I created this fly activity to introduce my students to the history of the coordinate plane and give them much-needed practice graphing ordered pairs. In college, I was always taught to begin my lesson plans with an anticipatory set. I always struggled with these. I couldn’t quite remember my teachers ever using them when I …

# Middle School Math

I created the prime and composite numbers chart to glue in our Algebra 2 interactive notebooks at the beginning of our unit on radicals. Before we could delve into simplifying radicals, I needed to refresh my students’ memories regarding prime and composite numbers. We color-coded a hundreds chart to keep in our notebooks for reference. …

I was inspired by Ms. Haley and her wonder Journal Wizard blog to create a new and improved parts of the coordinate plane foldable! I think this is a big improvement over four-door coordinate plane foldable I did with my students last year. I created a printable template for this foldable so you can …

Today I want to share with you a new method I learned for teaching prime factorization called the birthday cake method. Before I became a teacher, I sometimes battled fears that teaching could be boring. After all, once you’ve mastered high school math, there’s not much new to learn. Well, there might not be any new …

For over a month now, I’ve been meaning to set down and create a set of integer operations posters. Today, I finally did it. At one point in the semester, I had these written out on my dry erase board. I never saw anyone use them, so I decided to erase them when I cleaned my …

Nine weeks into the school year, I am still in love with foldables. I feel like they have made such a difference in the attitudes of my students toward math. Some of our most recent interactive notebook pages in Algebra 1 have been over proportions. I especially like my proportions foldable. We did some unit …

Today I want to share a percents foldable I created for my Algebra 1 students as well as several other interactive notebook pages over percents. I was inspired to create this Fraction / Decimal / Percent Triangle from an idea I was on pinterest. I’m teaching this the same way my Algebra 1 teacher taught …

I created this coordinate plane foldable for my Algebra 2 students to glue in their interactive notebooks. I used it as an opportunity to review key vocabulary terms that we would be using throughout the year while graphing equations. When I did this same foldable with my Algebra 1 classes, I added a letter C …

I created this integer operations foldable for my Algebra 1 students to fill out as we reviewed the rules for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers. I used my favorite four door foldable template to create this integer operations foldable. I have uploaded the file at the bottom of this post. Here’s the inside of our …

Today I want to share an Integer Operations Work Mat with sea of zeros I created for my students to complete integer problems with both counters and a number line. I’m so excited about my Algebra 1 class next week. We’re starting integer operations. And, I just can’t wait to teach my students how to …

Today I’m sharing a PEMDAS foldable I created to review the order of operations with my Algebra 1 students. We glued our foldable in our algebra interactive notebooks. The outside of our order of operations foldables lists the steps involved in PEMDAS. On the inside of our foldable, we worked through an example order of …

Today I’m sharing an Order of Operations PEMDAS Graphic Organizer I created to review the order of operations with my Algebra 1 students. We glued these graphic organizers in our interactive notebooks. I have to say I can’t take credit for setting up the order of operations as a hopscotch game. I originally saw it …

Well, since I’m preparing to start my first year of teaching, I decided that I really needed to finish posting the last few projects I did during my student teaching. During my last week of student teaching, my cooperating teacher asked me to come up with a creative way to review some of the 8th …

After spending three days working with my 8th graders on a road trip project, I needed a one-day activity that was fun, interactive, and tied to the 8th grade Oklahoma math standards. Looking for inspiration, I turned to the Internet where I soon found a link to Dan Meyer’s Three-Act Math Tasks via Pinterest. While …