## Marshmallow Challenge

Let’s just say that day two of year two was amazing!  The \$2.95 I spent on supplies for the marshmallow challenge activity was money well-spent!  I hope this becomes an annual activity for the first week of school. When my students entered the classroom, they saw this message on the Smart Board. The Marshmallow Challenge …

## Five Easy Pieces Activity

I want to share the Five Easy Pieces Activity I used with my Algebra 2 students on the first day of school. This year, I am emphasizing problem solving strategies and cooperative learning in my classroom.  So, I chose first day activities for my classes to participate in that would require or encourage them to …

## Math is… Tweet Strips

This past school year, I was on a mission.  I had a goal.  The majority of the students I taught hated math.  Many had failed their eighth grade math test.  Others had taken Algebra 1 last year and failed it.  I told myself that I was going to take these students who hated math and turn …

## Mathematical Magic Trick

I’m not sure how I originally ran across this mathematical magic trick, but I think it’s pretty cool. Think of a number from 1 to 10. Multiply that number by 9. If the number is a 2-digit number, add the digits together. Subtract 5. Determine which letter in the alphabet corresponds to the number you …

## Digit Cells Puzzle

I want to share the Digit Cells Puzzle I had my students tackle on my first ever day of being a teacher. Day 1 went pretty much as I had planned. I explained the concept of bell work to my students.  I don’t think any of them have ever had a class before where they were …