In grade 7, having mastered cube roots, factors, and divisibility, students move on to learning about exponents. This includes defining and identifying the parts of an exponential notation, writing expressions in exponential form, and expanding and evaluating exponential notations. Whether you’re a math teacher or a homeschooling parent, there are tons of ways in which […]

# Category Archives: 8th Grade Pre-Algebra

# Teach Kids How to Compare and Order Rational Numbers

In the 7th grade, students learn how to define, as well as how to compare and order rational numbers. They also learn how to understand statements of order for rational numbers that are set in real life. Math teachers can make these lessons on rational numbers more exciting and engaging by adopting a number of […]

# Teaching Fractions and Decimals

In pre-algebra units, you’ll be teaching fractions and decimals to students to help them understand what they represent. Students then become proficient in converting fractions to decimals and vice versa, as well as comparing fractions and decimals. There are many ways in which math teachers can make lessons in fractions and decimals, whether it’s by […]

# Know and Apply the Properties of Integer Exponents

In pre-algebra, it’s important for students to know and apply the properties of integer exponents. But before they’re able to do that, a sound understanding of definitions is important. Exponents are those small and mighty numbers that are more powerful than you’d expect. I always make sure that I start by showing the expanded form […]

# Parallel Lines Cut by a Transversal

Now that people have GPS and navigation systems, it seems that fewer people really think through how to map out a route. But maps can be a great way to show angle measures and patterns with parallel lines. Reading a map is an important skill and following directions is a skill in itself, but I […]

# Analyzing Scatter Plots

When it comes to analyzing scatter plots, I like to introduce scatter plots visually at first. Students can really start talking about what the data means when they realize that some things are associated, and others are more random. So one time I figured I would try something new; something to do BEFORE looking at […]

# Solve Systems by Graphing

When I coached peewee soccer, I remember putting dots or cones on the ground to help my players with their passing. At first, it was easy. One player stood at the cone and passed the ball to the second player who was standing at another cone. We practiced short, crisp passes. The shortest distance between […]

# Real Number System Maze Activities

The first unit of the year is always the most important. Because it lays the foundation for the expectations in your class for the rest of the school year. When teaching the Real Number System I like to throw in Real Number System Maze Activities rather than only doing boring math worksheets with just a […]

# Thanksgiving Math Coloring Worksheets

There is nothing better than giving your students an engaging task they can work on right before the holidays. One way to do this is by giving them Thanksgiving Math Coloring Worksheets that is ALSO on task and covers the current standards that they are learning. These will make sure your students are working on […]