Today I want to highlight a collection of Balancing Act Puzzles from Heather Sparks. Heather is a bit of a legend in the world of Oklahoma math teaching. She was the 2009 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. If you teach middle school math, her website is worth a browse. I am positive you will find …

# Systems

I first experienced the All Tied Up in Knots activity for exploring systems of equations at a Common Core workshop I attended in the summer of 2013. I finally tried the activity in my classroom with my Algebra 2 students, and it was an awesome introduction to solving systems of equations. All Tied Up in …

I created this solving systems by graphing foldable for my Algebra 1 students to glue in their interactive notebooks. This was our first topic in our systems of equations unit. In the future, I think I would want to modify these notes to have a specific box for students to write the ordered pair of …

I created this solving systems by elimination graphic organizer for my Algebra 1 students to use and glue in their interactive notebooks. These are very similar to the graphic organizer I made for solving systems by substitution. We did substitution first and elimination afterwards. My students, like usual, much preferred the elimination method. When I …

I created this solving systems by substitution graphic organizer for my Algebra 1 students to use in their interactive notebooks. This graphic organizer walks students through the steps of solving a system of equations by substitution. Here’s a closer look at the word problems we tackled for substitution. We ended up solving four different word …

I created this systems of inequalities foldable for my Algebra 1 students to glue in their interactive notebooks. This foldable gave us some quality coloring time! I found that having my students use two different colors (one for each inequality) helped them find the overlapping area. Free Download of Systems of Inequalities Foldable

Earlier this year, I blogged about using the Acrobats Grandmas and Ivan task from Marilyn Burns to kick-off systems of equations. Someone asked if I could share some student responses, so I took a bunch of photos. Then, I kinda forgot about the photos and even forgot about who asked for the photos. Oops.. Anywho, …

For our quiz on solving systems of equations algebraically, I let my students choose between solving by substitution and solving by elimination. I made some graphic organizers (substitution and elimination) for my students to follow that walked them step-by-step through the process of each method solution method. After that post, I realized that I …

We started our systems of equations unit in Algebra 1 with this writing systems of equations foldable. Free Download of Writing Systems of Equations Foldable

I worked through the How Tall is Harold? quadratics task from CPM’s Algebra 2 Connections Curriculum at a 2013 Common Core Workshop I attended (OGAP). I am blogging about the activities we did last summer so that they are easier for me to find when I go to plan lessons. I hope these ideas will …