, negative, and zero exponents. Students will be able to apply the Properties of Exponents when simplifying

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Other (Math)

Grades:

7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Worksheets, Activities, Handouts

CCSS:

8.EE.A.1

Get students out of their seats and writing equations to solve for missing angle measures with this interactive angle relationships scavenger hunt. Students will practice writing equations to determine angles measures given algebraic expressions to

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Geometry

Grades:

7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}

Types:

Activities, Games

CCSS:

8.G.A.5

This transformations resource includes 30 task cards designed to facilitate practice identifying coordinate plane geometric transformations, including reflections, rotations, translations, dilations, and combinations thereof. Reflections include

Subjects:

Math, Geometry, Tools for Common Core

Grades:

7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Activities, Task Cards

Looking for consistent math intervention practice to help develop your students' number sense skills? These Math Skill Drills each include 20 review topics from previous math classes. Collect data to better understand your students' strengths and

Subjects:

Math, Fractions, Decimals

Grades:

9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Worksheets, Activities, Assessment

In this Pythagorean Theorem Proof Discovery Worksheet, students will follow a logical explanation to prove that given a right triangle with sides a, b, and c, a^2+b^2=c^2. Students will be given pictorial representations to aid in the development

Subjects:

Math, Geometry, Tools for Common Core

Grades:

7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Worksheets, Activities, Handouts

CCSS:

8.G.B.6

Start the school year on point āļø with these logic challenges for secondary math. Perfect for back to school season, these resources challenge students to think outside the box by promoting number sense development, logical reasoning, real world

Subjects:

Math, Back to School, Mental Math

Grades:

7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Worksheets, Activities, Games

These stations make great practice or review for scientific notation concepts, including estimating very large and very small quantities in real contexts using scientific notation; comparing numbers written in scientific notation to determine the

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Science

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Activities, Google Apps

Get students out of their seats with this Number Line Game! Students will practice simplifying and ordering expressions involving negative exponents by physically lining themselves up based on the value of the expression on the card they receive

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Tools for Common Core

Grades:

7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}

Types:

Activities, Games, Task Cards

CCSS:

8.EE.A.1

Thanksgiving activity for math class! In this Thanksgiving-themed activity, students practice writing linear equations. Students travel in pairs to eight stations as they practice writing linear equations given a graph, table, point and slope, 2

Subjects:

Math, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Activities, Google Apps

CCSS:

8.F.B.4

Get students out of their seats and simplifying radical expressions with this interactive scavenger hunt. Students will practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing (rationalizing) radical expressions. All expressions are numerical

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}

Types:

Activities, Games

CCSS:

HSN-RN.A.1

Engage students in hands-on, relevant learning with this volume and surface area project. Students begin by analyzing a real scenario and using volume, surface area, and reasoning to answer three prompts. The focus of the discovery worksheet is on

Subjects:

Math, Geometry, Measurement

Grades:

7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Projects, Activities

CCSS:

8.G.C.9

Students will build understanding of estimating, comparing, and operations involving scientific notation through completion of these discovery-based worksheets. Students will practice estimating very large and very small numbers; comparing numbers

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Other (Math)

Grades:

7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Worksheets, Activities, Handouts

CCSS:

8.EE.A.4

This transformations activity involving reflections, rotations, and translations is aligned to CCSS 8.G.A.1. Students will use manipulatives to verify experimentally the properties of rotations, reflections, and translations.Included in this

Subjects:

Math, Geometry, Tools for Common Core

Grades:

7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}

Types:

Activities, Printables

CCSS:

8.G.A.1, 8.G.A.1a, 8.G.A.1b, 8.G.A.1c

These activities will allow students to practice converting both metric and customary units using organized, clear methods. Throughout the discovery lessons students will reflect on their learning to solidify their understanding of the concepts.

Subjects:

Math, Science

Grades:

7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Activities, Task Cards

Christmas and/or Holiday activity for math class! In this Christmas-themed activity, students practice finding angle measuring by combining their geometry and algebra skills. Students are given parallel lines cut by a transversal, triangle, or

Subjects:

Math, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Activities, Google Apps

CCSS:

8.G.A.5

This simplifying radical expressions game is modeled after the traditional card game, "Old Maid." Students play "Old Math Guy" in groups of 4-5. Students will demonstrate their ability to simplify radical expressions. All radical expressions are

Subjects:

Algebra, Tools for Common Core

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Activities, Games, Google Apps

CCSS:

HSN-RN.A.1

Looking for consistent math intervention practice to help develop your students' number sense skills? These Algebra 2 Skill Drills include 20 review topics from previous math classes. Collect data to better understand your students' strengths and

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Algebra 2

Grades:

10^{th}, 11^{th}, Homeschool

Types:

Worksheets, Activities, Assessment

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching math since 2010. My experience ranges from grades 5-12. I started my career as an eighth grade math teacher, then left that position to work part-time while my children were babies. During that time period, I was a math interventionist in grades 5-12, tutor for grades 5-12+, and part-time teacher at an alternative education high school. I weathered 2020 as a remote middle school math teacher, and I am currently teaching Algebra 1 and Geometry at the high school level. I hold a teaching certification spanning grades 5-12 Mathematics in New Hampshire.

MY TEACHING STYLE

If I could describe my teaching style in one word, I would say BALANCE. I believe that students need to take organized notes, and they need to engage in a variety of practice activities. I strive to differentiate instruction for students, and I acknowledge that this may not happen every day. I provide opportunities for my students to learn through discovery, and other times I demonstrate the steps to master a skill. Striking the right balance between traditional teaching methods and hands-on, discovery-based learning has been the secret sauce to success in my classroom!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

There is no greater honor for a teacher than serving students. I am thankful for all the students who come back to visit, seek out my help, eat lunch in my room because they know it's a safe place, write my notes of gratitude, and leave class with a smile.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned my M.Ed in Mathematics Education from Lesley University in 2013. I graduated with my BA in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Emmanuel College in 2010.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I started my Teachers Pay Teachers store and blog at freetodiscovermath.com in 2015 in order to provide teachers with quality resources that offer solutions and demonstrate a balanced approach to teaching math. Though I love making an impact in my own classroom, it is a dream come true to be helping tens of thousands of teachers and their students engage in meaningful, engaging math activities.

GRADES

PreK, Kindergarten, 1^{st}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, Homeschool, Not Grade Specific

SUBJECTS

English Language Arts, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, PreCalculus, Trigonometry, Other (Math), Science, Special Education, Math Test Prep, Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Statistics, Word Problems, Algebra 2, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Test Preparation, End of Year