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M-Cubed: Home Meaningful Math Management / All Levels

Cultivating life skills, math skills, and personal financial literacy in the classroom. M-Cubed is the PERFECT classroom management tool for every classroom!

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Algebra I: Distributive Property Zoo / Secondary Level

In this interactive, tactilely-based station activity, Algebra students learn about the distributive property using concrete manipulatives and algebra tiles. The Manipulative Station Activity includes a recording sheet and a link to the way the concept is assessed on the end-of-course exam.

Decimal Place Value Challenge / Intermediate Level

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.

Geometry Terms, Definitions / Secondary Level

The subject of Geometry has so many terms students must learn and use regularly to help them solve problems. How can you help your students learn the terms? Make it more fun! This collection of 25 terms and their definitions will help any student begin to use geometric terms with automaticity. The cards include the term and the definition to help the student master the language of Geometry. It is suggested that a set of Anglegs be provided so that students can make a concrete example of each of the terms. The directions for a variety ofVocabulary Games are included.

Expressions Using Building Blocks / Intermediate Level

Everyday situations provide the word problems your students will solve using lego-type building blocks. The students draw their building block expressions, then write the expression on the recording sheet. Students can check their work using the included answer key. Expressions at the concrete, the pictorial, and the abstract level based on a word problem—now that’s the way to learn about expressions AND remember the concept!

Algebra I: Logical Linear Equations / Secondary Level

In Logical Linear Equations, students create each step of solving a linear equation with one variable using algebra tiles, a work mat, and a recording sheet. Being able to “move, touch, say, and write” each of the steps to solving a linear equation makes the concept much easier to learn. Using this activity to experience linear equations firmly places the typically abstract concept into a student’s long-term, multi-sensory memory.

Geometry: Hands-On Circle Vocabulary / Secondary Level

In this Manipulative/Games Station Activity, students will experience circle vocabulary in a concrete way using paper plates and anglegs (popsicle sticks may be substituted for the anglegs). After turning over vocabulary cards and matching them to the picture example, students make it with concrete manipulatives and explain how they know it is a correct representation of the term.

Decimal Flash-a-Frame / Intermediate Level

Help your students master decimals by flashing a decimal card and having them write or tell a partner what they think the decimal is and how they know. Playing this game and understanding decimals at the iconic level will be an asset as they move into Algebra I and beyond!

Polynomial Flip & Combine / Secondary Level

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!

Flash-a-Frame / Primary Level

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.

Dot Cards / Primary Level

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.

The Doorbell Rang / Intermediate Level

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.

P V Challenge / Intermediate Level

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.

Geo Bags / Intermediate Level

Students experience geometric concepts in a multi-sensory way by “feeling” and identifying characteristics of angles and shapes.

Fishin for Decimals / Middle & Secondary Level

Played like “Go Fish,” students must try to make one whole by adding and subtracting decimal cards. One of my students favorite games!

Algebra Bingo / Secondary Level

Practice the “language” of Algebra using this fun game.

Concrete Equations / Secondary Level

Students are engage while concretely experience equations and expressions using algebra tiles.

Integer Cram / Secondary Level

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!

Express It! / Secondary Level

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.

Operation Building Block / Intermediate Level

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 / Secondary Level

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.

Tri Factors / Secondary Level

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!

Texting Time / Secondary Level

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.

Are You FUNCTIONing? / Secondary Level

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.

Variable Race / Secondary Level

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.

It Depends, or Does it? / Secondary Level

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.

Algebra I Terms, Definitions, and Images / Secondary Level

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.

Vocabulary Games for Math / All levels

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.

See Me Solve It! / Primary Level

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!

Next Number, Please! / Primary Level

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!

The Ants Go Marching / Intermediate Level

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!

Excellently Expanded / Intermediate Level

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!

Easy Equivalency / Intermediate Level

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!

Poly Pull / Secondary Level

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.