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Adding and Subtracting of polynomials of degree one and degree two come alive in this game of flipping cards. Players record the abstract polynomial and the pictorial/Algebra Tile polynomial. Players also write the steps they took to simplify the expressions. Students develop an understanding of polynomials through discussion and the completion of a passport. Have fun while flipping cards, combining like terms, and mastering polynomials all at the same time!
Using a ten frame and a bingo marker, you can help students visualize numbers that compose ten simply by flashing a frame.A double ten frame is included, too.
Ten is a student’s very best friend. These dot cards and the accompanying activities will help students visualize numbers that occur abstractly in a number sentence.
This book is all about sharing with others. That sounds like division, doesn’t it? The activities and “cookies” will help students experience equal sharing.
The understanding of place value is a challenge at all levels. Playing this simple game with a deck of cards helps students verbalize numbers and problem solve to create the greatest or least number possible. Mental math cards layer on the complexity.
Students experience geometric concepts in a multi-sensory way by “feeling” and identifying characteristics of angles and shapes.
Played like “Go Fish,” students must try to make one whole by adding and subtracting decimal cards. One of my students favorite games!
Practice the “language” of Algebra using this fun game.
Students are engage while concretely experience equations and expressions using algebra tiles.
Practice adding and subtracting integer problems while rolling colored dice that players then match to 2-color counters. It’s a concrete, pictorial, and abstract experience with integers all in one game!
Students begin to concretely understand EXPRESSIONS by flipping over an expression card and then trying to be the first pair to create the expression using algebra tiles. A recording sheet helps the student connect to the abstract and pictorial versions of expressions.
The solving of very challenging word problems becomes very simple when using building blocks (Legos) with dots on them. Students use the blocks to solve the problem, record the answer and the picture, and begin thinking algebraically!
The language of Algebra is so much easier to learn through fun activities such as the identification of operational language used in algebraic expressions and equations. The players take turns trying to determine which operational term is matched to the categories of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. A student could also play by themselves and try to best their time with each replay.
Student pairs try to be the first ones to create the tiles that form a square and show the concrete factors written on one of the trinomial expression cards. The “light bulbs” of concretely understanding the factoring of quadratic trinomials will definitely be illuminated using this activity!
The objective of this activity is the use a teenager’s love of texting to change equations and expressions into Plain English and then determine how to best text it without using symbols.
What is a function? What is the domain and range for a set of numbers? This activity makes the understanding of a function concrete and challenges the pairs of students to be first to locate the points on the coordinate plane and determine if it is a line.
This RACE uses real-world word problems with equations and variables to help students identify the algebra all around them. Student pairs race to be the first to find the equation and variable that reflect the real-world problem. Challenge Cards are included and ask the players to solve the problem.
Learning about dependent and independent variables can be monotonous! Not with this activity. The game times the pairs to see how fast they can identify the independent and dependent variables from the real world and from the math world. Students try to beat their time and then explain how they know each placement of a term is correct.
This collection of 55 terms are key to the understanding of algebraic concepts. The cards include the term, the definition, and an image to help the student master the language of Algebra with automaticity. Download the Vocabulary Games for Math file to use with these cards.
If you have one set of vocabulary cards, you can rotate these three games in the Vocabulary Games Station to continue to engage the learner and help them learn the words with automaticity. Included are instructions for Vocabulary Concentration, Go Fish, and Vocabulary Rummy.
Students are challenged by word problems. Provide interesting counters for this activity since cool counters are so more fun to learn with than colored tiles and centimeter cubes. In this activity, pairs of students will read a word problem, then use the counters to help them solve the problem. An Answer Key is included so students can self check. The recording sheet will help every student prepare for the way the question will be asked on tests. Help your students have fun solving problems instead of dreading them!
Student pairs use REALLY COOL counters, ten frames, double ten frames, hundreds charts, pictures, and expanded notation cards to show a FLIPPED number as quickly as possible. After a number 1-120 is FLIPPED, then an ACTION card is turned over so the students know how to make the number. An example sheet and a recording sheet are included. A point sheet let’s students record data and race to see who gets more points for being first to make the number. Any pair who makes the numbers gets points, too!
Learning about arrays, factors, equal shares, and the fact families for multiplication and division would be a bit boring. So, let’s KICK IT UP A NOTCH and add bugs that look real and an activity that is more authentic. Students turn over a number, then make an array on a “picnic” tablecloth using ants and roaches. Students will never forget marching ants in arrays at a picnic!
How do you make representing numbers in expanded notation a hands-on activity? Simply use Excellently Expanded with your students! This activity includes numbers the students turn over. Then pairs of students use the place value cards and addition symbol to represent the number in expanded form. A recording sheet requires them to write the number in standard and word form, too. An Answer Key frees the teacher to work with another small group as the students self check their answers. Expanding numbers has never been better!
One of the challenges in understanding algebraic expressions is when a fraction is placed in front of a variable. Students need to have many concrete experiences with fractions to develop an in-depth understanding. Using building blocks (Legos), students will find a block with a specific number of dots, turn over a fraction card, then find as many ways to show equivalent numbers of dots using blocks with other combinations of dots. The Easy Equivalency Recording Sheet provides students with the opportunity to connect their concrete experience with pictures/icons and with abstract, standard forms of fractions. If you let your students “build” something with their Legos at the end, they will LOVE finding equivalent fractions again, and again, and again!
If you want your students to understand algebraic expressions, binomials, trinomials, the zero principle, how to combine like terms, and how to simplify expressions, then this is the activity for you! Student pairs work together to be the first ones to create the expression using Algebra Tiles. An Answer Key allows them to check for accuracy. The included passport connects to the way the questions will be asked on the state test or EOC exam. Additional challenge cards are included for students to use as they progress in their level of understanding polynomials.