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 of an exponential expression. This not only reviews what an exponent is and does, but it helps students see patterns and start to learn the laws of exponents. It’s […]

# Category Archives: 8th Grade Pre-Algebra

# 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

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 the different types of trends; something the […]

# 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 […]