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Algebra Students will practice graphing linear equations with this short activity. Equations are written in different forms and students can rewrite them in slope-intercept form before graphing. Each line also has a restricted domain (or range)
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Negative "Math Talk" is a common occurrence in the math classroom. As we all know, attitude impacts success, so it's important to address students' attitudes toward math. In this getting-to-know-you activity, students have the opportunity to
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In this project, students will create a "face" with at least 8 different functions from 4 different function families. Students will use what they know about the shapes of basic function families, function transformations, and domain restrictions
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In this activity, students will practice multiplying a fraction by a whole number to determine how many ornaments to draw on a Christmas tree. A "work space" is also provided to encourage students to make a pictorial representation of the problem
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Holiday themed practice with writing and evaluating algebraic expressions at the Algebra 1 or Algebra 2 level. After evaluating the expressions, students will color in the answers on a hundreds board to create a picture. If you like my material,
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In this activity, students are given a problem that they may or may not be able to solve. Students are then guided through five different problem solving techniques to help them solve the problem: solve a simpler problem, draw a picture, make a
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Want to give your math students a math-related Valentine? "Be My PASCALintine!" is an opportunity to encourage your math students to explore pattern's in Pascal's Triangle while earning a few bonus points. To earn the bonus points, students must
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In this activity students will practice multiplying a fraction by a whole number to determine how many ornaments to place on the Christmas tree. For this activity, I have modified my “Trim the Tree” worksheet (multiplying fractions by whole
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4th, 5th, 6th
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This math experiment packs in a variety of algebra concepts! As students seek to find the ramp slope that will allow a matchbox car to travel the longest distance, they are required to make slope calculations, find averages, create a scatter plot,
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This holiday themed self-checking worksheet includes practice with the following skills:  -Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators  -Multiplying and Dividing Decimals  -Changing Mixed Numbers into Decimal Form  -Solving
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This is a multiple choice quiz that focuses on the vocabulary associated with function graphs. It includes twelve vocabulary words: asymptote, x-intercept, y-intercept, maximum, minimum, increasing interval, decreasing interval, slope, constant
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This activity is a great introduction to working with patterns, sequences, or fractals. Having students create the Sierpinski triangle is a great way to motivate "math-shy" students, and provide a visual connection to a pattern of numbers. The
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If you’ve taught math for any period of time, you’ve probably heard students say something like, “I started my homework and I couldn’t remember what to do.” Many of these students took notes during class, but the example problems they wrote down
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught middle and high school level math for over 8 years before becoming a full-time stay at home mom.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My focus as teacher is to help students discover why math works. I love incorporating hands-on games, activities, and projects that encourage a thoughtful learning of math concepts.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Comment from former math student: "I have learned Mrs. Cruz's way of doing math and honestly it improved my math skills."

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a B.A. in Middle Childhood Education from Cedarville University with emphasis in mathematics, reading, and language arts. I am working on a M.A. in Math Education Enhancement and Leadership from the University of Michigan.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love patterns! You will find that my math materials often encourage students to look for patterns and develop math rules based on these patterns.

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