Friday, May 17, 2013

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Equation Boot Camp -- Differentiated Equation Solving Practice Assignments

Drill Sergeant Voice Optional!
Although this isn't a math project, Equation Boot Camp reinforces one of the most important math skills of all -- solving equations. Some basics just can't be replaced!

At times, I was frustrated teaching more challenging equations when it was obvious many in the class needed extra help on easier stuff. I developed this idea of an Equation Boot Camp to reinforce those skills, but allowing others to accelerate on their own!

Typically I teach Solving Equations in October and I used this in the Spring as remediation and enrichment. In my class, I also assign grades based on mastery so if students demonstrates this skill, then I improve their scores from the beginning of the year.

Students will take a Pre-Assessment and will be assigned a level. Each level is thematically tied with a rank in the Army. So while the Levels of the algebra get more challenging, they achieve a higher rank in the army.

After students master a level, they are signed off and promoted to the next level. Students intrinsically strive to get up a level and are innately curious about the next one.

There are 9 main levels of problems, thus 9 practice assignments included. For each level 2 mastery tests are included for a total of 18. Over 200 problems included overall!

When I do this I devote 3-5 days in class of small group practice, targeted instruction, and mastery testing. It's Boot Camp after all! You could just as easily use these assignments for homework or classwork without the Boot Camp experience.

An answer guide is included for all practice assignments and mastery tests. The total page count on the file is 28.

Unlike the majority of the items in my store, this is not a math project.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Person Puzzles Go CRAZY!

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While they are not math projects, a collection of Person Puzzles was my own personal project!

Person Puzzles are designed to highlight individuals with diverse backgrounds who have made significant contributions to our world. In my experience, our students are underexposed and unaware of many significant (historical or current) figures and this is an easy way a math teacher can throw some interdisciplinary content without sacrificing their math!

Students enjoy the person puzzles because they innately like figuring out these types of mysteries and enjoy learning about someone interesting and different! I typically use Person Puzzles as timed warm-ups which allows me to share a little about the person's background before my daily lesson. I can also drop some college readiness info like majors, degrees and careers!

While some have a hard time admitting it, American curriculum is pretty much completely westernized. Much of the world (outside of Europe) is ignored. Even the little that is shared about other cultures is usually from an orientalist, stereotyped point-of-view.

Defeat orientalism and integrate content with a Person Puzzle! You can find the entire eBook (20% off buying them all separately right here: Click me)

Order of Operations -- Cesar Chavez
Distribution -- Aung San Suu Kyi
Combining Like Terms -- W.E.B. Du Bois
Equations One-Step -- David Robinson
Equations Two-Step -- Jane Goodall
Equations (Variables on Both Sides) -- John Herrington
Solving Equations with Fractions -- Harvey Milk
Solving Equations with Decimals -- Bethany Hamilton
Solving Multi-Step Equations -- Bernard Kouchner
Domain and Range with Functions -- Helen Keller
Calculating Slope -- Fauja Singh
Rewriting Equations in Slope Intercept Form -- Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Point and Slope -- Andrei Sakharov
Linear Equations with Two Points -- Eleanor Roosevelt
Absolute Value Equations -- Jim Henson
Solving Inequalities -- William Kamkwamba
Compound Inequalities -- Tawakel Karman
Systems of Equations (Substitution) -- Maya Angelou
Systems of Equations (Elimination) -- Nelson Mandela
Systems of Equations (Mixed Up) -- Roberto Clemente
Adding & Subtracting Polynomials -- Eva Peron
Multiplying Monomials -- Irena Sendler
Diving Monomials & Negative Exponents -- Wangari Maathai
Multiplying Binomials (FOIL) -- Pat Tillman
Factoring with GCF -- Jaime Escalante
Factoring by Grouping -- Septima Poinsette Clark
Factoring -- Mother Teresa
Factoring with ax^2 -- Muhammad Yunus
Quadratic Formula -- Grace Hopper
Simplifying Radical Expressions -- Somaly Mam
Multiplying Radicals -- Malala Yousafzai
Solving Equations with Radicals -- Stephen Hawking