I enjoy teaching systems of equation in Algebra One - it is an important skill that students need to understand for future math classes. But, there is only so much I can say! Students need and should have a wide variety of practice on this topic.
A new approach that I've used lately is called Color My Math. Students solve problems and then color according to a pattern given. In the end, they make a cool design or picture. My students love the opportunity to color :)
Check it out in my TPT store...
Another way my students love to practice is by using Task Cards. Why - it seems the same as a worksheet, but hey...put one problem on a card with a cute graphic and they are busy for the entire 45 minutes :)
AND...if I put QR Codes on the task cards that they can scan with their phones to see if they are correct...Awesome!
Check out these cute solving systems task cards.
Are you teaching Systems of Equations? Whatever level you are teaching - Algebra One, Algebra Two, PreCalculus - there are activities below that could help make your teaching more fun and easier! Check them out!
But one thing I never thought I would use is a Discussion Board. I can see the value in a discussion board in an English or History course, but I didn't really feel that it would be something I would use in my high school math class.
Until...one day right before exams I gave a review guide and I did not have time to go over the entire thing. [It was a great review guide if I do say so myself : ) ] I really wanted my students to do it and they needed a little extra credit...so I decided to try the discussion board that we have in our LMS (Learning Management System) - we use Schoology.
I give my students a page each week to help them review math concepts that we are learning or have learned in the past.
Sometimes it is fun to switch things up and give them a puzzle to work while sneaking in some review!
I have created some new puzzles for students to work on that I am calling Color My Math. These puzzles have 15 math problems at the bottom of the page. When students solve these problems, they can find their answers in the boxes at the top of the page. They color each box according to the code at the bottom of the page. Fun pictures or patterns result.
This week I decided to try something new in my PreCalculus class. It occurred to me that the paths of the Angry Birds are parabolas and that is exactly what we were working on recently. Maybe someone had written a project that I could use and I wouldn't have to make one up! So, I googled Angry Birds math project - and several popped up. I used this one Angry Birds Project.
A start to the new school year is a great time to try out some new ideas in class. Here are 5 ways that you can have your students practice math without the worksheet.
1) Task Cards - I use task cards pretty often in my math classes. Usually, I use task cards that have QR Codes on them so the students can check their answers themselves. For some reason, my students love having the individual problems printed on cards instead of a worksheet. They love that they can use their technology to check their answers. Another great thing about task cards is that they work for all levels - they aren't too "babyish" for older kids and even much younger ones can get the idea of how to scan the QR Code.
Here is an example of one of my task cards for Geometry - Measuring Angles.
It's going to be the best school year ever! Time for new students, new ideas, new uses of technology! My STEM teachers friends and I got together and we are sponsoring 5 $25 gift cards that we are giving away - go all the way to the bottom of this post to check it out :)
But first, I'd like to give you some first day/week of school ideas. I hate the read the syllabus I'll give you my rules first days. I like to actually have an idea of something students can DO! (The only problem I've found with this is that students come to school EXPECTING that teachers will just be reading the syllabus to them that they don't even bring a pencil - so be sure to have some on hand!)
A dilemma I face every year...what to put up on my bulletin boards...fun and yet functional :) I am in awe of elementary teachers - they change their bulletin boards so frequently and they are always so CUTE!
I am ashamed to say that I am lucky if I change my bulletin boards once a year...(I am hanging my head!)
So, it is my new school year resolution to do a better job! But, it's not just the two bulletin boards I have hanging in my classroom...it's also extra space on my white boards - what could I put up that my students might find interesting to look at?