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Just as many of us have nicknames, numbers are often classified by several names. This graphic organizer and activity will help clarify the different number systems and how they relate.
Get students involved in the sorting process with a

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Numbers

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning, Activities

After working with the 4 basic operations with fractions, some students inevitably confuse the "rules". This foldable study guide is designed to provide students with a visual, parallel comparison of the basics for adding, subtracting, multiplying

Subjects:

Math, Basic Operations, Fractions

Grades:

8^{th}, Homeschool, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Graphic Organizers, Computation, Study Guides

"Percent of Change" is not generally intuitive to students. Handing them a formula too soon can be detrimental to their understanding of how percent increase and decrease actually work.
Using this investigation will help students conceptually and

Subjects:

Math, Numbers, Decimals

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, Homeschool, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Activities, Computation

A twist on error-analysis, these problems have already been "worked out by other students." YOUR students have the privilege of "grading" each paper, identifying errors, and providing constructive feedback. Some problems are correct, but other's

Subjects:

Fractions, Order of Operations, Decimals

Grades:

8^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Assessment, Computation, Minilessons

Want to sneak a cumulative review in, but have a little April Fool's fun in the process?
This "quiz" is just the trick!
Twelve problems in this review quiz address the following (very worthwhile) concepts:
*Order of Operations
*Integer

Subjects:

Math, Math Test Prep, Numbers

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, Adult Education, Homeschool, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Activities, Fun Stuff, Assessment

This BIG HUGE PUZZLE measures 14 inches by 14 inches when complete! Students match up simple square roots to demonstrate understanding of simplifying radicals. Works great as a pairs activity, an anchoring activity, or even, at this size, as an

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Numbers

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, Adult Education, Homeschool, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Math Centers, Cooperative Learning, Bulletin Board Ideas

This project creates quite an impressive product with simple supplies easily accessible in any classroom. Students generate data from surveys given to peers, using simple questions like, "What's your favorite pizza topping?" Students use survey

Subjects:

Math, Statistics, Graphing

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, Adult Education, Homeschool, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff

I give each and every one of my students this Pi Day greeting card upon entering my class every Pi Day! After handing each student a card and wishing each of them a Happy Pi Day, we review some facts about pi, and a brief history of pi (both

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Geometry

Grades:

8^{th}, Homeschool, Staff, 2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables

Whew! Teaching algebra students how to solve multi-step equations can be overwhelming for all parties involved! To help "chunk" the sheer volume of material and examples, consider these foldable paper note-taking guides. Note taking guides

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Graphic Organizers, Test Prep, Study Guides

Spice up your warm-up time by using a "4-Corners" strategy. Using 4 different sets of similar problems, students work individually on a brief set of problems (students don't realize that there are 4 different versions of the problems yet!) Then,

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Math Test Prep

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Activities, Assessment

A twist on the traditional "matching" assessment, these quizzes assess students' understanding of basic number properties. Page 1 is more appropriate for higher level students, and page 2 assesses the more fundamental properties.
First, students

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Applied Math

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Activities, Assessment

Early Algebra students often find new and unfamiliar vocabulary to be challenging. Once students define "term", "constant", "coefficient", and "like terms", hold them accountable through this engaging activity. First, cut the terms on Page 1 and

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Basic Operations

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Activities, Assessment, Games

Spark curiosity with a Geometry-based web online scavenger hunt. Who can answer the most questions correctly in the least amount of time? Individuals or teams could complete this as enrichment. Answers included!

Subjects:

Math, Basic Operations, Geometry

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Webquests, Activities, Internet Activities

Simplest Radical Form is a concept that requires practice and multiple experiences for students. This bundle is designed to give students varying opportunities to interact with the math content and each other!
1) Start with the Foldable

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Numbers

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Graphic Organizers, Math Centers, Cooperative Learning

The concepts of "relation" and "function" are very vocabulary-rich! Students sometimes struggle with all of the synonyms... inputs, x-values, domain, independent variable... and so on! I designed this "representations mat" to help students see and

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Graphing

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, Homeschool, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Graphic Organizers, Activities, Handouts

The algebraic notation for these topics can be quite intimidating at first glance.
To help students understand how recursive formulas work, give them some think-time to complete the included informal introduction here. Once students understand

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Graphic Organizers, Activities, Assessment

"Write-Around" is a strategy I enjoy using when Algebra becomes "multi-step"! Groups of no more than 5 students are given these sheets such that every student starts with a different problem. Each student only solves the NEXT step of the problem,

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Cooperative Learning, Activities, Assessment

This activity includes 8 rotations with 4 tasks each for a total of 32 student tasks.
In pairs or small groups, students rotate to each of the 8 pages, posted on your classroom walls. Students complete 1 of the 4 tasks at each rotation. The idea

Subjects:

Math, Algebra, Algebra 2

Grades:

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

Types:

Math Centers, Task Cards, Activities

This game is a winner with middle school students! "Trick" your students into basic integer addition practice by giving them a reason to WANT to do the problems (to keep score for their team).
Generally I structure this as a whole-class activity,

Subjects:

Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Activities, Computation, Games

Students enjoy practicing plotting points by using this activity sheet. Students work in pairs, keeping this sheet from view (I usually use folders or binders, similar to the old-fashioned"BATTLESHIP" game). Each student uses a copy of this page

Subjects:

Algebra, Applied Math, Algebra 2

Grades:

8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, Adult Education, Homeschool, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}

Types:

Worksheets, Activities, Games

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've never been able to stick with the textbook...! I have sixteen years of teaching experience including teaching mathematics to middle school and high school students, as well as serving as a "Math Coach/Specialist", working with hundreds of students and their teachers in one of Pennsylvania's largest districts. I transitioned to Austin, Texas, where I am teaching 8th grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra I in a 1:1 iPad classroom. Check out my blog for up-to-date classroom happenings! mathycathy.com/blog

MY TEACHING STYLE

My high-energy teaching style and desire to keep all students engaged ensures variety in instructional techniques and resources. The resources I create evolve from my students' specific needs and my desire to keep them engaged and excited about mathematics! I hope you see this through the variety of resources I have posted here at TPT!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I earned my Master of Science in Education with a 4.0 average in the area of Classroom Technology. I have been trained in the Success For All Foundation's "Power Teaching"! I am a proud member of the Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2013. I recently published 20 interactive middle school math lessons with Nearpod, an amazing app!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my Bachelor of Science in Education at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Secondary Education/Mathematics. I received my Master of Science in Education from Wilkes University in Classroom Technology.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Middle school mathematics is what I most love to teach! I started my teaching career working exclusively with 7th graders for 6 years. I also taught SAT Preparation courses through our local Penn State University, and taught at-risk high school students in a Saturday and summer program through Penn State as well. I did quite a bit of private math tutoring with students from grades 6 through 12 over the years. After 3 years as a stay-at-home-mom, I returned to full-time teaching as a math coach/specialist for 3 years, working with teachers and students in 3 middle schools in one of Pennsylvania's largest school districts. I moved to Austin, Texas and currently teach 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in my own classroom again. I admit it.... I can't "just" use the textbook! From the start of my career, I have created my own resources based on student need, student engagement, and student motivation, and have shared many of these successful creations here on TPT. Enjoy!

GRADES

1^{st}, 2^{nd}, 3^{rd}, 4^{th}, 5^{th}, 6^{th}, 7^{th}, 8^{th}, 9^{th}, 10^{th}, 11^{th}, 12^{th}, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff

SUBJECTS

Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Science, Math Test Prep, For All Subject Areas, Statistics, Word Problems, Algebra 2, Basic Math, Mental Math, Decimals