I created this average rate of change activity for my pre-calculus classes to work through recently. Question stacks are one of my favorite self-checking activities for the math classroom. Years ago when I taught mainly Algebra 1, I created what felt like a million different question stacks. When I switched to teaching higher level math …

# Question Stacks

This Compound Inequalities Question Stack is a great self-checking activity to give your algebra students some much-needed practice with solving and graphing compound inequalities on a number line. I originally created this activity to use with my Algebra 1 students. If you are thinking to yourself that “Sarah hasn’t taught Algebra 1 in years,” you …

I decided to create a special place on my blog to share my make your own question stack template. Previously, I have shared this template inside certain question stack posts, but it has never been particularly easy to find. Question Stacks are one of my favorite practice structures to use with students because they can …

I created this order of operations question stack activity to give my Algebra 1 students extra practice applying the order of operations to some rather involved expressions. These order of operations questions are specially designed to expose students to various grouping symbols including parentheses, brackets, absolute value bars, radicals, and fraction bars. I created a …

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 …

In a previous post about creating cards for a speed dating activity, I mentioned that I had started using printable business cards for my speed dating cards instead of printing them on card stock and laminating them. I’ve also been doing the same thing for question stacks. Last year, I purchased a bunch of Avery …

I’m currently in the process of making more question stacks for my Algebra 1 classes. Every year, students are a bit confused when I introduce the practice structure. Often, they are talking or daydreaming when I am giving the crucial instructions, and they end up wasting a lot of time. This year, I’ve decided to …

I wasn’t quite sure what to blog about today, so I started looking through my drafts folder in Blogger. I ran across this post on a question stack I created for factoring trinomials during Algebra 1’s unit on polynomials. I first blogged about this activity in November of 2015. Here’s the link to my original …

I created this question stack activity to give my students some much-needed practice with rationalizing the denominator. Question stacks are one of my favorite practice structures. Students are given a double-sided deck of ten cards. One side of the card features a question. The other side features the answer to a DIFFERENT question. Students …

My Algebra 1 students are currently working their way through our unit on polynomials. We have new math standards in Oklahoma this year which has required me to change things up a bit. In the past, my students needed to know how to add, subtract, multiply, and factor polynomials. The new standards STILL have them …

I created this operations with radicals question stack activity for my trigonometry class. I’ve been on a question stack making roll lately. Okay, maybe making two question stacks in the space of two days isn’t a roll, but it kinda feels like one! After making an evaluating expressions question stack for my Algebra 1 …

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 …

I created this rational expressions question stack activity for my Algebra 2 students. Question stacks are my favorite self-checking practice activity to create for my students. This question stack covers both simplifying rational expressions and adding and subtracting rational expressions. I have my students work through these in groups with mini dry erase boards. This …

Today I want to share with you a factoring quadratics question stack activity that I created for my Algebra 2 students. This year, we got off to a very rough start with factoring polynomials in Algebra 2. I had the brilliant idea that I would show my students how to factor using algebra tiles before …

Some times lessons go really well. Sometimes they totally flop. Today, I had both of those happen in Algebra 2. Now, they did happen in different class periods. Yesterday, we did a fast and furious review of fraction operations. I usually do this write before we jump into rational functions, but I’m including a review …

This normal distribution question stack activity was my introduction to a new practice structure for math class – question stacks. Since then, I have gone on to create question stacks for a large number of math topics. Several months ago, my statistics students were struggling A LOT with normal distribution. Our textbook just didn’t have …