Today I want to share with you the best activity ever for reviewing square roots. This is the first time I have ever taught my students to simplify square roots. So, it may not be the best activity ever. But, I can tell you that I have never had more engaged students in my Algebra …

# Practice Structures

Well, after attending the Global Math Department‘s meeting over favorite review games, I knew I had to try out Alisan Royster‘s Review Auction idea. I created a Solving Equations Auction Review Game. I made up an auction sheet with 3 columns. The first column is pretty boring and just featured the lot number of each auction. The …

When teaching my Algebra 1 students to solve two step equations, I used a basketball game that I found online to motivate my students to do some extra practice. These were the same types of problems that I could have written on the Smart Board, but because they were in a game, my students did …

I learned about this clock partners strategy from the Global Math Department’s meeting over favorite review games. I actually haven’t used this as a review game, but I have used it on days where I need students to do a ton of practice. Instead of just giving them a worksheet, I ask them to draw …

Today, in Algebra 1, we had a snowball fight. My students had never done anything like this. Well, for that matter, I hadn’t either. This idea originated from Kate’s blog as a first day of school getting to know you activity. Well, we’ve been in school almost a month, and I teach at a very …

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 …

I learned how to play the greedy pig dice game from my cooperating teacher at the middle school level who learned it at a workshop. Since becoming aware of this game, I’ve seen various versions floating around the internet. As part of my probability unit with my 8th graders after the OCCT, my cooperating teacher …

After my 8th graders finished their state testing, my cooperating teacher and I decided to plan a mini-unit on probability. Probability is an 8th grade math standard in Oklahoma, but it is not tested by the state. To be clear, I did not make up this game. I discovered this probability game a few weeks …

Last week in Algebra 1, we completed a scatter plots activity with m&m’s. Goals for this scatter plots activity: First the students were given a sheet of graph paper and a handful of M&M’s. After drawing an x- and y-axis, I had the students scatter their candy over the graph. Jumping straight into vocabulary, we …