On Sunday, I shared a question stack I made to review the distributive property using printable business cards. Today, I want to share a different version. I created this question stack for my Algebra 1 classes to review evaluating expressions. If you’ve ready my blog for awhile and can keep track of my hundreds of …

# Evaluating Expressions

We kicked off our lesson on evaluating expressions with the parenthetical promise. Every year, I force my students to make the following promise to me: I, _, do hereby promise that I will always use parentheses whenever I substitute values into an algebraic expression. I make them sign the promise and date it. Every year, …

I gave my Algebra 1 students a “One Incorrect” activity from Greta Bergman to give them some extra practice with evaluating expressions. Students had to evaluate expressions until they found the one that didn’t equal 36. Students are always eager to get their work checked when they get an answer that isn’t 36. Usually, I …

Next, we glued in our first pocket of the year. I pre-printed the steps for evaluating expressions on the pocket. Super proud of how it turned out! Inside the pocket, we put four practice problems that we completed. See all those lovely parentheses?!? Free Download of Evaluating Expressions Practice Problems with Pocket

I created this evaluating expressions question stack activity to give my Algebra 1 students some much needed practice evaluating expressions. I have actually created two different question stacks for this topic. This particular question stack was the first one I created, and the questions in this activity are much more basic. If you are looking …

One of the first things that caught my eye when flipping through CPM’s Core Connections Algebra book was a team sort to assign students to groups (or study teams). In the past, I’ve assigned students to groups in a couple of ways. Usually, I just let my classes choose their own seats. The problem with …

Today I made my Algebra 1 students take an algebraic oath. I believe that my Algebra 2 teaching experience has made me a better Algebra 1 teacher. I see the misconceptions that my students enter Algebra 2 with. And, I’m striving to clear up as many of those misconceptions as possible with my current group …