Effective + Engaging Collaborative Groups

We all want this- but how do we achieve this!? I love to complete this anchor chart activity at the beginning of the school year. I also did it with my summer school studnets- and look at their amazing responses! I am always surprised with how each class brings a new perspective to the topic….

Book Recommendations for Math Teachers

I partnered with 4 other teachers on Instagram to share a week’s worth of book recommendations specifically for math teachers! We have saved these on our highlights, so be sure to find each of us on Instagram for more details. My reccomended number talks book for fractions, decimals, and percentages provides video examples for various…

Combining Like Terms

I was inspired by Math with Meaning, who was inspired by Middle School Macchiatos, for this amazing lesson! I started with the video below. Once students watch the video, we discussed what we noticed. A student was quick to point out how he could have made the order easier by combining things that were the…

Estimation Slides

I used these Estimation Slides during quarantine virtually as well as this past school year in person! It was a perfect warm-up at the end of the year, but would also be a great activity to incorporate on a regular basis! I was inspired by @mathtothe6thpower on Instagram. In person this past year, I used…

Spin to Win

Who else likes to spice up their review every now and then!? It’s always important to keep my middle schoolers enagaged.. or else! This is a super simple and low prep way to add in some extra fun + focus. I like to take a paper study guide and cut up the questions, or simply…

How I Use Task Cards for Math

I have always loved task cards because they are such great practice, low prep, and easy to implement. But, my middle school students were not as engaged-or focused- with them as my elementary student were. (In elementary, we would do write the room- tape them around the room and it was magic!) So, here are…

Slope Doctors

This was one of the MOST FUN ways I can think of to practice slope!!! Functions are huge for 8th grade math.. I have two advanced 7th grade classes to actually learn all of the 8th grade standards instead, & our unit on functions is SO long! This was such a fun way to practice…

Football Transformation

I loved doing classroom transformations when I taught elementary school, so I am excited to share that I finally tried one with my middle schoolers! We used football decor to prepare for our inequalities quiz. All of my supplies was CHEAP from Wal-Mart, but here are some similar things on Amazon. Tablecloths Banner Football Buckets…

Glow Day

I have wanted to do this for years and I am so glad I finally did! Besides the black lights this is actually not expensive. Many teachers borrow black lights from family friends. I was able to purchase some rather well-priced ones linked below. Materials: *Blacklights *Glowsticks *Black Tablecloths to cover windows *Highlighters *Manilla envelopes…

Math Egg Hunt

Last year was the first time that I tried a math egg hunt and it was SO great that I have planned even more for this year! I just updated my own Egg Hunt product but this post will be beneficial for setting some ground rules so your classroom egg hunt is successful! I got…