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A Triangle of Numbers
The natural numbers from 1 to 1,000 are arranged in rows as shown below. What number is directly above 723? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 …

Squares in a Grid of Dots
How many squares have all four vertices on the 5 by 5 grid of dots below? Hint: It’s possible to find “leaning squares” using slanted lines in the grid.

Punctured Cubes
A single wooden cube has edge length 3 meters. Square holes of side length 1 meter, centered in and parallel to each face, are punched through to the opposite face. The larger cube is formed by connecting 27 of these single cubes. What is the total surface area of the larger cube? (Be sure to note that ...

Reverse 9
Sometimes it is possible to reverse the digits of a number through multiplication. For example, the $4 \times 2178$ produces the number $8712$. What is the smallest number which can be multiplied by 9 to reverse its’ digits?

Cube in a Cube
A cube whose edge is 4 cm is centered within a cube whose edge is 10 cm. The faces of the smaller cube are parallel to the faces of the larger cube. What is the length of the line segment joining corresponding vertices of the cubes? Express your answer in simplest radical form.

Summing Up Fractions
Determine positive integers a, b, c, and d so that: $$a + \frac{1}{b+\frac{1}{c+\frac{1}{d}}} = \frac{181}{42}$$ (If you think the stacked fractions are fun, check out Continued Fractions.)

Four by Four
What is the probability that four randomly selected points on the geoboard below will form the vertices of a square? Express your answer as a common fraction.

Bowling Tournament
You’ve been asked to arrange a 7week schedule for a league with 15 bowlers. The league has reserved 5 lanes per week, and you need to arrange the players in groups of three. Create a schedule so that no pair of players bowls against one another more than one once.

The Three Hats Problem
This game is for 3 players. Once the game starts, no communication of any sort is allowed among the players. A red or blue hat is placed on each player’s head. The color of each hat is random (e.g., by flipping a coin). The players may take a moment to to look at the others’ hats, but ...

Groups of 3 from 7
Suppose you want to introduce 7 people to one another over the course of 7 days. Each day, you arrange for 3 of people to meet in a group. You want everyone to meet, but you don’t want any pair of people to meet more than once. Create a schedule for the daily groups of 3 ...

Sequence with a Strange Mix
Define the sequence $\left\{ a_{k} \right\}$ so that $a_1 = 1$ and $$a_{m+n}=a_{m}+a_{n}+mn$$ for all positive integers $m$ and $n$. For example: $$\begin{align*}a_{2} =a_{1+1}& =a_1+a_1+1*1\\ &=1+1+1 \\ &=3\end{align*}$$ What are the values of each of the following? $a_{12}$ $a_{13}$

Fractional Sequences
Suppose the terms, $L_1, L_2, L_3, \dots $, of a sequence are built using the following rule: $$L_n = \frac{1 + L_{n1}}{L_{n2}}$$ Depending on what you choose for the first two terms of the sequence, many different sequences can be created using this rule. Generate a few different sequences using the rule for $L_n$ by choosing different values ...

Stepping Down
Bobby’s house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can walk down the steps one at a time or two at a time. For example: He could go down 1 step, then 1 step, then 2 steps, then 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1. How many different ways can Bobby go down the stairs?

A Sequence of Triples
Start with any three numbers. Build three more numbers by forming all the nonnegative differences of your 3 numbers. Repeat this operation to create a sequence of triples. For example, if you start with the numbers 15, 39, and 8, you get the following sequence: $$(15, 39, 8)\rightarrow (24, 31, 7)\rightarrow (7, 24, 17)\rightarrow (17, 7, 10) ...

Exploring Chaos Theory
This is a problem on researching Chaos Theory. Read both the articles below. Introduction to Chaos Theory This article gives you a introduction to Chaos Theory. The Difficulty of Solving Traffic Problems– This article shows how Chaos Theory can be applied to traffic. Make a list of things you learned from reading about Chaos Theory and questions you still ...

Hungry Birds
A kind farmer puts out a plate with of 2012 pieces of corn. On the first day, one bird flies in and eats one piece. On the second day, two birds fly in and eat one piece each. On the third day, three birds eat one piece each, and so on. On some sad day, there ...

Exploring Fib
The classic Fibonacci sequence is $$1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…$$ What makes this sequence special is that (after some initial terms) each term is the sum of the two terms that come before it (i.e. 1 + 1 = 2, 1 + 2 = 3, 2 +3 = 5, and so on.). Define a ...

That's Just Mean!
Take any two different positive numbers. Call the larger one $a_1$ and smaller $b_1$. Calculate the arithmetic mean (a.k.a. “average”) of the two numbers. Call this $a_2$ where: $$a_2= \frac{(a_1 + b_1)}{2}$$ Next, calculate the geometric mean of $a_1$ and $b_1$ and call this $b_2$ so that: $$b_2 = \sqrt{a_1 b_1}$$ Example: If you start with $a_1 = 3$ and $b_1=12$, ...

The Collatz Problem
This collaborative activity involves building a map of numbers using a very simple rule. The basic idea is to build a bunch of recursive sequences using the same rule, but different starting values. The Rule Start with any positive whole number. If the number is even, divide it by 2. Otherwise, triple it and add one. Repeat ...

A Sequence of Stacked Fractions
It’s surprisingly fun to spot patterns by simplifying the following sequence of stacked fractions. There are connections to Continued Fractions, Fibonacci Numbers, and the Golden Ratio. $$\left( 1, \frac{1}{1}, \frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1}}, \frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1}}}, \frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1}}}},\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{1}}}}}, \dots \right)$$

Random Walk in the Plane
Suppose an object in the plane moves from one lattice point to another. At each step, the object move one unit to the right, one unit to the left, one unit up, or one unit down. If the object starts at the origin and takes a tenstep path, how many different points could be the final point?

Ant on a Cube
Suppose an ant must crawling from a specific corner of a cube to the corner which is farthest from it, always crawling along edges and never crossing its path or returning. Find the number of ways the ant can travel to the opposite corner of the cube under these conditions.

Multiple Choice Triangle Walks
Define a “falling walk” to be a path along a vertically oriented graph which does not pass through any vertex more than once and which only moves only downwards or sideways (but never up). How many falling walks are there from vertex A to vertex B on the graph below? (a) 1024 (b) 2048 (c) 23040 ...

Where's the Rabbit?
A rabbit jumps randomly from vertex to vertex in the following graph, every time choosing a direction to travel at random. After a million jumps, what is the probability that the rabbit will be at the center of the graph?

Hamiltonian Circuit with a Taxi Cab
In the rectangular graph pictured below, every edge has length 1. If you draw a Hamiltonian circuit (i.e., a path along the edges that goes through each vertex exactly once, beginning and ending at the same vertex), what is the area of the region it encloses?

Tiling with Three Colors
How many ways are there to color the hexagonal regions of the diagram below with the three colors red, green, and blue so that no two adjacent regions are the same color?

The Traveling Cheapskate
Bob has just accepted a new job as a salesman and has a list of 6 shops he must visit each day. Bob produces the following graph (not drawn to scale) to visualize the ways of traveling between the locations. The numbers on the graph represent the distances (in miles) between the places Bob must visit. What ...

Pairs are Squares
$$10, 15, 21, 4, 5$$ The above list of numbers has an unusual property. Each pair of adjacent numbers adds to a square number. For example, $15+21 = 36$ is a square and $21+4 = 25$ is a square too. Can you arrange the positive whole numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent ...

Perfetto Numbers
A perfetto number is a positive integer that is equal to the sum of its proper factors. For example, the proper factors of 28 are 1, 2, 4, 7, and 14. The sum of these proper factors is $$1+2+4+7+14 = 28$$ This makes 28 a perfetto number. Can you find two more perfetto numbers?

Pairs of Primes
How many pairs of numbers of the form $x$, $2x+1$ are there in which both numbers are prime numbers and are less than 100?

Peculiar Numbers
We define “peculiar” numbers in the following way: All peculiar numbers are prime. Every single digit prime number is peculiar. A number with two or more digits is peculiar if, and only if, the two numbers obtained from it, by removing either its first or its last digit, are also peculiar. Find all peculiar numbers.

Little Sigma
For a whole number $n$, “little sigma of n”, written $\sigma (n)$, is defined to be the sum of the positive divisors of $n$. For example, $\sigma(10) = 1 +2+5+10 = 18$. How many integers $n$ can you find with the property that $\sigma(n) = 72$?

Triangular Squares
The number 36 has the unusual property that 36 dots can be arranged to form either an equilateral triangle or a square: If $a$ and $b$ are the next larger integers with this property, what must be the value of $\sqrt{ab}$?

Left Overs
What is the largest number which, when divided into each of the following numbers, leaves the same remainder each time? $$1905, 2587, 3951, 7020, 8725$$

Six in It
Choose any whole number $n$ and calculate $$n^3+11n$$ Is $n^3+11n$ a multiple of 6? Explain why your answer is always correct (no matter what number chosen for $n$.)

One, oh, Four
Positive whole numbers are relatively prime when their only shared divisor is $1$. For example, $12$ and $35$ are relatively prime because their divisors are $\{ 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12\}$ and $\{1, 5, 7, 35\}$, respectively. How many of the positive whole numbers $1, 2, 3,…. 103$ are relatively prime to the number 104?

Triangles in Cubes
Two parts to this problem: The distance between centers of two adjacent faces of a cube is 8cm. What is the side length of the cube? We can make an equilateral triangle by cutting off the corner of a cube. If the area of the largest equilateral triangle we can create in this way is 140 $cm^{2}$, ...

3D Connect Four
Imagine a 3dimensional version of Connect Four where two players take turns placing separate colors of marbles into a box. The box is made from 64 transparent unit cubes arranged in a 4by4by4 array. The object of the game is to complete as many winning lines (vertical, horizontal or diagonal) of four marbles as possible. Can you work ...

Alien Adventures
Glarsynost the alien lives on a platonic planet whose shape is that of a perfect regular dodecahedron. Every day, she likes to go for a walk to have a look at her planet and see if she has any visitors. What fraction of the planet’s surface can she see from the middle of a face? From an ...

Mobius Strip Investigations
This is probably the best known of the topological shapes. Take a strip of paper. Give it one twist. Tape or glue the ends together. How many sides does the shape have? Check your guess by placing your pencil on the center of a side. What when you draw a line down the center until you ...

Beyond Tic Tac Toe
Imagine a three dimensional version of tic, tac, toe where two players take turns placing different colored marbles into a box. The box is made from $n^{3}$ transparent unit cubes arranged in a $n$by$n$by$n$ array. The object of the game is to complete as many winning lines (vertical, horizontal or diagonal) of n marbles as possible. Can you ...

3D Tic Tac Toe
Imagine a three dimensional version of tic, tac, toe where two players take turns placing two different colored marbles into a box. The box is made from 27 transparent unit cubes arranged in a 3by3by3 array. The object of the game is to complete as many winning lines (vertical, horizontal or diagonal) of three marbles as possible. How ...

Nine Point Pegboard
Suppose a pegboard is made in the shape of a regular nonagon as shown. Define a “figure 8″ arrangement to be a shape made from stretching a band over 4 pegs so that one pair of opposite sides cross and the other pair are parallel. How many different “figure 8″ arrangements can be made ? Which of ...
ME by the SEa

Creating Engagement: Thinking Outside the Box When Creating Lesson Plans
by Sarah Coles Creating Engagement Powerpoint Understanding by Design and Essential Questions Object Based Learning Outdoor Learning Adding Creativity to Lessons

Scale Model of the Solar System
Scale Model of the Solar System by Katie Sikes Introduction to Journey through the Universe Voyage Lesson One Grades K2 Voyage Lesson One Grades 34 Voyage Lesson One Grades 58 Voyage Lesson One Grades 912 National Center for Earth and Space Science Education

Exploring Math and Science in PreK
by Denise Cardenas and Dawn Marshall Exploring Math and Science in PreK Powerpoint Math in PreK Subitizing Counting Comparing and Ordering Decomposing Setting up Math Centers Literature and Math Science in PreK Questioning in Science Integrated Science Units

ETEAMSCC.COM Introduction to Web Design
by Kim Moore I. Logging In a) Go to website: eteamscc.com b) c) Between the ‘About ETEAMS’ and ‘Research Logs’ is the Login. If you click on that, you will be able to login to the website in order to add new material or edit material that you’ve already created. d) You will immediately go to your profile ...

Wildlife in Focus: Kritters 4 Kids
presented by Katie CrysupSikes Kritters 4 Kids HandOut Useful Weblinks: Wildlife in Focus Keep Texas Wild Kids Magazine Texas EcoRegions for Kids TWPD Teacher Lesson Plans TWPD Publications for Kids Encyclopedia of Earth Texas Wildlife Association Critter Connections Magazine and Discovery Trunks Native Prairie Association of Texas Trees of Texas Texas Ecoregions Projects Other Resources: Exploring Texas Ecoregions

Sparking Student to Think and Talk like STAARs!
presented by Amelia Hicks Sparking Students to Think and Talk like STAARs! powerpoint Process Skills in Primary Grades Example Process Skill Question Stems Perimeter Practice

Find Your Groove on the Intertube
presented by Kimberly Ogden Find Your Groove on the Intertube powerpoint Correlation Between Math and Music The Math and Music Movement Using Math to Teach Mathematics Grant Sponsored by NCTM COUNTING SHAPES ...

Math Snacks
presented by Richard Rupp Math Snacks powerpoint What is a Prime Number? What Euclid pass a Geometry EOC? Did Roman numbers fall with Rome? Do we use Babylonian numbers today? What are the odds? What is so confusing about division? Does Algebra lie? What’s so confusing about trigonometry? How can an example lead to misunderstandings? THEREFORE

Making Mathematics User Friendly with Rational Numbers
presented by Carmen Johnson Activity One: Hershey’s Fraction Book Objectives: 4.3(B) Decompose a fraction in more than one way into a sum of fractions with the same denominator using concrete and pictorial models and recording results with symbolic representations. 5.3(H) Represent and solve addition and subtraction of fractions with unequal denominators referring to same whole using objects and pictorial ...

Multiplication Chart as a Teaching Tool
(by Catherine Stein and Kim Moore)

Introduction to Web Design
by Kim Moore I. Logging In a) Go to website: eteamscc.com b) c) Between the ‘About ETEAMS’ and ‘Research Logs’ is the Login. If you click on that, you will be able to login to the website in order to add new material or edit material that you’ve already created. d) You will immediately go to your profile ...

Family Math Night
by Faydale Curtice Family Math Night Activities Battleship Bingo math facts Bracelet patterns Bubbles Buried treasure Butterfly cards: symmetry Domino squares Easter egg fractions Envelope tetrahedron Factor Blaster Figurate numbers Flexagons Fractal sculpture Fraction dominoes Fraction tower Frogs & lilypads Gallons & gallons Geoboards Hashi puzzles Kamasuma Kenken Knight’s tour Konigsberg bridge Latin squares LS Lattice multiplication LM Mayan math MM Mind reader Mobius band Napier’s bones NIM Number memory matchup Pattern block fractions Place value Fruit Loop Math Polyominoes Rekenrek Serpinski triangle Shape twister Shikaku puzzles Soma cubes Sudoku Tangram animals Tessellations Toma Toda Tower of Hanoi Volume of a cylinder Walk ...

Alien Genetics
STEM Thursday, Browne Middle School, May 1st, 2014 Presenters: Ms. Coates, Ms. Veuleman, Dr. Jeffery, Ms. Buendia, Ms. Ledesma, Ms. Smee Genetics Powerpoint Alien Genetics Lesson Plan ENGAGE Traits Survey and Notes EXPLORE What are dominant and recessive traits? What is homozygous? What is heterozygous? EXPLAIN What is a genotype? What is a phenotype? ELABORATE Making ...

Meaningful Learning in Outdoor Programming
by Dana Sjostrom Meaningful Outdoor Learning

What They Didn't Teach You in College
by Kelly Cable and Kelly Kemp First Twenty Days Best Practice Rubric for Elementary Math Elementary Math Instructional Framework

Session Materials for ME by the SEa 2013
Some presenters submitted content to share through the conference website.

Multisensory Teaching Strategies for Number Identification
by Monica Garcia Multisensory Strategies for Teaching Numeracy Presenter: Monica Garcia Email: Monicareneegarcia@gmail.com Follow Me on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/deltalove88 Boards organized by Theme, Content, and include many freebies!!

Let’s Talk about it… Let’s talk Algebra I
by Lora Green Sassy Sally Sassy Sally Key Conditional Statements HW Star Wars Lego Function WarmUp Star Wars Lego Function WarmUp Key Equation Station Game Just the Steps EOC Spiral Questions Lora.green@leanderisd.org I’m just sayin’…

The Parallelogram: The Rodney Dangerfield of Geometry
by Richard Rupp Parallelogram…The Rodney Dangerfield of Geometry

Making Connections Using the Calendar
by Kim Moore Let’s Get UP and Moving Stand up and count by 5’s and 10’s Counting backwards from 20 Macarena Months Days of the Week Let’s Focus on Today’s Date What is today’s date? yesterday’s date? tomorrow? How do we show the date with tally marks? baseten blocks? money? Is today’s date even or odd? Let’s cheer for evens and odds! What patterns do ...

Problem Solving Metacognition
by Jeffry Fox Problem Solving Metacognition

Multiplication Chart as a Teaching Tool
(by Catherine Stein and Kim Moore)

Problem Solving with Pattern Blocks
(by Joe Champion) Pattern blocks are a great way to combine fractions and geometry. Using tasks like “Can you create a house that’s 1/3 blue?”, I’ll share some unique ways pattern blocks can help bring out students’ creativity and problem solving skills while extending their understanding of fractions.

Teaching Table  Digital Math Manipulatives on the iPad
(by Paul Ingram) A survey of how teachers are using iPads and similar technologies in their classroom, the limitations they currently face and how Teaching Table’s digital math manipulatives help extend the versatility of the iPad in math lessons.

The Victorian House Project
(by Andrea Hiracheta, Sylvia Delgado, & Audrey Anzaldua) Engage your students through a simple hands on project of proportions by incorporating a Ben and Jerry’s© arts and craft activity to teach various math concepts. Experience the lesson by constructing your own Victorian house. Discuss different ways to differentiate and expand TEKS on a deeper level ...

Let The Kids Teach! A Project for Middle School Students to Prepare 4th Grade Test Review
(by Kim Moore) Seventh grade students prepare ten minute learning stations to help fourth graders prepare for their STAAR test. Come see how they do this and how you can do something similar with your students.

32768 Hamburgers and Other Peculiar Applications
(by Richard Rupp) Ever wonder how that local burger chain determines just how many different ways you can make a hamburger? Utilizing a pattern based problem solving approach, we will uncover a simple method for solving the hamburger varieties problem as well as unearth the more powerful underlying mathematics whose applications touch a diverse ...

Interactive Math Games
(by Vanessa Garza) Come interact with engaging computer math games and learn how these interactive computer games affected the attitude and math achievement of 6th grade students during a capstone action research study.

Conference Program for ME by the SEa 2012
ME by the SEa 2012 features over 40 presentations, 10 vendor sponsors, and two keynote speakers. View the Conference Program – ME by the SEa 2012 (PDF) Read the ME by the SEa 2012 Welcome Visit the ME by the SEa 2012 Information Page ME by the SEa Makes the News! Content for Individual Sessions A few presenters submitted content to share ...

Welcome to ME by the SEa 2012
We are looking forward to seeing you at ME by the SEa 2012 from 8 to 4 on Friday, June 15th, 2012. We have about 300 conference attendees, 40 presentations, two lunch speakers, 10 vendors, and lots of door prizes! You will be provided a deluxe box lunch and soft drink, but bring money for the vendors Download/View the Conference Program (New!) The student ...

ME by the SEA Archives
Past Conference Programs ME by the SEa 2012 ME by the SEa 2011 ME by the SEa 2010 ME by the SEa 2009 ME by the SEa 2008 ME by the SEa 2007 ME by the SEa 2006 ME by the SEa 2005 Contributed Content: 2012
Teacher Resources

Ready for College
Ready for College by Keli Hinijosa This activity allows students to start exploring what college they may attend in the future. They will research what colleges match their interests, compare the costs of three different schools, create their own dorm room, and begin a dialogue with their parents about their future. Timeline: 510 days Instructional Focus: College Readiness ...

Dorm Room Project 7th Grade
Dorm Room Project by Kim Moore Students participate in a project where they design their own dorm room. They also are given a budget to buy items such as bedding and decorations to bring to personalize their room. Below is a list of all you should need for the project. Overview of Project Scoring Guide Shopping Spree Dorm Room Dimensions Chart and ...

Mid and PostTest and Other Resources
MidTest and PostTest The MidTest is created in a way that will display the level of the learner’s ability in three areas: Data and Scatterplots, Domain and Range, and Function Rules. Scoring Guide Use this rubric with the mid and postassessment to gauge a student’s skill level. Interventions Click a link to view intervention resources by topic. Data and Scatterplots Domain and Range Function Rules

Extreme Makeover: Aquarium Edition
Timeline: 23 days Instructional Focus: Ratio and Proportion, Scaled Drawing and Measurement Hook: Texas State Aquarium Video Driving Question(s): What are ratios and proportions? How are they used to create scaled drawings in architecture? How do you find the area of two dimensional figures including rectangles, trapezoids, shapes and composite figures? Challenge Brief Details: You are to design an Aquarium floor ...

Domain and Range Interventions
Vocabulary List (MS word document) – A list of necessary vocabulary for learning about domain and range Domain and Range Vocabulary Flash Cards – Flash cards students can copy and use to study and learn vocabulary words Online Practice – Short three minutes video explaining domain and range. Practice problems included afterwards (from Khan Academy) Domain and Range ...

Function Rules Interventions
Vocabulary List (MS Word doc ready to print) – A list of necessary vocabulary for discussing function rules TINspire Activity (.tns file and MS Word doc) – Includes multiple choice questions about function rules. Ideal to use as a quick poll or quiz. Discussion Questions (MS Word doc) – Includes questions that can extend the conversation regarding ...

Percent in Advertising
Timeline: 23 days Instructional Focus: Percent of a Number and Percent Change Hook:. Video: Reduced Fat Cheese Video: Percent Song: Driving Question(s): How are percent used in advertising? How do you calculate percent change (increase or decrease)? Are these percentages ever misleading? Do they show bias? Where do advertisers get their information from? Challenge Brief Details: Students will research how percents are used ...

Getting the Most Out of Your Mathematics Chart 7th Grade
In this activity, students create a geometry booklet using formulas from the Mathematics chart. Teacher Guidelines and Project Idea Cover Page Circle Formulas Perimeter Formulas Area Formulas Volume Formulas Formula Chart Jigsaw

Other Online Resources
Other Online Resources: STAAR Math Resources – A list of TEA resources for the STAAR Math Tests. Interactive Activities – A variety of online games and activities for all grade levels and math topics. Virtual Manipulatives – An online resource for virtual manipulatives for all grade levels and math topics. Mathematical Symbols– This is a guide to major symbols that students will encounter ...

Solving Quadratic Equations (Solis)
Unit Introduction In this lesson students will be introduced to parts of a quadratic function on a graph. The teacher will have a discussion with students about quadratic functions and the different methods that will be used in this unit to solve quadratic equations. The teacher will introduce a vocabulary foldable. Lesson 1 1. Notes on Quadratic Functions and ...

Smartboard Game Templates
These activities are created specifically for use with the Smartboard: Balloon Pop Connect Four Football Review Hollywood Squares Jeopardy Koosh Ball Game Star Power

Game Templates
Game Templates 20 Questions: Use this game if you have 20 questions about a subject. 25,000 Pyramid: This game is modeled after the popular TV program. Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader: This game is modeled after the popular TV program. Big Board Template: This game is similar to Jeopardy. You can choose five topics to create questions ...

Precalculus Test Review
Scavenger Hunt Teacher Instructions Review Problems Student Copy Answer Key Online Games MathBits

Algebra II Test Bank and Resources
Algebra II Test Bank with Answers: Algebra II Problem Bank: This bank contains 75 EOC formatted questions with a key. Algebra II EOC Reference Chart: Here is the reference chart that will be provided to the students when they take their EOC. Algebra II Games: Algebra II Hollywood Squares HollywoodSquaresTrigRatios: This game practices the law of sines. MathBits Algebra II Vocabulary: Math Vocabulary ...

Geometry Test Bank and Resources
Geometry Test Bank: Geometry Test Bank: Here are 83 EOC formatted questions with a key. Geometry EOC Reference Chart: Here is the chart that the students will be provided with on their EOC. Geometry EOC Reviews: Texas EOC Practice Online Practice from Virginia Test Practice from Other States California EOC Geometry Games: HollywoodSquaresTrigRatios: Use this game to practice and apply trig properities. TWISTER – Geometric Reasoning ...

Algebra I Test Bank and Resources
Algebra I Test Bank: Algebra I Problem Bank This problem bank contains 97 EOC formatted problems with a key at the end. Algebra I STAAR Review This document contains two sets of review. Algebra I EOC Reference Chart Here is the chart to download for use with review questions. Algebra I Games: Twilight Bingo: Algebra I STAAR Review Twilight Bingo Twilight Bingo Card Twilight ...

To Be or Not to Be: A Project on Experimental Probability
To Be Or Not to Be, That is the Question by Dolores LucioGomez View or Download Lesson here Timeline: 23 days Instructional Focus: Probability – Theoretical and Experimental Events Driving Question(s): Let’s take a look at an example where we first calculate the theoretical probability, and then perform the experiment to determine the experimental probability. It will be interesting to compare ...

Scientific Notation
Scientific Notation by Dolores LucioGomez View or Download Activity here Timeline: 23 days Instructional Focus: Scientific Notation and Standard Notation Driving Question(s): Scientific Notation – Why your wrist (or keyboard) will thank you for not writing all those zeros. Why Use Scientific Notation? What is Scientific Notation? How does Scientific Notation Work? Challenge Brief Details: The Task: Students will research the following: why we use ...

Speed of Light
Speed of Light by Dolores LucioGomez View or Download Activity Here Timeline: 23 days Instructional Focus: Scientific Notation and Standard Notation Hook: The Speed of Light by JubaTheMan Driving Question(s): The Sun is one of many burning Stars in the Universe. The nextclosest star to Earth is Alpha Centauri C. How long does it take light from Alpha Centauri C to reach ...

Project Platinum
Project Platinum by Dolores LucioGomez A Metal State of Mind View or Download this Activity Timeline: 23 days Instructional Focus: Scientific Notation and Standard Notation Hook: Driving Question(s): Students will create their own driving questions. Challenge Brief Details: The Task Students will research the following: the formula for calculating the density of an object in grams per milliliters. The mass and volume of ...

Chances Are
Chances Are by Dolores LucioGomez View or Download Activity Here Timeline: 23 days Instructional Focus: Probability – Independent and Dependent Events Hook: Based off of “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars. Driving Question(s): How do you determine if the probability of two events is independent or dependent? Challenge Brief Details: The Task: Students will research the following: independent events, dependent events, replacement, nonreplacement. Formulas ...

The Flu Problem
The Flu Problem by Dolores LucioGomez View or Download this Activitity Here Project: Influenza Who, Say What? Timeline: 23 days Instructional Focus: Scientific Notation and Standard Notation Hook: Driving Question(s): How big is an individual virion of influenza virus? What is a nanometer in comparison to centimeters? Use the diagram above to write the diameter of a typical flu virus in scientific ...

Real Life Stories
Proportional Reasoning in RealLife Stories by Annalee Martinez View or Download Complete Activity Here Timeline: 2 days Instructional Focus: Proportional and nonproportional relationships, multiple representations. Hook: Show video on a teenager with cancer raising money. Driving Question: What is the different characteristics of proportional and nonproportional relationships? Challenge Brief: In this investigation, you will determine whether three reallife stories: Race for ...

Tacos For Sale
Tacos For Sale by Manuel Castillo This activity allows students to make connections through multiple representations, which is a key concept for Algebra students. In this activity, students are given a situation where they must find combinations of breakfast and lunch tacos that will use up all their money. In essence, these are Diophantine equations. Download Student Worksheet ...

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty by Eugene Alvarez This is an interdisciplinary lesson on the story of the Statue of Liberty. View or Download this Lesson Timeline: 23 days Instructional Focus: Measurement, Average, Proportion and Scaling (Grade 7) Hook: The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Betsy and Giulio Maestro. Video of the book being read Driving Question: How do I research information I ...

Graphing Project 8th Grade
In this project, students will survey students on a topic of their choice and display the results on different graphs. Below is a list of everything you will need for the project. Teacher Directions Student Planning Worksheet Project Instructions Graphing Websites Scoring Guide Student Example 1 Student Example 2

Let the Kids Teach 7th Grade
In this project, students will create a fun, educational problem solving activity for a small group of fourth grade students. Below is a list of all you should need for the project. Project Overview Project Instructions Scoring Guide

Designing Town Square 7th Grade
In this project, students will act as an architect by designing a town square given different shapes. All you need for this project is below. Teacher Directions Designing Town Square Student Guidelines Shape Template Designing Town Square Scoring Guide

Travel Project 7th Grade
The students goal is to pick a destination somewhere in the continental United States and plan out a vacation, including researching and calculating the most efficient means of travel. Click here for rubrics and other information related to this project.

Budget Project 7th Grade
Students participate in a webquest where they have to budget for life as an independent adult. This project asks them to choose a job, a home, and an automobile. They will find out about taxes, insurance, as well as other expenses such as food, gas, utilities and leisure/fun activities. In the end they will create ...

Investigating Patterns (AcevesStapp)
This activity is from Springboard, I have taken the lesson and created a powerpoint and script to be used in collaborative groups of 4+. I have also created templates that students can use to help guide them in the process of discovery and investigating their multiple representations of linear and nonlinear data. Investigating Patterns Investigating Patterns PowerPoint Investigating ...

PreAlgebra Number System (Luis)
Three foldables that lead you through the understanding of the number system. This is a colorful and interactive way for students to learn and interact with important math vocabulary. Click and Enjoy! Overview This version of the interactive notebook will focus on vocabulary. It will follow a left/right side approach; however, it’s not the typical left/right side ...

PreTest and Other Resources
PreTest The PreTest is designed to determine the student’s ability in three different beginning areas of Algebra: Number Lines, Cartesian Planes, and Tables. Scoring Guide Use this rubric with the preassessment to gauge a student’s skill level. Tracker This tracker is an overview of all of the activities available for interventions involving the Multiple Representations. Use it to keep track of what you ...

Middle School Test Bank and Resources
Below is a list of links to resources you can use the help students review for their middle school STAAR Mathematic exams. Games Grade 7 Vocabulary Jeopardy Grade 7 STAAR Reference Chart TREASURE HUNT Answer Key Grade 8 STAAR Reference Materials TREASURE HUNT Answer Key Percents – Hollywood Squares Percents – Millionaire Percents and Interest – Jeopardy Probability Jeopardy Online Middle School Math Games More ...

Where does this all fit?
How can Problem Based Learning fit into your classroom? Must you pick just one model? Click on the link below for an illustration of the differences and commonalities in traditional classroom structure, problem based learning, and project based learning.

The Work
Each team member has contributed a problem based learning activity based on topics with which their students struggled. The activities are written in such a way that they can be easily adapted to all secondary math levels. Please note that the activities are presented in Problem Based Learning format, ready to go in your classroom. Problems for ...

Vocabulary and Questioning in the Classroom (Guerrero)
Interested in vocabulary and questioning activities or ideas? Please click and see what fun and worthwhile activities you can try in your classroom. Overview of Vocabulary and Questioning A. Vocabulary Ideas for your Classroom 1. Vocabulary Challenge i. Teacher Notes and Activity ii. Visual Aids for Vocabulary Challenge 2. List, Group, and Label! i. Teacher Notes and Activity ii. Visual Aids for List, Group, ...

iNtbk: References & Additional Resources
References The iNtbk team utilized a variety of hardcopy and online resources. We have also included additional information and sites that can further enhance your implementation and experience. Please select the appropriate link below for specific information: Books Online Resources __________________________________________________________________________ Additional Resources Additional Pages to Include (optional) School & Course Calendars State Standards: TEKS & Information State Assessment Standards Blueprint Questioning Stems Cornell NoteTaking iNtbk Background: History Alive Thinking ...

Linear Functions (Cano)
Linear Function Topics: Multiple Representations Linear f(x) Vocabulary Slope Synonyms x & y Relationship Linear Transformations Linear vs. Quadratic Linear Forms Linear Function Theme Overview & Description Left/Right Connection Components: Multiple Representations CornerFold Shutter Foldable (Output) H.O.T. Questions (Input) Linear Functions Vocabulary Vocab Tab Foldable (Output) Image Template Frayer Model (Input) Slope Synonyms Alternative Meanings: Bubble Graphic Organizer(Output) Glossary w/Illustrations (Input) x & y Relationship TChart Book Foldable (Output) Who Depends on Whom? (Input) Linear Transformations Foldable (Output) Image Template Venn Diagram or Worksheet (Input) Linear vs. Quadratic Circle ...

SetUp
Setting up your iNtbk for your course subject is based on your classroom needs, but here are several sample, essential components: Title Page Table of Contents Index Purpose Left & RightSide Interaction Rubric Beginning of the Year Survey End of the Year Reflection

Tables Interventions
This is a list of the interventions included for interventions dealing with tables (#’s 89 on the pretest). It includes types of interventions, size of group, target level, and usage. Tables Online Activities A list of activities students can use online in order to improve their skills involving tables. Tables Vocabulary List A list of vocabulary words used to better ...

Cartesian Plane Interventions
This is a list of the interventions included for interventions dealing with number Cartesian Planes (#1015 on pretest). It includes types of interventions, size of group, target level, and usage. Vocabulary List A list of necessary vocabulary for learning about the Cartesian plane Flashcards for Cartesian Plane Vocabulary Flash cards that students can copy then use to study and learn Cartesian plane ...

Number Line Interventions
This is a list of the interventions included for interventions dealing with number lines (#17 on pretest). It includes types of interventions, size of group, target level, and usage. Vocabulary List for the Number Line A list of necessary vocabulary for learning about number lines. Flashcards for Number Line Vocabulary Flash cards that students can copy then use to ...

Problem Based Learning
The Challenge: Starting with an authentic and interesting math problem can be a motivating way to introduce concepts and procedures. Our team’s goal is to develop classroom materials for incorporating realworld problems into our individual curriculum. The Players: Keli Hinojosa, Metro E – team captain and 6th grade math teacher Manuel Castillo, Cunningham – 8th grade and Algebra I teacher Eugene Alvarez, Driscoll – 7th grade ...

Projects – Making them Fit
Overview Our team worked together to create a collection of projects teachers could use in their classrooms. All complete projects include the following components: timeline aligned with TEKS assessment grading rubric expectations of learning list of needed prior mathematical knowledge real world connection data recording documents for students to follow Project Manager: Jennifer Leary Team Members: Geno Ellis Christine Peters Norma Sendejar Completed Projects Handson Activities and Project Starters These are guided, handson ...

Interventions that Make a Difference
Formative assessments allow us to know what students know, and where they need further instruction. This project will develop effective informational assessments and interventions that are linked to students’ difficulties. Diagnose where your students need more support and be ready with resources that meet those needs. Project Manager: Steven Mendoza, King High School Project Members: Janie Morrow, ...

Interactive Notebooks
Interactive Notebooks promote student creativity, independent processing and thinking, assessment and feedback, and writing. Interactive notebooks house interaction between instructor and student, including: class notes, activities, foldables, critical problems, and any other information presented in class. Guidelines vary on the needs of the teacher and classroom. Traditionally, teacher/student interaction is organized left/right or right/left, but ...

Creative Test Review
Project Manager: Jenn Pyle, Ray High School Our Team Pragati Bannerjee, Miller Stephanie Fling, Ray Nancy Canales, Hamlin Michelle Contreras, Carroll Juan Rodriguez, Miller Monica Amaya, Grant Our Idea Develop innovative and motivational activities to help students review for STAAR and EOC exams. Create focused materials for commonly made errors, test taking strategies, and concepts students struggle with the most. Includes review games and interactive ...

Problem Based Learning
The Challenge: Starting with an authentic and interesting math problem can be a motivating way to introduce concepts and procedures. Our team’s goal is to develop classroom materials for incorporating realworld problems into our individual curricullum. The Players: Keli Hinojosa, Metro E – team captain and 6th grade math teacher Manuel Castillo, Cunningham – 8th grade and Algebra I teacher Eugene Alvarez, Driscoll – 7th grade ...
Family Math Nights

Geometry Around the House
Shapes Around the House CONCEPTS Identify, sort, and characterize 3dimensional shapes found around the houseMATERIALS Items from around the house that represent 3dimensional geometric figures (rectangular prisms, cubes, cones, cylinders, spheres)ACTIVITY Display 510 items found in the house Have the child sort the items by geometric figure type (rectangular prisms, cubes, cones, cylinders, spheres) Have the child describe why they sorted ...

Soma Cubes
Soma Cubes Soma cubes include seven playing pieces that can be assembled to form a cube and other figures.Piet Hein, a Danish poet and scientist, conceived the SOMA cube in 1936. The name SOMA is after the addictive drug in Aldous Huxley’s novel A Brave New World. There are hundreds of figures that can be made ...

Bubbles
Bubble Geometry Have you ever seen a square bubble? Experiment with bubbles. Create bubble wands out of found objects (straws, pipe cleaners, strawberry baskets and coathangers) and have your own bubble festival. How can you catch a bubble? The secret is the soap solution. Try catching a bubble with a dry hand versus a wet hand. Which ...

Geodesic Gumdrops
A bag of gumdrops (If you can’t find gumdrops, try using bits of rolledup clay, minimarshmallows, or partlycooked beans. Be creative!) A box of round toothpicks Start with 4 toothpicks and 4 gumdrops. Poke the toothpicks into the gumdrops to make a square with a gumdrop at each corner. Poke another toothpick into the top of each ...

Memory Match Up
Play Number Memory Match Up! See more activities in: Kindergarten, Counting & Numbers Playing games allows your child to learn, practice and reinforce many useful skills such as following directions, taking turns, and making predictions. Try this new twist to the traditional memory game to help your kindergartner match number symbols to the correct quantity while sharpening ...

Geometry in a Bag
Materials: various 3D geometrical figures, paper lunch bags, poster with pictures/names of figuresPlace one 3D figure in each lunch bag. Fold over the tops. Have a child reach inside without looking and describe what they feel (“I feel twelve corners and six sides”). Have them guess the name of the figure by comparing what they ...

Shape Sort
Shape Sort 1 2 3 3 1 2 2 3 1 Latin and Euler squares are great puzzles, similar to the now popular Sudoko puzzles. In a Latin square, you place a given set of n objects into a n x n grid in such a way that no two similar objects fall in the same row or column. For example, to the left is ...

Birthday Cards
Birthday Cards 1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 29 31 2 3 6 7 10 11 14 15 18 19 22 23 26 27 30 31 4 5 6 7 12 13 14 15 20 21 22 23 28 29 30 31 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 With the five cards above, you can guess anyone’s birthday! Make the five separate cards by writing the numbers on a 3×5 card. Give the five cards to your friend, and ask them to hand you the cards that contain the number date of their birthday. You secretly and quickly add up the first number on ...

Volume Guess Jar
Guess the Volume Find a large jar and fill it with candy, marbles, blocks, or whatever. Challenge the children and parents to figure out how many items are in the jar. This is measuring volume using nonstandard measurement. Have each person write their guess on a slip of paper and put it in a box. At ...

Shape Twister Game
Young kids love bright colors and shapes. Visit an elementary school playground some time and you’ll also see: they adore moving around. Here is a kindergarten activity that combines all three—shape, color, and motion— to review basic shape terms that will be especially useful in math later on, when kids move to studying three dimensional ...

Symmetrical Butterfly Cards
Symmetrical Butterfly Birthday Card Add a Comment See more activities in: Kindergarten, Birthdays There is nothing quite as pleasing to the eye as the sight of symmetry. Make bilateral symmetry even more engaging to your child by incorporating it into this beautiful butterfly birthday card! Your child will be enchanted with her ability to paint a brilliant butterfly ...

Mathdoku
Overview Think of Kenken as Mathdoku. It’s an arithmetic and logic puzzle (like sudoku), except that to produce a certain target number you need to combine numbers using a specified mathematical operation. Rules For a 3×3 puzzle, fill in with numbers 13 For a 4×4 puzzle, fill in with numbers 14 For a 5×5 puzzle, fill in with numbers 15 For a ...

Envelope Tetrahedron
Envelope Tetrahedron A tetrahedron is a 3D geometrical figure with four faces. It yields the smallest volume for its surface area. A tetrahedron is one of the Platonic Solids. Turn a small envelope into a triangular pyramid Tetrahedron activity Printable instructions Simple Q’s Count the sides Count the corners Count the edges Trace sides to show they are the same size/shape Make ...